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State lawmakers debate campaign finance reforms

By Anita Hofschneider

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:21 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2013

Hawaii lawmakers are considering proposals to decrease the influence of private money on state elections.

The House judiciary committee planned to meet today to discuss reforming campaign finance reporting requirements. Members will also consider amending the Big Island's pilot project for publicly funded campaigns to help increase its appeal.

The committee's Senate counterpart may also hear a bill to create a comprehensive public funding program for state legislative races. The Senate judiciary committee hasn't yet set a date to review the bill. The House approved the initiative last week.

Between 1994 and 2012, total state Senate candidate spending more than doubled.

Although Hawaii already has a partial public funding program, Kory Payne of Voter-Owned Hawaii says just one legislative candidate participated in 2012 and the existing program is ineffective.

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loquaciousone wrote:
on March 12,2013 | 10:39AM
AhiPoke wrote:
It's clear that money buys elections. So an overwhelming majority of our elected officials got in because of their fund raising efforts. Why would the fox who's guarding the hen house ever give up his position? Any action taken by our legislature will be more BS.
on March 12,2013 | 10:50AM
false wrote:
This I got to see. Most of not all of these guys and gals are paid off from the get go. I can't see them doing any kind of reform that means anything. You're talking about a bunch of self-serving people here.
on March 12,2013 | 11:58AM
serious wrote:
Agreed, just like the legislatures paying raises for the unions that vote them in!! We need a outside commission from CA for about $15, 000,000 to give advice.
on March 12,2013 | 12:08PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Legislators have it even better. They can get raises just by doing NOTHING. And there is nothing they can do better than doing NOTHING.
on March 12,2013 | 12:10PM
Denominator wrote:
The worst behavior we've ever seen was the pro-rail slander in the last election! Nothing is going to change or improve in Hawaii as long as those people keep winning.
on March 12,2013 | 01:32PM
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