STATEMENT OF SPEAKER SCOTT K. SAIKI REGARDING THE FINAL REPORT OF THE COMMISSION TO IMPROVE STANDARD
In 2022, the House of Representatives approved House Resolution No. 9, which established the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct. The Commission is composed of the following: Judge Daniel R. Foley (Ret.), Hawaiʻi State Ethics Commission Executive Director and General Counsel Robert D. Harris, former State Representative Barbara C. Marumoto, retired United States Attorney for the District of Hawaiʻi Florence T. Nakakuni, League of Women Voters of Hawaiʻi Janet Mason, Campaign Spending Commission Executive Director Kristin E. Izumi-Nitao, Common Cause Hawaiʻi Advisory Board member Nikos Leverenz.
On behalf of the House, I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Commission who were able to lend their considerable expertise to review our existing laws and make recommendations on how our ethics laws can be improved.
The strength and stability of the government relies on the public's trust, and for public officials to act with prudence, integrity, and good, ethical judgment.
I want to reiterate my appreciation to the commissioners for their service. Their recommendations will be introduced in the 2023 legislative session and the public will have an opportunity to comment on them.
Attached is the Final Report of the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct.