Hawaii Monitor: Advisory Committee Members Forced To Report Finances

Hawaii State Ethics Commission

Members of two special University of Hawaii committees have been advised they must file personal financial disclosures with the State Ethics Commission as the result of amendments to the state ethics code passed by the Legislature earlier this year.

In a separate move, the commission and UH officials have reportedly reached tentative agreement on a policy that will cut the number of administrators and athletic department employees eligible to receive complimentary tickets to athletic events.

Both matters are up for discussion by the commission at its meeting Wednesday morning.

Les Kondo, the commission’s executive director, wrote to members of an accountability task force appointed by the UH Board of Regents in the wake of the Stevie Wonder concert scam, and members of the Manoa chancellor’s athletic director search committee, advising them of the new disclosure requirement.

They are just the first of many temporary advisory groups likely to be hit by the change, Kondo said.

Kondo’s advisory has already drawn complaints from some members of the two committees, and led to further discussions with the UH General Counsel’s office.

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