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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Loosened Hawaii campaign contribution bill fails


By MARK NIESSE
Associated Press

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HB2249: capitol.hawaii.gov/

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HONOLULU ó Hawaii lawmakers are turning back a proposal that would have allowed government contractors to make campaign contributions.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday sent the bill back to committee, where it will either die or be revived in some other form. They didnít vote on the measure.
Common Cause Hawaii praised the House action preventing businesses from additionally influencing lawmakers.
The bill would have permitted people and businesses who competitively bid for government contracts to make campaign contributions.
It would have still been illegal for no-bid contractors to make contributions.