Most complied, but one member, Marvin Dang of trade group Hawaii Financial Services Association continued to lobby the Legislature on the task-force recommended bills on behalf of the association during the 2012 session, he said.
Members of the task force, including Dang, some lawmakers and former Ethics Commission Executive Director Daniel Mollway have argued that the code never applied to them since they don't qualify as state employees.
thinks the bill is needed to clarify for the record that the Legislature didn't intend for the task force to be governed by the ethics code.
noted that the Legislature selected his
association to be represented on the task force, and therefore, he
was expected to represent his
employer's point of view.
, who made a $200 donation to Hee's campaign last year, said he
considers the lawmaker a friend.
said neither their relationship nor the campaign contribution influenced the writing of the legislation.