More time for applicants for ethics panel

The Judicial Council has extended a deadline to March 31 in its search to find qualified applicants to fill two vacancies on the State Ethics Commission.

The Judicial Council also is seeking qualified applicants to fill a vacancy on the Campaign Spending Commission. The deadline for applications also is March 31.

Ethics Commission applicants will be looking to fill a four-year term or an unexpired term that ends on June 30, 2014.

The vacancy on the Campaign Spending Commission is for a full, four-year term.

Applicants from all islands may apply. Members of both commissions serve on a voluntary basis. Travel expenses incurred by Neighbor Island members to attend meetings on Oahu will be reimbursed.

Applicants must be U. S. citizens and residents of Hawaii and may not hold any other public office.

The Ethics Commission addresses ethical issues involving legislators, registered lobbyists and state employees (with the exception of judges, who are governed by the Commission on Judicial Conduct). The five commission members are responsible for investigating complaints, providing advisory opinions and enforcing decisions issued by the commission. The Hawaii Constitution prohibits members of the Ethics Commission “from taking an active part in political management or political campaigns.”

The primary duty of the five members of the Campaign Spending Commission is to supervise campaign contributions and expenditures. Commissioners may not participate in political campaigns or contribute to candidates or political committees.

The governor will select the commissioners from a list of nominees submitted by the Judicial Council.

Interested people should submit an application along with a resume and three letters of recommendation, attesting to the applicant’s character and integrity, postmarked by March 31, to: Judicial Council, Hawaii Supreme Court, 417 S. King St., Second Floor, Honolulu 96813-2902.

Applications are available on the State Judiciary website at or by calling the Judicial Council at (808) 539-4702.