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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT

RELATING TO CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION.



BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 1      SECTION 1.  The primary purpose of this Act is to maintain
 
 2 support for the crime victim compensation commission until it is
 
 3 self-sufficient and independent of state appropriations.  In
 
 4 working towards self-sufficiency, the commission must be given
 
 5 three to five years to build its revenues.  California's crime
 
 6 victim board is an example of a program that came from being
 
 7 millions of dollars in debt to being able to provide rebates in
 
 8 the form of monetary incentives to the judiciary and corrections.
 
 9 Across the nation, twenty-nine states are able to maintain self-
 
10 sufficiency through a system of compensation fees, civil
 
11 recoveries, and restitution and are not dependent on general fund
 
12 appropriations.  Of the remaining twenty-one states, twelve fund
 
13 their programs through general fund appropriations, a federal
 
14 grant, and offender assessments and nine are funded by general
 
15 fund appropriations and a federal grant.  During the first six
 
16 months of implementation, the commission received $105,000 in
 
17 revenues.  This is far short of the resources needed to operate
 
18 an effective program.
 
19      SECTION 2.  Section 351-62.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 

 
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 1 amended by amending subsection (d) to read as follows:
 
 2      "(d)  Funds received pursuant to section 354D-12(b)(1) and
 
 3 amounts received pursuant to sections 351-35, 351-62.6, 351-63,
 
 4 and 706-605 shall be deposited into the crime victim compensation
 
 5 special fund.  Moneys received shall be used for compensation
 
 6 payments [and] ,operating expenses, [of which not more than
 
 7 thirty per cent shall be used for operating expenses and to fund]
 
 8 salaries of positions as authorized by the legislature[.], and
 
 9 collection of fees. The commission may enter into memorandums of
 
10 agreement with the judiciary for the collection of fees by the
 
11 judiciary; provided that no funds shall be deposited by the
 
12 judiciary into the crime victim compensation special fund until
 
13 collected."
 
14      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 
15 New statutory material is underscored.
 
16      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 1999.
 
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18                           INTRODUCED BY: ________________________
 

 
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