Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1371
                                        S.D. 1

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental
Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1371 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to subject motor vehicle
repair dealers who are required to register under chapter 437B,
Hawaii Revised Statutes, to inspection by police officers for
stolen vehicles.

     Testimony in support of this measure was received from the
Police Department of the City and County of Honolulu.  Testimony
in opposition to this measure was received from the Hawaii
Automotive Repair and Gasoline Dealers Association.

     Your Committee finds that many stolen vehicles are taken to
"chop shops" where they are dismantled, altered, or defaced, and
then resold or used for parts.  Current law only permits the
police to inspect registered motor vehicle repair dealers.  This
measure provides the police with an additional investigative tool
to locate and recover stolen vehicles by authorizing the police
to inspect any motor vehicle repair dealer required to be
registered, whether the dealer is registered or not, for stolen

     Your Committee finds that this measure will deter motor
vehicle theft and will aid in the recovery of stolen motor

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     Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical,
nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity and style.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs that is
attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the
intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1371, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached
hereto as S.B. No. 1371, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee
on Commerce and Consumer Protection.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation
                                   and Intergovernmental Affairs,

                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

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