Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 193
                                        S.D. 1

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


     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No.
193 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to transfer the Crime Victim
Compensation Commission from within the Department of Public
Safety to the Department of the Attorney General.

     Your Committee finds that the Department of the Attorney
General is a more appropriate placement for a victim services
agency than the Department of Public Safety, which necessarily
focuses on offenders.  The Department of the Attorney General is
the State of Hawaii's central agency for federal funds intended
for crime victims.  It has the responsibility to administer the
Federal Victims of Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act
as well as the state Victim Witness Assistance programs.  Your
Committee further finds that given additional time to anticipate
and deal with the organizational concerns inherent in a
transition, the Department of the Attorney General will be able
to effectively place the Crime Victim Compensation program within
its existing operations.

     Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the
Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of
Honolulu, and testimony in support of this measure with
reservations was submitted by the Attorney General.  Testimony in

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opposition to this measure was submitted by the Crime Victim
Compensation Commission.

     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
measure by:

     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2000; and

     (2)  Making technical, non-substantive amendments to conform
          other sections of existing law that would be affected
          by this transfer.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No.
193, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second
Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 193, S.D. 1, and
be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary,

                                   AVERY B. CHUMBLEY, Co-Chair

                                   MATTHEW M. MATSUNAGA, Co-Chair