STAND. COM. REP. NO. 19

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 922
                                        




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

Sir:

     Your Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental
Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 922 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO UNAUTHORIZED CONTROL OF
     PROPELLED VEHICLE,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to include the knowing or
reckless state of mind to the offense of unauthorized control of
a propelled vehicle.

     Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the
Honolulu Police Department and the Department of the Prosecuting
Attorney.  Testimony in support of the intent of this measure
with reservations was submitted by the Office of the Public
Defender.

     Your Committee finds that by adding a knowing or reckless
state of mind to this statute, it will greatly enhance the
State's ability to effectively prosecute both auto thefts and
chop shop operations.  This would help to close the loophole many
defense attorneys use by simply stating that they did not know
the vehicle was stolen.  This measure will contribute to the
public safety of this State, and provide added protection for all
motor vehicle owners.

     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

 
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intent and purpose of S.B. No. 922 and recommends that it pass
Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

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



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                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

 
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