STAND. COM. REP. NO.403-02
RE: H.B. No. 2429
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs and Consumer Protection and Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2429 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TOBACCO,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Make the cigarette stamp tax permanent;
(2) Expand the Department of Taxation's and the Attorney General's power of inspection;
(3) Expand the forfeiture provisions relating to the cigarette stamp tax; and
(4) Enable the Attorney General to seek assistance in enforcing the cigarette stamp tax from other law enforcement agencies.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this bill from the Department of the Attorney General.
Your Committees have amended this bill by deleting expanded forfeiture provisions that would apply to any instrumentality, proceeds, or property obtained with proceeds from activities violating chapter 245, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Your Committees note that the cigarette stamp tax law already specifies the maximum amounts of fines that may be imposed for violations.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs and Consumer Protection and Commerce that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2429, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2429, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs and Consumer Protection and Commerce,
KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair