Report Title:

Fines; Drug Treatment

Description:

Adds to the offenses for which an offender must pay the drug demand reduction assessment used to fund drug treatment. Amends priority of payment to require payment of restitution, probation fees, and crime victim compensation fees before assessment. Places burden on offender to show inability to pay.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2252

TWENTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE, 2004

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO DRUG DEMAND REDUCTION ASSESSMENTS.

 

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

SECTION 1. Act 205, Session Laws of Hawaii 1995, as amended by section 1 of Act 7, Session Laws of Hawaii 1996, as amended by section 3 of Act 152, Session Laws of Hawaii 1998, as amended by section 1 of Act 116, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, is amended as follows:

1. By amending section 1 to read as follows:

"SECTION 1. Chapter 706, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"706- Drug demand reduction assessments; special fund. (1) In addition to any disposition authorized by chapter 706 or 853, any person [convicted] who is:

(a) Convicted of [a felony or misdemeanor] an offense under part IV of chapter 712, except section 712-1250.5[, or any person charged];

(b) Convicted under section 707-702.5;

(c) Convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense under part IV of chapter 329;

(d) Convicted under section 291-3.1, 291-3.2, 291-3.3, 291E-61, or 291E-61.5;

(e) Found in violation of part III of chapter 291E; or

(f) Charged with [such an] any offense under paragraphs (a) to (d) who has been granted a deferred acceptance of guilty or no contest plea [may];

shall be ordered to pay a monetary assessment under subsection (2).

(2) Monetary assessments for individuals subject to subsection (1) shall not [exceeding] exceed the following:

(a) $3,000 when the offense is a class A felony;

(b) $2,000 when the offense is a class B felony;

(c) $1,000 when the offense is a class C felony; [or]

(d) $500 when the offense is a misdemeanor[.]; or

(e) $250 when the person has been found guilty of an offense under section 712-1249, 291-3.1, 291-3.2, 291-3.3, 291E-61 or has been found in violation of part III of chapter 291E.

Notwithstanding sections 706-640 and 706-641 and any other law to the contrary, the assessments provided by this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of, and shall not be used to offset or reduce, any fine authorized or required by law.

[(2)] (3) There is established a special fund to be known as the "drug demand reduction assessments special fund" to be administered by the department of health. The disbursement of moneys from the drug demand reduction assessments special fund shall be used to supplement drug treatment and other drug demand reduction programs.

[(3)] (4) All monetary assessments paid and interest accrued on funds collected pursuant to this section shall be deposited into the drug demand reduction assessments special fund.

[(4)] (5) Restitution to the victim of a crime, probation fees, and crime victim compensation fees enumerated in [subsection (1)] part III of chapter 706 shall be made before payment of the monetary assessment.

[(5) The court shall not order the defendant to pay the monetary assessment unless the defendant is or will be able to pay the monetary assessment.]

(6) Upon a showing by the defendant that the defendant is or will be unable to pay the monetary assessment during the period of the defendant's sentence, the court may decline to order the defendant to pay the monetary assessment."

2. By amending section 4 to read as follows:

"SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval [and shall be repealed on June 30, 2004]."

SECTION 2. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before its effective date.

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on June 29, 2004.

INTRODUCED BY:

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