STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1804


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2007


RE:   S.B. No. 1229

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 1229, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to deter copper theft by requiring scrap dealers to include a thumbprint in the required identification statement of all persons redeeming copper and to maintain a record of transactions in copper.


     The Honolulu Police Department testified in support of this bill.  The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Maui Electric Company, and Reynolds Recycling supported the intent of this measure.  The Department of the Attorney General supported this bill with amendments.  Schnitzer Steel Hawaii Corporation and Okuda Metal, Inc., opposed this measure. 


     Your Committee has amended this bill by deleting its contents and replacing it with the provisions of H.B. No. 373, S.D. 1, with some technical amendments for clarity, consistency, and style. 

     As amended, this bill adds new requirements for the sale and purchase of copper by scrap dealers, including:


     (1)  Requiring sellers of copper to provide a copy of a receipt or notarized statement verifying certain information;


     (2)  Prohibiting a scrap dealer from purchasing copper if the seller cannot meet the requirements set forth in paragraph (1);


     (3)  Requiring the scrap dealer to take a photograph of the copper being offered for sale;


     (4)  Requiring the scrap dealer to either take a photograph of the copper seller or make a photocopy of the seller's valid photo identification card or license; and


     (5)  Requiring that the scrap dealer keep certain information regarding their transactions on record that may be examined by law enforcement.


     In addition, this measure provides for increased penalties for violations.  The bill takes effect on January 1, 2112, but has a repeal date of July 1, 2009; at which time sections 445-233 and 445-235, Hawaii Revised Statutes, will be reenacted in the form in which they read on the day before the effective date.


     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. 1229, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1229, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


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