STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1523-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   S.B. No. 2363

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2363, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to provide additional protection to mentally disabled persons who lack the capacity to consent to sexual acts by establishing strict liability for the offense of sexual assault against persons who are mentally defective.


     The Disability and Communications Access Board, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii Disability Rights Center, Hawaii Centers for Independent Living, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, and several concerned individuals supported this bill.  The Office of the Public Defender, and The Arc in Hawaii submitted comments.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to January 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion.  Technical, nonsubstantive amendments were also made for style, clarity, and consistency.


     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. 2363, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2363, 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,