STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1191-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   S.B. No. 3092

      S.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 Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 3092, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to protect personal information included in public records by allowing only the last four digits of a social security number to be listed on judgments, orders, or decrees recorded in the Bureau of Conveyances (Bureau) or Land Court.


     The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Department of Land and Natural Resources testified in support of this bill.  The Consumer Data Industry Association submitted comments.


     Current law requires judgments, orders, and decrees to include the social security number, Hawaii Tax Identification Number, or Federal Employer Identification Number for entities against whom the judgment, order, or decree is rendered, before the instrument may be recorded in the Bureau or Land Court.  The intended use of this information is the positive identification of debtors in instances where similar names may cause confusion.  However, the inclusion of social security numbers in Bureau and Land Court public records also leaves this information vulnerable to improper uses.


     By prohibiting the full disclosure of social security numbers in these public records, this bill attempts to reduce the opportunities for identity theft.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3092, S.D. 1, 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 Consumer Protection & Commerce,