HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2008

 

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Tommy Waters, Chair

Rep. Blake K. Oshiro, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Josh Green, M.D.

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Hermina M. Morita

Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine

Rep. Alex M. Sonson

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

TIME:

2:45pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2350, HD1

(HSCR377-08)

Status

RELATING TO LANDOWNER LIABILITY FOR NATURAL CONDITIONS.

Codifies common law regarding non-liability of landowners regarding natural conditions on their land that cause damage outside the land. (HB2350 HD1)

 

WLH, JUD

HB 2421, HD1

(HSCR64-08)

Status

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Amends the definition of bicycle to include a bicycle powered by an electric motor. Provides that only bikes meeting certain specifications can be transported on public transportation systems. (HB2421 HD1)

 

TRN, JUD

HB 3136

(HSCR331-08)

Status

RELATING TO CHILD WELFARE SERVICES.

Clarifies the law to ensure that local customs of caring for children outside the home by friends and relatives are an available alternative when considering the custody of children.

 

HSH, JUD

HB 2953

(HSCR305-08)

Status

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

Provides certain vehicle identification exemptions required when shipping a motor vehicle between islands for interisland ferry service providers.

 

TRN, JUD

HB 2204

Status

RELATING TO THE LIABILITY OF A FIREARM OWNER.

Removes government entities from definition of firearm owner for purpose of establishing liability.

 

JUD

HB 2656

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.

Adds reciprocal beneficiaries to the definition of "immediate family" for laws related to campaign contributions.

 

JUD

HB 3107, HD1

(HSCR555-08)

Status

RELATING TO OWNER-BUILDER PERMITS.

Requires sellers to disclose whether a building or structure was built or improved under an owner-builder permit. Clarifies that owner builders must use licensed subcontractors. Establishes penalties for owner-builders who fail to comply with the owner-builder permit requirements. (HB3107 HD1)

 

HSH, CPC, JUD

HB 2596, HD1

(HSCR530-08)

Status

RELATING TO CHILDREN.

Requires the Department of Human Services to investigate reports of drug use in the home of a child within 24 hours. Requires a parent, legal custodian, cohabitant, or caregiver to be drug free for at least 60 days prior to being allowed visitation with a child, and to participate in substance abuse treatment for at least one year before being awarded full custody of a child or being allowed to solely supervise the child. (HB2596 HD1)

 

HSH, JUD

HB 3331, HD1

(HSCR647-08)

Status

RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.

Specifies matters that are subject to mediation. Permits unsatisfied parties to mediation to pursue arbitration after 30 days. (HB3331 HD1)

 

CPC, JUD

HB 3002

Status

RELATING TO PROSTITUTION.

Makes a third and subsequent conviction for prostitution a class C felony when the offense is committed by a person who pays, or offers or agrees to pay, a fee for sex with another person.

 

JUD

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

The following bills were heard on Thursday, February 21st, 2008, and are scheduled for decision making only. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 2391

Status

RELATING TO LEGAL SERVICE.

Permits a deputy attorney general, except for the attorney general's first deputy, to provide pro bono legal service if the pro bono legal service does not conflict with the duties of the deputy's office.

 

JUD

HB 2476

Status

RELATING TO CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

Repeals existing prohibition against dog fighting and enacts more comprehensive prohibition of dog fighting and related conduct. Provides enhanced penalties.

 

JUD

 

The following bills were heard on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008, and are scheduled for decision making only. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 3041

Status

RELATING TO CRIME.

Strengthens laws relating to obstruction of justice; revises Hawaii's murder statute to better protect the public; and makes other criminal law changes.

 

JUD

HB 3040

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Revamps Hawaii's sex offender registry laws so as to provide more up-to-date and more useful information about registered sex offenders to the public; strengthens some criminal laws, including relating to electronic enticement of a child; and makes other criminal law changes.

 

JUD

 

The following bill was heard on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 and the previous decision is being reconsidered by the committee. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 2557

Status

RELATING TO EVIDENCE.

Protects the disclosure of sources for journalists and newscasters. Establishes an exception.

 

JUD

 

 

 

 

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee the comments are directed to;

     The date and time of the hearing;

     Measure number; and

     The number of copies the Committee is requesting.

 

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Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 5 copies (including an original) to Room 302 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-9456(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands); or

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to JUDtestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

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Rep. Tommy Waters

Chair