Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 532

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 532 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to limit the liability of a property owner for the injury or death of a perpetrator that occurs on the owner's property during or after the commission of certain felonies by the perpetrator.


     Your Committee finds that this measure addresses claims for monetary or other civil relief by the perpetrator of the most serious felony crimes, typically occurring on a homeowner's property when the homeowner is present on the premises.  Your Committee notes that this measure is civil in nature and does not increase criminal penalties or otherwise affect criminal law provisions.  Under this measure, the owner is afforded protection from civil claims by the perpetrator of the felony or the representative of the perpetrator for damages caused by the owner in the defense of himself or his property.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Limiting the applicable class B felonies to those involving violence or physical harm;


     (2)  Clarifying that the limitation on liability arises from the moment the owner, or agent of the owner lawfully on the premises by consent of the owner, believes that a commission of a felony is imminent;


     (3)  Clarifying that the limitation of liability shall not be affected by the failure of the owner to warn the perpetrator of the felony that the owner is armed and ready to cause bodily harm or death, except as otherwise provided in the measure;


     (4)  Clarifying that liability is not limited for injury or death caused to individuals other than the perpetrator of the felony;


     (5)  Clarifying the definition of "owner" to include tenant, employee, and agent of the owner lawfully on the premises;


     (6)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to continue the discussions on this matter; and


     (7)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 532, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 532, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations,