Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 1987

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1987, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to apply the law on forfeiture of property and the nuisance abatement law to the:


(1)  Importation of aerial devices, display fireworks, or articles pyrotechnic without a valid license, a class C felony; and


(2)  Selling or transferring of aerial devices, display fireworks, or articles pyrotechnic to a person who does not have a valid permit, a class C felony.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from one State department, two county agencies, two private entities, and fifteen individuals.  Testimony in opposition was received from one individual.  Comments were received from one State department and one private entity.


     This measure subjects property used in the course of commission of a violation of the fireworks law or the proceeds therefrom to forfeiture.  This measure also allows activities occurring in every building, premises, or place used in the violation of the fireworks law to be enjoined, abated, or prevented, including a nuisance abatement suit brought by citizens.  Additionally, this measure makes certain fireworks violations a nuisance which constitutes grounds for forfeiture.


     Your Committee finds that this measure provided additional tools to augment law enforcement efforts to deter and punish the most serious of fireworks violations. 


     Your Committee has amended this measure by clarifying the forfeiture provision, on recommendation of the State Attorney General, and making technical, nonsubstantive amendments.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1987, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1987, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs,