STAND. COM. REP. NO. 991
RE: S.B. No. 1522
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2011
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Economic Revitalization & Business, to which was referred S.B. No. 1522, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DOGS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to ensure the health and safety of dogs and protect the community from purchasing unhealthy dogs by establishing license requirements to regulate large-scale dog breeders.
The Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu, Humane Society of the United States, Hawaiian Humane Society, Hawaii Island Humane Society, West Hawaii Humane Society, and numerous concerned individuals supported this bill. The Professional and Vocational Licensing Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs submitted comments.
Your Committee notes that under the definition of "large-scale dog breeder" established in this bill, the phrase "for compensation or profit" does not appear to apply to:
(1) A person who owns or harbors twenty or more intact female dogs over six months of age that are intended for breeding; or
(2) A person who owns or harbors a total of thirty intact dogs over the age of six months that are intended for breeding on the premises.
Your Committee respectfully requests your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce and your Committee on Judiciary to address this particular matter as this measure moves forward in the legislative process.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting a fine amount of $2,000 per animal for a person or large-scale dog breeder who engages in certain prohibited acts;
(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for style, clarity, and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Revitalization & Business that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1522, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1522, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Revitalization & Business,
ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair