HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

938

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO THE KAHOOLAWE ISLAND RESERVE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The Hawaii supreme court, in Carlisle v. One (1) Boat, 119 Hawaii 245, 195 P.3d 1177 (2008), overturned an intermediate court of appeals decision that allowed non-natural resource forfeiture in cases of natural resource destruction or degradation. According to the decision, the substantive offense provisions of administrative rules relating to resource protection, which would include those of the Kahoolawe island reserve commission, must specifically authorize forfeiture.

The purpose of this Act is to clarify that any equipment, article, instrument, aircraft, vehicle, vessel, business record, or natural resource used or taken in violation of the rules applicable to the Kahoolawe island reserve may be seized and subject to forfeiture pursuant to section 199-7 and chapter 712A, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 2. Chapter 6K, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"6K- Offenses subject to forfeiture. Offenses for which property is subject to forfeiture under this chapter are:

(1) Any prohibited activity as designated through the adoption of a rule in accordance with chapter 91; or

(2) Any violation of rules regulating fishing in waters within the island reserve adopted pursuant to chapter 91.

Property seized in accordance with section 199-7 may be forfeited under section 712A-10 or 712A-12. Any natural resource seized in accordance with section 199-7 may be disposed of as provided by that section."

SECTION 3. Section 6K-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"6K-6 Responsibilities and duties of the commission. The general administration of the island reserve shall rest with the commission. In carrying out its duties and responsibilities, the commission:

(1) Shall establish criteria, policies, and controls for permissible uses within the island reserve;

(2) Shall approve all contracts for services and rules pertaining to the island reserve;

(3) Shall provide advice to the governor, the department, and other departments and agencies on any matter relating to the island reserve;

(4) Shall provide advice to the office of planning and the department of the attorney general on any matter relating to the federal conveyance of Kahoolawe;

(5) May enter into curator or stewardship agreements with appropriate Hawaiian cultural and spiritual community organizations for the perpetuation of native Hawaiian cultural, religious, and subsistence customs, beliefs, and practices for the purposes stated in section 6K-3;

(6) Shall carry out those powers and duties otherwise conferred upon the board of land and natural resources and the land use commission with regard to dispositions and approvals pertaining to the island reserve. All powers and duties of the board of land and natural resources and the land use commission concerning dispositions and approvals pertaining to the island reserve are transferred to the commission;

(7) Shall carry out those powers and duties concerning the island reserve otherwise conferred upon the county of Maui by chapter 205A. The powers and duties of the county of Maui and its agencies concerning coastal zone dispositions and approvals pertaining to the island reserve are transferred to the commission;

(8) Shall carry out those powers and duties concerning the island reserve otherwise conferred upon the island burial councils and the department with regard to proper treatment of burial sites and human skeletal remains found in the island reserve;

(9) Shall adopt rules in accordance with chapter 91 that are necessary for the purposes of this chapter and [shall], as appropriate, provide for forfeiture pursuant to chapter 712A for violations that are subject to a penalty established under chapter 6K;

(10) Shall maintain a record of its proceedings and actions;

[(10)] (11) May delegate to the executive director or employees of the commission, by formal commission action, such power and authority vested in the commission by this chapter as the commission deems reasonable and proper for the effective administration of this chapter; and

[(11)] (12) May solicit and accept grants, donations, and contributions for deposit into the Kahoolawe rehabilitation trust fund to support the purposes of this chapter."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST


 


 

Report Title:

Kahoolawe Island Reserve; Asset Forfeiture

 

Description:

Clarifies that any equipment, article, instrument, aircraft, vehicle, vessel, business record, or natural resource used or taken in violation of the rules applicable to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve may be seized and subject to forfeiture pursuant to section 199-7 and chapter 712A, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

 

 

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