STAND. COM. REP. NO.  225

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   H.B. No. 348

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 348 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO POWDERED ALCOHOL,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to prohibit, except under certain circumstances, the consumption, purchase, possession, or sale of powdered alcohol in the State.

 

The Department of Public Safety, Honolulu Police Department, Maui Police Department, and the Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii testified in support of this measure.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

(1)  Specifying that the prohibition on the consumption, purchase, possession, or sale of powdered alcohol in the State shall not apply for legal commercial uses or bona fide research purposes by:

 

          (A)  A health care provider who uses powdered alcohol for the purpose of conducting scientific research;

 

          (B)  A state institution;

 

          (C)  The University of Hawaii, or other accredited educational or research institution; or

 

          (D)  A pharmaceutical or biotechnology company; and

 

     (2)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2112, to encourage further discussion.

 

     Your Committee notes that the amendments made to this measure come from legislation being considered by the Wyoming legislature.  Your Committee believes that this exemption language is more clear and concise and, therefore, chose to include it in this measure.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 348, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 348, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair