STAND. COM. REP. NO 533

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                

 

RE:    S.B. No. 143

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 143 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE THRESHOLD VALUE IN CONTROVERSY REQUIREMENT FOR JURY TRIALS IN CIVIL CASES AT COMMON LAW FROM $5,000 TO $10,000,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to propose a constitutional amendment to article I, section 13, of the Hawaii State Constitution to increase the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law from $5,000 to $10,000.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from two individuals.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

 

     Your Committee finds that this measure may assist in lessening the burden on Circuit Courts with matters not involving large sums of money.  Your Committee further finds that increasing the threshold value may lessen costs to the parties involved because a jury trial in Circuit Court can be more expensive than a bench trial in District Court.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by deleting the ratification language pursuant to article XVII, section 3, of the Hawaii State Constitution and inserting an effective date of January 7, 2059, to encourage further discussion.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 143, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 143, 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 Labor,

 

 

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair