STAND. COM. REP. NO. 609

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 569

       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. 569 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THEFT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to increase the threshold value of property or services from $300 to $400 under the offense of theft in the second degree.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of the Public Defender and Community Alliance on Prisons.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City and County of Honolulu; Hawaii Food Industry Association; and one individual.

 

     Your Committee finds that the last time the threshold value of property or services under the offense of theft in the second degree was increased was 1986, and the prices of consumer items have steadily increased since then.  This measure updates the threshold value of property under the offense of theft in the second degree to better reflect the rise in prices of consumer items.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by 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. 569, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 569, 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