STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2951
RE: H.B. No. 2671
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2016
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 2671, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE DATA,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to assist the Attorney General in the reporting of critical criminal justice data and to clarify the responsibilities of county police departments to provide data in a timely manner by:
(1) Requiring that the county chiefs of police and state and county agencies with arrest powers to provide crime incident reports and other related crime information to the Attorney General for inclusion in a statewide crime reporting program, and to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program; and
(2) Establishing penalties for state and county agency noncompliance with the requirements of this measure.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Attorney General and fourteen individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the County of Hawaii Police Department.
Your Committee finds that no statewide database of crime incidents exists in Hawaii. Comprehensive reporting and collection of crime data are vital to the ability of law enforcement agencies to efficiently and effectively discharge their duty to protect the public. Your Committee notes that the Department of the Attorney General has requested additional time to implement the penalty provision for noncompliance with the reporting requirements of this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to January 1, 2017; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2671, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2671, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair