STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2426

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2453

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 2453 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AQUATIC RESOURCES PENALTIES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Repeal the prohibition on suspension or waiver of fines for violations of certain aquatic resource laws;

 

(2) Authorize the court to require a person who violates certain laws pertaining to aquatic resources to complete an aquatic resources educational class administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources in lieu of or in addition to paying a monetary fine; and

 

(3) Authorize the court to require a person who violates certain laws pertaining to aquatic resources to perform community service administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources in lieu of paying a monetary fine.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Judiciary, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii's Thousand Friends, Conservation Council for Hawaii, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea, and five individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from The Snorkel Bob Foundation and one individual.

 

Your Committee finds that educational programs and community service opportunities are effective sentencing alternatives to specifically address resource offenses and violators. Educational programs and community service opportunities deter future violations, enhance public knowledge about Hawaii's resources, and ensure that punishment for resource violations is appropriate. Your Committee further finds that an educational curriculum that provides a broad overview of aquatic resource statutes and regulations as well as information about closed seasons, restricted areas, and methods of extraction, already exists and would be easily implemented.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2453 and recommends that it pass Second Reading 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 Water, Land, and Agriculture,

 

 

 

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MIKE GABBARD, Chair