STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3029

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 1667

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1667, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PROBATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to make a housekeeping amendment to clarify that eligibility for probation does not apply to drug offenses involving the possession or use of drug paraphernalia for the purpose of making the law governing the probation of drug offenders consistent with Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, which decriminalized certain offenses involving the use, possession, and delivery of drug paraphernalia.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Judiciary and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, decriminalized certain offenses related to the use, possession, and delivery of drug paraphernalia. As a result, statutory language governing probation eligibility for offenders convicted of those offenses is no longer relevant. This measure will increase consistency within the Hawaii Revised Statutes by removing language that no longer has coherent substantive effect.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an effective date of July 1, 2018.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1667, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1667, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,

 

 

 

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair