STAND. COM. REP. NO. 735-18
RE: H.B. No. 2445
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts, to which was referred H.B. No. 2445 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DIVORCE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to protect the disability benefits earned by disabled veterans by prohibiting courts from considering federal disability benefits awarded to a military veteran when determining the disposition of property pursuant to a divorce decree.
Your Committee notes that it was made aware that the Supreme Court of the United States may have already rendered a decision that makes this measure unnecessary. However, the Department of the Attorney General was unable to provide information to your Committee on this matter prior to, or at the hearing. Accordingly, your Committee finds that this measure should continue to be discussed to determine if it is necessary and requests the Department of the Attorney General to present this information to the Committee on Judiciary should it deliberate this measure further.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to March 19, 2100, to facilitate further discussion.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2445, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2445, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts,
MATTHEW S. LOPRESTI, Chair