STAND. COM. REP. NO. 640
RE: H.B. No. 1574
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1574, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTRONIC SMOKING PRODUCTS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
(1) Establish the offense of unlawful shipment of e-liquid products;
(2) Tax and regulate e-liquid products as other tobacco products;
(3) Increase the license fee for persons engaged as a wholesaler or dealer of cigarettes and tobacco products;
(4) Increase the retail tobacco permit fee for retailers engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco products;
(5) Deposit additional funds in the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund; and
(6) Repeal various statutory provisions relating to electronic smoking devices made obsolete by this measure.
The Department of the Attorney General, Department of Health, Department of Taxation, a Council Member of the Hawai‘i County Council, We Are One, Inc., American Heart Association, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Blue Zones Projects-Hawaii, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, AAUW Windward, Student Health Advisory Council of the University of Hawai‘i, Hawaii COPD Coalition, Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition, and numerous individuals testified in support on this measure. HI Lyfe Vaporz, VOLCANO Fine Electronic Cigarettes, Logic Technology Development, LLC., Irie Hawaii Stores, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, Hawaii Smokers Alliance, and many individuals testified in opposition. The Hawaii Food Industry Association and Tax Foundation of Hawaii provided comments.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Specifying that the determination of the value of the e-liquid products for purposes of the new criminal offense be based upon the retail value of those products at the time and place of the offense;
(2) Requiring applicants for a retail tobacco permit to indicate whether each place of business sells e-liquid, which shall be indicated on the retail tobacco permit; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1574, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it be referred to your Committee on Finance, in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1574, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair