STAND. COM. REP. NO. 933

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 295

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 295 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to include emotional abuse as a type of domestic abuse under Hawaii's insurance laws and domestic abuse protective orders and define emotional abuse.

 

Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawaii Psychological Association, Domestic Violence Action Center, and a few individuals provided testimony in support of this measure. The National Rifle Association and a concerned individual provided testimony in opposition. The Judiciary and Farrell & Perrault provided comments.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion.

 

Your Committees note that the amendments to what constitutes "domestic abuse" for the purposes of domestic abuse protective orders by this measure are expected to increase the number of protective order petitions before the Judiciary. As such, the Judiciary has raised a concern that additional resources will be needed to ensure the timely processing of cases.

 

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. 295, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 295, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary,

 

 

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CHRIS LEE, Chair

 

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ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair