STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1011


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2019


RE:   H.B. No. 68

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 68, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to prohibit a merchant in the State from adopting a warranty policy requiring a purchaser to pay an additional fee to obtain a repair, replacement, or refund for goods returned pursuant to the warranty.


     The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs testified in support of this measure.  The Retail Merchants of Hawaii testified in opposition to this measure.


     Your Committee notes that concerns were raised by the Retail Merchants of Hawaii, stating that retailers have no way of knowing if an item sold by them contains a defect or was damaged.  However, ensuring fair and just protections that prevent consumers from being forced to pay more for an item due to no fault of their own, and preventing fraudulent or exploitative practices by manufacturers or retailers is paramount.  Properly resolving issues as a result of selling a defective product is the responsibility of the manufacturer and retailer.


     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. 68, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.


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