STAND. COM. REP. NO. 955

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 711

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 711 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL DEFENSE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to amend the affirmative defense of extreme mental or emotional disturbance to murder or attempted murder by:

 

(1) Prohibiting explanations based solely on the defendant's discovery, knowledge, or disclosure of the victim's gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation; and

 

(2) Requiring the court to instruct the jury to disregard bias and prejudice regarding the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation if a defendant's explanation includes the discovery of a victim's gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation.

 

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission; Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women; Honolulu Police Department; LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii; We Are One, Inc.; Aloha State Association of the Deaf; Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; and several individuals testified in support of this measure. The Office of the Public Defender testified in opposition.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing its effective date to January 28, 2081; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

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. 711, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 711, H.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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CHRIS LEE, Chair