Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:     S.B. No. 1016

        S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1016, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to regulate the sale of tobacco products.


     Specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Prohibits the issuance and renewal of a retail tobacco permit for, and the sale of a tobacco product or an electronic smoking device at, a place of business within seven hundred fifty feet of a preschool, school, or public playground; and


     (2)  Codifies the Department of Taxation's administrative rules that establish good cause for which the department may suspend, revoke, or decline to renew a retail tobacco permit.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from Blue Zones Project, Hawaii COPD Coalition, Hawaii Public Health Institute, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and six individuals.


     Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from ABC Stores; Hawaii Cigar Association; Hawaii Food Industry Association; Hawaii Petroleum, LLC; Hawaii Smokers Alliance; Hi Lyfe Vaporz, LLC; Irie Hawaii Stores; Island Energy; Kauai Cigar Company; Retail Merchants of Hawaii; Volcano Fine Electronic Cigarettes; and numerous individuals.


     Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Education, Department of Health, and Department of Taxation.


     Your Committee finds that experimental smoking among high school-aged minors increases when tobacco retailers are located in close proximity to schools.  Your Committee also finds that the establishment of tobacco retail buffer zones around schools and other locations where children gather will reduce tobacco-related health disparities and reduce youth tobacco use, particularly the use of electronic smoking devices.


     Your Committee notes that the Department of Taxation has requested that the measure take effect on December 1, 2020, to coincide with the annual December 1 renewal date of retail tobacco permits and to allow the department sufficient time to make the necessary changes to its permit forms and computer system.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying that the age restriction on the sale of tobacco products applies to sales to persons under twenty-one years of age;


     (2)  Clarifying that a fine of $500 applies to the first offense of selling a tobacco product or electronic smoking device within a prohibited location;


     (3)  Clarifying that an existing retail tobacco permit issued for a business located within a tobacco retail buffer zone shall not be renewed, rather than shall be void;


     (4)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and


     (5)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1016, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1016, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,