STAND. COM. REP. NO. 883
RE: S.B. No. 1261
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 1261, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE INTERSTATE WILDLIFE VIOLATOR COMPACT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize the Department of Land and Natural Resources to enter into the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact or similar agreement for mutual assistance in the enforcement of wildlife laws.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaiian Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact is a multistate agreement that promotes enforcement of hunting, fishing, trapping, and other wildlife related regulation across state lines. If an individual loses their hunting privileges in a member state, that individual could not obtain a hunting license in another member state. Currently, Hawaii is not a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. This measure would authorize the Department of Land and Natural Resources to join the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact or similar agreement, which will enhance Hawaii's ability to protect and manage wildlife resources for the benefit of all residents and visitors.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to make it effective upon approval; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
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 S.B. No. 1261, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1261, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair