STAND. COM. REP. NO. 352
RE: S.B. No. 1347
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1347 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE WEED AND SEED STRATEGY,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Department of the Attorney General to maintain the weed and seed strategy, a collaborative effort to prevent crime and rebuild communities in targeted areas.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Attorney General; Hawaii Paroling Authority; Honolulu Police Department; Haseko Development, Inc.; Gentry Homes, Ltd.; O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; First Hawaiian Bank's Ward Branch; Honolulu County Republican Party; and ten individuals.
Your Committees find that the weed and seed strategy as implemented in Hawaii provides community policing strategies; prevention, intervention, and treatment activities; and neighborhood restoration through collaborations between federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies; social service agencies; and private businesses. Your Committees additionally find that over the years, the implementation of the weed and seed strategy in Hawaii has played a significant role in reducing crime in historically troubled neighborhoods.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1347 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair
KARL RHOADS, Chair