STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1929
RE: S.B. No. 638
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 638, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LIQUOR,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to strengthen law enforcement agencies' ability to enforce laws that prohibit unlicensed manufacturing and sale of liquor by:
(1) Increasing the penalty for the unlicensed sale of liquor to a class C felony;
(2) Adding unlicensed manufacture of liquor and unlicensed sale of liquor as covered offenses for which property is subject to forfeiture; and
(3) Amending the definitions of "organized crime" and "racketeering activity" to include the unlicensed sale of liquor.
The Councilmember representing District 8 of the City and County of Honolulu, Liquor Commission of the City and County of Honolulu, Department of Liquor Control of the County of Kaua‘i, and Honolulu Police Department testified in support of this measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 638, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair