STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1591
RE: S.B. No. 887
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. 887, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TOBACCO TAXES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The Department of Health, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, East Hawaii Region of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Blue Zones Project–Hawaii, and many individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. ABC Stores, Irie Hawaii, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, Hawaii Smokers Alliance, and many individuals submitted testimony in opposition. The Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii submitted comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
Should your Committee on Finance consider this measure, your Committee respectfully requests that your Committee on Finance consider whether:
(1) The special account for the repayment of medical school loans needs further clarification; and
(2) A portion of the revenues should be allocated to funding tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
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. 887, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 887, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair