STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1656


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2019


RE:   S.B. No. 978

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 978, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to specify that unclaimed funds in the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund shall, after a five-year time limitation, escheat to the State and be transferred to the following funds:


     (1)  For unclaimed funds of $10 or less, to the Libraries Special Fund; and


     (2)  For unclaimed funds of more than $10 but less than $250, to the general fund.


     The Hawaii State Public Library System supported this measure.  The Department of Budget and Finance and Department of the Attorney General provided comments.


     Your Committee notes the testimony from the Department of the Attorney General regarding constitutional issues relating to the scope of the bill's title.  Your Committee notes it has no other bill titles in its current jurisdiction to fix the issue.  Should your Committee on Finance deliberate on this measure, your Committee respectfully requests that it seek another bill with an appropriate title to add the relevant language relating to unclaimed property into.


     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. 978, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,