STAND. COM. REP. NO. 226-20
RE: H.B. No. 1739
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1739 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds as a grant-in-aid to the Career Criminal Prosecution Unit of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for the City and County of Honolulu.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Attorney General, City and County of Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, County of Kauai Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, and County of Hawaii Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
Your Committee finds that the Legislature established the Career Criminal Prosecution Program because it found that a substantial and disproportionate amount of serious crimes are committed by a relatively small number of multiple repeat felony offenders. Your Committee further finds that Career Criminal Prosecution cases are often labor intensive and require experienced and well-trained deputy prosecutors. Therefore, this measure is needed to adequately fund the staff of the Career Criminal Prosecution Program.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.
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 H.B. No. 1739, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1739, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Legislative Management.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair