STAND. COM. REP. NO. 296-20
RE: H.B. No. 2270
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. 2270 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SEX OFFENDERS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to:
(2) Prohibit registered sex offenders and offenders against minors from residing, permanently or temporarily, within five hundred feet of any public or private school, child care facility, playground, or park where children may gather.
Your Committee finds that Hawaii's children should be able to learn and play in a safe environment. Your Committee also finds that judges should be given discretion to sentence offenders on a case-by-case basis. Imposing residency restrictions for all registered sex offenders and offenders against minors, regardless of the circumstances, may be difficult given Hawaii's housing shortage.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the mandatory ten-year minimum term of imprisonment without the possibility of parole for any adult who is convicted of knowingly subjecting a minor under the age of twelve to sexual penetration;
(2) Making the residency restriction for registered sex offenders and offenders against minors prospective;
(3) Giving the court discretion to impose the residency restriction;
(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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. 2270, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2270, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair