STAND. COM. REP. NO. 515-20
RE: H.B. No. 2425
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 2425 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC ABUSE,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to amend the definition of "domestic abuse" under Hawaii's insurance laws and laws relating to domestic abuse protective orders to include coercive control between family or household members.
Your Committees find that domestic abuse often includes actions that are not physical. Your Committees further find that emotional abuse and controlling behavior cause serious harm and that victims of such abuse frequently incur significant treatment expenses. This measure expands the definition of "domestic abuse" to include coercive control between family or household members for the purposes of insurance and protective orders.
Your Committees have amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2425, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2425, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair