STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3170
RE: S.B. No. 1256
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1256, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CERTAIN PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS OF SUBTITLE 4,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Amend the fines and strengthen criminal penalties for destroying or harvesting trees or tree products, including koa, on state forest reserve lands and add criminal penalties for violating laws or rules relating to forest reserves;
(2) Decriminalize traffic infractions within forest reserves and set fine amounts; and
(3) Repeal the general penalty provision in chapter 183, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and one individual.
Your Committees find that the current fines for destroying or harvesting trees, including koa, on state forest reserve lands are inadequate compared to the current market value of the trees and the costs associated with restoration or replacement of the trees and damage caused by their destruction or harvest. An adjustment in fines is warranted to deter the illegal harvesting and destruction of natural resources within state forest reserves.
Your Committees further find that establishing a petty misdemeanor criminal penalty for certain conservation and resource violations strengthens the Department of Land and Natural Resources' enforcement capabilities and offers additional protection of the State's natural resources.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1256, S.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair
KARL RHOADS, Chair