STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2931
RE: S.B. No. 2121
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2121 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FELONIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation Services of the City and County of Honolulu. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Office of the Public Defender.
Your Committee finds that under existing law, it is a class C felony for a person to interfere with the operator of a public transit vehicle, which includes causing or threatening bodily injury to the operator. As technology advances, transit vehicles no longer require an operator and may be operated remotely or through automation. Your Committee finds that although interference with an automated public transit vehicle should not be tolerated, such activity should not rise to the level of a felony offense unless it results in serious bodily injury to a person.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting causing delay as a possible element of the offense;
(2) Deleting the term "automated", thereby applying the offense to all public transit vehicles, systems, and services;
(3) Specifying that a person commits the offense of interference with the operation of a public transit vehicle if the person interferes with the operation of a public transit vehicle by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing the malfunction or breakdown of operation of a public transit vehicle, system, or service that results in serious bodily injury to or death of any person; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
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. 2121, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2121, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair