STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3161
RE: S.B. No. 2346
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. 2346 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS, PROTECTIVE ORDERS, AND INJUNCTIONS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to clarify that the effective period of a protective order, temporary restraining order, or injunction restraining any party from contacting, threatening, or physically abusing a minor may extend to a date after the minor has reached eighteen years of age.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Youth Services Network, Domestic Violence Action Center, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, American Association of University Women of Hawaii, Parents and Children Together, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that temporary restraining orders, protective orders, and injunctions restraining a person from contacting, threatening, physically abusing, or harassing a minor typically are issued to expire when the minor reaches the age of eighteen, forcing the now adult who was previously protected to return to court and complete the process again. This measure resolves any existing ambiguity by making it clear that such orders and injunctions may extend beyond the protected minor's eighteenth birthday.
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. 2346 and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair