STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2761
RE: S.B. No. 2406
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Technology, to which was referred S.B. No. 2406 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EXPLOSION DETECTION TECHNOLOGY,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the county police departments to purchase and deploy explosion detection technology to locate and respond to explosions caused by illegal use of firearms and fireworks.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from two individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Honolulu Police Department and one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from one individual.
Your Committees find that illegal use of firearms and fireworks can cause safety risks, health hazards, and traumatic impacts to residents and visitors of the State. Your Committees recognize that the county police departments are constantly trying to improve methods of detecting the use of a firearms and fireworks throughout the State. Your Committees note that a police department in Denver utilizes new technology that allows a law enforcement officer to instantly detect and locate the geographic origin of explosions caused by gunfire or fireworks. According to the Denver police department, this technology has allowed them to receive notification of gunshots within forty seconds. This measure will provide funding to the county police departments to acquire technology that will allow them to detect any gunfire or firework that goes off in the State to ensure the safety of the State's residents and visitors.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the allocation of the appropriation to the City and County of Honolulu; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Technology that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2406, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2406, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Technology,
JARRETT KEOHOKALOLE, Chair
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair