THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

733

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Relating to persistent nonsupport.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 709, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"709-   Persistent nonsupport in the first degree. (1) A person commits the offense of persistent nonsupport in the first degree if:

(a) The person knowingly and persistently fails to provide support in which the person is legally obliged to provide to a spouse, child, or other dependent for five years or longer; or

(b) The person is knowingly $30,000 or more in arrears of support in which the person is legally obliged to provide to a spouse, child, or other dependent.

(2) For the purposes of this section, "support" includes but is not limited to food, shelter, clothing, education, and other necessary care as determined by law.

(3) Persistent nonsupport in the first degree is a class C felony."

SECTION 2. Section 709-903, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"709-903 Persistent nonsupport[.] in the second degree. (1) A person commits the offense of persistent nonsupport in the second degree if the person knowingly and persistently fails to provide support which the person can provide and which the person knows the person is legally obliged to provide to a spouse, child, or other dependent.

(2) ["Support"] For the purposes of this section, "support" includes but is not limited to food, shelter, clothing, education, and other necessary care as determined by law.

(3) Persistent nonsupport in the second degree is a misdemeanor."

SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Persistent Nonsupport; Spouse; Child; Felony

 

Description:

Establishes the felony offense of persistent nonsupport in the first degree when a person knowingly and persistently fails to provide support to a child, spouse, or other dependent to whom the person has a legal obligation of support for five years or longer, or is $30,000 or more in arrears.

 

 

 

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