STAND. COM. REP. NO. 82
RE: H.B. No. 1007
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 1007 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS ON CERTAIN STATE LANDS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to decriminalize traffic infractions within the Department of Land and Natural Resources' (Department) natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and public hunting areas.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of the Attorney General.
Your Committee finds that Act 101, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008, decriminalized traffic violations within the Department's State Park System. This measure similarly decriminalizes traffic violations in lands managed by the Department's Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting a savings clause;
(2) Changing the effective date to January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1007, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1007, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,
DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair