STAND. COM. REP. NO. 742
RE: H.B. No. 1022
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1022, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE TAKING OF NATURAL RESOURCES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Clarify that any conservation and resources enforcement officer of the Department of Land and Natural Resources may, in the performance of their official duties, stop and temporarily detain any person whom the officer reasonably believes is, or recently has been engaged in hunting or fishing for a natural resource inspection; and
(2) Establish penalties for refusal to comply with inspection requests.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Keiko Conservation, Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo, For the Fishes, Mālama Pūpūkea-Waimea, The Nature Conservancy, Surfrider Foundation O‘ahu Chapter, Moana Ohana, and eight individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Lokahi Fishing, LLC; Waialua Boat Club; Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance for Conservation and Tradition, Inc.; and seven individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and one individual.
Your Committee finds that impediments to the enforcement of Hawaii's fishing and hunting laws are detrimental to the protection and conservation of natural resources in the State. This measure provides necessary inspection and enforcement powers under the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Conservation and Resources Program for protection of Hawaii's aquatic life and wildlife.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1022, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair