STAND. COM. REP. NO. 300
RE: H.B. No. 1086
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 1086 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VETERINARIANS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Providing civil immunity, absent gross negligence, to veterinarians who render emergency care or treatment to an animal, regardless of whether a veterinarian-client-patient relationship exists; and
(2) Requiring veterinarians to report certain suspected injuries, killing, or abuse of an animal to law enforcement.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaiian Humane Society, Animal Interfaith Alliance in Britain, Pono Advocacy, Animal Rights Hawaii, Hawaii Association of Animal Welfare Agencies, and numerous individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Your Committee finds that veterinarians should be permitted to use their skills and expertise to render emergency aid to animals without the fear of civil liability; provided that the aid is rendered in good faith and absent gross negligence. This measure provides appropriate civil immunity to veterinarians while ensuring the protection of animal health and welfare.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) 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 Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1086, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1086, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair