Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 446

      H.D. 3





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 446, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Establish the felony offense of theft of a catalytic converter;


     (2)  Prohibit persons licensed to purchase or sell used motor vehicle parts or accessories or licensed to wreck, salvage, or dismantle motor vehicles from accepting parts or accessories or a motor vehicle if the seller does not furnish certain information and require licensees to report the attempted sale to the police;


     (3)  Increase the minimum and maximum allowable fine for violations of the law relating to used motor vehicle parts and accessories; and


     (4)  Regulate the purchase of catalytic converters and catalytic converter metals by scrap dealers.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Transportation Association; National Insurance Crime Bureau; American Property Casualty Insurance Association; AAA Hawaii; Roberts Hawaii; Hawaii Global Holiday, Inc.; and one individual.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of the Attorney General and Hawaii Insurers Council.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Removing the provisions that regulated the purchase of catalytic converters and catalytic converter metals by scrap dealers as they are not authorized to deal in used motor vehicle parts, such as catalytic converters; 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 Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 446, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 446, H.D. 3.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,