STAND. COM. REP. NO. 289
RE: H.B. No. 571
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. 571 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CHILDLIKE SEX DOLLS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to establish the offense of importation, sale, or possession of a childlike sex doll.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Homeland Security Investigations, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Maui, Honolulu Police Department, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that ownership and possession of childlike sex dolls are indicative of an individual's desire to sexually abuse a child, if presented with the opportunity. Your Committee further finds that some other states have adopted a ban on childlike sex dolls and that adopting a similar ban will help protect the State's most vulnerable population from predatory sex offenders.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Specifying that childlike sex dolls are those that resemble a person below the age of eighteen years, rather than below the age of puberty; and
(2) Changing the effective date to January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.
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. 571, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 571, 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