STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1330


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   S.B. No. 1387

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 1387, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to require dog and cat owners to microchip their pets.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Poi Dogs & Popoki, American Bird Conservancy, Hawaii Association of Animal Welfare Agencies, and three individuals.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from three individuals.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture.


     Your Committee finds that microchips are the safest, most accessible, and most affordable identification tool for pet owners.  Microchipping pets can also bypass the need for animal control, save taxpayer money by eliminating the cost of intake and boarding of lost pets, and avoid additional stress on an owner and the pet during the period of separation.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Excluding from this measure animals that are being cared for as part of a designated population management program;


     (2)  Excluding the Animal Quarantine Branch of the Department of Agriculture from the definition of "owner"; 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 Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1387, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1387, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



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