STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1838

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 834

S.D. 1

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 834, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, 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 felony offense of importation, sale, or possession of a childlike sex doll.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Hawaii, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu Police Department, and three individuals.

 

Your Committee recognizes a correlation between possession of a childlike sex doll and other offenses perpetrated against children. Your Committee finds that a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine paraphilia researcher has opined that contact with a childlike sex doll is likely to reinforce pedophilic thoughts and cause those thoughts to be acted upon with greater urgency. Your Committee also finds that other jurisdictions have enacted laws to help protect minors from the harm associated with childlike sex dolls by imposing criminal penalties for selling or possessing a childlike sex doll.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by specifying that childlike sex dolls are those that resemble a person below the age of puberty, rather than below the age of eighteen years.

 

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 S.B. No. 834, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 834, S.D. 1, H.D. 2.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

 

 

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MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair