HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to liquor fines collected per year.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services reports that the annual rate of alcohol abuse in Hawaii has been higher than the national average every year since 2010.
Impaired driving while under the influence of alcohol contributes to roughly forty per cent of all fatal accidents in Hawaii annually.
There have been various forms of legislation enacted over the years that help to protect the public from drunk drivers. However, more must be done to prevent alcohol-related deaths, including preventing and treating alcohol addiction.
Allocating a portion of liquor fines collected per year to fund alcohol addiction treatment programs is another tool to help minimize and, ultimately, prevent impaired driving.
The purpose of this Act is to allocate an additional fifteen per cent of liquor fines collected per year to be used to fund alcohol addiction treatment programs.
SECTION 2. Section 281-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) The liquor commission, within its own county, shall have the jurisdiction, power, authority, and discretion, subject only to this chapter:
(1) To grant, refuse, suspend, and revoke any license for the manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors;
(2) To take appropriate action against a person who, directly or indirectly, manufactures, sells, or purchases any liquor without being authorized pursuant to this chapter; provided that in counties that have established by charter a liquor control adjudication board, the board shall have the jurisdiction, power, authority, and discretion to hear and determine administrative complaints of the director regarding violations of the liquor laws of the State or of the rules of the liquor commission, and impose penalties for violations thereof as may be provided by law;
(3) To control,
supervise, and regulate the manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors by
investigation, enforcement, and education; provided that any educational program
shall be limited to the commission staff, commissioners, liquor control
adjudication board members, and licensees and their employees, and shall be
financed through the money collected from the assessment of fines against
licensees; provided that fine moneys[
,] not to exceed ten per cent a
year of fines accumulated[ ,] may be used to fund public liquor-related
educational or enforcement programs[ ;] and fine moneys, not to exceed
fifteen per cent a year of fines accumulated, may be used to fund alcohol addiction
(4) From time to time
to make, amend, and repeal rules, not inconsistent with this chapter, as in the
judgment of the commission are deemed appropriate for carrying out this chapter
and for the efficient administration thereof, and the proper conduct of the
business of all licensees, including every matter or thing required to be done
which] that may be done with the approval or consent, by
order, under the direction or supervision of, or as prescribed by the
commission; which rules, when adopted as provided in chapter 91 shall have the
force and effect of law;
(5) Subject to chapter 76, to appoint and remove an administrator, who may also be appointed an investigator and who shall be responsible for the operations and activities of the staff. The administrator may hire and remove hearing officers, investigators, and clerical or other assistants as its business may from time to time require, prescribe their duties and fix their compensation, and engage the services of experts and persons engaged in the practice of a profession, if deemed expedient. Every investigator, within the scope of the investigator's duties, shall have the powers of a police officer;
(6) To limit the number of licenses of any class or kind within the county, or the number of licenses of any class or kind to do business in any given locality, when in the judgment of the commission such limitations are in the public interest;
(7) To prescribe the nature of the proof to be furnished, the notices to be given, and the conditions to be met or observed in case of the issuance of a duplicate license in place of one alleged to have been lost or destroyed, including a requirement of any indemnity deemed appropriate to the case;
(8) To fix the hours between which licensed premises of any class or classes may regularly be open for the transaction of business, which shall be uniform throughout the county as to each class respectively;
(9) To prescribe all forms to be used for the purposes of this chapter not otherwise provided for in this chapter, and the character and manner of keeping of books, records, and accounts to be kept by licensees in any matter pertaining to their business;
(10) To investigate violations of this chapter, chapter 244D and, notwithstanding any law to the contrary, violations of the applicable department of health's allowable noise levels, through its investigators or otherwise, to include covert operations, and to report violations to the prosecuting officer for prosecution and, where appropriate, the director of taxation to hear and determine complaints against any licensee;
(11) To prescribe, by rule, the terms, conditions, and circumstances under which persons or any class of persons may be employed by holders of licenses;
(12) To prescribe, by rule, the term of any license or solicitor's and representative's permit authorized by this chapter, the annual or prorated amount, the manner of payment of fees for the licenses and permits, and the amount of filing fees;
(13) To prescribe, by rule, regulations on dancing in licensed premises; and
(14) To prescribe, by rule, the circumstances and penalty for the unauthorized manufacturing or selling of any liquor."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
Hawaii State Association of Counties Package; Liquor Commission; Educational and Enforcement Programs; Fines
Authorizes a county liquor commission to use 15% of fines assessed against liquor licensees to fund alcohol addiction treatment programs.
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