THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

133

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Relating to the DEPARTMENT of the attorney general.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. When a state of emergency was declared in 2020 due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, travel between islands was severely restricted or in some cases prohibited. This travel restriction severely limited, delayed, and in some cases deterred investigators from the department of the attorney general from carrying out their duties. The purpose of this Act is to require at least one investigator from the department of the attorney general to be based in each county.

SECTION 2. Section 28-11, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"28-11 Investigators; appointment and powers. (a) The attorney general shall appoint and commission one or more investigators for each county in the State, at least one of whom shall be based in the county in which they serve, as the exigencies of the public service may require. Persons appointed and commissioned under this section shall have and may exercise all of the powers and authority and the benefits and privileges of a police officer or of a deputy sheriff. These investigators shall consist of personnel whose primary duty will be to conduct investigations as directed by the attorney general.

(b) The attorney general may also appoint persons whose primary function shall be to provide security coverage for the governor and other public officials of this State, to be known as security investigators, who shall have and may exercise all the powers and authority of the investigators appointed under subsection (a). When not providing security coverage for the governor or other public officials, the security investigators shall conduct other investigations as directed by the attorney general. The positions of security investigators may be exempt from chapter 76."

SECTION 3. The department of the attorney general shall reorganize existing or fill vacant investigator positions to comply with the requirements of this Act.

SECTION 4. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Attorney General; Investigators

 

Description:

Requires at least one Attorney General investigator be based in each county in the State.

 

 

 

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