STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1212


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   S.B. No. 550

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 550, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure, as received by your Committee, is to prohibit the possession or consumption of a tobacco product, including electronic smoking devices, by persons under 18 years of age in a public place.


     For the purposes of a public hearing on this measure, your Committee circulated a proposed H.D. 1 that adds a new part that prohibits the consumption, purchase, possession, sale, offer for sale, or distribution of powdered alcohol in the State.


     Your Committee received testimony from the following agencies, organizations, and individuals on S.B. No. 550, S.D. 1, as introduced, and on the proposed draft:


     S.B. No. 550, S.D. 2:  The Council Member of District 3, Hawaii County Council; Honolulu Police Department; and several individuals testified in support of this measure.  The American Heart Association, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Hawaii Youth Services Network, PC Gamerz, and numerous individuals opposed this measure. 



S.B. No. 550, H.D. 1, Proposed Draft:  The Department of Public Safety supported this measure.  The City and County of Honolulu Liquor Commission and County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control supported the intent of this measure.  The Department of Health opposed Part I of this proposed measure and commented on Part II of this proposed measure.


     Upon consideration of Proposed H.D. 1, your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Adopting only Part II of the Proposed H.D. 1, relating to powdered alcohol; and


(2)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2112, to facilitate further discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 550, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 550, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.


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