STAND. COM. REP. NO. 628
RE: H.B. No. 306
Honorable Joseph M. Souki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 306 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONTINUOUS ALCOHOL MONITORING FOR REPEAT OFFENDERS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to require persons arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant or habitually operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant to be fitted with a continuous alcohol monitoring device if the person has a prior conviction within the past five years or is currently pending criminal investigation or prosecution for one or more prior charges of the same crime.
The Department of Transportation, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Kauai, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu Police Department, and SCRAM Systems supported this measure. Mothers Against Drunk Driving supported the intent of this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting the proposed language offered by the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, which, among other things:
(1) Requires a person that is charged, rather than arrested, for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant or habitually operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant to refrain from consuming any alcohol and submit to monitoring by a continuous alcohol monitoring device, for a period of no less than ninety days;
(2) Prohibits the courts from shortening or suspending the ninety-day period that the person charged must refrain from consuming alcohol and submit to monitoring by a continuous alcohol monitoring device; and
(3) Makes technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 306, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 306, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
HENRY J.C. AQUINO, Chair