STAND. COM. REP. NO. 171

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 674

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 674 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Create procedural and administrative requirements for law enforcement agencies for eyewitness identifications of suspects in criminal investigations;

 

(2) Establish jury instructions when the court determines that the eyewitness identification is admissible; and

 

(3) Require the Attorney General to establish procedures for the implementation of uniform statewide eyewitness identification procedures.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Hawaii Innocence Project, Community Alliance on Prisons, and two individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the United States Department of Justice Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Hawaii Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Hawaii Rules of Evidence, and Department of the Attorney General.

 

Your Committee finds that the use of proper eyewitness identification procedures by law enforcement is critical to protecting individual rights and personal liberty. While law enforcement in the State has its own procedures for eyewitness identifications, there are no uniform standards that ensure that law enforcement is engaging in the best practices that will offer the greatest protections for individuals.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 674 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,

 

 

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair