STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2157
RE: S.B. No. 2582
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2582 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EXTENDED TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to add certain cases of negligent homicide to the felonies that may be subject to an extended term of imprisonment.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation; United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO; Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; and forty-six individuals.
Your Committee finds that Hawaii is above the national average for persons who report driving after drinking too much, as well as the rate of deaths for all ages due to crashes involving a drunk driver. There has also recently been an increase in fatal automotive crashes in which the driver has failed to render aid after the crash. Such circumstances result in additional extreme distress for family and friends of the victim of the offender's criminal conduct. This measure will provide for extended terms of imprisonment as a deterrent to driving while under the influence and failing to render aid in the event of a collision.
Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an effective date of July 1, 2035, to encourage further discussion.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2582, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2582, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair