COM. REP. NO. 506
RE: H.B. No. 824
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 824, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to require certain carriers or persons that transport liquor from outside the State for delivery in the State to prepare and file a monthly report with each county liquor commission or county liquor control adjudication board.
Your Committee finds
that the existing law authorizing the direct shipment of wine allows wineries
to ship wine directly to consumers. This
is especially advantageous for small local wineries that are not able to find
wholesalers to distribute the wineries' product outside of their county.
However, your Committee
further finds that existing law also authorizes wine producers outside of the State
to ship directly to consumers in the State.
This is problematic as some wineries or wholesalers ship liquor without
a direct shipper permit issued by the State and evade the various state liquor tax
laws. This measure will enable county
liquor commissions and liquor control adjudication boards to monitor the amount
of liquor that is shipped into the State and determine whether the shipper has
complied with permitting requirements, thereby ensuring that the State can
collect necessary tax revenue.
Your Committee has amended this measure by explicitly exempting water carriers as defined and regulated by the Surface Transportation Board of the United States from the monthly reporting requirements.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 824, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 824, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair