Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   H.B. No. 824

      H.D. 2





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:




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 received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Liquor Wholesalers Association.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Matson Navigation Company, Inc.


     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,