Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 925

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 925 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to clarify that the secondhand dealers law applies to a secondhand dealer's operation of an automated recycling kiosk.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Maui Police Department, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, TechNet, and ecoATM.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii Pawnbrokers Association, and Kamaaina Loan.


     Your Committee finds that electronic waste kiosks, or automated recycling kiosks, provide a resource for consumers to sell their old cell phones, which are then collected and recycled or refurbished.  Automated recycling kiosks have modernized electronic waste recycling and have diverted more than seven million pounds of electronic waste from local landfills across the country, at no cost to consumers or governmental agencies.  However, existing law requires secondhand dealers to store property in the county for a certain holding period, which creates a barrier for the operators of the automatic recycling kiosks, due to the limited space within the kiosk, the safety risks of long storage time requirements, and other related logistical issues.  This measure provides the necessary structure to bring Hawaii into alignment with the other forty-nine states that already recognize the use of automated recycling kiosks to purchase and recycle electronic devices.


     Your Committee has heard the concerns raised in testimony that this measure, as currently drafted, should be placed into a different chapter of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, as automated recycling kiosks are a different type of business and industry compared to pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers.  Your Committee further notes the concerns raised by the Honolulu Police Department concerning the importance of the retention  period within the respective county, and requests that your Committee on Judiciary examine and consider these issues and concerns raised by the testifiers on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying the definition of "automatic recycling kiosk" to include a device that:


          (A)  Purchases previously owned consumer hand-held electronic devices;


          (B)  Can be remotely opened upon request by law enforcement during normal business hours; and


          (C)  Electronically transmits transaction records to law enforcement within twenty-four hours from when the article was received;


     (2)  Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and


     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 925, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 925, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection,