STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2739

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2091

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2022

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2091 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EXECUTIVE PARDONS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish a comprehensive process regarding executive pardons.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of Kauai, and two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Public Safety, Hawaii Paroling Authority, Hawaii Firearms Coalition, and ACLU of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that county prosecutors and crime victims in Hawaii do not receive advance notice of applications for executive pardons and are only notified at the time that pardons are granted. This creates a situation where neither prosecutors nor the victims are able to provide any input for the Governor's consideration, as they do for furlough and parole prior to an offender's conviction or sentencing. Under existing law, only the Department of Public Safety is mandated to consider every application for pardon, which is referred by the Governor. Your Committee further finds that there is very little guidance or requirements regarding the process before a pardon is granted. This measure will establish a consistent and reliable means for prosecutors and victims to be able to provide meaningful input on all applications for pardon so that the Governor can make more informed decisions.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting an effective date of July 30, 2075, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(2) 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 Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2091, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2091, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,

 

 

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair