STAND. COM. REP. NO. 812

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: H.B. No. 880

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 880 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO POLICING,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to require each county police department to collect, report, and publicly publish certain data regarding police stops, arrests, uses of force, and trends.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from a member of the Honolulu City Council, Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, Ohana Hoopakele, Stonewall Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and numerous individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Honolulu Police Department.

 

Your Committee finds that this data will help inform administrative decision-making regarding police practices, augment deliberations by police commissions, support academic analyses of the operation of the State's criminal legal system, and provide the public with a clearer picture of how each department is fulfilling its stated mission and values.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by standardizing the information required to be reported on for police stops, arrests, use of force incidents.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 880, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 880, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

 

 

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DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair