Rep. Blake Oshiro, an attorney and Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee, announced at the end of session today that whoever stole the pennies should be aware of the following:
If the amount stolen exceeds $100, it is theft in the 3rd degree and considered a misdemeanor, with a sentence of up to 1 year in jail.
If the amount stolen is less than $100, it is theft in the 4th degree and considered a petty misdemeanor, with a sentence of up to 30 days in jail.
We hope to see the jar re-appear soon. And, by the way, the legislature does have its own power to prosecute crimes!
UPDATE: The pennies are back as of this afternoon. Mahalo Penny Thief!