Today, members of the conference committees representing the House and Senate came to agreement on various bills; some noteworthy bills that passed are listed below. The bills now go before the full House and Senate for a final reading, and, if passed, will be sent to the Governor for enactment.
HB1987 RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
Amends the definition of "import" to include fireworks that are labeled or designated as samples, even if not intended for retail sale. Establishes a cause of action to abate the illegal purchasing, selling, possession, setting off, igniting, or discharging of fireworks. Allows the court to order the closure of any place used in violation of the fireworks law. Allows for the forfeiture of property used in violation of the fireworks law. (Introduced by Rep. Marcus Oshiro)
HB2266 RELATING TO CORRECTIONS (Prison Rape)
Requires the Department of Public Safety to address sexual assault in prison. Requires the department to provide annual data regarding acts of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. Requires the department to report to the Legislature on any implementation of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. (Introduced by Rep. Cindy Evans)
HB1190 RELATING TO TRAFFIC ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION
Requires the police department of each county to identify roadways most critical to free movement of persons and commerce and establish protocols necessary to coordinate major accident investigations, including immediately notifying the medical examiner in fatal accident cases. (Introduced by Rep. Rida Cabanilla)
HB1684 RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES
Prevents and reduces the intentional introduction and spread of invasive species by establishing and revising penalties appropriate to the harm caused by the intentional introduction and spread of invasive species to the economy, natural environment, and the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people. (Introduced by Rep. Clift Tsuji)
SB950 RELATING TO ELECTRIC GUNS
Authorizes law enforcement officers of the Department of Public Safety and conservation and resources enforcement officers of the Department of Land and Natural Resources to use electric guns and related equipment while performing their duties. (Introduced by Senator Colleen Hanabusa, By Request)