Bill Text: HI HB686 | 2021 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Relating To Critical Electrical Infrastructure.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-02-16 - The committees on JHA recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 9 Ayes: Representative(s) Nakashima, Matayoshi, Ichiyama, Lowen, McKelvey, Nakamura, Todd, Ward; Ayes with reservations: Representative(s) LoPresti; 1 Noes: Representative(s) D. Kobayashi; and 2 Excused: Representative(s) Takumi, Tokioka. [HB686 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2021-HB686-Amended.html

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

686

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO CRITICAL ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the security and resilience of Hawaii's critical electrical infrastructure are fundamental to the health and welfare of the State's residents, visitors, and employees and to the national defense of the country.  The legislature acknowledges that modern society functions because of safe, affordable, and reliable electrical power.  However, existing trespassing laws do not provide a proportionate level of protection for such a key resource.

     The purpose of this Act is to protect the public and critical electrical utilities by establishing the offense of trespassing on critical electrical infrastructure.

     SECTION 2.  Chapter 708, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

     "§708-     Criminal trespass on critical electrical infrastructure.  (1)  A person commits the offense of criminal trespass on critical electrical infrastructure if the person intentionally enters or remains unlawfully on property of a critical electrical infrastructure, with intent to commit therein a crime against a person or against property rights, and:

    (a)   The property is fenced, enclosed, or secured in a manner designed to exclude intruders with posted warning signs; or

    (b)   The person recklessly disregards a risk that the property belongs to a critical electrical infrastructure company.

     (2)  Criminal trespass on critical electrical infrastructure is a class C felony."

     SECTION 3.  Section 708-800, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:

     ""Critical electrical infrastructure" means areas integral to the operation or function of:

     (1)  A power plant;

     (2)  An electric transmission facility;

     (3)  An electric station or substation; or

     (4)  Any other facility used to support the generation, transmission, or distribution of electricity.

"Critical electrical infrastructure" does not include support offices, land used for the transmission of electricity, or right-of-way that is not completely enclosed and maintained by the electric utility."

     SECTION 4.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

     SECTION 5.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 6.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.



 

Report Title:

Critical Electrical Infrastructure; Criminal Trespass; Class C Felony

 

Description:

Establishes the offense of criminal trespass on critical electrical infrastructure and makes it a class C felony.  (HD1)

 

 

 

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