Cigarette Stamp Tax

Provides that the excise tax on cigarettes shall be imposed and
collected through the use of stamps purchased by wholesalers and
dealers, and affixed to cigarette packages.  Includes provisions
for civil and criminal penalties, and for forfeitures of
cigarettes, to be enforced by the police departments, liquor
commissions, attorney general, and prosecuting attorneys.
Mandates repeal of the law in 2005 upon a finding by the state
auditor that the law has not reduced the loss of tax revenue due
to the illegal sale of untaxed cigarettes. (HB176 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                     A BILL FOR AN ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Chapter 245, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended
 2 by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read
 3 as follows:
 4                 "PART   .  STAMPING OF CIGARETTES
 5      245-A  Payment of tax through use of stamps.(a)  The tax
 6 imposed under section 245-3 upon the sale or use of cigarettes
 7 shall be paid by licensees through the use of stamps.
 8      (b)  The department shall furnish stamps for sale.
 9      245-B  Sales through financial institutions; rules.  The
10 department may enter into agreements to permit the sale of stamps
11 by designated financial institutions located within the State.  A
12 list of financial institutions designated to sell stamps shall be
13 made available at the department.  The department may adopt rules
14 as necessary for this purpose pursuant to chapter 91.
15      245-C  Designs, specifications, and denominations of
16 stamps; affixation; cancellation.  Stamps shall be of such
17 designs, specifications, and denominations as may be prescribed
18 by the department.  The department shall adopt rules pursuant to
19 chapter 91, on the method and manner in which stamps are to be
20 affixed to packages of cigarettes, and may provide for the
21 cancellation of stamps.
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 1      245-D  Affixation prior to distribution.(a)  Beginning
 2 April 15, 2000, a licensee, or designee of a licensee, may apply
 3 to the department for stamps as provided in this section.
 4      (b)  Beginning May 1, 2000, a licensee or the authorized
 5 agent or designee of a licensee, shall affix a stamp to the
 6 bottom of each individual package of cigarettes, prior to
 7 distribution.
 8      (c)  Beginning September 1, 2000, an individual package of
 9 cigarettes, not affixed with the stamp required under this
10 section, shall not be sold or offered for sale to the general
11 public.
12      (d)  Beginning September 1, 2000, a cigarette package, not
13 affixed with the stamp required under this section, shall not be
14 placed or stored in a vending machine. 
15      245-E  Approval of department required for transfer of
16 stamps.  Unaffixed stamps shall not be sold, exchanged, or in any
17 manner transferred by a licensee to another person without prior
18 written approval of the department.  Any person who violates this
19 section shall be fined not less than $500 and not more than
20 $1,000 for each violation.
21      245-F  Authority to order purchases for wholesaler or
22 dealer; duration; revocation.  A licensee shall, in writing,
23 authorize those persons who may order purchases of stamps for the

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 1 licensee at a location where stamps are sold.  The authorization
 2 shall continue in effect until written notice of revocation of
 3 the authority is delivered at the sales location in the manner
 4 prescribed by rules adopted by the department pursuant to chapter
 5 91.
 6      245-G  Payment of tax without use of stamps in certain
 7 transactions; rules.  The department may provide by rule pursuant
 8 to chapter 91 that the tax imposed by this chapter with respect
 9 to cigarettes may be paid without the use of stamps in connection
10 with a particular type of transaction.
11      245-H  Price; payment; deferred payment purchases.(a)
12 Stamps shall be sold to licensees at their denominated values,
13 plus a state stamp fee of      per cent to pay for the cost to
14 the State of providing the stamps; provided that the department
15 may adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, to modify the state
16 stamp fee to reflect the actual costs incurred by the State in
17 providing the stamps.
18      (b)  Licensees may include in the price of cigarettes to
19 which there is affixed the stamp required under this part, a
20 distributor's stamp fee of      per cent of the denominated value
21 of the stamp, to cover the stamp fee paid to the State as well as
22 other costs incurred by licensees in affixing the stamp; provided
23 that the department may adopt rules, pursuant to chapter 91, to

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 1 modify the distributor's fee to reflect the actual costs incurred
 2 by licensees to acquire and affix the stamps.
 3      (c)  Payment for stamps shall be made at the time of
 4 purchase; provided that the department may adopt rules pursuant
 5 to chapter 91 to permit a licensee to defer payments therefor as
 6 provided for in section 245-I.
 7      245-I  Application to fix maximum amount and time of
 8 deferred-payment purchases; bonding; designation of sales
 9 locations.(a)  A licensee may apply to the department to set
10 the maximum amount of deferred-payment purchases of stamps that
11 may remain unpaid by the licensee during the time specified under
12 section 245-J.  Upon receipt of the application and any bond
13 required pursuant to subsection (b), the department shall set the
14 amount for deferred-payment purchases.
15      (b)  The department of taxation may require that a licensee
16 who submits an application for deferred-payment purchases of
17 stamps post a bond in an amount of up to one hundred per cent of
18 the maximum amount of allowed deferred-payment purchases as a
19 condition of approval of the application by the department.
20      245-J  Time for payment of deferred-payment purchases;
21 manner of payment.  Amounts owing for stamps purchased on the
22 deferred-payment basis in any calendar month shall be due and
23 payable on or before the last day of the following calendar

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 1 month.  Payment shall be made by a remittance payable to the
 2 department.
 3      245-K  Suspension of privilege to purchase on deferred-
 4 payment basis or reduction of amount of permissible purchases.
 5 The department may suspend, without prior notice, a licensee's
 6 privilege to purchase stamps on the deferred-payment basis, or
 7 may reduce the amount of deferred-payment purchases allowed the
 8 licensee, if:
 9      (1)  The licensee fails to promptly pay for stamps when
10           payment is due;
11      (2)  The bond or bonds required of the licensee are
12           canceled, become void, impaired, or unenforceable for
13           any reason; or
14      (3)  In the opinion of the department, collection of any
15           amounts unpaid or due from the licensee under this
16           chapter is jeopardized.
17      245-L  Penalty for failure to make timely payment.  A
18 licensee who fails to pay any amount owing for the purchase of
19 stamps within the time required shall pay a penalty of ten per
20 cent of the amount due in addition to the amount due plus
21 interest at the rate specified in section 231-39, from the date
22 on which the amount became due and payable until the date of
23 payment.

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 1      245-M  Unused stamps.  The department shall adopt rules
 2 pursuant to chapter 91 for a refund or credit to a licensee in
 3 the amount of the denominated values of any unused stamps.
 4      245-N  Cigarettes and tobacco products shipped outside the
 5 state for sale or use outside state; refund or credit of taxes.
 6 (a)  The department, shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to
 7 refund or credit to a licensee the tobacco tax imposed on
 8 cigarettes and tobacco products pursuant to this chapter, paid on
 9 the distribution of cigarettes or tobacco products that are
10 shipped to a point outside the State for subsequent sale or use
11 outside the State.
12      (b)  This section shall not apply to cigarettes or tobacco
13 products that are distributed in this State to consumers and
14 which are subsequently taken outside the State.
15      245-O  Monthly report on distributions of cigarettes and
16 tobacco products, and purchases of stamps.(a)  On or before the
17 last day of each month, every licensee shall file, on forms
18 prescribed by the department, a report of the licensee's
19 distributions of cigarettes and purchases of stamps during the
20 preceding month, and any other information that the department
21 may require to carry out this section.
22      (b)  On or before the last day of each month, every licensee
23 shall file, on forms prescribed by the department, a report of

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 1 the licensee's distributions of tobacco products and the
 2 wholesale costs of tobacco products during the preceding month,
 3 and any other information that the department may require to
 4 carry out this section.
 5      245-P  Counterfeiting stamps.  Any person who:
 6      (1)  Falsely or fraudulently makes, forges, alters, reuses,
 7           or counterfeits, any stamp provided for or authorized
 8           under this part;
 9      (2)  Causes or procures to be falsely or fraudulently made,
10           forged, altered, reused, or counterfeited, any stamp;
11           or
12      (3)  Knowingly and wilfully utters, publishes, passes, or
13           tenders as genuine, any false, forged, altered, reused,
14           or counterfeited stamp,
15 is guilty of a class B felony and shall be imprisoned for not
16 less than one year and not more than ten years, and may be fined
17 not more than $50,000, or both.
18      245-Q  Sale or purchase of packages of cigarettes without
19 stamps; fines and penalties.(a)  Beginning September 1, 2000, a
20 person who knowingly possesses, keeps, stores, acquires,
21 transports, or retains for the purpose of sale, or sells or
22 offers to sell, three thousand or more cigarettes with an
23 aggregate wholesale price of $250 or more, to which there are not

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 1 affixed the stamps required under this part, regardless of the
 2 source of, or method of obtaining the cigarettes, shall be guilty
 3 of a class C felony, and upon conviction thereof, shall be fined
 4 not more than $10,000, and may be imprisoned not less than one
 5 year and not more than five years, or both; provided that a
 6 corporation shall be fined not more than $50,000.
 7      (b)  Beginning September 1, 2000, a person who knowingly
 8 possesses, keeps, stores, acquires, transports, or retains for
 9 the purpose of sale, or sells or offers to sell, one thousand two
10 hundred or more, but not more than two thousand nine hundred
11 ninety-nine, cigarettes with an aggregate wholesale value of $100
12 or more, but less than $250, is guilty of a misdemeanor
13 punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment of
14 not more than one year, or both; provided that a corporation
15 shall be fined not more than $25,000.
16      (c)  Beginning September 1, 2000, a person who knowingly
17 violates a provision of this part for which a criminal punishment
18 is not otherwise provided is guilty of a misdemeanor, and may be
19 fined not more than $2,000 or imprisoned not more than one year,
20 or both.
21      245-R  Vending unstamped cigarettes; offense; punishment.
22 Beginning September 1, 2000, a person in possession or control
23 of, or having access to, a cigarette vending machine, who

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 1 knowingly or wilfully places for sale in the vending machine any
 2 cigarettes not contained in packages to which are affixed Hawaii
 3 tax stamps, shall be guilty of a class C felony, and upon
 4 conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $10,000, and may
 5 be imprisoned not less than one year and not more than ten years,
 6 or both; provided that a corporation shall be fined not more than
 7 $50,000.
 8      245-S  Enforcement; injunction; disposition of fines.(a)
 9 Enforcement of this part shall be under the concurrent
10 jurisdiction of the county liquor commissions, attorney general,
11 prosecuting attorney, and police department of each county.
12      (b)  Notwithstanding the existence of other remedies at law,
13 the attorney general or prosecuting attorney may apply for, and
14 the court may grant, a temporary or permanent injunction
15 restraining any person from violating or continuing to violate
16 this part.  The injunction shall be issued without bond.
17      (c)  Where a county police department, working with either
18 the attorney general or prosecuting attorney, initiates and
19 conducts an investigation resulting in the imposition and
20 collection of a criminal fine pursuant to this part, one hundred
21 per cent of the fine shall be equally distributed between the
22 police department whose officers or employees initiated and
23 conducted the investigation, and either the office of the

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 1 attorney general or of the prosecuting attorney, whichever
 2 obtained the underlying conviction.
 3      245-T  Liquor commission hearing, counterfeiting stamps,
 4 or selling, purchasing, or vending unstamped cigarettes.(a)
 5 The liquor commission or liquor control adjudication board may
 6 assess and collect a fine against, or reprimand any person who
 7 counterfeits Hawaii tax stamps, or sells, purchases, or vends
 8 unstamped cigarettes in violation of this part or of any rule or
 9 regulation applicable thereto.  Any reprimand or fine imposed by
10 the commission or board pursuant to this section shall be in
11 addition to any other fine that may be imposed by law.  The fine
12 assessed and collected pursuant to this section shall not exceed
13 the sum of $2,000 for each violation.
14      (b)  In every case where proceedings under this section in
15 which a fine may be imposed are conducted, the person subject to
16 those proceedings shall be entitled to notice and hearing in
17 conformity with chapter 91.  The person shall be entitled to be
18 heard in person or through counsel, and shall be given a full and
19 fair opportunity to present facts showing that the alleged cause
20 or causes for the proposed action do not exist, or to show any
21 other reason why no fine should be imposed.  Testimony taken at
22 the hearing shall be under oath and recorded stenographically, or
23 by machine.  The parties shall not be bound by strict rules of

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 1 evidence.  At the request of the person subject to the
 2 proceedings, certified copies of any transcript and of any other
 3 record made of, or at the hearing, shall be provided upon payment
 4 by the requester of the costs of providing the certified copies.
 5      (c)  The notice required by this section shall be served in
 6 the following manner:
 7      (1)  Written notice of the violation shall be given to the
 8           person charged with the violation within a reasonable
 9           period of time after the alleged violation is
10           discovered, and the person charged shall be requested
11           to acknowledge receipt of the notice;
12      (2)  If the person charged cannot be found after diligent
13           search, notice may be served by leaving a certified
14           copy of the written notice at the person's dwelling
15           house or usual place of abode with any person of
16           suitable age and discretion residing therein;
17      (3)  If the person charged cannot be found after diligent
18           search, and service cannot be made, then service may be
19           made by mailing a certified copy of the written notice
20           by way of the United States post office certified mail,
21           postage prepaid, and addressed to the person at the
22           person's last known residence address; and

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 1      (4)  Where a partnership, corporation, unincorporated
 2           association, or limited liability company is charged,
 3           service may be made upon any partner, officer, or
 4           member thereof.
 5      245-U  Seizure and confiscation of unstamped cigarettes.
 6 The county liquor commissions, attorney general, prosecuting
 7 attorney, and the police department of each of the counties may
 8 seize and confiscate any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or
 9 carton of cigarettes which is possessed, kept, stored, acquired,
10 transported, or retained for the purpose of sale, or sold or
11 offered for sale in violation of this part, subject to the
12 requirements of chapter 281.
13      245-V  Arrest; abetters.  The owner, keeper, and any person
14 having custody of any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or carton
15 of cigarettes seized as provided in section 245-U, may be
16 arrested without necessity of warrant and brought before the
17 district court of the circuit in which the seizure occurred.  If
18 the owner or keeper of the cigarette, package of cigarettes, or
19 carton of cigarettes seized is unknown to the police officer
20 making the seizure, or if no person is found in apparent
21 possession or custody of the same, the police officer may arrest
22 and bring before the court the owner or occupant of the building,
23 place, or premises, or the driver, operator, owner, or other

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 1 person in charge of the conveyance in which the cigarette,
 2 package of cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes is found, if such
 3 person is known or can be ascertained.  Any person who has
 4 knowingly engaged in, aided, assisted, or abetted the obtaining,
 5 keeping, or sale of any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or
 6 carton of cigarettes seized as provided in section 245-U, or has
 7 been privy thereto, or has knowingly permitted the use of any
 8 place, building, premises, or conveyance for such unlawful
 9 purpose, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished as
10 provided in section 245-Q(c).
11      245-W  Forfeitures; disposition.(a)  Any cigarette,
12 package of cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes unlawfully
13 possessed, kept, stored, acquired, transported, or retained for
14 the purpose of sale, or sold or offered for sale, in violation of
15 this part, may be ordered forfeited pursuant to chapter 281 by an
16 appropriate administrative or judicial proceeding. 
17      (b)  Any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or carton of
18 cigarettes forfeited pursuant to this section shall be sold to a
19 licensed wholesaler or dealer.
20      (c)  All proceeds from the sale of any cigarette, package of
21 cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes forfeited as provided in this
22 section shall, after payment of expenses of administration and
23 sale, be distributed equally between:

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 1      (1)  Either the county police department or county liquor
 2           commission whose officers/investigators and employees
 3           initiated and conducted an investigation resulting in
 4           the forfeiture and sale of cigarettes pursuant to this
 5           section; and
 6      (2)  The attorney general or prosecuting attorney who
 7           instituted the action producing the forfeiture.
 8      (d)  Money distributed to the county liquor commissions,
 9 county police departments, attorney general, or prosecuting
10 attorney shall be used for law enforcement purposes, and shall
11 complement but not supplant the funds regularly appropriated for
12 such purposes.
13      245-X  Appeals.  A claimant of a cigarette, package of
14 cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes forfeited pursuant to section
15 245-W, may appeal the forfeiture in the same manner as appeals
16 are allowed in other cases governed by chapter 281.  If the
17 claimant fails to appear, or to diligently prosecute the appeal,
18 or fails to secure a reversal of the judgment in the appellate
19 court, the judgment appealed from shall be carried out.
20      245-Y  Claims.  If the owner or possessor of any cigarette,
21 package of cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes seized under this
22 section appears and makes claim to the same, the owner or
23 possessor shall file with the court before whom the proceedings

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 1 are pending, a claim in writing, setting forth the claimant's
 2 interest therein, and the reason why the the items claimed should
 3 not be adjudged forfeited.  The claimant shall also give bond in
 4 favor of the State, sufficient in amount and sureties, approved
 5 by the court, and conditioned that such claim will be diligently
 6 prosecuted and that if decided against the claimant, the claimant
 7 shall pay the costs of the proceedings conducted to resolve the
 8 claim.  If the judgment is against the claimant, the cigarette,
 9 package of cigarettes, carton of cigarettes, and all containers
10 thereof shall be adjudged forfeited and shall be disposed of as
11 provided in this section, and judgment shall be rendered against
12 the claimant for all costs of the proceedings conducted to
13 resolve the claimant's claim.
14      245-Z  Prosecutions not to exclude other remedies affecting
15 goods.  The criminal penalties and administrative fines
16 authorized under this part, shall be in addition to any
17 forfeitures imposed pursuant to section 245-W."
18      SECTION 2.  Section 245-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
19 amended by adding eight new definitions to be appropriately
20 inserted and to read as follows:
21      ""Attorney general" means the attorney general or deputy
22 attorneys general of the State of Hawaii.
23      "Department" means the department of taxation.

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 1      "License" means any license granted under this chapter.
 2      "Licensee" means a holder of a license granted under this
 3 chapter.
 4      "Liquor control adjudication board" or "board" means a board
 5 established by county charter, within a county, that shall have
 6 the jurisdiction to hear and determine complaints or violations
 7 of chapter 281 and to impose penalties as may be provided in
 8 chapter 281.
 9      "Liquor commission" means the liquor commission of each
10 county.
11      "Prosecuting attorney" means the prosecuting attorney or
12 deputy prosecuting attorneys of the various counties.
13      "Stamp" means a stamp printed, manufactured, or made by
14 authority of the department, as provided in this chapter, which
15 is issued, sold, or circulated by the department, and by the use
16 of which the tax levied under this chapter is paid."
17      SECTION 3.  Section 245-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
18 amended to read as follows:
19      "245-3  Taxes[; limitations].(a)  Every [wholesaler or
20 dealer,] licensee, in addition to any other taxes provided by
21 law, shall pay for the privilege of conducting business and other
22 activities in the State an:

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 1      (1)  Excise tax equal to:
 2           (A)  4.00 cents for each cigarette sold, used or
 3                possessed by the [wholesaler or dealer,] licensee
 4                after August 31, 1997; and
 5           (B)  5.00 cents for each cigarette sold, used, or
 6                possessed by a [wholesaler or dealer] licensee
 7                after June 30, 1998,
 8 whether or not sold at wholesale, or if not sold then at the same
 9 rate upon the use by the wholesaler or dealer; and
10      (2)  Excise tax equal to forty per cent of the wholesale
11           price of each article or item of tobacco products sold
12           by the [wholesaler or dealer,] licensee, whether or not
13           sold at wholesale, or if not sold then at the same rate
14           upon the use by the [wholesaler or dealer] licensee.
15      Where the tax imposed has been paid on cigarettes or tobacco
16 products which thereafter become the subject of a casualty loss
17 deduction allowable under chapter 235, the tax paid shall be
18 refunded or credited to the account of the [wholesaler or
19 dealer.] licensee.   In applying the tax[,] to tobacco products,
20 the tax shall be applied against the latest of the activities to
21 occur: the sale; the use; or the possession of [cigarettes or]
22 tobacco products.  The tax shall be applied to cigarettes through
23 the use of stamps.

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 1      (b)  The taxes, however, are subject to the following
 2 limitations:
 3      (1)  The measure of the taxes shall not include any
 4           cigarettes or tobacco products exempted, and so long as
 5           the same are exempted, from the imposition of taxes by
 6           the Constitution or laws of the United States; and
 7      (2)  The taxes shall be paid only once in respect of the
 8           same cigarettes or tobacco product.  This limitation
 9           shall not prohibit the imposition of the excise tax on
10           receipts from sales of tobacco products under
11           subsection (a)(2); provided that the amount subject to
12           the tax on each sale shall not include amounts
13           previously taxed under this chapter.
14      (c)       cents of the cigarette tax assessed after May 1,
15 2000, shall be paid to the county liquor commissions as follows:
16           (1)       per cent shall be paid to the liquor
17                commission for the city and county of Honolulu;
18           (2)       per cent shall be paid to liquor commission
19                for the county of Hawaii;
20           (3)       per cent shall be paid to the liquor
21                commission for the county of Maui; and
22           (4)      per cent shall be paid to the liquor
23                commission for the county of Kauai."

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 1      SECTION 4.  Section 245-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended to read as follows:
 3      "245-5  Returns.  Every licensee, on or before the last day
 4 of each month, shall file with the department [of taxation] a
 5 return showing the cigarettes and tobacco products sold,
 6 possessed, or used by the licensee during the preceding calendar
 7 month and of the taxes chargeable against the taxpayer in
 8 accordance with this chapter.  The form of the return shall be
 9 prescribed by the department and shall [contain such information
10 including] include a separate statement of the number and
11 wholesale price of cigarettes, the amount of stamps purchased and
12 used, and the wholesale price of tobacco products, sold,
13 possessed, or used, and any other information [as it] that the
14 department may deem necessary for the proper administration of
15 this chapter."
16      SECTION 5.  Section 245-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
17 amended to read as follows:
18      "245-6  Payment of taxes; penalties.  At the time of the
19 filing of the return required under section 245-5 and within the
20 time prescribed therefor, each licensee shall pay to the
21 department [of taxation] the taxes imposed by this chapter,
22 required to be shown by the return[.], including the unpaid
23 amount of taxes imposed by this chapter."

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 1      SECTION 6.  Section 245-8, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
 3      "(a)  Every [wholesaler and dealer] licensee shall keep a
 4 record of [every]:
 5      (1)  Every sale or use of cigarettes and tobacco products by
 6           the [wholesaler or dealer, the] licensee;
 7      (2)  The number and wholesale price of cigarettes[,]; [and
 8           the]
 9      (3)  The wholesale price of tobacco products, sold,
10           possessed, or used[,]; [and of the]
11      (4)  The taxes payable [thereon,] on tobacco products sold,
12           possessed, or used, if any[,]; and
13      (5)  The amounts of stamps purchased and used,
14 in such form as the department [of taxation] may prescribe.  The
15 records shall be offered for inspection and examination at any
16 time upon demand by the department and shall be preserved for a
17 period of five years, except that the department, in writing, may
18 consent to their destruction within the five-year period or may
19 require that they be kept longer.  The department, by rule, may
20 require the licensee to keep such other records as it may deem
21 necessary for the proper enforcement of this chapter."
22      SECTION 7.  Section 245-15, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
23 amended to read as follows:

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 1      "245-15  Disposition of revenues.  All moneys collected
 2 pursuant to this chapter shall be paid into the state treasury as
 3 state realizations to be kept and accounted for as provided by
 4 law[.], except for the amounts designated by:
 5      (1)  Sections 245-S, T, and W, for distribution to the
 6           county liquor commissions, the county police
 7           departments, or the prosecuting attorney; and
 8      (2)  Section 245-3 to be paid to the county liquor
 9           commissions."
10      SECTION 8.  Section 281-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
11 amended to read as follows:
12      "281-17  Jurisdiction and powers.  The liquor commission,
13 within its own county, shall have the sole jurisdiction, power,
14 authority, and discretion, subject only to this chapter[:] and
15 chapter 245:
16      (1)  To grant, refuse, suspend, and revoke any licenses for
17           the manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors;
18      (2)  To take appropriate action against a person who,
19           directly or indirectly, manufactures or sells any
20           liquor without being authorized pursuant to this
21           chapter; provided that in counties which have
22           established by charter a liquor control adjudication
23           board, the board shall have the jurisdiction, power,

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 1           authority, and discretion to hear and determine
 2           administrative complaints of the director regarding
 3           violations of the liquor laws of the State or of the
 4           rules of the liquor commission, and impose penalties
 5           [for] violations thereof as may be provided by law;
 6      (3)  To take appropriate action against a person who
 7           counterfeits stamps, or sells, purchases, or vends
 8           unstamped cigarette packages in violation of chapter
 9           245 or any rule thereof;
10     [(3)] (4)  To control, supervise, and regulate the
11           manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors by
12           investigation, enforcement, and education; provided
13           that any educational program shall be limited to
14           licensees and their employees and shall be financed
15           through the money collected from the assessment of
16           fines against licensees;
17     [(4)] (5)  From time to time to make, amend, and repeal such
18           rules, not inconsistent with this chapter, as in the
19           judgment of the commission seem appropriate for
20           carrying out this chapter and for the efficient
21           administration thereof, and the proper conduct of the
22           business of all licensees, including every matter or
23           thing required to be done or which may be done with the

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 1           approval or consent or by order or under the direction
 2           or supervision of or as prescribed by the commission;
 3           which rules, when adopted as provided in chapter 91
 4           shall have the force and effect of law;
 5     [(5)] (6)  Subject to chapters 76 and 77, to appoint and
 6           remove an administrator, who may also be appointed an
 7           investigator and who shall be responsible for the
 8           operations and activities of the staff.  The
 9           administrator may hire and remove hearing officers,
10           investigators, and clerical or other assistants as its
11           business may from time to time require, to prescribe
12           their duties, and fix their compensation; to engage the
13           services of experts and persons engaged in the practice
14           of a profession, if deemed expedient.  Every
15           investigator, within the scope of the investigator's
16           duties, shall have the powers of a police officer.  No
17           employee of any commission, aside from exercising the
18           right to vote, shall support, advocate, or aid in the
19           election or defeat of any candidate for public office,
20           and upon satisfactory proof of such prohibited activity
21           the offender shall be summarily dismissed;
22     [(6)] (7)  To limit the number of licenses of any class or
23           kind within the county, or the number of licensees of

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 1           any class of kind to do business in any given locality,
 2           when in the judgment of the commission such limitations
 3           are in the public interest;
 4     [(7)] (8)  To prescribe the nature of the proof to be
 5           furnished, the notices to be given, and the conditions
 6           to be met or observed in case of the issuance of a
 7           duplicate license in place of one alleged to have been
 8           lost or destroyed, including a requirement of any
 9           indemnity deemed appropriate to the case;
10     [(8)] (9)  To fix the hours between which licensed premises
11           of any class or classes may regularly be open for the
12           transaction of business, which shall be uniform
13           throughout the county as to each class respectively;
14     [(9)] (10)  To prescribe all forms to be used for the
15           purposes of this chapter not otherwise provided for in
16           this chapter, or in chapter 245, and the character and
17           manner of keeping of books, records, and accounts to be
18           kept by chapter 281 and 245 licensees in any matter
19           pertaining to their business;
20    [(10)] (11)  To investigate violations of this chapter,
21           chapter 244D, and chapter 245 and, notwithstanding any
22           law to the contrary, violations of the applicable
23           department of health's allowable noise levels, through

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 1           its investigators or otherwise, to include covert
 2           operations, and to report violations to the prosecuting
 3           officer for prosecution and, where appropriate, the
 4           director of taxation to hear and determine complaints
 5           against any licensee;
 6    [(11)] (12)  To prescribe, by rule, the terms, conditions, and
 7           circumstances under which persons or any class of
 8           persons may be employed by holders of licenses;
 9    [(12)] (13)  To prescribe, by rule, the term of any license or
10           solicitor's and representative's permit authorized by
11           this chapter, the annual or prorated amount, the manner
12           of payment of fees for the licenses and permits, and
13           the amount of filing fees; and
14    [(13)] (14)  To prescribe, by rule, the circumstances and
15           penalty for the unauthorized manufacturing of selling
16           of any liquor.
17    Subject only to this chapter, the commission or board and each
18 member thereof shall have the same powers respecting the
19 administering of oaths, compelling the attendance of witnesses
20 and the production of documentary evidence, and examining the
21 witnesses as are possessed by a circuit court, except that the
22 commission or board and each member thereof shall not be bound by
23 the strict legal rules of evidence.  In addition, the commission

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 1 or board shall have the power to require the production of, and
 2 to examine any books, papers, and records of any [licensee]
 3 person licensed under this chapter or chapter 245, which may
 4 pertain to the licensee's business under the license or which may
 5 pertain to a matter at a hearing before the commission or board
 6 or to an investigation by the commission or board.
 7    The exercise by the commission or board of the power,
 8 authority, and discretion vested in it pursuant to this chapter
 9 shall be final and shall not be reviewable by or appealable to
10 any court or tribunal, except as otherwise provided in this
11 chapter or chapter 91."
12    SECTION 9.  Sections 245-1 to 245-15, Hawaii Revised Statutes,
13 are designated as:
14                   "PART I.  GENERAL PROVISIONS"
15    SECTION 10.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that
16 matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were
17 begun, before its effective date.
18    SECTION 11.  In codifying the new sections added by section 1,
19 and referred to in this Act, the revisor of statutes shall
20 substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in
21 designating the new sections in this Act.
22    SECTION 12.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
23 New statutory material is underscored.

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 1    SECTION 13.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval;
 2 provided that on June 30, 2005, this Act shall be repealed and
 3 sections 245-1, 245-3, 245-5, 245-6, 245-8, 245-15, and 281-17,
 4 Hawaii Revised Statutes, are reenacted in the form in which they
 5 read on the day before the approval of this Act upon a finding by
 6 the legislative auditor that this Act has not had the effect of
 7 reducing the loss of cigarette tax revenue to the State from the
 8 illegal sale of untaxed cigarettes.