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.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
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
24 licensee at a location where stamps are sold.  The authorization

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

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

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 1      245-K  Suspension of privilege to purchase on deferred-
 2 payment basis or reduction of amount of permissible purchases.
 3 The department may suspend, without prior notice, a licensee's
 4 privilege to purchase stamps on the deferred-payment basis, or
 5 may reduce the amount of deferred-payment purchases allowed the
 6 licensee, if:
 7      (1)  The licensee fails to promptly pay for stamps when
 8           payment is due;
 9      (2)  The bond or bonds required of the licensee are
10           canceled, become void, impaired, or unenforceable for
11           any reason; or
12      (3)  In the opinion of the department, collection of any
13           amounts unpaid or due from the licensee under this
14           chapter is jeopardized.
15      245-L  Penalty for failure to make timely payment.  A
16 licensee who fails to pay any amount owing for the purchase of
17 stamps within the time required shall pay a penalty of ten per
18 cent of the amount due in addition to the amount due plus
19 interest at the rate specified in section 231-39, from the date
20 on which the amount became due and payable until the date of
21 payment.
22      245-M  Unused stamps.  The department shall adopt rules
23 pursuant to chapter 91 for a refund or credit to a licensee in
24 the amount of the denominated values of any unused stamps.

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

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

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

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

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

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 1      (c)  The notice required by this section shall be served in
 2 the following manner:
 3      (1)  Written notice of the violation shall be given to the
 4           person charged with the violation within a reasonable
 5           period of time after the alleged violation is
 6           discovered, and the person charged shall be requested
 7           to acknowledge receipt of the notice;
 8      (2)  If the person charged cannot be found after diligent
 9           search, notice may be served by leaving a certified
10           copy of the written notice at the person's dwelling
11           house or usual place of abode with any person of
12           suitable age and discretion residing therein;
13      (3)  If the person charged cannot be found after diligent
14           search, and service cannot be made, then service may be
15           made by mailing a certified copy of the written notice
16           by way of the United States post office certified mail,
17           postage prepaid, and addressed to the person at the
18           person's last known residence address; and
19      (4)  Where a partnership, corporation, unincorporated
20           association, or limited liability company is charged,
21           service may be made upon any partner, officer, or
22           member thereof.

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 1      245-U  Seizure and confiscation of unstamped cigarettes.
 2 The county liquor commissions, attorney general, prosecuting
 3 attorney, and the police department of each of the counties may
 4 seize and confiscate any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or
 5 carton of cigarettes which is possessed, kept, stored, acquired,
 6 transported, or retained for the purpose of sale, or sold or
 7 offered for sale in violation of this part, subject to the
 8 requirements of chapters 281 and 712A.
 9      245-V  Arrest; abetters.  The owner, keeper, and any person
10 having custody of any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or carton
11 of cigarettes seized as provided in section 245-U, may be
12 arrested without necessity of warrant and brought before the
13 district court of the circuit in which the seizure occurred.  If
14 the owner or keeper of the cigarette, package of cigarettes, or
15 carton of cigarettes seized is unknown to the police officer
16 making the seizure, or if no person is found in apparent
17 possession or custody of the same, the police officer may arrest
18 and bring before the court the owner or occupant of the building,
19 place, or premises, or the driver, operator, owner, or other
20 person in charge of the conveyance in which the cigarette,
21 package of cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes is found, if such
22 person is known or can be ascertained.  Any person who has
23 knowingly engaged in, aided, assisted, or abetted the obtaining,

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 1 keeping, or sale of any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or
 2 carton of cigarettes seized as provided in section 245-U, or has
 3 been privy thereto, or has knowingly permitted the use of any
 4 place, building, premises, or conveyance for such unlawful
 5 purpose, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and be punished as
 6 provided in section 245-Q(c).
 7      245-W  Forfeitures; disposition.(a)  Any cigarette,
 8 package of cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes unlawfully
 9 possessed, kept, stored, acquired, transported, or retained for
10 the purpose of sale, or sold or offered for sale, in violation of
11 this part, may be ordered forfeited pursuant to chapters 281 and
12 712A by an appropriate administrative or judicial proceeding. 
13      (b)  Any cigarette, package of cigarettes, or carton of
14 cigarettes forfeited pursuant to this section shall be sold to a
15 licensed wholesaler or dealer.
16      (c)  All proceeds from the sale of any cigarette, package of
17 cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes forfeited as provided in this
18 section shall, after payment of expenses of administration and
19 sale, be distributed equally between:
20      (1)  Either the county police department or county liquor
21           commission whose officers/investigators and employees
22           initiated and conducted an investigation resulting in

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 1           the forfeiture and sale of cigarettes pursuant to this
 2           section; and
 3      (2)  The attorney general or prosecuting attorney who
 4           instituted the action producing the forfeiture.
 5      (d)  Money distributed to the county liquor commissions,
 6 county police departments, attorney general, or prosecuting
 7 attorney shall be used for law enforcement purposes, and shall
 8 complement but not supplant the funds regularly appropriated for
 9 such purposes.
10      245-X  Appeals.  A claimant of a cigarette, package of
11 cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes forfeited pursuant to section
12 245-W, may appeal the forfeiture in the same manner as appeals
13 are allowed in other cases governed by chapters 281 and 712A.  If
14 the claimant fails to appear, or to diligently prosecute the
15 appeal, or fails to secure a reversal of the judgment in the
16 appellate court, the judgment appealed from shall be carried out.
17      245-Y  Claims.  If the owner or possessor of any cigarette,
18 package of cigarettes, or carton of cigarettes seized under this
19 section appears and makes claim to the same, the owner or
20 possessor shall file with the court before whom the proceedings
21 are pending, a claim in writing, setting forth the claimant's
22 interest therein, and the reason why the the items claimed should
23 not be adjudged forfeited.  The claimant shall also give bond in

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

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 1      "Liquor control adjudication board" or "board" means a board
 2 established by county charter, within a county, that shall have
 3 the jurisdiction to hear and determine complaints or violations
 4 of chapter 281 and to impose penalties as may be provided in
 5 chapter 281.
 6      "Liquor commission" means the liquor commission of each
 7 county.
 8      "Prosecuting attorney" means the prosecuting attorney or
 9 deputy prosecuting attorneys of the various counties.
10      "Stamp" means a stamp printed, manufactured, or made by
11 authority of the department, as provided in this chapter, which
12 is issued, sold, or circulated by the department, and by the use
13 of which the tax levied under this chapter is paid."
14      SECTION 3.  Section 245-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
15 amended to read as follows:
16      "245-3  Taxes[; limitations].(a)  Every [wholesaler or
17 dealer,] licensee, in addition to any other taxes provided by
18 law, shall pay for the privilege of conducting business and other
19 activities in the State an:
20      (1)  Excise tax equal to:
21           (A)  4.00 cents for each cigarette sold, used or
22                possessed by the [wholesaler or dealer,] licensee
23                after August 31, 1997; and

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

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 1           the same are exempted, from the imposition of taxes by
 2           the Constitution or laws of the United States; and
 3      (2)  The taxes shall be paid only once in respect of the
 4           same cigarettes or tobacco product.  This limitation
 5           shall not prohibit the imposition of the excise tax on
 6           receipts from sales of tobacco products under
 7           subsection (a)(2); provided that the amount subject to
 8           the tax on each sale shall not include amounts
 9           previously taxed under this chapter.
10      (c)       cents of the cigarette tax assessed after May 1,
11 2000, shall be paid to the county liquor commissions as follows:
12           (1)       per cent shall be paid to the liquor
13                commission for the city and county of Honolulu;
14           (2)       per cent shall be paid to liquor commission
15                for the county of Hawaii;
16           (3)       per cent shall be paid to the liquor
17                commission for the county of Maui; and
18           (4)      per cent shall be paid to the liquor
19                commission for the county of Kauai."
20      SECTION 4.  Section 245-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
21 amended to read as follows:
22      "245-5  Returns.  Every licensee, on or before the last day
23 of each month, shall file with the department [of taxation] a

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

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

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

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 1      (3)  To take appropriate action against a person who
 2           counterfeits stamps, or sells, purchases, or vends
 3           unstamped cigarette packages in violation of chapter
 4           245 or any rule thereof;
 5     [(3)] (4)  To control, supervise, and regulate the
 6           manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors by
 7           investigation, enforcement, and education; provided
 8           that any educational program shall be limited to
 9           licensees and their employees and shall be financed
10           through the money collected from the assessment of
11           fines against licensees;
12     [(4)] (5)  From time to time to make, amend, and repeal such
13           rules, not inconsistent with this chapter, as in the
14           judgment of the commission seem appropriate for
15           carrying out this chapter and for the efficient
16           administration thereof, and the proper conduct of the
17           business of all licensees, including every matter or
18           thing required to be done or which may be done with the
19           approval or consent or by order or under the direction
20           or supervision of or as prescribed by the commission;
21           which rules, when adopted as provided in chapter 91
22           shall have the force and effect of law;

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

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

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 1           director of taxation to hear and determine complaints
 2           against any licensee;
 3    [(11)] (12)  To prescribe, by rule, the terms, conditions, and
 4           circumstances under which persons or any class of
 5           persons may be employed by holders of licenses;
 6    [(12)] (13)  To prescribe, by rule, the term of any license or
 7           solicitor's and representative's permit authorized by
 8           this chapter, the annual or prorated amount, the manner
 9           of payment of fees for the licenses and permits, and
10           the amount of filing fees; and
11    [(13)] (14)  To prescribe, by rule, the circumstances and
12           penalty for the unauthorized manufacturing of selling
13           of any liquor.
14    Subject only to this chapter, the commission or board and each
15 member thereof shall have the same powers respecting the
16 administering of oaths, compelling the attendance of witnesses
17 and the production of documentary evidence, and examining the
18 witnesses as are possessed by a circuit court, except that the
19 commission or board and each member thereof shall not be bound by
20 the strict legal rules of evidence.  In addition, the commission
21 or board shall have the power to require the production of, and
22 to examine any books, papers, and records of any [licensee]
23 person licensed under this chapter or chapter 245, which may

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 1 pertain to the licensee's business under the license or which may
 2 pertain to a matter at a hearing before the commission or board
 3 or to an investigation by the commission or board.
 4    The exercise by the commission or board of the power,
 5 authority, and discretion vested in it pursuant to this chapter
 6 shall be final and shall not be reviewable by or appealable to
 7 any court or tribunal, except as otherwise provided in this
 8 chapter or chapter 91."
 9    SECTION 9.  Sections 245-1 to 245-15, Hawaii Revised Statutes,
10 are designated as:
11                   "PART I.  GENERAL PROVISIONS"
12    SECTION 10.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that
13 matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were
14 begun, before its effective date.
15    SECTION 11.  In codifying the new sections added by section 1,
16 and referred to in this Act, the revisor of statutes shall
17 substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in
18 designating the new sections in this Act.
19    SECTION 12.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
20 New statutory material is underscored.
21    SECTION 13.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval;
22 provided that on June 30, 2005, this Act shall be repealed and
23 sections 245-1, 245-3, 245-5, 245-6, 245-8, 245-15, and 281-17,

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 1 Hawaii Revised Statutes, are reenacted in the form in which they
 2 read on the day before the approval of this Act upon a finding by
 3 the legislative auditor that this Act has not had the effect of
 4 reducing the loss of cigarette tax revenue to the State from the
 5 illegal sale of untaxed cigarettes.
 7                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________