CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REPORT NO. 78

                            Honolulu, Hawaii
                                            , 1999

                            RE:   H.B. No. 1401
                                  H.D. 2
                                  S.D. 1
                                  C.D. 1




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the
House of Representatives to the amendments proposed by the Senate
in H.B. No. 1401, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:

    "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE TOWING,"

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to
recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final
passage of this bill in an amended form.

     The purpose of this bill is to establish insurance and
identification requirements for towing businesses.  It includes a
provision for cases in which tow operators fail to comply with
the stated insurance requirements and allows for tow operators to
be sued for damages as a result of their failure to comply with
the requirements.  Furthermore, the bill repeals the drop-dead
provision of Act 138, Session Laws of Hawaii 1998.

     Your Committee on Conference finds that tow operators should
identify their trucks by the name and telephone number of their
towing business, as well as obtain insurance that covers all
damages that may occur to the towed vehicle while being towed by

 
 
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the towing business.  Both of these measures are necessary as a
means to give added protection to consumers against auto theft
and faulty towing operations.

    Your Committee has amended this bill by:

    (1)  Instead of creating a new statutory section to
         effectuate its purpose, amending existing statutory
         provisions in sections 290-11 and 291C-165.5, Hawaii
         Revised Statutes;

    (2)  Establishing penalties for individuals violating the
         insurance requirements; and

    (3)  Making other technical, nonsubstantive amendments for
         purposes of style and clarity.

     Your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent
and purpose of H.B. No. 1401, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein,
and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached
hereto as H.B. No. 1401, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, C.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted,

MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE        MANAGERS ON THE PART OF THE
           SENATE                              HOUSE
                                   
                                   
                                   
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CAL KAWAMOTO, Co-Chair             KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Co-Chair
                                   
                                   
                                   
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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Co-Chair       RON MENOR, Co-Chair
                                   
                                   
                                   
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ROBERT BUNDA, Member               SOL P. KAHO`OHALAHALA, Member
                                   
                                   
                                   
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RANDALL IWASE, Member              ROY M. TAKUMI, Member

 
 
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SAM SLOM, Member                   GALEN FOX, Member