Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1280

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


     Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which
was referred S.B. No. 1280 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to enable the Public
Utilities Commission, in its discretion, to grant temporary
authority to a common or contract motor carrier to provide
transportation services when an urgent need arises.

     The Public Utilities Commission presented testimony in favor
of the measure.  The Consumer Advocate of the Department of
Commerce and Consumer Affairs, though not present, submitted
written testimony in favor of the measure.

     Your Committee finds that under existing law, prior to the
granting of a temporary authority to provide transportation
services by the Public Utilities Commission, an applicant must
first provide proof that the application was first served upon
every current holder of a certificate of public convenience and
necessity within the classification for which the temporary
authority is being applied.

     Your Committee believes that this measure will enable the
Public Utilities Commission to respond more quickly to the
transportation needs of areas affected by natural disasters or
when other emergency transportation needs exist.

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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of S.B. No. 1280 and recommends that it pass Second
Reading and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Commerce and
                                   Consumer Protection,

                                   BRIAN KANNO, Co-Chair

                                   BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Co-Chair

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