Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1430
                                        S.D. 1

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


     Your Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental
Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1430 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to require minors under the
age of twelve to wear a helmet while operating a wheeled
apparatus on public property.

     Testimony in support of the measure was received from the
Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH) and the Hawaii
Bicycling League.  The Department of Health and the Keiki Injury
Prevention Coalition supported the intent of the measure, but
asked that the scope of the measure be expanded to include
operators of all ages.

     Your Committee finds that many head injuries to children
could be avoided by simply having children wear helmets when
playing with wheeled apparatuses.  Your Committee understands the
desire to move the age higher, but believes that twelve years of
age and below is an appropriate age at this time.

     Your Committee has amended the measure by including
mini-bikes in the definition of "wheeled apparatus".

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs that is
attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the

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intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1430, as amended herein, and
recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached
hereto as S.B. No. 1430, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar
for Third Reading.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation
                                   and Intergovernmental Affairs,

                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

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