Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 738

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


     Your Committee on Labor and Environment, to which was
referred S.B. No. 738 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to require the Department of
Health to grant or reject noise control permits within thirty
days instead of one-hundred-eighty days.

     The measure further requires the director to act on an
application within ninety days if the director deems a public
informational meeting, hearing, or notice is appropriate, and to
extend the ninety-day period an additional ninety days if
extraordinary circumstances exist.  If the director does not act
on this application within one-hundred-eighty days of the receipt
of the application then the application is deemed granted.

     Testimony in support of this measure was received from the
Department of Health, the Department of Transportation, Hawaiian
Electric Company, the Building Industry Association of Hawaii,
and Hidano Construction, Inc.

     Your Committee finds that shortening the time allowed for
the Department of Health to issue noise control permits, as
called for in this measure, is a fair compromise between the
needs of the Department to examine an application thoroughly and
the needs of the construction industry for an expedient
permitting process.

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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Labor and Environment that is attached to this
report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose
of S.B. No. 738 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be
referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Labor and

                                   BOB NAKATA, Chair

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