HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 132-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended to read as follows:
 3      "132-16  State fire council; composition; functions.(a)
 4 There is established a state fire council which shall be placed
 5 within the department of labor and industrial relations for
 6 administrative purposes.  The state fire council shall consist of
 7 the fire chiefs of the counties.  The state fire council may
 8 appoint an advisory committee to assist it in carrying out its
 9 functions under this chapter.  The advisory committee may include
10 the heads of the various county building departments, a licensed
11 architect recommended by the Hawaii Society of the American
12 Institute of Architects, a licensed electrical engineer and a
13 licensed mechanical engineer recommended by the Consulting
14 Engineers Council of Hawaii, a representative of the Hawaii
15 Rating Bureau, a representative of the Hawaii firefighters
16 association, representatives of the county fire departments, and
17 such other members of the public as the state fire council may
18 determine can best assist it.  The state fire council shall elect
19 a chairperson from among its members.

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 1      (b)  In addition to adopting a state [model] fire code
 2 pursuant to section 132-3, the state fire council shall serve as
 3 a focal point through which all applications to the federal
 4 government for federal grant assistance for fire-related projects
 5 shall be made.
 6      (c)  The state fire council may [advise] also:
 7      (1)  Appoint advisory committees comprised of
 8           representatives from each county fire department to
 9           assist in drafting the state fire code and coordinating
10           statewide training, data collection, and contingency
11           planning needs for firefighters; and
12      (2)  Advise and assist the county fire departments where
13           appropriate, may prescribe standard procedures and
14           forms relating to inspections, investigations, and
15           reporting of fires, may approve plans for cooperation
16           among the county fire departments, and may advise the
17           governor and the legislature with respect to fire
18           prevention and protection, life safety, and any other
19           functions or activities for which the various county
20           fire departments are generally responsible."
21      SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
22 New statutory material is underscored.
23      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
25                           INTRODUCED BY:  _______________________

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