Report Title:

State Parks; Transfer to Counties; Feasibility Study

 

Description:

Creates a task force to develop an action plan for the transfer of jurisdiction over state parks from DLNR to the counties. (SD1)

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

2247

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to parks.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Transfer of state parks to county control; feasibility; task force. (a) There is established a task force within the office of the governor for administrative purposes to develop an action plan for the transfer of all state parks, together with all state park functions and funds, to the counties. The governor shall convene the task force within thirty days after the effective date of this Act.

(b) The task force shall be composed of:

(1) The chairperson of the department of land and natural resources, or a designee, who shall serve as the chairperson of the task force;

(2) The four county directors having jurisdiction over parks and recreation, or their designees;

(3) One park user appointed by the governor;

(4) The chairperson of the house of representatives standing committee having jurisdiction over intergovernmental affairs, or a designee appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives; and

(5) The chairperson of the senate standing committee having jurisdiction over intergovernmental affairs, or a designee appointed by the president of the senate.

(c) In carrying out its duties under this section, the task force may request staff assistance from the state department of land and natural resources and other appropriate state and county executive agencies.

(d) The members of the task force shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for expenses, including travel expenses, necessary for the performance of their duties.

(e) The task force shall have the following functions and duties:

(1) Develop an action plan to transfer the functions and funding relating to the state parks to the counties;

(2) Develop a timetable for the transfer that would be the most cost effective for both the State and counties and that would provide the least disruption of services to the public users;

(3) Include all relevant appropriations for specific parks projects that would be affected by any such transfer to the counties;

(4) Include all relevant contracts relating to state parks that would be affected by any such transfer to the counties;

(5) Include all federal and state funds and assess how the funding source would be affected by the transfer to the counties;

(6) Make recommendations, as appropriate, regarding the enactment of any county ordinances or policies that would be necessary to:

(A) Provide for the assumption of the responsibility over the protection of the natural environment with respect to parks that were formerly in the state land use conservation district;

(B) Ensure the preservation of historical and cultural sites;

(C) Retain the function of community recreation and education, as appropriate, for transferred parks;

(D) Provide for the continuation of parks repair and maintenance functions without an increase in cost to the public;

(E) Ensure that the county will be able to comply with federal statutes and grant conditions, as appropriate;

(F) Ensure that public safety is maintained in all parks transferred to the counties; and

(G) Maintain or improve responsiveness to park users and customer concerns, particular to both residents and visitors using beach parks and wilderness areas;

(7) Consider all relevant county ordinances and state statutes relating to state and county parks and related areas for possible amendment; and

(8) Consider any other relevant issues necessary to ensure a timely and efficient transfer of responsibility of the state park system under chapter 184, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to the counties.

SECTION 2. The chairperson of the department of land and natural resources shall submit a report from the task force, including recommendations, to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2003 regular session.

SECTION 3. The task force shall be dissolved on June 30, 2003.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take upon its approval.