STAND. COM. REP. NO.689-02
RE: H.B. No. 1741
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1741 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUPIL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of the bill is to prohibit the use of a mobile telephone while operating a moving school vehicle except in the case of an emergency.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools testified in support of this measure.
Your Committee finds that use of cellular telephones while driving diverts attention from driving and, in the case of a moving school vehicle, children are put at risk. Your Committee also finds that the DOT should be allowed to regulate mobile telephones on school vehicles.
Your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Deleting redundant provisions relating to the statutory prohibition against use of a mobile telephone. However, your Committee retained the rulemaking provisions for DOT regarding mobile telephones, giving DOT necessary flexibility; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments to conform to drafting style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1741, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1741, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair