STAND. COM. REP. NO.2355
RE: S.B. No. 2247
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Economic Development and Technology and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2247 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PARKS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to create a task force to transfer jurisdiction over state parks from the Department of Land and Natural Resources to the counties.
Your Committees received testimony opposing this measure from the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Your Committees find that there is inconsistency and overlapping of jurisdiction and programs between the State and the counties concerning state parks. The parks system would be more efficient and accountable if the counties had absolute jurisdiction over all of the parks.
Your Committees have amended this measure by creating a task force to develop an action plan for the transfer of jurisdiction, rather than a task force to transfer jurisdiction.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Economic Development and Technology and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2247, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2247, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Economic Development and Technology and Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair
ROD TAM, Chair