STAND. COM. REP. NO.846-02
RE: S.B. No. 2309
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water and Land Use, to which was referred S.B. No. 2309, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WATERCRAFT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to require state-registered vessels and manual or sail propelled vessels to carry on-board, a properly functioning:
(1) VHF-FM radio capable of communicating with the U.S. Coast Guard communication station, rescue aircraft, and vessels; or
(2) Emergency position indicating radio beacon.
Requiring these vessels to be equipped with such communication devices when venturing beyond one mile from shore will:
(1) Reduce boating-related fatalities;
(2) Reduce the cost of search and rescue missions; and
(3) Improve the safety of rescue personnel.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Hawaii Boaters Political Action Association, and an individual testified in support of this measure.
Your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Requiring all non-exempt vessels rather than just state-registered vessels and manual or sail propelled vessels to comply with these provisions;
(2) Deleting the limitation that canoes, kayaks, training sailboats, surfboards, and paddleboards are exempt from the provisions only if they are accompanied by at least one vessel equipped with such communication devices; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purpose of consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land Use that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2309, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2309, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land Use,
EZRA KANOHO, Chair