STAND. COM. REP. NO.21715

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2767

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 2767 entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PARKING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to establish a separate offense for parking in or otherwise using the access aisle adjacent to a parking space reserved for persons with a disability.

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Maui County Police Department and the Disability and Communications Access Board.

During the 2001 regular session, legislation was enacted providing for increased penalties for persons who violate the law regarding parking for persons with disabilities. Your Committee finds that this measure is a logical extension of last year's amendments.

Your Committee finds that the access aisle adjacent to parking spaces reserved for persons with a disability is important to provide sufficient room to enter and exit vehicles parked in those spaces.

A person who illegally uses the access aisle inhibits use of that space to nearly the same extent as a person who illegally parks within the space itself. Therefore, your Committee fully supports this measure.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2767 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations,

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CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair