June 20, 2003
STATEMENT OF OBJECTIONS TO HOUSE BILL NO. 993
State of Hawaii
Pursuant to Section 16 of Article III of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill No. 993, entitled "A Bill for an Act Relating to Reconstructed Vehicles."
The purpose of this bill is to make the state law relating to reconstructed vehicles applicable beginning on July 1, 2004, in counties with a population of less than 500,000, unless a county decides to adopt ordinances regulating reconstructed vehicles.
Currently, the City and County of Honolulu is the only county administering the Director of Transportation's rules relating to the inspection and certification of reconstructed vehicles. Thus, a reconstructed vehicle that may be operating in the counties of Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii may not be legally operated in the City and County of Honolulu unless it is inspected and certified by Honolulu, and a reconstructed vehicle permit is obtained.
This bill is objectionable because it would force counties to either enact their own ordinances regarding the specifications and requirements governing reconstructed vehicles by July 1, 2004, or be subject to state provisions. Counties should be able to choose whether to regulate reconstructed vehicles, and if they do, have the ability to structure the regulation to meet their own particular needs.
The mayors of all four counties requested that I veto this bill.
For the foregoing reasons, I am returning House Bill No. 993 without my approval.
Governor of Hawaii