STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1048


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2007


RE:   H.B. No. 1452

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1452 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to protect the health and safety of Hawaii's residents and visitors by requiring the Department of Health (DOH) to take soil samples at unspecified distances along a perimeter within 500 meters of all military bases at least once every three months to monitor the levels of depleted uranium contamination.


     The Democratic Party of Maui, Ten Fingers 10 Toes, Hawaiian Political Action Council of Hawaii, Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, Life of the Land, KAHEA, and numerous concerned individuals supported this bill.  American Friends Service Committee supported the intent of this bill.  DOH opposed this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Adding a requirement to take air and water samples at least once every three months for the same purpose;


     (2)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2020, to encourage further discussion; and


     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for style, clarity, and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1452, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1452, H.D. 1.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,