STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1649-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   S.B. No. 2842

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 2





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 2842, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to encourage environmental stewardship and energy-efficiency in the use of lighting products by, among other things:


     (1)  Beginning in 2010, banning the sale of general purpose lights containing certain levels of hazardous substances while exempting certain high output and very high output linear fluorescent lamps, with a review of the exemption beginning in 2014;


     (2)  Establishing lighting efficiency standards for general purpose lights;


     (3)  Providing unspecified fines for violations of the lighting efficiency standards; and


     (4)  Requiring the Department of Health (DOH) to develop a statewide recycling program for all fluorescent lamps.


     Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Sierra Club Hawaii Chapter testified in support of this bill.  DOH testified in opposition to this measure.  The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism provided comments.


     Your Committee has amended this bill by:


     (1)  Inserting an unspecified appropriation of funds for DOH to develop the statewide recycling program for all fluorescent lights;


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


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


     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 S.B. No. 2842, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2842, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.


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