Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2009


RE:   H.B. No. 1809

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1809 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to encourage recycling of televisions in the State.


     Specifically, this measure:


(1)  Requires television manufacturers to recycle covered televisions sold in the State, based upon a calculation that takes into account each manufacturer's market share of covered televisions and the total weight of all recycled covered televisions;


(2)  Requires television manufacturers to label covered televisions sold or offered for sale in the State with the manufacturer's name and brand, register with the Department of Health, pay registration fees, and file ongoing registration renewals;


(3)  Prohibits retailers from selling or offering for sale covered televisions in the State that are a brand of a manufacturer that is not registered with the Department of Health; and


(4)  Imposes penalties on television manufacturers and retailers for non-compliance with recycling and reporting requirements.


     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Retail Merchants of Hawaii.  Comments on this measure were submitted by the State Procurement Office, Office of Information Practices, Thomson, Inc., General Electric, and members of the Information Technology Industry Council's Environmental Leadership Council.


Your Committees find that a mandatory recycling program for televisions would have a significant impact on reducing the amount of solid waste in Hawaii's waste stream and landfills.  Your Committees further find that more discussion should be devoted to clarifying the market share method of allocating recycling responsibility to television manufacturers.


Upon further consideration, your Committees have amended this measure by:


(1)  Amending the definition of "covered television" and deleting the definition of "television";


(2)  Amending section    -2 to clarify the applicability of the measure and adding "covered entity" to the definitions;


(3)  Clarifying that a manufacturer's brand is to be permanently affixed to a covered television;


(4)  Requiring each television manufacturer to submit a plan to the department of health for operating its television recycling program;


(5)  Requiring penalties and fees collected to be deposited into the electronic device recycling fund;


(6)  Clarifying that financial and proprietary information submitted to the Department of Health is confidential to the extent permitted by chapter 92F;


(7)  Clarifying provisions relating to public procurement; and


(8)  Making other technical, clarifying, and conforming amendments.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1809, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1809, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs,