STAND. COM. REP. NO.  10-10


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2010


RE:   H.B. No. 1859

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 1859 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to help cover the costs of administering parking for persons with disabilities by increasing the annual vehicle registration fee by $1, which will be deposited into the Disability and Communication Access Board Special Fund (Special Fund).


     This bill also statutorily repeals the deposit of application fees for the credentialing of interpreters into the Special Fund, and the use of Special Fund moneys to cover the costs of administering the program for their credentialing.


     The Disability and Communication Access Board, City and County of Honolulu, and several concerned individuals testified in support of this bill.  The State Council on Developmental Disabilities supported the intent of this measure.  The Department of Transportation offered comments.


     Your Committee finds that with the aging of the population and the projected increase in the number of individuals who are eligible for parking placards, the parking program for persons with disabilities will become a burden on the general fund.  A nominal increase in the annual vehicle registration fee would ensure the continuation of a quality parking program without draining general funds.


     However, more time must be allowed to ensure that the appropriate changes can be made to the various computer programs to implement the provisions of this bill.  Thus, as suggested by the City and County of Honolulu, your Committee has amended this bill by changing its effective date to November 1, 2010.


     Your Committee has also made technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1859, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1859, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Health.


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