STAND. COM. REP. NO. 876
RE: H.B. No. 686
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2009
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 686 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO REDUCED IGNITION PROPENSITY CIGARETTES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to facilitate the transition to reduced ignition propensity cigarettes (RIPCs) by:
(1) Delaying the implementation of the RIPC Law from September 30, 2009, to September 30, 2010;
(2) Establishing a special revolving fund for the State Fire Council (SFC) to hire personnel to administer the RIPC program and to cover program costs.
The SFC, Honolulu Fire Department, County of Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety, Hawaii Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, and the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii supported this bill. The Department of Budget and Finance offered comments.
Your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2020, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for consistency and clarity.
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. 686, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 686, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
MARCUS R. OSHIRO, Chair