STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1216
RE: S.B. No. 1059
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2009
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Public Safety and Transportation, to which was referred S.B. No. 1059, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIREWORKS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to ensure greater protection from the dangers of illegal fireworks by establishing an Illegal Fireworks Task Force (Task Force) to develop improved methods to stop the importation of illegal fireworks and explosives.
The State Fire Council, Honolulu Fire Department, Maui Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, Legislative Information Services of Hawaii, and several concerned individuals supported this bill. The American Lung Association supported the intent of this measure. The Hawaii Harbors Users Group submitted comments.
Your Committees have amended this bill by:
(1) Including representatives from the Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui county police departments as members of the Task Force;
(2) Providing for representation from the shipping and trucking industry on the Task Force;
(3) Inserting provisions allowing counties to enact ordinances or adopt rules regulating fireworks that are more restrictive than state law regulating fireworks; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety and Transportation that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1059, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1059, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety and Transportation,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair
FAYE HANOHANO, Chair