STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2911
RE: S.R. No. 84
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Senate
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2010
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Energy and Environment and Health, to which was referred S.R. No. 84 entitled:
"SENATE RESOLUTION CONVENING A LEGISLATIVE NOISE POLLUTION TASK FORCE TO REVIEW BEST PRACTICES FROM OTHER STATES IN REDUCING URBAN NOISE POLLUTION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to convene a Legislative Noise Pollution Task Force to review best practices from other states in reducing urban noise pollution.
Testimony in support of the measure was submitted by two individuals. Testimony in opposition was submitted by one state agency. Written testimony presented to the Committees may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.
Your Committees find that noise pollution in urban Honolulu affects citizen's health and well-being, and has not been adequately addressed by the Legislature. Noise pollution is a health hazard, according to the World Health Organization, and can cause hearing impairment, interfere with communication, disturb sleep, cause cardiovascular and psycho-physiological problems, reduce performance, and provoke annoyance responses and changes in social behavior. Your Committees hope that by convening this task force, the complexities of the situation can be adequately addressed for the urban core areas in a comprehensive way.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that the Task Force shall consist of one member from each agency invited to participate in the Task Force;
(2) Adopting the recommendation of the Department of Health to correct the name of the Department of Health branch invited to participate in the Task Force from the Noise and Sanitation Branch to the Indoor and Radiological Health Branch;
(3) Designating the urban Oahu neighborhood boards invited to participate in the Task Force;
(4) Requesting that the Legislative Reference Bureau prepare and submit the Task Force's findings and recommendations; and
(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy and Environment and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 84, as amended herein, and recommend that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.R. No. 84, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy and Environment and Health,
DAVID Y. IGE, Chair
MIKE GABBARD, Chair