Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 651

       S.D. 2




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 651, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to prohibit smoking in and around public housing projects and state low-income housing projects under the jurisdiction of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority and in and around elder or elderly households.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawaii, and five individuals.  Testimony in opposition to this measure was submitted by thirteen individuals.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.


     Your Committee finds that there are many hazards caused by involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke, including lung cancer, coronary heart disease, and stroke.  In addition, secondhand smoke can cause lung problems, ear infections, asthma, and sudden infant death syndrome.  The United States Surgeon General has found that there is no safe level or amount of exposure to secondhand smoke.  This measure assists in providing secondhand smoke-free environments for families by prohibiting smoking in and around public housing projects, state low-income housing projects, and elder or elderly households.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting language suggested by an individual to include sidewalks in the definition of "common areas".


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 651, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 651, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,