STAND. COM. REP. NO. 744

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2015

 

RE: H.B. No. 1007

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1007 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER LICENSING,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to improve highway and public safety by enabling Hawaii residents who meet the qualifications for a driver's license or instructional permit, other than the minimum documentary requirements under the REAL ID Act, to obtain uniquely identified limited purpose driver's licenses, provisional driver's licenses, and instruction permits as long as the resident provides satisfactory proof of identity and state residency.

 

The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Aloha Dream Team, American Immigration Lawyers Association Hawaii Chapter, Catholic Charities Hawaii, The CHOW Project, Filipino American Citizens League, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Hawaii Catholic Conference, Hawaii Coalition for Immigration Reform, Hawaii District United Methodist Women, Hawaii Friends for Civil Rights, HealthyPacific.Org, National Federation of Filipino American Associations Region 12, Nursing Advocates and Mentors, Inc., PHOCUSED, and many concerned individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of Transportation and American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii testified in support and recommended amendments. Hawaii Insurers Council provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure to:

 

(1) Clarify in the preamble the legislative intent to authorize limited purpose driver's licenses in accordance with the REAL ID Act and prevent discrimination against the person who possesses the limited purpose driver's license;

 

(2) Specify the font size of the disclosure statements that appear on the limited purpose license or permit;

 

(3) Permit a person who was injured by an unlawful discriminatory practice related to a limited purpose license or permit to pursue a remedy;

 

(4) Enhance the confidential treatment of the application for and possession of a limited purpose driver's license; and

 

(5) Make technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1007, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1007, H.D. 1.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair