STAND. COM. REP. NO. 966

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 436

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

Your Committees on Transportation and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 436, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to require approaching vehicles to slow and change lanes when nearing Hawaii emergency management agency vehicles, county emergency management vehicles, and sheriff division vehicles that are stopped for official duties, by amending the definition of "emergency vehicle" in the statewide traffic code to include these vehicles.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Public Safety; Department of Defense Hawaii Emergency Management Agency; Department of Emergency Management, City and County of Honolulu; Honolulu Police Department; Hawaii Government Employees Association; County of Kauai Civil Defense Agency; Char Hamilton Yoshida & Shimomoto; and fifteen individuals.

 

Your Committees find that this measure is necessary to assist emergency management and civil defense personnel in the performance of their official duties in disaster situations.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Adding Department of Transportation Harbors Division vehicles, Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement vehicles, and civil defense vehicles to the definition of "emergency vehicle"; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 436, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 436, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,

 

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WILL ESPERO, Chair

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair