STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1115

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 463

H.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Transportation and Energy, to which was referred H.B. No. 463, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HAWAII STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Allow any satellite city hall in any county with a population of more than seven hundred thousand persons to issue Hawaii state identification cards; and

 

(2) Require the Director of Transportation in consultation with the examiner of drivers to submit a report to the Legislature prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2018 on the progress made and findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, funding, and equipment needed for implementation.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the American Civil Liberties Union Hawaii, Community Alliance, and three individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Transportation.

 

Your Committees find that many citizens, especially children and the elderly, do not have drivers' licenses, yet often need state identification cards. Consequently, it is important to remove barriers that limit citizens' access to obtaining state identification cards. Allowing satellite city halls to issue state identification cards will provide additional and convenient locations for citizens to obtain needed state identification cards and will reduce travel times, waits, and other stresses that are common at other state identification card issuing locations.

 

Your Committees, however, note the concerns raised by the Department of Transportation relative to the potential additional costs associated with providing state identification cards at satellite city halls. Your Committees suggest that if your Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Ways and Means decide to hear this measure, that the Department of Transportation work with those Committees to provide cost estimates for expanding the issuance of state identification cards to satellite city halls.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Transportation and Energy that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 463, H.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Labor and Ways and Means.

 

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

 

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LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair