Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2017


RE:   H.B. No. 733

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 733 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to simplify and enhance harbor operations for maritime cargo transporters by providing exemptions from vehicle registration, safety inspection, and driver licensure requirements for marine terminal equipment to allow the operation of marine terminal equipment on public highways between terminal locations under certain conditions.


     The Department of Transportation and Matson testified in support of this measure.


     Your Committee received testimony with proposed amendments from the Department of Transportation to limit the scope of this measure to allow operation of marine terminal equipment only on Sand Island Road or Sand Island Parkway.  Your Committee expressed concerns that broader language such as "department approved parkway or access road" may be more appropriate and legally sounder as it would allow other areas to avail themselves of the exemptions provided by this measure should situations requiring the exemptions arise in the future in other commercial harbors.  Accordingly, your Committee has changed the effective date of this measure to July 1, 2112, to provide for more discussion on this issue and humbly requests that the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy examine this issue further.


     Your Committee has further amended this measure by:


     (1)  Specifying that the exemptions for marine terminal equipment only apply to vehicles temporarily operated or moved upon Sand Island Parkway or Sand Island Access Road; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 733, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 733, H.D. 1.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,