STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1708


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2017


RE:   S.B. No. 562

      S.D. 1

      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 Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 562, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to extend until June 30, 2021, the limited liability protection established under Act 170, Session Laws of Hawaii 2002, as amended, for county lifeguard services.


     The Hawaii Council of Mayors, Mayor of the County of Kauai, Mayor of the County of Maui, Council Chair of the County of Maui, Hawaii State Association of Counties, Kauai Fire Department, Hawaii Fire Department, Honolulu Emergency Services Department, Kauai Lifeguard Association, Hawaiian Lifeguard Association, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and one individual testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Health and Hawaii Association for Justice provided comments.


     Upon careful consideration, your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its contents and inserting provisions requiring the Attorney General to defend any civil action based on the negligence, wrongful act, or omission of a county lifeguard for services at a designated State beach park under an agreement between the State and a county.


     In addition, this measure has been amended to take effect upon its approval.


     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 S.B. No. 562, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 562, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


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