STAND. COM. REP. NO.  662-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2728

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 2728 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to begin the State's transition to one hundred per cent clean ground transportation by:


     (1)  Establishing a Clean Transportation Initiative to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuels in:


          (A)  All public ground transportation by 2035; and


          (B)  All ground transportation, which includes a near term 2025 target benchmark;


     (2)  Requiring the Department of Transportation to collaborate with the State Energy Office to assist stakeholders in making all public ground transportation clean transportation by 2035, and to identify a plan and develop recommendations to help make all ground transportation clean transportation thereafter; and


     (3)  Clarifying that the transportation objectives of the State Planning Act shall include the reduction and ultimate elimination of the use of fossil fuels in all public ground transportation by 2035, and in all ground transportation thereafter.


     The Office of Planning, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Ulupono Initiative, Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter, Tesla,, Blue Planet Foundation, We Are One, Inc., Hawaii Interfaith Power & Light, Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Organization, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, and many individuals supported this measure.  The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Department of Transportation, Office of Information Practices, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, League of Women Voters, and Hawaii Petroleum Marketers Association provided comments.  


     Your Committees have amended this measure by:


     (1)  Defining "public ground transportation" to mean state and county vehicles either owned or contracted for a public purpose and excluding privately owned vehicles;


     (2)  Changing its effective date to January 28, 2045, to encourage further discussion; and


     (3)  Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for the purpose of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Transportation that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2728, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2728, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Transportation,