STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2618
RE: S.B. No. 2474
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2474, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO NOISE CONTROL,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to protect public health and welfare by requiring the Department of Health to conduct a study on the impacts of aviation noise on residents of the Puna District and surrounding areas of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawaii.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Mayor of the County of Hawaii, a Hawaii County Council member, and one individual.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that overhead helicopter noise from tour companies has impacted residents who live along the helicopters' flight paths. Your Committee believes that if the study required by this measure identifies positive suggestions or potential compromises, this will benefit both the affected residents and the helicopter tour businesses.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the sum appropriated for the study from $200,000 to an unspecified sum;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2474, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2474, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair