STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1966-18
RE: S.B. No. 2571
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 2571, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Beginning July 1, 2021, banning the sale, offer for sale, and distribution in the State of any sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate without a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider; and
(2) Prohibiting the counties from enacting an ordinance or regulatory restriction to prohibit the sale, use, labeling, packaging, handling, distribution, or advertisement of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, prior to July 1, 2021.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, two Hawaii County Council Members, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Surfrider Foundation, Kokua Sun Care, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Sierra Student Coalition, Friends of Hanauma Bay, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, The Garden Club of Honolulu, LOST FISH Coalition, Hawaii Fishing and Boating Association, Big Island Divers, Ban Toxic Sunscreens, Napili Bay and Beach Foundation, Greener Hawaii, 808 Cleanups, Good Swell, Inc., Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter, Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, Kahaluu Beach Reef Teach, For the Fishes, and numerous concerned individuals supported this measure.
The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Hawaii Medical Association, American Chemistry Council, Hawaii Food Industry Association, and ABC Stores opposed this measure.
The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition, Volcano Community Action Network, Bayer, Student Ohana for Sustainability, and a few concerned individuals provided comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the date of the prohibition on the sale and distribution of sunscreen containing oxybenzone or octinoxate to July 1, 2019;
(2) Changing the date until which the counties are prohibited from enacting an ordinance or regulatory restriction to prohibit the sale, use, labeling, packaging, handling, distribution, or advertisement of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, or both, to July 1, 2019;
(3) Appropriating $200,000 to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for outreach and education on the prohibition and environmental impacts of sunscreen containing oxybenzone and octinoxate;
(4) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2018; and
(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2571, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2571, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair