STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2910
RE: S.B. No. 2670
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. 2670, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to affirm the State's commitment to conservation and sustainability by codifying in state law the goal relating to industry, innovation and infrastructure, of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and indicators.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture; Department of Human Services; OCC Legislative Priorities Committee, Democratic Party of Hawaii; and Oahu Economic Development Board.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Office of Planning and Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation.
Your Committee finds that, in order for Hawaii to continue to serve as an example for the rest of the world in setting policies on sustainability and to serve as a global leader on issues of conservation and sustainability, it is essential that the State demonstrate its full commitment to its own policies and goals, as well as the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Setting out the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan goals in the preamble of the measure, rather than in a new section of the Hawaii Revised Statutes; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity, consistency, 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. 2670, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2670, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair