STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1962

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 333

H.D. 1

S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 333, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE STATE HIGHWAY ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish the state highway enforcement program and a parking violation surcharge in addition to other penalties and fines for parking violations on state highways.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Mayor of the County of Kauai, Department of Planning of the County of Kauai, Hanalei Colony Resort, one member of the Kauai County Council, and four individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

 

Your Committees find that illegally parked vehicles blocking traffic lanes cause hazardous and unsafe conditions in many areas along state highways. Your Committees further find that the Department of Transportation, Highways Division, and Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Division, do not have sufficient staff to enforce parking violations and patrol remote portions of each island where many of the violations occur. This measure will provide additional resources to state and county law enforcement agencies to enforce parking violations and improve safety along state highways.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Removing the state highway enforcement program fund;

 

(2) Increasing the amount of the state highway enforcement program surcharge to $200;

 

(3) Requiring that half of the monies collected by the district courts from state highway enforcement program surcharges be deposited into the state highway fund and half be disbursed to the police department of the county in which the violation occurred; and

 

(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 333, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 333, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair