STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1950
RE: H.B. No. 501
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 501, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIREWORKS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Clarify the authorization of the use of fireworks by permit for movie, television, and theatrical productions and for activities for testing, disposal, and destruction of illegal fireworks by law enforcement; and
(2) Allow the jurisdictional authority to approve the purchase and use of consumer fireworks, aerial devices, display fireworks, or articles pyrotechnic for movie and television productions.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Hawaii State Fire Council; and Kauai Fire Department.
Your Committee finds that requiring the movie, television, and theatrical production industries to obtain a fireworks permit would improve the capabilities of county fire departments to monitor and regulate potentially hazardous activities involving fireworks. Your Committee further finds that providing an exception to the fireworks permit requirement for law enforcement will allow agencies to test, dispose of, or destroy illegal fireworks and streamline their ability to eliminate potentially hazardous fireworks from the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making it effective upon its approval.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 501, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 501, H.D. 2, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair