STAND. COM. REP. NO. 189

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 558

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 558 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to save lives and prevent injury at Kua Bay within Kekaha Kai State Park on Hawaii Island by appropriating funds for the employment of lifeguards and necessary equipment.

 

The Hawaii Tourism Authority, Mayor of the County of Hawaii, two members of the Hawaii County Council, Hawaii County Fire Department, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Kohala Coast Resort Association, and two individuals supported this measure. The Department of Land and Natural Resources provided comments on this measure.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the appropriations to blank amounts;

 

(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

Should your Committee on Finance consider this measure further, your Committee respectfully requests that it consider inserting the following appropriation amounts:

 

(1) $400,000 for the establishment of four full time equivalent (4.0 FTE) ocean safety officer positions in fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021; and

 

(2) $80,000 for equipment purchases in fiscal year 2019-2020 to be expended as follows:

 

(A) $60,000 for one lifeguard tower;

 

(B) $8,000 for one all-terrain vehicle;

 

(C) $8,000 for radios;

 

(D) $3,000 for rescue equipment; and

 

(E) $1,000 for protective equipment.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 558, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 558, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Labor & Public Employment.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

 

 

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RYAN I. YAMANE, Chair