STAND. COM. REP. NO. 197

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 565

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs and Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 565 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DISCLOSURE OF COASTAL HAZARDS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to establish disclosure requirements for the sale of residential real property within a sea level rise exposure area. Specifically, this measure:

 

(1) Requires delivery of a vulnerable coastal property statement that discloses risks posed by sea level rise and other coastal conditions to the buyer; and

 

(2) Makes the location of a residential real property within the sea level rise exposure area a material fact that must be included in statutorily mandated seller disclosures for real property transactions.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, University of Hawaii, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and three individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Association of REALTORS. Your Committees received testimony commenting on this measure from the Office of Planning, The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, and Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Amending the disclosure language that shall be included in the vulnerable coastal property statement;

 

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

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purpose of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs and Energy & Environmental Protection that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 565, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 565, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs and Energy & Environmental Protection,

 

 

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NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair

 

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RYAN I. YAMANE, Chair