STAND. COM. REP. NO. 929
RE: S.B. No. 1287
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1287, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO STATE PLANNING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to include the Lei of Green in the Hawaii State Planning Act by codifying related objectives, policies, and implementation guidelines for certain greenspaces in chapter 226, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Oahu Island Parks Conservancy, Trees for Honolulu's Future, Hawaii Advocates for Consumer Rights, The Outdoor Circle, and one individual.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Office of Planning.
Your Committee finds that this measure will bring the State closer to realizing an enduring vision of Honolulu's urban shoreline lined with parks, greenways, open spaces, and recreation areas, in furtherance of the goals of the Hawaii State Plan.
Your Committee notes that the Office of Planning has requested an appropriation of $250,000 for fiscal biennium 2019-2021 to fund costs associated with researching, compiling, and submitting the status report on the Lei of Green policy required by this measure, including the hiring of one full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) temporary planner position within the Office of Planning.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Appropriating an unspecified amount for costs associated with researching, compiling, and submitting the status report on the Lei of Green policy required by this measure, including one temporary full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) planner position within the Office of Planning; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for 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. 1287, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1287, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair