STAND. COM. REP. NO. 486

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1302

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 1302 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO NATURAL DISASTERS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for disaster relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation activities for the County of Hawaii.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of the Governor; Hawaii Emergency Management Agency; Department of Agriculture; three members of the Hawaii County Council; County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Kapoho Land Partnership; Hawaiian Community Assets; Kohala Coast Resort Association; Hawaii Habitat for Humanity Association; Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; HOPE Services Hawaii; and ten individuals.

 

Your Committees find that state assistance is needed for relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation from the presidentially-declared Kilauea eruption major disaster in the County of Hawaii. The scale of the relief, recovery, mitigation, and remediation exceeds the County of Hawaii's capacity. Even with federal disaster assistance, the County of Hawaii will need assistance to provide the local match to federal funding and to address recovery, mitigation, and remediation needs beyond what federal programs cover.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Housing that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1302 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Housing,

 

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STANLEY CHANG, Chair

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair