STAND. COM. REP. NO. 600

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 153

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 153 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PERMIT FEES FOR AERIAL DEVICES, DISPLAY FIREWORKS, AND ARTICLES PYROTECHNIC,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to increase the fireworks display permit fee from $110 to $300 beginning on January 1, 2020.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; State Fire Council; Honolulu Fire Department; Maui Fire Department; and Kauai Fire Department.

 

Your Committee finds that the fireworks display permit fee, which authorizes licensed pyrotechnicians to conduct outdoor and close proximity fireworks for special public or private events and theatrical or movie purposes, has remained the same since it was established sixteen years ago. However, during that time, the cost to process, review, and approve display permits has increased. Therefore, your Committee finds that the fireworks display permit fee needs to be increased to keep pace with the rise in governmental administrative costs.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 153 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

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

 

 

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair