Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:     S.B. No. 438

        S.D. 2




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. 438, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish an income tax credit for taxpayers who install or upgrade an electric vehicle charging system that is available for use by the public.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers; Blue Planet Foundation; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Tesla; Ulupono Initiative; and five individuals.


     Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that this measure is intended to incentivize the development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying that a taxpayer may claim the tax credit for costs incurred in upgrading, rather than operating, an electric vehicle charging system;


     (2)  Deleting a redundant provision regarding the effective date of the measure;


     (3)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure;


     (4)  Clarifying the aggregate cap amount of the tax credit; and


     (5)  Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of consistency, clarity, and style.


     Your Committee notes the following concerns regarding the measure:


     (1)  The measure uses the term "credit period."  However, the measure does not define this term or explain how the tax credit is intended to be allocated during each year of the credit period;


     (2)  The measure uses the terms "level two charging system" and "level three charging system."  However, the measure does not define these terms, nor does it provide guidance as to which entity or entities are responsible for establishing standards and criteria for these systems; and


     (3)  The measure allows a taxpayer to claim a tax credit for the "upgrade of an electric vehicle charging system[.]"  However, the measure does not define "upgrade."  As a result, it is unclear what would constitute an upgrade to the "level two charging system" and "level three charging system" referred to in subparagraphs (b)(2)(A) and (b)(2)(B) of the statute established by the measure.


     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. 438, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 438, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,