STAND. COM. REP. NO. 413

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 653

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, to which was referred S.B. No. 653 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to require certain new state and county building construction projects to have at least twenty parking stalls that are electric vehicle charger ready.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation; ChargePoint, Inc.; Tesla; Hawaiian Electric Company Inc.; Blue Planet Foundation; Ulupono Initiative; Our Revolution Hawaii; 350Hawaii.org; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; and eleven individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Department of Accounting and General Services; and City and County of Honolulu Department of Design and Construction.

 

Your Committees find that electric vehicles are an important avenue to address Hawaii's pressing climate issues. Your Committees further find that Hawaii is committed to reducing its dependence on fossil fuels, and that encouraging the purchase and use of electric vehicles by providing incentives will achieve this goal. This measure expands charging options for residents who drive electric vehicles and incentivizes the purchase of electric vehicles by others.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Requiring new state and county building construction to dedicate at least twenty percent of its total projected amount of parking stalls to be electric vehicle charger ready; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 653, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 653, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism,

 

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GLENN WAKAI, Chair

 

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LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair