Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 653

       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. 653, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to increase the number of parking stalls in state and county buildings where future electric vehicle charging stations can easily be installed.


     Specifically, this measure requires that new state and county buildings and those undergoing significant reconstruction make at least twenty percent of the parking stalls, but no less than two parking stalls, electric vehicle charger ready.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Elemental Excelerator; Blue Planet Foundation; Big Island EV Association; Strategic Highway Safety Plan; Ulupono Initiative; and nine individuals.


     Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; City and County of Honolulu Department of Design and Construction; and Tesla.


     Your Committee finds that delaying by approximately three years the implementation of the building code requirements established by this measure will provide the State and counties with time to incorporate the new standards into preliminary designs while avoiding costly redesigns of current construction that could result in delays and cost overruns.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Providing that implementation of the building code requirements shall begin after June 30, 2022;


(2)  Clarifying that the amendments made by the measure, including the two-parking stall minimum, shall apply to the reconstruction of state and county buildings, rather than the reconstruction of all buildings;


(3)  Amending the definition of "electric vehicle charger ready" to include sufficient capacity of the electrical service and distribution systems;


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


(5)  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. 653, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 653, S.D. 2.



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