STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1301

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 944

S.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 944, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to mitigate the effects of climate change by appropriating funds for the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission to:

 

(1) Prioritize the identification of and recommendations for utilizing nature-based solutions in its climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts; and

 

(2) Assess and make recommendations for opportunities for insurance, reinsurance, and other risk transfer mechanisms that incentivize investment in nature-based solutions to climate change.

 

The Sierra Club of Hawaii, The Nature Conservancy Hawaii, Healthy Climate Communities, Hawaii Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and many individuals supported this measure. The Department of Land and Natural Resources provided comments.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 944, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,

 

 

 

 

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NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair