STAND. COM. REP. NO.  974-20


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2020


RE:   H.B. No. 1973

      H.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1973, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to abolish, repeal, or reclassify certain non-general funds and accounts of the Department of Transportation.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the University of Hawaii System, Department of Transportation Services of the City and County of Honolulu, and one individual.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Transportation, Hawaii Pacific University, and Hawaii Bicycling League.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the County of Kauai Department of Planning, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Public Health Institute, and Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii.  


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Removing the repeal of the Aloha Tower Fund;


     (2)  Specifying that unencumbered balances remaining in the Transportation Improvement Special Fund shall be transferred to the State Highway Fund;


     (3)  Specifying that the Legislature shall appropriate funds from the Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund, rather than the Director of Transportation distributing those funds, to the counties to be used for the implementation of county safe routes to school program projects; and


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


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1973, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1973, H.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,