STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2632

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2503

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2503 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL WASTEWATER SYSTEMS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish the time of transfer individual wastewater system inspection program to oversee the inspection and repair of any individual wastewater system at the time of the property's sale or transfer.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition, Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations, and two individuals.

 

Your Committees find that the Department of Health and Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism receive approximately $1,100,000 in annual federal grants through the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments, contingent on the State taking measures to address and minimize polluted runoff, including runoff from on-site sewage facilities. This measure satisfies federal requirements by minimizing the polluted runoff created by failing individual wastewater systems in the State by establishing a program to oversee their inspection and repair of individual wastewater systems at the time of an attached property's transfer or sale.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2503 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Agriculture and Environment and Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair

 

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MIKE GABBARD, Chair