STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3350
RE: S.B. No. 3072
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 3072 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to improve the State's preparedness for and response to communities affected by disasters.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Requires that all public buildings constructed after January 2021 shall be designed to withstand category four and higher hurricanes and for use as emergency shelters;
(2) Requires statewide inventories of medical facilities, backup generators, and twenty-four satellite phones for emergency situations;
(3) Appropriates moneys to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency for:
(A) The hiring of employees with competencies in emergency response planning and allocation of resources; and
(B) The agency to review shortages related to emergency supplies; and
(4) Appropriates moneys to the Department of Agriculture to procure, store, and maintain a supply of usable food for emergency situations.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services.
Your Committee finds that the State's location and size make it vulnerable to natural disasters and other emergencies. Your Committee therefore finds that the State should ensure the safety of residents and visitors by preparing for emergencies in advance.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
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. 3072, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3072, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair