STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3339
RE: S.B. No. 996
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. 996, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to increase the use of zero-emission vehicles in the State.
More specifically, this measure:
(1) Requires rental motor vehicle lessors to incorporate zero-emission vehicles into the lessors' fleets of rental motor vehicles; and
(2) Establishes the Hawaii zero-emission vehicle infrastructure special fund and the Hawaii zero-emission vehicle infrastructure grant program to promote the development of a zero-emission vehicle fueling infrastructure.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from 350Hawaii.org; Blue Planet Foundation; Climate Protectors Coalition; Hawaii Electric Vehicle Association; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Sustainable Energy Hawaii; Ulupono Initiative; and numerous individuals.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from the Department of Transportation and Enterprise Holdings.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance.
Your Committee finds that requiring rental motor vehicle lessors to incorporate zero-emission vehicles into the lessor's respective rental motor vehicle fleet will facilitate the State's efforts to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles used in the State. Your Committee further finds that incentivizing the development of a zero-emission vehicle fueling infrastructure will help to ensure that the State has the fueling capabilities to accommodate the increased rate of zero-emission vehicle use in the State.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Removing from the definition of "zero-emission vehicle" a provision establishing criteria for full and partial plug-in hybrid electric vehicles;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive changes 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. 996, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 996, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair