STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1634
RE: H.B. No. 1102
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 1102, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LITTER CONTROL,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to prohibit the release of balloons that have been inflated with a gas that is lighter than air.
Your Committees received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition, Clean The Pacific, The Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, Surfrider Foundation, and five individuals.
Your Committees find that this measure will help to reduce the release of balloons filled with lighter-than-air gases, which often land in the ocean and are consumed by and cause harm to birds, turtles, fish, and other marine animals.
Your Committees have amended this measure by changing the effective date to January 1, 2023.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1102, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1102, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair