STAND. COM. REP. NO. 730
RE: H.B. No. 1142
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1142, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ENERGY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Establish a surcharge on the sale of high-end gasoline‑powered vehicles to fund the installation of electric vehicle charging systems; and
(2) Establish the Electric Vehicle Charging System Subaccount within the Public Utilities Commission Special Fund.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency of the City and County of Honolulu; Ulupono Initiative; Blue Planet Foundation; WeeDriveTesla LLC; Keiko Conservation; Tesla, Inc.; and numerous individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Laborers' Union Local 368, Hawaii Automobile Dealers' Association, Cutter Management Co., JN Group, King Windward Nissan, Infiniti of Honolulu, King Auto Center, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Hawai‘i Construction Alliance, New City Nissan, Mercedes-Benz of Honolulu, and four individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation, Public Utilities Commission, Hawaii State Energy Office, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, Hawaii Electric Vehicle Association, Hawai‘i Energy, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company, and Think B.I.G.
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. 1142, H.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
SYLVIA LUKE, Chair