STAND. COM. REP. NO. 884
RE: H.B. No. 1246
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 1246, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIREWORKS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) An activity that causes air pollution under the Hawaii Air Pollution Control Act, punishable by civil penalties and subject to citations under the Hawaii Air Pollution Control Act; and
(2) A violation of noise control rules under the Hawaii noise pollution laws, and punishable by civil penalties and subject to citations under the Hawaii noise pollution laws.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaiian Humane Society and three individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Health and State Fire Council.
Your Committee finds that the Fireworks Control Law and its associated penalties have proven to be an inadequate deterrent for the illegal use of fireworks in the State. This measure is intended to strengthen enforcement through alternative enforcement mechanisms and imposition of additional penalties to protect public health and safety.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1246, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1246, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair