STAND. COM. REP. NO. 511

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: H.B. No. 433

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 433, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Assess a climate change mitigation impact fee on every customer who rents, leases, or utilizes a rental motor vehicle;

 

(2) Establish the Climate Change Mitigation Special Fund; and

 

(3) Designate the uses of the monies in the Climate Change Mitigation Special Fund.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, Hawaii Youth Climate Coalition, Imua Alliance, Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter and Maui Chapter, Climate Protectors Hawaii, Blue Planet Foundation, Pono Hawaii Initiative, Hawaii Electric Vehicle Association, and numerous individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Enterprise Holdings and Avis Budget Group. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Health, Department of Transportation, Office of Planning, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that the State is committed to expanding strategies and mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the reduction of energy use, adoption of renewable energy, and control of air pollution. Your Committee further finds that ground transportation accounts for a substantial amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the State. This measure establishes a climate change mitigation impact fee on rental vehicles to be used for mitigating climate change and protecting the environment.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 433, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair