STAND. COM. REP. NO. 66

 

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 Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 433 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) Designates the uses for the impact fees.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission; The Trust for Public Land; Surfrider Foundation, Oahu Chapter; Imua Alliance; Climate Protectors Coalition; Kupu; Hawaii Electric Vehicle Association; Blue Planet Foundation; Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development; and twelve individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from Avis Budget Group, Enterprise Holdings, and Maui Chamber of Commerce. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance, Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Office of Planning, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that the impacts of cars, buses, shuttles, and other road vehicles, which emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, contribute to climate change. To ensure the quality of life of residents, the health of the environment, and continued value for the visitor experience, management efforts to maintain the State's infrastructure and environment are imperative. This measure establishes a fee with an environmental focus that is designed to manage the impacts of tourism on climate change and the environment as an integral part of the State's management efforts.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(2) 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 Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 433, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 433, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,

 

 

 

 

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NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair