STAND. COM. REP. NO. 51
RE: H.B. No. 801
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 801 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MOPEDS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to, beginning January 1, 2023, prohibit a retailer from selling or offering for sale combustion engine-powered mopeds.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Imua Alliance, Climate Protectors Coalition, Blue Planet Foundation, and Hawaii EV Association. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Oahu Motorsports Association, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that noise pollution is a serious problem affecting quality of life, particularly in urban areas. As a result, several cities around the world have started to phase out internal combustion engine mopeds for clean and quiet electric mopeds. This measure improves the quality of life in the State by prohibiting a retailer from selling or offering for sale combustion engine-powered mopeds beginning January 1, 2023.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.
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. 801, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 801, 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,
NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair