STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1621
RE: H.B. No. 95
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 95, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SPECIAL LICENSE PLATES FOR NATURAL RESOURCES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize the issuance of special number plates to commemorate the beauty of, and observe the importance of protecting, the State's natural resources.
More specifically, this measure:
(1) Authorizes the Director of Finance of each county to issue special number plates for use on motor vehicles to commemorate the beauty of the State's natural resources and observe the importance of preserving those resources;
(2) Requires the Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources to design the special number plates, based on certain guidelines;
(3) Requires the Director of Finance of each county to charge a special number plate fee and fundraising fee, and authorizes the Director to charge an additional fundraising fee; and
(4) Provides that the revenue generated by the fundraising fees shall be deposited into the Conservation and Resources Enforcement Special Fund.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Malama Pupukea-Waimea, and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that charging fees for the issuance of special number plates will provide an effective and appropriate source of dedicated funding for the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement.
Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2051, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 95, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 95, H.D. 2, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair