STAND. COM. REP. NO. 224
RE: S.B. No. 1401
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred S.B. No. 1401 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Direct the Department of Transportation to fashion a complete streets policy; and
(2) Require the Department of Transportation to submit an annual report to the Legislature detailing their compliance with the complete streets policy.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Commission, Ewa Neighborhood Board #23, Blue Zones Project, Hawaii Youth Climate Coalition, Ulupono Initiative, Young Progressives Demanding Action, American Heart Association, AARP Hawaii, Hawaii Bicycling League, Hawai‘i Public Health Institute, and two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Health.
Your Committee finds that in 2009, the Legislature enacted a Complete Streets law that required the Department of Transportation and the county transportation departments to adopt policies that seek to reasonably accommodate convenient access and mobility to all users of the public highways, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, and persons of all ages and abilities. Collectively, these policies are known as the Complete Streets Policy. Your Committee finds that this measure is necessary to clarify the Complete Streets Policy to assure its proper implementation and effectiveness.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Designating the amount of eligible federal funds required to be spent out of the state highway fund for the establishment of bikeways at five percent, rather than eight percent; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1401, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1401, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
CHRIS LEE, Chair