STAND. COM. REP. NO. 713

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1401

S.D. 2

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1401, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Require the Department of Transportation to submit an annual report to the Legislature detailing compliance with complete streets policy and principles;

 

(2) Require the Department of Transportation to establish and publish performance standards with measurable benchmarks reflecting the capacity for all users to travel safely and conveniently along state roadways;

 

(3) Require that the complete street policies of the State apply to new construction, reconstruction, repaving, operations, and maintenance activities;

 

(4) Require the Department of Transportation to create a complete streets policy checklist for each project and post the checklist on its website; and

 

(5) Require the counties to consider complete street policies when adopting or amending land use ordinances.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Waikiki Neighborhood Board No. 9, Ewa Neighborhood Board No. 23, Ulupono Initiative, Blue Zones Project, AARP Hawaii, Hawaii Public Health Institute, American Heart Association, Hawaii Bicycling League, and three individuals.

 

Your Committees find that the complete streets policy is a collection of laws 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. Your Committees further find that the complete streets policy requires further legislative action to assure its proper implementation and further development.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting an effective date of May 6, 2137, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1401, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1401, S.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,

 

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DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair