STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1850

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 350

S.D. 2

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 350, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to require the Department of Health to:

 

(1) Direct the Clean Water Branch of the Environmental Management Division to continue to test water quality during brown water advisories, as practicable;

 

(2) Issue health advisories during brown water advisories that explain the health risks associated with water runoff; and

 

(3) Consider environmental justice issues when making certain assessments and determinations.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Friends of Mahaulepu, Surfrider Foundation Kauai Chapter, Kihei Community Association, Clean The Pacific, Surfrider Foundation Hawaii Region, and eighteen individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Health. Your Committee received comments on this measure from one individual.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting an unspecified appropriation amount for an unspecified number of full-time equivalent positions for the Department of Health; and

 

(2) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 350, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 350, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair