Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 791

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 791 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Clarify removal of unauthorized vessels on state property or in the waters of the State;


     (2)  Clarify the definition of an "abandoned vessel";


     (3)  Reduce the time limit to claim an unauthorized vessel that is impounded by the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) from thirty days to ten working days;


     (4)  Reduce the time limit to claim an abandoned vessel that is impounded by a state or county agency from twenty days to ten working days;


     (5)  Make abandonment of a vessel on waters of the State or public property a petty misdemeanor;


     (6)  Clarify auction requirements regarding abandoned vessels; and


     (7)  Allow DLNR to charge an impound storage fee.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Hawaii Reef and Ocean Coalition.


     Your Committee finds that existing law requires DLNR to provide a seventy-two-hour notice of intent to impound an unauthorized, abandoned, grounded, or derelict vessel before being able to take control of the vessel.  However, in some instances, the condition of the vessel rapidly deteriorates, requiring additional labor, increased risks to health and public safety, and additional costs to remove and impound the vessel.  This measure shortens the time-period for DLNR to respond and remove abandoned vessels to help protect reefs and maintain ocean health.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by 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 Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 791, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 791, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,