STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1421

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: S.B. No. 920

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 Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 920, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO STATE LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish a procurement policy for medium- and heavy-duty motor vehicles and modify the existing procurement policy for light-duty motor vehicles in state motor vehicle fleets;

 

(2) Specify that one of the State's climate change mitigation goals is to reduce emissions that cause climate change and build energy efficiencies across all sectors;

 

(3) Establish clean transportation goals for state motor vehicle fleets;

 

(4) Authorize the Department of Accounting and General Services to approve state fleet acquisitions, including zero emission vehicle requirements for light-duty passenger cars and light-duty multipurpose passenger vehicles and trucks; and

 

(5) Require state and county agencies to purchase building materials for new road construction projects that reduce the carbon footprint of the projects, whenever feasible and cost-effective.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Hawaii State Energy Office, Kauai Climate Action Coalition, Ulupono Initiative, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, 350Hawaii.org, Hawaiian Electric Company, Climate Protectors Hawaii, Blue Planet Foundation, Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association, Our Revolution Hawaii, Faith Action for Community Equity Environmental Justice Task Force, Sierra Club of Hawaii, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and ten individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the State Procurement Office and Alliance for Automotive Innovation.

 

Your Committee finds that the State has committed to several goals in an attempt to prevent or mitigate the effects of climate change, including the adoption of the renewable portfolio standards and zero emissions clean economy target. Your Committee further finds that ground transportation accounts for forty-seven percent of the State's 8,690,000 metric tons of transportation emissions. This measure continues Hawaii's commitment to lowering the State's carbon emissions and reliance on fossil fuels by leading by example.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Clarifying that the strategy created jointly by the Department of Transportation and Hawaii State Energy Office applies to light-duty motor vehicles in the State's fleets, rather than all light-duty motor vehicles in the State; and

 

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

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 920, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 920, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair