STAND. COM. REP. NO. 508
RE: S.B. No. 920
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, to which was referred S.B. No. 920 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO STATE LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to transition one hundred percent of the State's light-duty motor vehicles to zero emissions vehicles by December 31, 2030.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Energy Office, Department of Accounting and General Services, Department of Transportation, 350Hawaii, Mission Zero Hawaii, KauaiEV, Hawaii EV Association, Ulupono Initiative, Hawaiian Electric Company, Blue Planet Foundation, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, and four individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the State Procurement Office.
Your Committees find that the use of fossil fuels is the State's primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions cause climate change which poses a threat to the State's economic well-being, public health, infrastructure, and the environment. This measure will set a goal for the State to lead by example and transition one hundred percent of its light-duty motor vehicles to zero emission vehicles by December 31, 2030.
Your Committees note that in addition to the transition to a one hundred percent zero emissions state fleet, your Committees hope that this measure will allow for a streamlining of any redundancies in the state vehicle fleet.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Adding the definition of "plug-in hybrid electric vehicle"; 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 Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 920, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 920, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
CHRIS LEE, Chair