STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1442
RE: S.C.R. No. 263
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.C.R. No. 263 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION CONVENING A PUBLIC RACING FACILITY WORKING GROUP TO LOCATE AND ESTABLISH A PUBLIC RACING FACILITY ON OAHU TO IMPROVE SAFETY, BOOST ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, AND PROVIDE FOR RECREATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to convene a public racing facility working group to locate and establish a public racing facility on Oahu.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation and Oahu Motorsports Association. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Climate Protectors Hawaii and one individual.
Your Committees find that automobile racing has a long and established history in Hawaii. When the last public racing facility on Oahu closed in 2006, many people took to illegally racing on public streets which is a threat to the safety and well-being of the residents of Oahu. Currently, Oahu is the only county without public racing facilities. Besides being used for public enjoyment, public racing facilities can be used for driver education and a valuable training area for law enforcement personnel. Your Committees believe that it is in the public interest to re-establish public racing facilities on Oahu.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Removing the Chairperson of the House Committee on Transportation from the working group and replacing them with a member of the House of Representatives to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(2) Adding the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City and County of Honolulu to the working group; and
(3) 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 concur with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 263, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 263, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
CHRIS LEE, Chair