STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2103
RE: S.B. No. 2302
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Seventh State Legislature
Regular Session of 2014
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2302 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIREWORKS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Amend fireworks prohibitions and exceptions;
(2) Create two exceptions to the fireworks prohibitions for movie productions and for those authorized to dispose of or test consumer fireworks; and
(3) Add definitions and requirements for permanent and temporary consumer fireworks storage facilities, based on nationally recognized standards and applicable county building or fire codes.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Fire Council, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaii County Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, Maui Fire Department, and the Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association.
Your Committee finds that the potential danger or damage from the public's use, transportation, and storage of fireworks is so great that those activities need to be closely scrutinized. This measure will ensure the safety of the general public and the first responder community by adding definitions for permanent and temporary consumer fireworks storage facilities based on nationally recognized standards for safety and best industry practices to protect life and property; creating two exceptions to the fireworks prohibitions for movie productions and for those authorized to dispose or test consumer fireworks; and requiring permanent and temporary fireworks storage buildings to comply with applicable local codes or nationally recognized standards.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2302 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,
WILL ESPERO, Chair