STAND. COM. REP. NO. 203
RE: H.B. No. 1154
Honorable Joseph M. Souki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 1154 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FUNDING FOR PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to help cover the administrative costs of issuing disabled parking placards for persons with disabilities by increasing the annual vehicle registration fee by $1, which will be deposited into the Disability and Communication Access Board Special Fund.
Your Committee finds that with the aging of the population and projected increase in the number of individuals who are eligible for parking placards, the parking program for persons with disabilities will become a significant expenditure for the general fund. A nominal increase in the annual vehicle registration fee will ensure the continuation of a quality parking program without tapping into valuable and limited general funds.
Your Committee understands the concerns raised by the Department of Transportation that increasing the motor vehicle registration fee to fund programs other than highways related programs may make it difficult for the Department to request additional increases for highways related projects in the future. However, your Committee finds that this matter deserves further consideration.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1154 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Human Services.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
HENRY J.C. AQUINO, Chair