HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1104

TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2015

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to energy.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 105, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"105-   Government motor vehicles; fuel cell electric vehicles. (a) Each year     per cent of all motor vehicles purchased or acquired by the State, or by any county thereof, under this chapter shall be fuel cell electric vehicles.

(b) For the purposes of this section, "fuel cell electric vehicle" means a zero-emission electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell to convert hydrogen gas and oxygen into electricity to charge on-board batteries and power one or more on-board electric motors to propel the vehicle."

SECTION 2. Section 286-42, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"286-42 County finance director's duties. (a) The county director of finance shall examine and to the best of the director's ability determine the genuineness and regularity of every registration and transfer of registration of a vehicle pursuant to this part to ensure that every certificate issued for a vehicle contains true statements of the ownership of the vehicle and to prevent the registration of a vehicle by any person not entitled to the vehicle. The director of finance may require any applicant to furnish information, in addition to that contained in the application, that is necessary to satisfy the director of finance of the truth and regularity of the application. The director of finance may accept any county certificate of title issued for a vehicle as prima facie evidence of ownership for registration and transfer of registration. The director may issue vehicle identification numbers for reconstructed vehicles, special interest vehicles, or motorcycles that do not have vehicle identification numbers if the director determines that the requirements of this section have been met.

The county director of finance may register a motorcycle with an aftermarket motorcycle frame, using the number of the frame as issued by the manufacturer of the frame, the vehicle identification number on the certification label, or a vehicle identification number assigned by the director of finance. A bill of sale and Manufacturer's Statement of Origin for the frame, engine, and transmission must be presented and retained as a part of the permanent county registration records. If a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin is not available for the engine and transmission due to the use of a used or reconstructed engine, transmission, or both, then a bill of sale or other proof of ownership, satisfactory to the director of finance must be presented. Except for motorcycles that are built on an aftermarket motorcycle frame, special interest vehicles, and reconstructed vehicles, any motor vehicle or device that is not certified by the manufacturer to be in compliance with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards as of the date of [[]manufacture[]] shall not be registered.

(b) For the purpose of registering standard makes and body types of new passenger motor vehicles the director of finance may accept the certificate of any licensed motor vehicle dealer certifying to the weight and identification of such vehicle. The director of finance of any county may accept the certificate of the director of finance of any other county as to weight and identification of any such vehicle.

(c) The director of finance may enter into a contract with new car dealerships and motor vehicle rental companies for the registration of new motor vehicles consistent with any statute, ordinance, or provision of any applicable collective bargaining agreement. The director of finance may adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 as may be necessary for the application, bonding, and procedural requirements of such contractor.

(d) In the event the director of finance is not satisfied as to the ownership of any vehicle sought to be registered, unless the applicant presents satisfactory evidence to the director of finance of the applicant's ownership of the vehicle and as to any liens thereon, the director of finance may accept from the applicant a bond in such form as may be determined by the director of finance in an amount equal to the retail value of the vehicle. The bond and the deposit thereof shall be conditioned to protect the director of finance and any subsequent purchaser of the vehicle or person acquiring any lien thereon or the successor in interest of any such person against any loss or damage on account of any defect in or undisclosed encumbrance upon the right, title, and interest of the applicant in and to the vehicle. Any such interested person shall have a right of action to recover on any such bond for any breach of the conditions for which the same was deposited. The aggregate liability of the surety to all such persons shall in no event exceed the amount of the bond and interest thereon, plus a reasonable attorney's fee to be allowed by the court incurred to procure the recovery under the bond. The bond shall (unless suit has been instituted thereon) be returned and surrendered at the end of three years.

(e) The [county finance,] director of finance, upon being notified by the designated county department that a vehicle is a special interest vehicle or that a vehicle has been inspected and approved as a reconstructed vehicle, shall cause that fact to be shown upon the registration and title certificates for that vehicle.

(f) The director of finance shall track and, at least annually, report to the department of business, economic development, and tourism the number of certificates of registration issued under this chapter or any rules adopted by the department of transportation for fuel cell electric vehicles.

(g) For the purpose of this section, "fuel cell electric vehicle" means a zero-emission electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell to convert hydrogen gas and oxygen into electricity to charge on-board batteries and power one or more on-board electric motors to propel the vehicle. "Fuel cell electric vehicle" includes original equipment vehicles and vehicles that have been modified or retrofitted."

SECTION 3. Section 486J-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"486J-3 Statements. Each month, every refiner and distributor, on a reporting date established by the director, shall file with the research and economic analysis division of the department, on forms furnished by the department showing separately for each county and for the islands of Lanai and Molokai within which and whereon fuel is sold or used during the last preceding reporting month, the following:

(1) The total volume of fuel imported into and exported from Hawaii, and if for ultimate sale or consumption in another county or on another island, the total volume of fuel, in barrels, by import location (foreign and domestic), by specific crude oil imported, and by liquid fuel type, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, biofuels, and other types of fuel as required by the department, that is sold, exchanged, or otherwise transferred or used by the distributor;

(2) The total volume of fuel refined, manufactured, or compounded by refineries, in barrels, by company, and by specific crude oil and by liquid fuel type, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, biofuels, and other types of fuel as required by the department, including No. 2 diesel fuel, No. 1 distillate, No. 2 fuel oil, No. 4 fuel oil, kerosene, finished aviation gasoline, kerosene-type jet fuel, residual fuel oil, consumer grade propane, and gasoline (regular, midgrade, and premium);

(3) The total volume of fuel distributed, in barrels, by company, by island, and by liquid fuel type, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, biofuels, and other types of fuel as required by the department, and by:

(A) Classes of retail trade;

(B) Federal, state, county agencies, ships stores, or base exchanges, commercial agriculture accounts, commercial non-agriculture accounts, retail dealers, and other customers as required by the department; and

(C) Wholesale distributor; [and]

(4) The total volume of inventory and storage capacity, in barrels, by reporting entity, by method of transportation of receipts and distribution, by specific crude oil, and by liquid fuel type, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, biofuels, and other types of fuel as required by the department[.]; and

(5) The total volume of non-fossil fuel, including liquid or gas, imported, manufactured, or generated for ultimate sale or consumption in Hawaii by type."

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for the county directors of finance to track and report the number of fuel cell electric vehicles registered in the State as required under section 286-42(f), Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the county directors of finance for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $         or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2015-2016 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for the counties to purchase fuel cell electric vehicles as required under section 105- , Hawaii Revised Statutes.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the counties for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 6. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 7. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2015.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Energy; Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles; Non-fossil Fuels

 

Description:

Requires the State and counties to purchase an unspecified percentage of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in their total annual purchase or acquisition of government motor vehicles. Requires the directors of finance to track and report to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) the number of FCEV registered in the State. Requires fuel distributors to report to DBEDT the volume of non-fossil fuels imported or produced for ultimate sale or consumption in the State.

 

 

 

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