STAND. COM. REP. NO. 832
RE: S.B. No. 717
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 717, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC REAL PROPERTY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to improve the cleanliness and management of the State's real property.
More specifically, the measure:
(1) Establishes a temporary program to provide for the removal from state property of debris and litter deposited by occupants of illegal encampments; and
(2) Establishes a temporary sheriff patrol program to deter illegal camping, trespassing, or being present on state property after closure hours.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from The Institute for Human Services.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services; the Department of Land and Natural Resources; the Hawaii Community Development Authority; and the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness.
Your Committee finds that that illegal camping, trespassing, and remaining on state property after closure hours, and associated depositing of filth and debris, create health and safety problems that the State has been unable to adequately address. Your Committee believes that establishing a temporary sheriff patrol program to deter illegal camping and related activities on state property, along with a temporary program for removing waste materials left behind, will promote a safer and healthier environment.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriations to unspecified sums; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 717, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 717, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair