STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2679

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2679

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2022

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Transportation and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 2679 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Extend the renewal period from two years to four years for licensees who are seventy years of age or older but younger than eighty years of age; and

 

(2) Require applicants for a new license or for license renewal who are seventy years of age or older to present certification of physical and mental competence from a doctor upon application.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Department of Customer Services of the City and County of Honolulu, AARP Hawaii, and four individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Executive Office on Aging and three individuals.

 

Your Committees find that for greater convenience while maintaining safety, license renewal applicants over the age of seventy but younger than eighty only need to apply once every four years instead of every two years. To ensure the safety of these applicants, this measure requires an applicant to present certification of physical and mental competence from a doctor.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Extending the renewal period to four years for all licensees seventy-two years of age or older;

 

(2) Removing language that would have required that driver's license applicants who are seventy years of age or older have to present certification of physical and mental competence from a doctor;

 

(3) Inserting an effective date of January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(4) 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 Government Operations that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2679, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2679, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation and Government Operations,

 

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SHARON MORIWAKI, Chair

 

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CHRIS LEE, Chair