STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3147
RE: S.B. No. 2679
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2022
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2679, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DRIVER'S LICENSES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to extend the renewal period from two years to four years for licensees who are seventy-two years of age or older.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, AARP Hawai‘i, Rainbow Family 808, Retirement Issues Committee of the Hawaii State Teachers Association, and twenty-four individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Executive Office on Aging and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that the Department of Transportation has not found local data to indicate drivers seventy years of age or older are at higher risk of causing or being involved in crashes. Your Committee further finds that the Mini-Mental State Examination and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test for dementia require a fee to use and may put an unnecessary financial burden on drivers over seventy years old. Therefore, the current approach of relying on self-disclosure and observations by licensing clerks is the most reasonable. This measure will lessen the burden on older drivers by extending the renewal period from two years to four years for licensees who are seventy-two years or older, but less than eighty years of age.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Requiring applicants eighty years of age or older to remain subject to the two-year renewal period; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2679, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2679, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair