STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1902-22

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2022

 

RE: S.B. No. 449

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2022

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 449, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to require:

 

(1) Property owners of residential real property to disclose, as part of the mandatory seller disclosures in real estate transactions, whether the installed smoke alarm in the residential real property is in accordance with existing building or residential codes based on information provided by the State Fire Council; and

 

(2) The State Fire Council to create and maintain an informational guide on approved smoke alarms that are in accordance with existing state or county building or residential codes and post the informational guide on the State Fire Council's website and each county fire department's website.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the State Fire Council, Maui Fire Department, and Honolulu Fire Department. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Association of REALTORS.

 

Your Committee finds that smoke alarms, when properly installed and maintained, provide early warning of a potentially deadly fire and can reduce the risk of dying from a fire and extensive property damage. This measure will ensure buyers have important safety information regarding their potential home purchases and may increase the likelihood that smoke alarms will be updated prior to a sale of residential property.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Inserting a definition for "smoke alarm"; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 449, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 449, H.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair