STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1101
RE: S.B. No. 384
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 384, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ACCESS FOR DISABLED PERSONS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Authorize each county to adopt ordinances to enforce the design, construction, and signage requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended; part III of chapter 291, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and any administrative rules adopted under that part, including the establishment of penalties for failure to comply with the ordinance; and
(2) Clarify that an official appointed by a county may enter property of places of public accommodation to enforce violations of the ordinances adopted by the county.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Disability and Communication Access Board.
Your Committees find that more than one hundred thousand residents in Hawai‘i have an active disability parking permit issued pursuant to the Statewide Program on Parking for Persons with Disabilities. Your Committees find, however, that many places of public accommodation fail to comply with the ADA and state requirements for providing parking spaces reserved for persons with disabilities, including their number, location, design, and signage. Although existing law sets forth penalties for public and private entities that fail to comply with these requirements and allows law enforcement officers and commissioned volunteer enforcement officers to enter private property for enforcement, the statute has not been enforced since its enactment on July 1, 2002, because the law does not designate a specific government agency to impose or collect the penalties. This measure will allow the counties to adopt ordinances to enforce the ADA and state requirements through appointed county officials.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 384, S.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair
KARL RHOADS, Chair