STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1241

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: S.B. No. 67

S.D. 1

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 67, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES ON BEACHES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to prohibit a commercial vendor from presetting commercial beach equipment on any public beach under the jurisdiction of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, unless the customer is physically present.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and four individuals.

 

Your Committee finds that the presetting of commercial beach equipment on public beaches has been a long-standing issue that has generated many complaints. This measure seeks to strike a balance between residents' ability to freely enjoy Hawaii's beaches and the visitor industry's desire to provide amenities to their guests.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Applying it only to counties:

 

(A) With a population over 900,000; or

 

(B) With a population above 100,000 and below 180,000;

 

(2) Changing its effective date to June 30, 3000, to encourage further discussion; and

 

(3) 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 Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 67, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 67, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,

 

 

 

 

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LINDA ICHIYAMA, Chair