STAND. COM. REP. NO. 11

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 75

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Water and Land and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 75 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to inventory historic properties and burial sites in the State, collect data on burial site locations, and conduct an archaeological surface survey.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Historic Hawaii Foundation, and two individuals.

 

Your Committees find that a comprehensive and statewide inventory of historic properties and burial sites is critical for their management and protection. Further, the lack of a comprehensive inventory creates uncertainty for developers and delays project planning due to the unavailability of this key information. Your Committees further find that the State Historic Preservation Division lacks funding to fulfill its mandate to create and maintain inventories of historical properties and burial sites. Therefore, this measure will address this problem by providing funding to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to inventory historic properties and burial sites in the State, collect data on burial site locations, and conduct an archaeological surface survey.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

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

 

(2) 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 Water and Land and Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 75, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 75, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Water and Land and Hawaiian Affairs,

 

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MAILE S.L. SHIMABUKURO, Chair

 

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LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair