STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1670

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.C.R. No. 101

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 101 entitled:

 

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE HAWAII EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY ESTABLISH A TWO-YEAR TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS KEY FINDINGS VALIDATED BY THE 2022 RESILIENCY ASSESSMENT REPORT OF THE HAWAII MARITIME TRANSPORTATION REGIONAL RESILIENCY ASSESSMENT PROGRAM PROJECT AND PLAN RESILIENCY ENHANCEMENTS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to request the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the Harbors Division of the Department of Transportation, to establish a two-year task force to address the key findings of the July 2022 Resiliency Assessment report of the Hawaii Maritime Transportation Regional Resiliency Assessment Program Project and plan for related resiliency enhancements.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and Department of Transportation.

 

Your Committee finds that Hawaii's maritime transportation system is vital to the State's supply chains, with the port of Honolulu being a crucial part of the maritime transportation system. Approximately eighty percent of all inbound products move through the port of Honolulu, and any prolonged interruption of the port's operation could quickly create severe commodity shortages and cascading consequences for the State. Your Committee further finds that the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program's (RRAP) Resiliency Assessment report found that Hawaii will need to update and create a robust alternative port and Reverse Hub and Spoke plan and consider significant investments in resiliency-related infrastructure upgrades across the State. Your Committee believes that addressing the key findings in the Resiliency Assessment report and planning resiliency enhancements will better inform the State and its key maritime stakeholders regarding alternate emergency maritime options. This measure will assist in the creation of more robust plans to ensure the quality of critical infrastructure and allow the State to better prepare for, respond to, and recover from a catastrophic incident affecting maritime transportation systems.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by 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 Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 101, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 101, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,

 

 

 

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GLENN WAKAI, Chair