Hawaii Bills Die for the Year as Legislature Adjourns
Several bills introduced in Hawaii in 2018 failed to pass both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session. These bills are eligible for consideration in the 2019 session.
- A resolution (S.C.R. 20) was offered for the construction of a new race track facility on the island of Oahu. The resolution passed the Senate, but failed in the House Committee on Education.
- A bill (H.B. 2069) that would allow the use, sale, alteration, or installation of automotive mufflers that meet a 95-decibel noise limit. Under the current law, no person can sell, alter, or install a muffler which will noticeably increase a vehicle’s noise. This bill would have provided an opportunity for vehicle owners to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet an objective decibel limit under a fair and predictable test. The bill failed to receive a hearing in the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection.
- Legislation (S.B. 2849) to allow owners of former military vehicles the opportunity to register their vehicles as special interest vehicles. A “former military vehicle” is a vehicle that is at least 25 years old and is either a “Pinzgauer,” “Kaiser Jeep M715,” “Humvee,” or “DUKW” (Duck). The House and Senate failed to reach an agreement in the conference committee.
Thank you to those who voiced support for these bills.