Bill Text: HI SB644 | 2020 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Relating To Climate Change.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-12-01 - Carried over to 2020 Regular Session. [SB644 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2020-SB644-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

644

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to climate change.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that Act 32, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, established the Hawaii climate change mitigation and adaptation commission to address the urgent issue of sea-level rise in the State.  In less than a year, the commission, which comprises various state and county officials, has provided the legislature with a comprehensive sea-level rise report in which risk levels are clearly identified.  From this report, the legislature also finds it imperative to start implementing the commission's recommendations.

     The legislature further finds that the State needs to start planning and funding the coastal adaptations to sea-level rise now to avoid insurmountable crises in the decade ahead.  The legislature believes that the most important and urgent matter to be addressed is the identification and determination of shoreline armoring and retreat.

     Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to require the Hawaii climate change mitigation and adaptation commission to determine which coastal areas to armor and which ones to select for managed retreat.

     SECTION 2.  (a)  The Hawaii climate change mitigation and adaptation commission shall determine areas of each county to be designated for either armoring or managed retreat.  The commission shall make its determinations for three predicted levels of sea-level rise:  three feet of sea-level rise, six feet of sea-level rise, and nine feet of sea-level rise.

     (b)  The Hawaii climate change mitigation and adaptation commission shall submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the legislature by December 31, 2021.

     SECTION 3.  There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 to complete the sea-level rise determination project.

     The sums appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii climate change mitigation and adaptation commission for the purposes of this Act.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission; Coastal Armoring; Managed Retreat; Report; Appropriation

 

Description:

Requires the Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission to determine areas in each county to designate for either armoring or managed retreat.  Requires the commission to submit a report to the Legislature.  Appropriates moneys.

 

 

 

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