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WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby mikeHI » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:36 pm

Check out the modified Hawaii Senate Bill. The body of the bill is the testimony of Nick and myself. We are fighting back.

STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2433



Honolulu, Hawaii





RE: S.B. No. 2926

S.D. 1







Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii



Madam:



Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 2926 entitled:



"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS,"



begs leave to report as follows:



The purpose of this measure is to prohibit operation of a motor vehicle on land governed by chapter 171, Hawaii Revised Statutes, except on roads, trails, or tracks designated or provided by the department for vehicular use. This measure makes violation of the prohibition a petty misdemeanor and imposes mandatory fines.



Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by Windward Ahupua‘a Alliance and three individuals. Testimony in opposition to this measure was submitted by two individuals and 4x4boyz.com which attached a petition listing over 400 names of individuals in opposition to this measure.



Your Committee finds that the use and operation of motorcycles, all terrain vehicles, dune buggies, and dirt bikes is prohibited on unencumbered state land, state parks, forest reserves, and public hunting areas. All motorized vehicles are prohibited from operating on beaches, through vegetation, or on any other area that is not a designated roadway. Your Committee has heard testimony that the use and operation of these vehicles has the potential to desecrate sacred burial grounds, further threaten already endangered species, and harm the natural ecosystem on public lands.

Your Committee further finds that several points raised in opposition to this measure warrant further investigation and consideration. The opposition noted, among other things:



(1) That even without this measure there is limited availability of places for off-road enthusiasts to utilize;



(2) That there are numerous trails existing on state land that were previously accessible by off-road enthusiasts but are now blocked off by the Department of Land and Natural Resources;



(3) That the measure is overbroad in scope and would effectively prohibit access to hunting areas which often do not have marked trails;



(4) That in some cases, the exercise of native gathering rights is only possible by the use of four-wheel drive vehicles; and



(5) That in their annual report, the Department of Land and Natural Resources admits that it does not spend the proportional amount of federal RTP funds for off-road trails.



Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:



(1) Amending the effective date to July 1, 2050; and



(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of style and clarity.



As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2926, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2926, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Labor.





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





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CLAYTON HEE, Chair
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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby Seth » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:10 am

Good job. Keep up the great work fighting for the public trails. :)
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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby Sewie » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:32 am

Seth wrote:Good job. Keep up the great work fighting for the public trails. :)



x2! 8) Well Done!
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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby Mark » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:54 am

Seth wrote:Good job. Keep up the great work fighting for the public trails. :)


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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby Jason » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:26 am

That's great news Mike! I can only imagine how full your hands must be with the trail access issues. Being that Hawaii is already a small State, it makes what you're doing that much more important. Keep up the good fight!
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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby PhilD » Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:43 am

Great work! 8) 8) 8)
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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby Dadstoy » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:54 pm

X5 8) :) 8) :) 8)
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Re: WE FOUGHT THE STATE

Postby mikeHI » Sun Mar 16, 2008 3:58 pm

Thanks guys. We are going to try to put a full organized press on the legislature prior to the next session.
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