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“Protecting Maui County’s reefs, oceans, beaches and forests is vital to both the visitor industry and the quality of life of our residents,” said Maui County Council Chairperson. , Alice Lee.

WAILUKU — Council Speaker Alice L. Lee announced last week that eight proposals have been put forward as part of Maui County Council’s 2022 legislative package, including legislation to establish a “green fee supplement” — an entry fee that would fund environmental protection and conservation projects.

The legislative package measures were introduced at the start of last month’s legislative session by Senate Speaker Ronald Kouchi and House Speaker Scott Saiki at the request of the council.

Legislation to establish a surcharge on green fees has been designated as Senate Bill 1439 (2022) and Senate Bill 2098 (2022).

“Green fees provide an innovative funding mechanism to better support the well-being of our residents and visitors by ensuring we have a clean and healthy environment. » said Lee.

The package also includes the following invoices:

HB 1437 and SB 2096 to lower the blood alcohol threshold for the offense of driving a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

HB 1438 and SB 2097 to establish the first and second degree criminal offenses of illegal chop shop activity.

HB 1440 and SB 2099 to require that the minimum wage be recalculated using the most recent self-sufficiency income standard.

HB 1441 and SB 2100 to authorize the issuance of general bonds and appropriate funds for capital improvement projects for the benefit of Maui County.

HB 1442 and SB 2101 to modify the definition of “development” in the Coastal Zone Management Act to exclude the construction or reconstruction of a single family residence with a floor area of ​​less than 5,000 square feet.

HB 1443 and SB 2102 to assess a Climate Change Mitigation Impact Charge for each customer who rents, leases or uses a rental motor vehicle.

HB 1444 and SB 2103 to abolish Kalawao County and incorporate the Kalaupapa area of ​​Molokai into Maui County.

Lee encourages Maui County residents to join the council to follow state law and submit testimony to state legislative committees.

She said updated information, including bill numbers and copies of her testimony, will be posted at mauicounty.us/2022stateleg/ throughout the legislative session, which is set to adjourn May 5.


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