Thanks for signing our vehicle noise petition or filling out our survey in the past.
Among multiple noise pollution bills working through the Hawaii legislature right now, there is an important one that would have the Hawaii Department of Health directly regulate and address vehicle noise for the first time and prohibit the sale or use of vehicles that exceed a specific volume.
Most bills that come up every year don't make it through the process, especially without clear community support/pressure, so our representatives need to hear from us! There are actually 2 bills, one in the House (HB1545) and one in the Senate (SB2127).
At your earliest, can you please support this effort through at least one of the following:
1) Submit an Online Comment ("testimony")
It can be brief, and please select "Support" in the form.
Click the blue Submit Testimony button at the top of the page:
SB2127 - deadline: officially this Tuesday at 1:15 pm, but could be submitted "late" until Wed at 1:15 pm
HB1545 - deadline: officially this Wednesday at 9 am, but could be submitted "late" until this Thursday at 9 am
We've submitted testimony, but it doesn't show right away.
2) Give a Verbal Comment at the Hearing this Week
You are able to give up to 2 minutes of live/verbal comment at the video conference hearings this week. To sign up, there is an option when clicking Submit Testimony as described in #1 above (note deadlines above).
SB2127 - Hearing is this Wednesday at 1:15 pm. Even if you don't sign up to comment, you can still watch it here.
HB1545 - Hearing is this Thursday at 9 am. Even if you don't sign up to comment, you can still watch it here.
3) Contact your Representative Directly
Please mention your support of any bill that fights vehicle noise pollution, including SB2127 and HB1545. If you don't want to leave official testimony as described in #1 or 2 above, this can be an effective alternative for ensuring real progress this year.
In particular, the following Maui representatives are on the committees that the bills are currently with:
Senator Rosalyn Baker, South & West Maui, contact info
Senator Lynn DeCoite, Upcountry / Hana, contact info
There isn't a Maui rep in one of the current relevant committees for this bill, although it should be noted that multiple Maui representatives have already signed on as supporters of the bill: Rep. Wildberger (South Maui), Rep. McKelvey (West Maui), and Rep. Hashimoto (Wailuku)!
Thank you in advance for voicing your support for these bills! We are tracking other relevant bills (e.g., HB1856 / SB2126) and will try to let you know about other opportunities to help get these into law this year as well.
Please feel free to share this email with others, as well as our active petition.