By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff
Several bills introduced in Hawaii in 2018 failed to pass both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.
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 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 that would allow the use, sale, alteration or installation of automotive mufflers that meet a 95-decibel noise limit failed to receive a hearing in the House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection.
Under the current law, no person can sell, alter or install a muffler which will noticeably increase a vehicle’s noise. The legislation 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. A bill to allow owners of former military vehicles the opportunity to register their vehicles as special-interest vehicles died in a House/Senate conference committee. 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).