March 19, 2009 – Keauhou, Hawaii
VIDEO: David Corrigan
The debate on Bill 385 during Tuesday’s Hawaii County Council Committee on Public Works and Intergovernmental Relations was not over the substance of the bill as much as it was over how fast it should be passed.
The bill would implement the 2006 version of the International Energy Conservation Code, upgrading the existing code said to be outdated by decades.
Howard Wiig of the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (and the interviewee in the above video) testified that speedy passage of Bill 385 may better position the Big Island to acquire federal stimulus funds.
There was some hesitation on the part of the council committee to pass the bill before reading the entire 2006 IECC document, even in the name of obtaining federal stimulus moneys.
The matter was tabled for later in the afternoon in order to get the blessing of Public Works director Warren Lee. The bill was later passed unanimously on first reading.