4/27 4:30 pm update: Rep Lee is still working on an acceptable draft of the bill. There are still ISSUES on the House side. Committee reconvening tomorrow 3:30.

Tonight if can, please email all conferees (below). Tell them to vote yes on SB1150 SD2 HD3 CD1. We do not need more studies; the science already exists. We need to restrict use, ban sales, & educate. The world is watching to see if Hawaii is going to pass a bill to protect corals, marine life, people, local businesses from the negative effects of toxic chemical sunscreen ingredients particularly oxybenzone. Mahalo for doing the right thing.

Subject: Please Pass SB1150 to Restrict / Ban Oxybenzone

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Rep Lee is still working on an acceptable version. There are still ISSUES on the House side. Committee reconvening tomorrow 3:30. Please like & share. Will update as it happens.

Will update as it happens.

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4/27 AM

Final conference committee today. Senator Rhoads submitted his draft version of SB1150 “The Oxybenzone Bill”. Basically it maintains the o.g. SB1150 and adds back some of what passed in House committees. Here are the basics:

  • Oxybenzone, sunscreen, cosmetics. No person shall use or apply while on beach or in the ocean.
  • Concessions; oxybenzone; sunscreen, cosmetics restrictions. Counties that issue commercial scuba or snorkeling permits or control public access to beaches and marine areas shall prohibit commercial sales of sunscreen containing oxybenzone or other chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs by DLNR by scuba and snorkeling permittees and in concessions that serve beaches and marine areas.
  • DLNR will require all commercial use permittees operating in marine to inform all their customers that the use of sunscreen or cosmetics containing oxybenzone or other chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs by the department are prohibited while on the beach or in the ocean. 
  • “Oxybenzone” includes benzophenone-3 and 2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl phenylmethanone or other chemicals deemed harmful to coral reefs by DLNR
  • Takes effect January 1, 2018

We should note, that DLNR Division of Aquatic Resources had us rewrite the bill to pass through the House with those added changes relating to DLNR, and then still decided to send in testimony against the bill stating they couldn’t enforce it. We can only assume they are at the capitol now…. Hope the committee does the right thing.

Read the Entire New Draft in PDF form feel free to download. Committee will vote on this today 4/27/17 at 3:30. If it passes this committee it will go to floor next Tuesday – the absolute final day.

Note: This post will be updated as news comes in….