BILL NUMBER: HB 602; SB 109
INTRODUCED BY: HB by HASHEM, GATES, KONG, TAKAYAMA; SB by S. CHANG
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Active duty military personnel this bill are excused from paying vehicle weight taxes. However, there is no showing that military personnel are unfairly singled out by the tax or otherwise face undue hardship, so why should the rest of us be required to pay for repairs, maintenance, and similar charges on roads they use?
There also may be a constitutional problem because, as amended, the exemption is available to Hawaii residents and is not available to out-of-state residents. This may violate the Privileges and Immunities Clause.