Hawaii’s state auditor said a bill proposing zip line regulation, which stalled in the state legislature last spring, would be expensive and may not make the destination’s 22 zipline operators any safer.

In a report submitted to Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii legislature Oct. 11, state auditor Marion Higa said an initial set-up cost of $400,000, followed by an additional $350,000 annually, would be required for the state’s Department of Land and Industrial Relations to create and maintain a self-sufficient zipline inspection and permitting program.

“To fund such an operation, the department would have to charge each of the 22 operators an initial licensing fee of $18,000 as well as an annual fee of $15,000,” Higa said in the report. “The bill proposes an initial and annual fee of $100.”

According to the auditor’s report, each of Hawaii’s 22 zipline operators’ courses are already inspected by certified industry experts annually for required insurance reasons, providing an existing set of safety measures for the public.

“As a result, the industry is basically self-regulating,” Higa said.
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