HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.168           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION

  URGING THE CONVENTION CENTER AUTHORITY TO END THE "NO LOCAL
    BOOKINGS" POLICY.


 1        WHEREAS, the Legislature recognizes that the intent behind
 2   building the Hawaii convention center facility was to bring
 3   outside money into the state economy; and
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 5        WHEREAS, since the construction of the convention center
 6   was financed by the sale of bonds that would be repaid by the
 7   transient accommodations tax, it is the State's policy to link
 8   the use of the convention center facility with hotel room
 9   bookings; and
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11        WHEREAS, it is appropriate for the Convention Center
12   Authority to give priority booking at the convention center to
13   out-of-state bookings; and
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15        WHEREAS, pursuant to this legislatively-imposed priority,
16   the Convention Center Authority has not permitted the use of
17   the convention center for local functions; and
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19        WHEREAS, there is a desire and need for permitting the
20   booking of certain types of local functions at the convention
21   center and that, if the center is otherwise dark, the center
22   should be available for use, provided it does not interfere
23   with the booking of out-of-state functions; now, therefore,
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25        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
26   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
27   of 1999, that the Convention Center Authority is urged to end
28   the no local bookings policy when there are no out-of-state
29   bookings within a one-hundred-eighty day period of the date of
30   the local booking; and
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32        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
33   Resolution be transmitted to the Executive Director of the
34   Convention Center Authority.
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