Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1029
                                     H.D. 2

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, to which
was referred H.B. No. 1029, H.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to make improvements to the
consolidated application process.

     In particular, this bill changes the name of that process to
the "facilitated application process"; expands the membership of
the permit process task force from eleven to sixteen members,
including one representative from each of the four counties;
limits the task force's purpose of facilitating the state permit
approval process to county building permit applications requiring
state agency approval; and adds a sunset date of the task force
to June 30, 2002.

     Your Committee received testimony in favor of this measure
from the Office of Planning of the Department of Business,
Economic Development, and Tourism.

     Your Committee finds that changing the name of the
consolidated application process to the facilitated application
process more accurately describes what the process does, namely,
to assist applicants for state permits, facilitate applications
for and tracking of these permits, and make the often complicated

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permit application and approval process more predictable and

     In addition, your Committee finds that focusing the purpose
of the task force on county building permit applications
requiring state agency approval restores the original legislative
intent of the task force as provided in section 1 of Act 127,
Session Laws of Hawaii 1997.  Your Committee finds that reducing
the processing time for obtaining county building permits will
help to stimulate Hawaii's construction industry which, in turn,
will assist in improving the State's overall economy.

     Your Committee has amended the bill to make technical,
nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity and

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 1029, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and
recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance, in
the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1029, H.D. 2.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Consumer
                                   Protection and Commerce,

                                   RON MENOR, Chair

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