Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1270
                                     H.D. 1

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


     Your Committees on Consumer Protection and Commerce and
Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No.
1270 entitled: 


beg leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to give unincorporated nonprofit
associations legal status for purposes including the transfer of
real and personal property, and tort and contractual liability.

     Your Committees received testimony supporting this bill from
the Commission to Promote Uniform Legislation (Commission), the
Aloha Society of Association Executives, and the Business Law
Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association.  The Business
Registration Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer
Affairs (DCCA) submitted testimony.

     The Commission testified that this bill would support
community associations such as little league baseball clubs or
church clubs, by giving the association legal status for the
purpose of receiving and conveying contributions of property, and
shielding members from contractual or tort liability.

     DCCA suggested an amendment, stating that if the
unincorporated association files its statement appointing an
agent to receive service of process with DCCA, then the record
would be kept in the Business Registration Division's system.

                                 STAND. COM. REP. NO. 662
                                 Page 2

The public might then confuse the association with a registered
entity.  DCCA suggested the notice be filed with the Bureau of
Conveyances along with any other documentation giving the
association its separate identity and required by the Bureau.

     Upon consideration, your Committees have amended this
measure by:

     (1)  Incorporating the recommendations of the DCCA; and

     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments.

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your
Committees on Consumer Protection and Commerce and Judiciary and
Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your
Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
1270, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to
the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.B. No.
1270, H.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committees on Consumer
                                   Protection and Commerce and
                                   Judiciary and Hawaiian

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PAUL T. OSHIRO, Chair              RON MENOR, Chair