Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 1522
                                     H.D. 1

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


     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No.
1522 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to exempt county real property
appraisers from state regulation governing the licensure or
certification of real estate appraisers.

     The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the
Department of Budget and Fiscal Services of the City and County
of Honolulu testified in support of this measure.  The Hawaii
Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Hawaii Public Interest
Advocate commented on this measure.

     Act 180, Session Laws of Hawaii 1998, amended chapter 466K,
Hawaii Revised Statutes, and required that all real estate
appraisals in the State be performed by licensed or certified
appraisers.  Your Committee finds that Act 180 raises a
constitutional question as to whether chapter 466K was meant to
apply to county real estate appraisers.  The 1978 Constitutional
Convention granted the counties exclusive authority over matters
concerning real property taxation, which includes the appraisal
of real property for tax purposes.  It is the intent of your
Committee to clarify that county real estate appraisers be exempt
from chapter 466K.

                                 STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1057
                                 Page 2

     Your Committee has amended this bill to set forth more
clearly that exemption from regulation applies only to appraisers
employed by the county while appraising property for ad valorum
taxation.  Other technical, nonsubstantive amendments were also
made for purposes of style and clarity.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
1522, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1522, H.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Finance,

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair