STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1060      

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 178
                                     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 Finance, to which was referred H.B. No.
178, H.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to improve the State's land use
system by establishing an eleven-member task force,
administratively attached to the Department of Business, Economic
Development, and Tourism (DBEDT), to study and recommend
constitutionally-acceptable structural changes to the State's
land use system.

     The Land Use Commission, the Department of Land and Natural
Resources, the Hawaii Business Roundtable, the Land Use Research
Foundation of Hawaii, the Hawaii Hunting Advisory Council, the
Hawaii Rifle Association, and the Estate of James Campbell
testified in support of this measure.  DBEDT testified in support
of the intent of this measure.  The Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter,
commented on this measure.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

     (1)  Deleting the reference to reducing the processing time
          to obtain business approvals since business licensing
          and permitting are beyond the scope of the land use
          regulatory system;

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     (2)  Removing the representatives from each of the four
          county planning departments to serve on the task force,
          and replacing them with the Directors of each of the
          four county Departments of Planning;

     (3)  Designating the Office of Planning instead of DBEDT as
          the expending agency; and

     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for
          purposes of clarity and style.

     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.
178, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 178, H.D. 2.

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

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair