STAND. COM. REP. NO. 729

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 816
                                        S.D. 1




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B.
No. 816 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE CONVENTION CENTER,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to extend the sunset date of the
Convention Center Authority one year to June 30, 2000.

     Your Committee finds that this bill would provide a
transition period needed to assure a smooth transfer from the
Convention Center Authority to the Hawaii Tourism Authority,
which was established by the Legislature in 1998.  Extending the
Convention Center Authority for an additional year will allow the
Hawaii Tourism Authority to concentrate on its organization and
mandate for marketing Hawaii tourism as a whole.

     Your Committee also finds that there are still a number of
site-specific issues regarding the convention center, which the
Convention Center Authority is in the process of resolving.
Allowing the Convention Center Authority an additional year will
ensure that Hawaii continues to have a world class convention
center.  Act 156, Session Laws of Hawaii 1998, which extended the
sunset date of the Convention Center Authority until June 30,
1999, required the Auditor to audit and monitor these issues.


 
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     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
bill to add language to require the continued oversight of the
Auditor through the extension period as follows:

     "The auditor shall continue to audit and monitor the
     progress made by the convention center authority in
     resolving various outstanding issues and problems so
     as to assure the legislature that these issues have
     been addressed on or before June 30, 2000.  By
     February 28, 2000, the auditor shall submit a
     management audit report to the legislature on the
     effectiveness of the steps taken by the convention
     center authority to resolve traffic, noise, and other
     outstanding claims against the authority.  The
     management audit may include financial audit issues
     that the auditor deems appropriate."

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B.
No. 816, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third
Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 816, S.D. 1.

                                 Respectfully submitted on behalf
                                 of the members of the Committee
                                 on Ways and Means,



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                                 CAROL FUKUNAGA, Co-Chair



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                                 ANDREW LEVIN, Co-Chair

 
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