STAND. COM. REP. NO. 6

                                Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                  , 1999

                                RE:  S.B. No. 816
                                     




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

Sir:

   Your Committee on Economic Development, 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 measure is to extend the sunset date of
the Convention Center Authority (CCA) from June 30, 1999, to
June 30, 2000.

   Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure
from the Hawaii Hotel Association.  The Department of Business,
Economic Development, and Tourism testified in opposition.

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

   Your Committee also finds that there remain a number of site
specific issues regarding the Convention Center, which the
authority is in the process of resolving.  Allowing the authority
an additional twelve months to complete its monitoring role will
ensure that Hawaii continues to have a world class Convention
Center.


 
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   As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Economic Development that is attached to this
report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose
of S.B. No. 816 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be
referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

                                Respectfully submitted on
                                behalf of the members of the
                                Committee on Economic
                                Development,



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                                LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair

 
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