STAND. COM. REP. NO.275-02
RE: H.B. No. 2192
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Tourism and Culture, to which was referred H.B. No. 2192 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to amend the composition and voting procedure of the Hawaii Tourism Authority's board of directors (Board) by:
(1) Increasing the number of public, voting members to twelve;
(2) Clarifying that one representative from each county shall be included as part of the twelve public, voting members; and
(3) Establishing that seven voting members constitute a quorum for the purposes of the Board.
Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, Hale Opio Kauai, Inc., International Longshoremen's and Warehouser's Union Local 142, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Activities and Tours Association, National Association of Social Workers, and the Visitor Industry Coalition. The Hawaii Hotel Association supported the intent of this bill. The Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, opposed this bill.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Adding the chairperson, or a designated representative, of the Board of Land and Natural Resources to the Board as an ex officio, nonvoting member;
(2) Inserting language allowing for more than one representative from each county to be included as public, voting members;
(3) Requiring at least one of the public, voting members to have knowledge, experience, and expertise in Hawaiian cultural practices;
(4) Expanding the areas of knowledge, experience, and expertise for six of the twelve public, voting members; and
(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Tourism and Culture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2192, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2192, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Tourism and Culture,
JERRY CHANG, Chair