STAND. COM. REP. NO.107-02
RE: H.B. No. 2197
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 2197 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONCESSIONAIRES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to provide economic relief to airport concessionaires. Specifically this bill:
(1) Provides relief beyond April 30, 2002, for airport concessionaires who qualify and are still suffering from the events of September 11, 2001;
(2) Provides a mechanism allowing airport concessionaires to receive economic relief if events similar to September 11, 2001, occur in the future; and
(3) Allows airport concessionaires to terminate their agreements with the State due to the events of September 11, 2001, recover their bonds and deposits, and continue to do business with the State in the future.
The Airport Concessionaires Committee, Travelex, DFS Hawaii, Island Heritage, Host International, Apcoa, and Catrala-Hawaii testified in support of this measure. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Airlines Committee of Hawaii testified in opposition to this bill.
The events of September 11, 2001, affected our entire nation. These events took an especially devastating toll on Hawaii, whose economy is largely based upon tourism, and more specifically, the transportation, travel, and tourism related industries.
The Legislature held a special session in October 2001, to attempt to deal with the economic crisis that was facing the state. Act 15, Third Special Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, passed in an attempt to assist airport concessionaires who, due to decreased travel and increased security measures, saw an average decline in sales of approximately 47 percent. This Act provided economic relief to airport concessionaires until April 30, 2002, when it was believed improvements in the economy of the state would no longer make these relief efforts necessary. However, recent economic projections seem to indicate that this economic downturn will not be subsiding in the very near future, and some concessionaires will need assistance beyond April 30, 2002.
Although your Committee feels that the continuation of economic relief efforts is necessary, concerns were raised regarding the ability of the State airports to attract interested competitors for airport concessions because of the events of September 11th.
Your Committee has amended this bill by:
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2197, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2197, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
JOSEPH M. SOUKI, Chair