STAND. COM. REP. NO.340-02
RE: H.B. No. 2493
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 2493 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT, 1920, AS AMENDED,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to enable a homestead lessee who:
(1) Is at least one-quarter Hawaiian; and
(2) Received an interest in the tract through succession or transfer,
to transfer the lessee's leasehold interest to a brother or sister who is at least one-quarter Hawaiian.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, and the Hawaiian Caucus of the Twenty First Legislature. A concerned individual provided comment.
Your Committee finds that this amendment will give the lessees the option to transfer their interests to their siblings to help ensure that the homestead leases remain in the family of the original lessee.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2493 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair