STAND. COM. REP. NO.2910
RE: H.B. No. 2577
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Water, Land, Energy and Environment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2577, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC LANDS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to grant the Harbors Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT) greater flexibility in the disposition of leases for uses subject to the approval of the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR).
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from DOT and the Maritime Committee of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. Hawaii's Thousand Friends submitted testimony in opposition to this measure.
Your Committees find that existing law allows maritime businesses to negotiate a lease not to exceed thirty-five years without recourse to public auction. Your Committees agree that it also makes sense to allow such leases for maritime related uses as well, and to define that term in the Hawaii Revised Statutes.
Your Committees amended this measure by replacing its contents with the contents of S.B. No. 2835, S.D. 1, the Senate companion to this measure. The only substantive difference between the House and Senate versions of this measure is that the Senate version amends section 171-59(b), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to include the term "maritime related" in the introductory paragraph.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Water, Land, Energy and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2577, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2577, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Water, Land, Energy and Environment,
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair
CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair