STAND. COM. REP. NO.3429
RE: H.C.R. No. 28
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 28 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF STATE-PROVINCE RELATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE OF HAWAII OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE PROVINCE OF PANGASINAN OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request that the Governor take all necessary actions to establish a sister-state affiliation with the Province of Pangasinan.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from United Pangasinan of Hawaii, Urdaneta-Hawaii Club, Rosalenians of Hawaii, Alliance of Residential Care Administrators, and six individuals. The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism submitted comments on this measure.
Your Committee has heard that currently there are sixty sister relationships between the State and counties of Hawaii and various other geographic regions. In an effort to determine the status of these sister relationships, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism has organized a conference to be held in July 2002, and expects about twenty of these sister-affiliated regions to attend.
Your Committee commends the Department for this effort to determine how better to encourage and promote successful sister affiliations at both the State and county level, and urges the Department to use this opportunity to determine if there are sister affiliations that should be dissolved for any reason.
Your Committee recognizes that sister affiliations evolve over time and that completing the initial efforts to establish such affiliations may not be successful.
Your Committee has amended this measure accordingly, to add the following:
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if by June 30, 2007, the sister-state affiliation with the Province of Pangasinan has not reached a sustainable basis by providing mutual economic benefits through local community support, the sister-state affiliation shall be withdrawn; and
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 28, as amended herein, and recommends its adoption in the form attached hereto as H.C.R. No. 28, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Tourism and Intergovernmental Affairs,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair