STAND. COM. REP. NO.2279
RE: S.B. No. 2835
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 S.B. No. 2835 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, BLNR, the Maritime Committee of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, and Paradise Cruise, Ltd. The Makai Society and 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 based on the testimony submitted by DOT to clarify the definition of "maritime related" and to specify that leases for maritime related uses not to exceed 35 years do not require public auction. Technical, nonsubstantive changes were also made.
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 S.B. No. 2835, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2835, 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