STAND. COM. REP. NO.  647-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   H.B. No. 3331

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 3331 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of the measure is to specify dispute resolution parameters related to the interpretation or enforcement of a condominium association's bylaws, house rules, or certain other matters.


     More specifically, the measure allows parties whose dispute is not resolved by mediation to file for arbitration no sooner than thirty days from the termination date of mediation.  The measure also makes more widely available the option for an administrative hearing.


     Your Committee has amended the measure by making technical amendments for the purpose of clarity and consistency.  Rather than repealing section 514B-161 and adding a new section to the measure, the measure now amends section 514B-161 to include the desired language changes.  In addition, the sequencing of sections in the measure necessarily changed to follow customary drafting conventions.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 3331, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 3331, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,