Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 338

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Economic Development and Taxation, to which was referred H.B. No. 338, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Establish the Hawaii innovations partnership corporation to provide research and development grants and to invest in enterprises in advanced technology, life sciences, and renewable energy fields;


     (2)  Improve the State's ability to measure productivity and growth of the economy;


     (3)  Support the operations and programs of a State operated technology incubator and innovation center in Kakaako;


     (4)  Establish a local incubator facility for digital media infrastructure for film and TV productions and interactive game development;


     (5)  Establish a music industry program at Honolulu Community College (MELE); and


     (6)  Provide funds that allow the University of Hawaii Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development to enter into a partnership with a private sector entity.


     Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Governor; the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; High Technology Development Corporation; University of Hawaii; Honolulu Community College; Enterprise Honolulu; Hawaii Science & Technology Council; Hawaii Venture Capital Association; and Kamehameha Schools.  The Department of Budget and Finance submitted testimony in opposition.  The Department of Accounting and General Services; State Procurement Office; Office of Information Practices; Tax Foundation of Hawaii; Mountain Apple Company; Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning, LLC; and one individual submitted comments.


     Your Committee previously heard and approved S.B. No. 1365, S.D. No. 1, further amended by the Committee on Ways and Means as S.B. No. 1365, S.D. 2.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its contents and inserting the language contained in S.B. No. 1365, S.D. 2.  As amended, this measure:


     (1)  Requires the Employees' Retirement System, as of January 1, 2008, to give preference to Hawaii venture capital investments of equal risk and return to out-of-state investments and caps these investments at three per cent of system funds;


     (2)  Appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development to enter into a partnership with a private sector entity; and


     (3)  Takes effect on July 1, 2050.


     Your Committee is very supportive of many of the components of this measure, particularly those for the advancement of digital media opportunities and the MELE program at Honolulu Community College.  Your Committee notes that these initiatives are contained in other measures and Committee members will have additional opportunities to review and discuss them.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development and Taxation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 338, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 338, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development and Taxation,