STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1896


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2007


RE:   S.B. No. 1447

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 2





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 1447, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to make housekeeping amendments to implement laws relating to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) that were enacted during the Regular Session of 2006.


     HPHA testified in support of this measure.  The City and County (C&C) Department of Community Services (DCS) supported the intent of this measure.


     A proposed draft was circulated for consideration prior to the hearing that replaces the contents of the measure with an appropriation to assist developers in contracting for third party review and certification to expedite the processing and issuance of grading, building, and ministerial permits for affordable housing projects, as defined by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC).  The proposed draft also contains an effective date of July 1, 2020, to encourage further discussion.


     C&C DCS, C&C Department of Planning and Permitting, and Housing Hawaii testified in support of the proposed draft.  HHFDC supported the intent of the proposed draft.


     Your Committee has amended this bill by adopting the proposed draft and further amending it by:


     (1)  Applying the appropriation only to third party reviews of building permit applications; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1447, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1447, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,