STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1664-08


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2008


RE:   S.B. No. 2273

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 3





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 2273, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to:


     (1)  Prohibit qualified production costs financed with state funds from being eligible for the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production Income Tax Credit (Tax Credit); and


     (2)  Requiring the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) to establish an advisory group to conduct a study on the issues relating to the hiring practices of motion picture, digital media, and film productions in Hawaii, including ways to promote local hiring.


     DLIR, the Department of Taxation, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii provided comments.


     Your Committee has amended this bill by:


     (1)  Adding provisions to prohibit taxpayers from claiming the Tax Credit for productions that are financed by investments for which a credit has been claimed by the taxpayer as a qualified high technology business after June 30, 2008; 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. 2273, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2273, S.D. 2, H.D. 3.


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