Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 2748

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Tourism and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 2748 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to require a pre-job conference under the Hawaii Public Procurement Code for any project with an estimated contract value of $500,000 or more, and to require that any protest be submitted prior to the pre-job conference.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Iron Workers Stabilization Fund and Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.  Testimony in opposition was received from the Department of Accounting and General Services and General Contractors Association of Hawaii.  Comments were received from the State Procurement Office.


     This measure provides that attendance at the pre-job conference, to be held at least thirty days prior to the date the contractor plans to begin work, is mandatory for the contractor, all subcontractors, and any employee representatives of workers who will be working on the project.


     Testimony on this measure indicated that the underlying problem giving rise to this measure is the performance of work by unlicensed subcontractors and specialty contractors, who may not be licensed because they perform work under the umbrella of the general contractor.  Your Committee believes the performance of work by unlicensed subcontractors and specialty contractors is a serious problem that should be addressed in this measure.


     Another problem sought to be addressed by the labor unions is that of discreet segregation of the work to be performed on any particular job by the multitude of unions on the job simultaneously.  Your Committee believes that this is a labor issue, unrelated to procurement.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Deleting its contents;


     (2)  Inserting a requirement that verifiable proof of all applicable general, subcontractor, and specialty contractor licenses required by the job be included in the submissions with the offer;


     (3)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussions; and


     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Tourism and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2748, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2748, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Tourism and Government Operations,