STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2161

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2891

 

 

 

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2008

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

Your Committee on Economic Development and Taxation, to which was referred S.B. No. 2891 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to appropriate $720,000 for fiscal year 2008-2009 for the continuing operations of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES).

 

Testimony in support of this measure was received from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Applied Science Division, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and George C. Marshall Space Flight Center's Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project; a former Governor of the State of Hawaii; the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; the University of Hawaii at Hilo, its Department of Physics & Astronomy, and its Conference Center; Hawaii Island Economic Development Board; JAMSS America, Inc.; Japan-United States Science, Technology & Space Applications Program; SpacePartnerships.com; the Colorado School of Mines Center for Space Resources; and The Boeing Company.

 

Your Committee finds that the PISCES program has had a very successful first year, both in terms of program implementation and in raising additional funds. Among other accomplishments, the $400,000 appropriation for fiscal year 2007-2008 has resulted in two NASA Partnership Grants totaling approximately $650,000, a degree of leverage that bodes well for the future.

 

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 S.B. No. 2891 and recommends that it pass Second Reading 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,

 

 

 

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CAROL FUKUNAGA, Chair