STAND. COM. REP. NO. 75

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 470

 

 

 

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 470 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LIQUOR,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to make various administrative and technical amendments to chapters 231 and 281, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as they relate to liquor licenses.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Departments of Liquor Control of the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui and the City and County of Honolulu Liquor Commission.  Copies of written testimony are available for review on the Legislature's website.

 

     Among other things, this measure:

 

     (1)  Enables the liquor control departments to extend relief to licensees who cannot obtain a tax clearance prior to license renewal or transfer;

 

     (2)  Expands the use of fine moneys to include public liquor-related educational or enforcement programs, subject to a quantified annual limit;

 

     (3)  Clarifies procedures relating to liquor license transfers, to more accurately reflect modern business enterprise organization; and

 

     (4)  Extends the time within which a liquor commission may grant or refuse a liquor license application following public hearing.

 

     Your Committee finds that the statutory amendments pursuant to this measure provide clarity and consistency and enhance the enforcement powers of the various county liquor commissions.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 470 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs,

 

 

 

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J. KALANI ENGLISH, Chair