TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to film, TELEVISION, digital, and new media DEVELOPMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to assign to the Hawaii tourism authority the responsibilities for film, television, digital, and new media development and to repeal the film industry activities within the department of business, economic development, and tourism.
SECTION 2. Chapter 201B, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"Part . FILM, TELEVISION, DIGITAL, AND NEW MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
§201B-A Definitions. As used in this part:
"Applicant" means a person applying for a grant under this part.
"Authority" means the Hawaii tourism authority.
"Eligible Hawaii project" or "project" means a film, television, digital, or new media project in which at least seventy-five per cent of the budget for the production costs, excluding salaries and costs for the producer, director, writer, screenplay, and actors in the project, is dedicated for the purchase or lease of goods or services from a vendor or supplier who is located and doing business in the State.
"Fund" means the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund.
"Hawaii film facility" means a facility with professional stages, television studios, recording studios, film labs, screening rooms, computer facilities, and other infrastructure for film, television, digital, and new media production.
§201B-B Powers and duties. In addition to any other powers and duties provided in this chapter, the authority shall:
(1) Coordinate and manage the consolidated permit processing under section 201B-D;
(2) Work with state and county departments and agencies to review and adjust permitting issues relating to public lands, police and fire department permits, and standardization of county permitting;
(3) Coordinate the pooling of various funding sources to allow for aggressive marketing and promotion of Hawaii locations to a broad market of producers;
(4) Have the right to inspect, at reasonable hours, the plant, physical facilities, equipment, premises, books, and records of any applicant under section 201B-D in connection with the processing of a grant under section 201B-C;
(5) Register qualified production costs for the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit under section 237-17;
(6) Establish advisory groups as it deems necessary to obtain information from persons with a working knowledge of the film, television, digital, and new media industry, the county film commissions, and government departments and agencies controlling resources necessary to support the industry;
(7) Set and collect rents, fees, charges, or other payments for the lease, use, or occupancy of the Hawaii film facility without regard to chapter 91;
(8) Notwithstanding chapter 171, acquire, lease as lessee or lessor, own, rent, hold, and dispose of the Hawaii film facility in the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this part; and
(9) Acquire by purchase, lease, financing agreement under chapter 37D, or otherwise, and develop, construct, operate, own, manage, repair, reconstruct, enlarge, or otherwise effectuate, either directly or through developers, a Hawaii film facility.
§201B-C Film, television, digital, and new media development special fund. (a) There is established the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund into which shall be deposited:
(1) Appropriations by the legislature to the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund;
(2) Revenues from the operations of the Hawaii film facility;
(3) Revenues from revenue bonds issued for a loan program pursuant to subsection (c);
(4) Gifts, grants, and other funds accepted by the authority; and
(5) All interest and revenues or receipts derived by the authority from any project or project agreements under this part.
(b) Moneys in the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund may be:
(1) Placed in interest-bearing accounts; provided that the depository in which the money is deposited furnishes security as provided in section 38-3; or
(2) Otherwise invested by the authority until such time as the moneys may be needed; provided that the authority shall limit its investments to those listed in section 36-21.
All interest accruing from the investment of these moneys shall be credited to the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund.
(c) The fund shall be used by the authority to assist in, and provide incentives for, the production of eligible Hawaii projects that are in compliance with criteria and standards established by the authority in accordance with rules adopted by the authority pursuant to chapter 91. In particular, the authority shall adopt rules to provide for:
(1) Low interest loans to provide seed money for production development and to support production that will create jobs, provide training, and enhance the State's promotional visibility; and
(2) A grant program with the following conditions:
(A) The grant shall be used exclusively for eligible Hawaii projects;
(B) The applicant shall have applied for or received all applicable licenses and permits;
(C) The applicant shall comply with applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, or physical handicap;
(D) The applicant shall indemnify and save harmless the State of Hawaii and its officers, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims arising out of or resulting from activities carried out or projects undertaken with funds provided hereunder, and procure sufficient insurance to provide this indemnification if requested to do so by the authority; and
(E) The applicant shall submit to the authority, reports to allow the authority to monitor the applicant's compliance with the criteria and standards established by the authority under this part.
§201B-D Consolidated permit processing. (a) The authority shall consult with state and county agencies to identify sites that may be used for projects under terms and conditions as may be determined by the state or county agency having jurisdiction over the sites.
(b) The authority may accept an application from any person who proposes to make a motion picture, television show, television commercial, or other project at one or more sites on state or county lands, whether or not set aside under section 171-11.
(c) The applicant shall identify the sites to be covered by the permit and provide other information as may be required by the authority.
(d) The authority may approve and issue a permit to film at any of the sites identified by the appropriate state or county agency under subsection (a). If any site requested for use by the applicant is not identified under subsection (a), the authority shall consult with the appropriate state or county agency having jurisdiction over the site to obtain a permit. If the matter of a permit cannot be resolved in this manner, the authority shall refer the application to the appropriate state or county agency to obtain a permit.
(e) The authority is authorized to make changes to, and extensions of, any approved permits so long as the changes and extensions do not conflict with the policies, terms, and conditions set forth by the agency having jurisdiction over the site in question.
(f) The authority may establish memoranda of agreement or adopt rules to implement the intent and purposes of this section.
(g) Nothing in this section shall be construed as waiving the authority of any county or the department of transportation of the State to require a person to obtain a permit from the department or county where the production takes place on or from a public highway.
(h) A vessel engaged in temporary use for film production purposes in accordance with a film permit issued by the authority shall not be considered to be a "commercial vessel" within the meaning of section 200-9, 200-10, or 200-39; provided that:
(1) The period of temporary use does not exceed fourteen hours per day, five days per week, excluding weekends, and for a period not to exceed thirty calendar days; and
(2) The authority may make allowances to include weekends for film production purposes due to inclement weather conditions during the weekday period."
SECTION 3. Chapter 237, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§237- Hawaii film facility. This chapter shall not apply to amounts received from the construction of a Hawaii film facility as defined in section 201B-A under a financing agreement pursuant to chapter 37D or from the operations of a Hawaii film facility constructed under a financing agreement pursuant to chapter 37D."
SECTION 4. Section 201-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§201-3 Specific research and promotional functions of the department. Without prejudice to its general functions and duties, the department of business, economic development, and tourism shall have specific functions in the following areas:
(1) Industrial development. The department shall:
(A) Determine through technical and economic surveys the profit potential of new or expanded industrial undertakings;
(B) Develop through research projects and other means new and improved industrial products and processes;
(C) Promote studies and surveys to determine consumer preference as to design and quality and to determine the best methods of packaging, transporting, and marketing the State's industrial products;
(D) Disseminate information to assist the present industries of the State, to attract new industries to the State, and to encourage capital investment in present and new industries in the State;
(E) Assist associations of producers and distributors of industrial products to introduce these products to consumers; and
(F) Make grants or contracts as may be necessary or advisable to accomplish the foregoing;
(2) Land development. The department shall:
(A) Encourage the most productive use of all land in the State in accordance with a general plan developed by the department;
(B) Encourage the improvement of land tenure practices on leased private lands;
(C) Promote an informational program directed to landowners, producers of agricultural and industrial commodities, and the general public regarding the most efficient and most productive use of the lands in the State; and
(D) Make grants or contracts as may be necessary or advisable to accomplish the foregoing;
(3) Credit development. The department shall:
(A) Conduct a continuing study of agricultural and industrial credit needs;
(B) Encourage the development of additional private and public credit sources for agricultural and industrial enterprises;
(C) Promote an informational program to acquaint financial institutions with agricultural and industrial credit needs and the potential for agricultural and industrial expansion, and inform producers of agricultural and industrial products as to the manner in which to qualify for loans; and
(D) Make grants or contracts as may be necessary or advisable to accomplish the foregoing;
(4) Promotion. The department shall:
(A) Disseminate information developed for or by the department pertaining to economic development to assist present industry in the State;
(B) Attract new industry and investments to the State; and
(C) Assist new and emerging industry with good growth potential or prospects in jobs, exports, and new products.
The industrial and economic promotional activities of the department may include the use of literature, advertising, demonstrations, displays, market testing, lectures, travel, motion picture and slide films, and other promotional and publicity devices as may be appropriate; and
(5) Self-sufficiency standard. The department shall establish and update biennially a self-sufficiency standard that shall incorporate existing methods of calculation, and shall reflect, at a minimum, costs relating to housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, clothing and household expenses, federal and state tax obligations, family size, children's ages, geography, and the number of household wage earners. The department shall report to the legislature concerning the self-sufficiency standard no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2009, and every odd-numbered year thereafter. The recommendations shall address, among other things, the use of any federal funding that may be available for the purposes of establishing and updating the self-sufficiency standard.
The department shall be the central agency
to coordinate film permit activities in the State.]"
SECTION 5. Section 235-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (f) to read:
"(f) To receive the tax credit, the
taxpayer shall first prequalify the production for the credit by registering
with the [
department of business, economic development, and tourism] Hawaii
tourism authority during the development or preproduction stage. Failure
to comply with this provision may constitute a waiver of the right to claim the
2. By amending subsections (h) and (i) to read:
"(h) Every taxpayer claiming a tax credit
under this section for a qualified production shall, no later than ninety days
following the end of each taxable year in which qualified production costs were
expended, submit a written, sworn statement to the [
department of business,
economic development, and tourism,] Hawaii tourism authority,
(1) All qualified production costs as provided by subsection (a), if any, incurred in the previous taxable year;
(2) The amount of tax credits claimed pursuant to this section, if any, in the previous taxable year; and
(3) The number of total hires versus the number of local hires by category (i.e., department) and by county.
(i) The [
department of business, economic
development, and tourism] Hawaii tourism authority shall:
(1) Maintain records of the names of the taxpayers and qualified productions thereof claiming the tax credits under subsection (a);
(2) Obtain and total the aggregate amounts of all qualified production costs per qualified production and per qualified production per taxable year; and
(3) Provide a letter to the director of taxation specifying the amount of the tax credit per qualified production for each taxable year that a tax credit is claimed and the cumulative amount of the tax credit for all years claimed.
Upon each determination required under this
subsection, the [
department of business, economic development, and tourism]
Hawaii tourism authority shall issue a letter to the taxpayer, regarding
the qualified production, specifying the qualified production costs and the tax
credit amount qualified for in each taxable year a tax credit is claimed. The
taxpayer for each qualified production shall file the letter with the taxpayer's
tax return for the qualified production to the department of taxation.
Notwithstanding the authority of the [ department of business, economic
development, and tourism] Hawaii tourism authority under this
section, the director of taxation may audit and adjust the tax credit amount to
conform to the information filed by the taxpayer."
3. By amending subsection (l) to read:
"(l) For the purposes of this section:
(1) Means an advertising message that is filmed using film, videotape, or digital media, for dissemination via television broadcast or theatrical distribution;
(2) Includes a series of advertising messages if all parts are produced at the same time over the course of six consecutive weeks; and
(3) Does not include an advertising message with Internet‑only distribution.
"Digital media" means production methods and platforms directly related to the creation of cinematic imagery and content, specifically using digital means, including but not limited to digital cameras, digital sound equipment, and computers, to be delivered via film, videotape, interactive game platform, or other digital distribution media (excluding Internet-only distribution).
"Post production" means production activities and services conducted after principal photography is completed, including but not limited to editing, film and video transfers, duplication, transcoding, dubbing, subtitling, credits, closed captioning, audio production, special effects (visual and sound), graphics, and animation.
"Production" means a series of activities that are directly related to the creation of visual and cinematic imagery to be delivered via film, videotape, or digital media and to be sold, distributed, or displayed as entertainment or the advertisement of products for mass public consumption, including but not limited to scripting, casting, set design and construction, transportation, videography, photography, sound recording, interactive game design, and post production.
(1) Means a production, with expenditures in the State, for the total or partial production of a feature-length motion picture, short film, made-for-television movie, commercial, music video, interactive game, television series pilot, single season (up to twenty‑two episodes) of a television series regularly filmed in the State (if the number of episodes per single season exceeds twenty‑two, additional episodes for the same season shall constitute a separate qualified production), television special, single television episode that is not part of a television series regularly filmed or based in the State, national magazine show, or national talk show. For the purposes of subsections (d) and (j), each of the aforementioned qualified production categories shall constitute separate, individual qualified productions; and
(2) Does not include: daily news; public affairs programs; non-national magazine or talk shows; televised sporting events or activities; productions that solicit funds; productions produced primarily for industrial, corporate, institutional, or other private purposes; and productions that include any material or performance prohibited by chapter 712.
"Qualified production costs" means the costs incurred by a qualified production within the State that are subject to the general excise tax under chapter 237 or income tax under this chapter and that have not been financed by any investments for which a credit was or will be claimed pursuant to section 235‑110.9. Qualified production costs include but are not limited to:
(1) Costs incurred during preproduction such as location scouting and related services;
(2) Costs of set construction and operations, purchases or rentals of wardrobe, props, accessories, food, office supplies, transportation, equipment, and related services;
(3) Wages or salaries of cast, crew, and musicians;
(4) Costs of photography, sound synchronization, lighting, and related services;
(5) Costs of editing, visual effects, music, other post-production, and related services;
(6) Rentals and fees for use of local facilities and locations;
(7) Rentals of vehicles and lodging for cast and crew;
(8) Airfare for flights to or from Hawaii, and interisland flights;
(9) Insurance and bonding;
(10) Shipping of equipment and supplies to or from Hawaii, and interisland shipments; and
(11) Other direct production costs specified by the
department in consultation with the [
department of business, economic
development, and tourism.] Hawaii tourism authority."
SECTION 6. Section 238-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "use" to read as follows:
"Use" (and any nounal, verbal, adjectival, adverbial, and other equivalent form of the term) herein used interchangeably means any use, whether the use is of such nature as to cause the property, services, or contracting to be appreciably consumed or not, or the keeping of the property or services for such use or for sale, the exercise of any right or power over tangible or intangible personal property incident to the ownership of that property, and shall include control over tangible or intangible property by a seller who is licensed or who should be licensed under chapter 237, who directs the importation of the property into the State for sale and delivery to a purchaser in the State, liability and free on board (FOB) to the contrary notwithstanding, regardless of where title passes, but the term "use" shall not include:
(1) Temporary use of property, not of a perishable or quickly consumable nature, where the property is imported into the State for temporary use (not sale) therein by the person importing the same and is not intended to be, and is not, kept permanently in the State. For example, without limiting the generality of the foregoing language:
(A) In the case of a contractor importing permanent equipment for the performance of a construction contract, with intent to remove, and who does remove, the equipment out of the State upon completing the contract;
(B) In the case of moving picture films imported for use in theaters in the State with intent or under contract to transport the same out of the State after completion of such use; and
(C) In the case of a transient visitor importing an automobile or other belongings into the State to be used by the transient visitor while therein but which are to be used and are removed upon the transient visitor's departure from the State;
(2) Use by the taxpayer of property acquired by the taxpayer solely by way of gift;
(3) Use which is limited to the receipt of articles and the return thereof, to the person from whom acquired, immediately or within a reasonable time either after temporary trial or without trial;
(4) Use of goods imported into the State by the owner of a vessel or vessels engaged in interstate or foreign commerce and held for and used only as ship stores for the vessels;
(5) The use or keeping for use of household goods, personal effects, and private automobiles imported into the State for nonbusiness use by a person who:
(A) Acquired them in another state, territory, district, or country;
(B) At the time of the acquisition was a bona fide resident of another state, territory, district, or country;
(C) Acquired the property for use outside the State; and
(D) Made actual and substantial use thereof outside this State;
provided that as to an article acquired less than three months prior to the time of its importation into the State it shall be presumed, until and unless clearly proved to the contrary, that it was acquired for use in the State and that its use outside the State was not actual and substantial;
(6) The leasing or renting of any aircraft or the keeping of any aircraft solely for leasing or renting to lessees or renters using the aircraft for commercial transportation of passengers and goods or the acquisition or importation of any such aircraft or aircraft engines by any lessee or renter engaged in interstate air transportation. For purposes of this paragraph, "leasing" includes all forms of lease, regardless of whether the lease is an operating lease or financing lease. The definition of "interstate air transportation" is the same as in 49 U.S.C. 40102;
(7) The use of oceangoing vehicles for passenger or passenger and goods transportation from one point to another within the State as a public utility as defined in chapter 269;
(8) The use of material, parts, or tools imported or purchased by a person licensed under chapter 237 which are used for aircraft service and maintenance, or the construction of an aircraft service and maintenance facility as those terms are defined in section 237-24.9;
(9) The use of services or contracting imported for resale where the contracting or services are for resale, consumption, or use outside the State pursuant to section 237-29.53(a);
(10) The use of contracting imported or purchased by a contractor as defined in section 237-6 who is:
(A) Licensed under chapter 237;
(B) Engaged in business as a contractor; and
(C) Subject to the tax imposed under section
(11) The use of property, services, or contracting
imported by foreign diplomats and consular officials who are holding cards
issued or authorized by the United States Department of State granting them an
exemption from state taxes[
(12) The use of material, parts, or tools imported or purchased by a person licensed under chapter 237, that are used for a Hawaii film facility or the construction of a Hawaii film facility as defined in section 201B-A.
With regard to purchases made and distributed under the authority of chapter 421, a cooperative association shall be deemed the user thereof."
SECTION 7. Section 201-14, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
film permit processing. (a) The department shall consult with state and
county agencies in order to identify sites that can be used for making visually
recorded productions under terms and conditions as may be determined by the
state or county agency having jurisdiction over the sites. (b) The department may accept an
application from any person who proposes to make a motion picture, television
show, television commercial, or other visually recorded production at one or
more sites on state or county lands, whether or not set aside under section 171-11. (c) The applicant shall identify the sites
to be covered by the permit and provide other information as may be required by
the department. (d) The department may approve and issue a
permit to film at any of the sites identified by the appropriate state or
county agency under subsection (a). If any site requested for use by the
applicant is not identified under subsection (a), the department shall consult
with the appropriate state or county agency having jurisdiction over the site
to obtain a permit. If the matter of a permit cannot be resolved in this manner,
the department shall refer the application to the appropriate state or county
agency to obtain a permit. (e) The department is authorized to make
changes to, and extensions of, any approved permits so long as the changes and
extensions do not conflict with the policies, terms, and conditions set forth
by the agency having jurisdiction over the site in question. (f) The department may establish memoranda
of agreement or adopt rules to implement the intent and purposes of this
section. (g) Nothing in this section shall be
construed as waiving the authority of any county or the department of
transportation of the State to require a person to obtain a permit from the
department or county where the production takes place on or from a public
highway. (h) A vessel engaged in temporary use for
film production purposes in accordance with a film permit issued by the
department shall not be considered to be a "commercial vessel" within
the meaning of section 200-9, 200-10, or 200-39; provided
that: (1) The period of temporary use does not
exceed fourteen hours per day, five days per week, excluding weekends, and for
a period not to exceed thirty calendar days; and (2) The department may make allowances to
include weekends for film production purposes due to inclement weather
conditions during the weekday period."]
SECTION 8. Chapter 201, part IX, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.
SECTION 9. All rights, powers, functions, and duties related to Hawaii television and film development are transferred to the Hawaii tourism authority. The authority may employ, without regard to chapters 76 and 78, and at pleasure dismiss such persons as it finds necessary for the performance of its functions under this Act and fix their compensation.
All officers and employees whose functions are transferred by this Act shall be transferred with their functions and shall continue to perform their regular duties upon their transfer, subject to the state personnel laws and this Act.
No officer or employee of the State having tenure shall suffer any loss of salary, seniority, prior service credit, vacation, sick leave, or other employee benefit or privilege as a consequence of this Act, and such officer or employee may be transferred or appointed to a civil service position without the necessity of examination; provided that the officer or employee possesses the minimum qualifications for the position to which transferred or appointed; and provided that subsequent changes in status may be made pursuant to applicable civil service and compensation laws.
If an office or position held by an officer or employee having tenure is abolished, the officer or employee shall not thereby be separated from public employment, but shall remain in the employment of the State with the same pay and classification and shall be transferred to some other office or position for which the officer or employee is eligible under the personnel laws of the State as determined by the head of the department or the governor.
SECTION 10. All appropriations, records, equipment, machines, files, supplies, contracts, books, papers, documents, maps, and other personal property heretofore made, used, acquired, or held by the department of business, economic development, and tourism relating to the functions transferred to the Hawaii tourism authority shall be transferred with the functions to which they relate.
SECTION 11. This Act shall not affect the membership or term of any appointed member of a board or other policy-making or advisory body transferred by this Act. Such a member shall continue to serve on the board or other body for the member's term without necessity of reappointment.
SECTION 12. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 for deposit into the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund established pursuant to 201B-C, Hawaii Revised Statutes.
SECTION 13. There is appropriated out of the film, television, digital, and new media development special fund the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 for implementation of the film, television, digital, and new media development activities.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the Hawaii tourism authority for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 14. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 15. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 16. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2013.
Hawaii Tourism Authority; Film, Television, Digital, and New Media Development; Appropriation
Assigns to the Hawaii tourism authority the responsibilities for film, television, digital, and new media development; repeals the film industry activities within the department of business, economic development, and tourism; makes conforming amendments; appropriation; effective 1/1/2013.
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