STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2902
RE: H.B. No. 2873
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs and Education and Economic Development and Technology, to which was referred H.B. No. 2873, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Transfer the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems from the University of Hawaii to the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; and
(2) Authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriate funds to construct the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems Aerospace Research Technology Park project.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; University of Hawai‘i Hilo; The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; Pacific International Center for Exploration Systems; County of Hawaii Department of Research and Development; Ferraro Choi FAIA, LEED AP; Kelso Aerospace Consulting; W. H. Shipman, Limited; The South African Space Resources Association; and one individual.
Your Committees find that the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, including its proposed Aerospace Research Technology Park project, is an economic driver for the Island of Hawaii that promotes the establishment and growth of new sustainable and green industries, associated jobs, workforce development, internships, and science, technology, engineering, and math programs. Your Committees further find that the Aerospace Research Technology Park project will attract investment that will help to leverage costs of expanding the Island of Hawaii's broadband capacity.
Your Committees further find that there is continued need for the Space Center to work closely with the University of Hawaii, but also recognizes that the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism is better suited to make the swift and independent decisions and actions in the rapidly evolving aerospace sector to keep Hawaii competitive and attractive to industry partners. This is especially critical with the recent emergence of private commercial space access and a resurgence of global space initiatives. Supporting these initiatives will involve significant private sector investment in the testing, proving, and development of robotics, broadband, energy production, energy storage, recycling, and renewable and sustainable technologies that can have immediate application and use for the Hawaii economy and the general well-being of the State.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to upon approval; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
Your Committees have deliberately left the appropriation amounts unspecified and defer the determination of those amounts to the Committee on Ways and Means.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs and Education and Economic Development and Technology that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2873, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2873, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs and Education and Economic Development and Technology,
JILL TOKUDA, Chair
WILL ESPERO, Chair
CAROL FUKUNAGA, Chair