STAND. COM. REP. NO.  994-12


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2012


RE:   S.B. No. 2429

      S.D. 2





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2429, S.D. 2, entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to implement the 2011 recommendations of the Mortgage Foreclosure Task Force and other best practices to address mortgage foreclosures and related issues, including:


     (1)  Adding provisions relating to unpaid assessments and release of recorded liens by associations;


     (2)  Clarifying the mortgage foreclosure law under chapter 667, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by establishing general provisions and provisions for an association alternate power of sale process;


     (3)  Clarifying provisions relating to penalties and fines;


     (4)  Clarifying provisions relating to public notice of public sale;


     (5)  Clarifying provisions relating to unfair or deceptive acts or practices; and


     (6)  Making other clarifying and conforming amendments.


     The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and a concerned individual testified in support of this measure.  The Office of Consumer Protection supported the intent of this measure.  The Hawaii Financial Services Association, Mililani Town Association, Hawaii Credit Union League, Hawaii Bankers Association, and many concerned individuals opposed this measure.  The Hawaii Chapter of the Community Associations Institute, Hawaii Association of REALTORS, RCO Hawaii LLLC, Anderson Lahne & Fujisaki LLP, and several concerned individuals provided comments.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2429, S.D. 2, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary,