STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3025
RE: S.C.R. No. 55
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Economic Development and Technology, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 55 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE STATE'S STRATEGIC PLAN TO EXPAND ASIA-PACIFIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR HAWAII BUSINESSES, INCLUDING TOURISM, HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, ENTERTAINMENT AND MEDIA, AND RENEWABLE ENERGY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Request the Governor to report to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2013 on the State's strategic plan to expand Asia-Pacific business development opportunities for Hawaii businesses, including tourism, higher education, science and technology, entertainment and media, and renewable energy; and
(2) Request the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to include in the Department's annual report the progress of the State in implementing the State's strategic plan to expand Asia-Pacific business development opportunities, beginning with the 2013 annual report.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.
Your Committee finds that reporting on the State's business development plans and activities for the industry sectors cited would prove beneficial in expanding Asia-Pacific business development opportunities for Hawaii businesses. Your Committee further finds that the Lieutenant Governor has been designated as the State's lead official for international affairs.
Your Committee has amended this measure accordingly, by:
(1) Amending the title to read: "REQUESTING THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE STATE'S STRATEGIC PLAN TO EXPAND ASIA-PACIFIC BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR HAWAII BUSINESSES, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM TO INCLUDE IN THE DEPARTMENT'S ANNUAL REPORT THE PROGRESS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN"; and
(2) Clarifying that the Lieutenant Governor is requested to submit the report, as the lead state official for international affairs.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development and Technology that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 55, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 55, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development and Technology,
CAROL FUKUNAGA, Chair