STAND. COM. REP. NO.  38-14


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2014


RE:   H.B. No. 1830

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 1830 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to further the goals of transparency and openness in arbitration proceedings regarding appraised valuation in real property transactions by requiring the recording of arbitration awards and related documents with the Bureau of Conveyances.


     Several individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure.  The Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii submitted testimony in opposition.  Citizens for Fair Valuation submitted comments.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Specifying that records of and related to arbitration awards are public records;


     (2)  Clarifying that the recording requirements contained in this measure apply to arbitrators who are named or appointed in a submission agreement to appraise or arbitrate entered into after July 1, 2014;


     (3)  Clarifying that recording requirements for records of, and related, to arbitration awards are not avoidable through agreement of the parties or arbitrators;


     (4)  Specifying that violation of the recording requirements contained in this measure constitutes a violation for purposes of licensing or certification as a real estate appraiser;


     (5)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2020, to continue further discussion; and


     (6)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purpose of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1830, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1830, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,