STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1144

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   S.B. No. 118

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committees on Consumer Protection & Commerce and Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 118, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to require, and appropriate funds for, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, with the assistance of the Department of Taxation, to study the impact of real estate investment trusts in Hawaii and the possible effect of repealing the dividends paid income tax deduction for real estate investment trusts.

 

     The Kobayashi Development Group; MacNaughton Group; Land Use Research Foundation; General Growth Properties; Taubman Centers; Retail Merchants of Hawaii; Hawaii State Teachers Association; and ILWU Local 142 testified in support of this measure.  The Shidler Group, CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc.; Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc.; Public Storage; and Hawaii Council on Revenues testified in opposition to this measure.  The Department of Taxation; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts; Tax Foundation of Hawaii; and American Assets Trust provided comments on this measure.

 


     Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Requiring that a real estate investment trust make an affirmative election to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and provide certain data as may be required by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism for any report mandated by the Legislature;

 

     (2)  Allowing the Department of Taxation to share the name and taxpayer identification number of a taxpayer who has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; and

 

     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     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. 118, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 118, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

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

 

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair

 

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ANGUS L.K. McKELVEY, Chair