STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1607


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   S.B. No. 118

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 2





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 118, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


     (1)  Require, and appropriate funds for, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (Department) to study the impact of real estate investment trusts; and


     (2)  Require a real estate investment trust to make an affirmative election to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and provide certain data as may be required by the Department for any report mandated by the Legislature.


     The Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, ILWU Local 142, and the Hawaii State Teachers Association supported this measure.  General Growth Properties, Inc.; National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts; CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc.; and The MacNaughton Group opposed this measure.  The Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Department of Taxation; Tax Foundation of Hawaii; and an individual commented on this measure.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2030, to encourage further discussion; and 


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 118, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 118, S.D. 1, H.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,