STAND. COM. REP. NO. 589

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 283

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 283 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to clarify the qualification and term limit requirements for the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Specifically, this measure:

 

     (1)  Repeals the at-large appointment of members to the board;

 

     (2)  Replaces the qualifications of knowledge, experience, and expertise in visitor industry management, marketing, and promotion with knowledge, experience, and expertise in accommodations for at least six members;

 

     (3)  Clarifies that only one, rather than at least one, member who is appointed by the Governor to have knowledge, experience, and expertise in the area of Hawaiian cultural practices;

 

     (4)  Requires the Governor to notify the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives of any unfulfilled member qualification requirements and requires the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives to submit nominees who fulfill those requirements;

 

     (5)  Clarifies that membership on the board shall not exceed eight consecutive years;

 

     (6)  Exempts from section 26-34, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), the requirement that each member hold office until the member's successor is appointed and qualified; and

 

     (7)  Repeals the applicability of section 26-34, HRS, as it relates to the number of terms and consecutive number of years a member may serve on the board.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

 

     Your Committee finds that this measure clarifies ambiguities in section 201B-2, HRS, with regard to the qualification and term limit requirements for the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Your Committee further finds that the term "accommodations", as used in the tourism industry, embraces the management, promotion, and marketing of facilities and that the use of this term in the statute is more appropriate.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an effective date of January 7, 2059, to encourage further discussion.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 283, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 283, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,

 

 

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair