STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1571


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   S.B. No. 519

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 3





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. 519, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


(1)  Extend for one additional year, the changes adopted by Act 326, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, which, among other things, established local contact and informational requirements for transient accommodations;


(2)  Clarify the definitions of "local contact" and "transient accommodations";


(3)  Require the Department of Taxation to submit an annual report to the Legislature on the implementation of Act 326, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012;


(4)  Authorize the Department of Taxation to enforce civil penalties for operators and plan managers who fail to display certificates of registration and registration identification numbers as required by section 437D-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and


(5)  Authorize the deposit of monetary fines into the Tax Administration Special Fund.


     Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; Abbey Vacation Rentals; Kona Coast Vacations; West Hawaii Property Services, Inc.; Condominium Rentals Hawaii; Sullivan Properties; Hawaii Association of Vacation Rental Managers; Captain Cook Real Estate; SunQuest Vacations; Hawaiian Dream Properties; Inc.; and a few individuals supported this measure.  Northwest Public Affairs; Big Island Paradise Partnership; Hawaiian Haven, LLC; Timberline Land Co. HI, LLC; Valley Isle Resort Rental Owners Group; Maui Kihei Condo Rentals LLC; South Maui Condos Owner Direct Rental Network; TADA Holdings Ltd.; Bridges to Paradise Rentals Inc.; Maui Island Escape; and numerous individuals opposed this measure.  The Department of Taxation; Rentals by Owner Awareness Association; South Kohala Management; Maui Hotel & Lodging Association; Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association; and numerous individuals commented on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by removing the amendments made to the definition of "local contact" in Act 326, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012.  Technical, nonsubstantive amendments were also made 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. 519, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 519, S.D. 2, H.D. 3.


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