STAND. COM. REP. NO. 230

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 786

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

Your Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 786 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE AHA MOKU ADVISORY COMMITTEE,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the administration and operation of the Aha Moku Advisory Committee and for the Aha Moku Advisory Committee to do community outreach.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Association of Hawaii Civic Clubs, Koolau Foundation, Koolaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club, and seventeen individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Hui Hoomalu i ka Aina and three individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and three individuals.

 

Your Committees find that the Aha Moku Advisory Committee is the result of the tremendous effort and the political will of the Legislature. Since the inception of the Aha Moku Advisory Committee, funding has come from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Your Committees believe that the State must also provide funding for the administration and operation of the Aha Moku Advisory Committee.

 

Your Committees note that this measure requests $120,000 for administration and operations and $30,000 for community outreach; however, your Committees believe that it is more appropriate for the Committee on Ways and Means to determine the amounts of funding to be included in this measure.

 

Accordingly, your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Making the amounts of the appropriations blank; and

 

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

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Water and Land that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 786, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 786, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Water and Land,

 

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LAURA H. THIELEN, Chair

 

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MAILE S.L. SHIMABUKURO, Chair