Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 1733

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture, to which was referred H.B. No. 1733, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Require the Department of Land and Natural Resources to review an application for renewal of a commercial permit for small boat harbors that is received at least ninety days prior to expiration, and renew the permit or inform the applicant of any reasons for a nonrenewal within thirty days of receiving the application; and


     (2)  Authorize a thirty-day grace period for persons who fail to timely obtain renewal of a commercial permit.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Ocean Tourism Coalition, Quicksilver Charters, and one individual.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.


     Your Committee finds that the current renewal process for a commercial permit for a small boat harbor does not require early review of a renewal application, timely review to provide an applicant an opportunity to gather requested information, or a grace period for applicants who fail to obtain a renewal on time.  Your Committee further finds that the amendments to the commercial permit renewal process proposed by this measure will increase and promote communication and fairness between the Department of Land and Natural Resources and commercial permit holders.


     Your Committee recommends that if your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health chooses to pass this measure, that it consider amending the proposed language in this measure to ensure that the thirty-day grace period does not apply to applicants who have not duly submitted an application for renewal in a timely manner.


     Your Committee has amended this measure to take effect upon its approval.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1733, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1733, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water, Land, and Agriculture,