STAND. COM. REP. NO.  166-16


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2016


RE:   H.B. No. 2422





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Economic Development & Business, to which was referred H.B. No. 2422 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to assist businesses selling or serving liquor by streamlining the liquor license application process for publicly owned companies.  Specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Clarifies that only a transfer of twenty-five per cent or more of outstanding, voting capital stock would require a corporation to apply for and secure the approval of the liquor commission for a transfer of a liquor license; and


     (2)  Requires a publicly-traded company, or an entity that will ultimately be solely owned by a publicly-traded company:


          (A)  Upon the replacement of an officer, to provide the Liquor Commission with officer information, only if the replaced officer is designated as a primary decision maker for the purchase and sale of liquor; and


          (B)  When applying for, renewing, or transferring a liquor license, to provide the Liquor Commission with officer information only for those officers designated as primary decision makers for the purchase or sale of liquor.


     The Department of Liquor Control of the County of Kauai, Hawaii Food Industry Association, Times Supermarkets, Aloha Petroleum, Kona Brewing and two concerned individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Liquor Commission of the City and County of Honolulu provided comments.


     Publicly owned companies, including those involved with the sale and service of liquor, typically have a multitude of officers and directors.  Even though only a few of these individuals are involved in the purchase, sale, and service aspect of the liquor licensee's business, under current law, all officers and directors of the company must undergo criminal clearance and personal history checks.  These processes can be unduly burdensome for these companies, particularly when only a few employees directly supervise the sale and purchase of liquor.  Your Committee finds that streamlining the liquor license application process for these companies by requiring information on only employees directly associated with the sale and purchase of liquor would make the process more efficient for businesses without compromising regulatory oversight.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development & Business that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2422 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development & Business,