TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE, 2016
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that duplicate agency programs result in an ineffective use of resources. Inter-agency agreements provide agencies with an opportunity to streamline and expedite agreements through the coordination of resources and elimination of unnecessary duplication, without entering into a memorandum of agreement or memorandum of understanding.
The purpose of this part is to require that state agencies implement inter-agency agreements without entering into a memorandum of agreement or memorandum of understanding.
SECTION 2. Chapter 201, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§201- Inter-agency agreements; memoranda of agreement; memoranda of understanding. (a) The department of business, economic development, and tourism shall develop and any state agency shall enter into and implement inter-agency agreements to coordinate resources, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and effectuate the purposes of their respective chapter, without entering into a memorandum of agreement or memorandum of understanding.
(b) In addition to any other terms or conditions required by law, any inter-agency agreement between the department and a state agency, office, department, or other administrative subdivision shall contain the following:
(1) A termination date;
(2) A statement of intent and purpose;
(3) Terms specifying the extent of the inter-agency agreement's applicability; and
(4) Terms under which the inter-agency agreement may be modified or extended."
SECTION 3. The legislature finds that diversifying the economy is critical to the future of the State.
Accordingly, the purpose of this part is to establish the high-growth grant program within the department of business, economic development, and tourism to assist qualified businesses by providing grants for specific business development purposes.
SECTION 4. Chapter 201, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part I to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§201- High-growth grant program; high-growth grant program special fund; established. (a) There is established within the department a business development grant program that shall be known as the high-growth grant program. The high-growth grant program shall assist qualified businesses by providing grants to:
(1) Expand business operations;
(2) Improve business productivity; or
(3) Invest in food safety or quality control programs.
(b) The department shall issue grants to finance:
(1) Equipment purchases;
(2) Management and workforce training;
(3) Infrastructure improvements; and
(4) Consulting or feasibility studies.
(c) There is established in the state treasury the high-growth grant special fund to be administered by the department and into which shall be deposited appropriations made by the legislature to the fund. Moneys in the special fund shall be used for the purposes of this section.
(d) The high-growth grant program shall provide grants to qualified businesses in an amount no greater than thirty per cent of the amount that is privately invested in a business for one or more of the purposes set forth in subsection (a); provided that the program shall provide no more than $250,000 to any specific qualified business in one calendar year.
(e) The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91 to implement this section.
(f) As used in this section, "qualified business" means a business that has:
(1) Been in business for at least two full years; and
(2) Demonstrated the ability to export products."
SECTION 5. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 to be deposited into the high-growth grant special fund.
SECTION 6. There is appropriated out of the high-growth grant special fund the sum of $1,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2016-2017 for the high-growth grant program to provide grants to qualified businesses; provided that no more than $100,000 may be used to administer the program.
The sum appropriated shall be expended by the department of business, economic development, and tourism for the purposes of this part.
SECTION 7. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 8. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2016.
Inter-agency Agreements; DBEDT; Business Development; Grant Program; Special Fund; Established; Appropriation
Requires DBEDT to develop, and state agencies to enter into, inter-agency agreements without entering into a memorandum of agreement or memorandum of understanding. Establishes the high-growth grant program and special fund to provide grants to qualified businesses for certain business development activities. Makes an appropriation. (CD1)
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