STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2754
RE: S.B. No. 2922
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2922 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES VIII AND X OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A SURCHARGE TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to propose amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to advance the State's goal of providing a quality education for the children of Hawaii by authorizing the Legislature to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education, Special Education Advisory Council, Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawaii State Teachers Association, IMUAlliance, Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Hui for Excellence in Education, Americans for Democratic Action Hawai‘i, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Alliance for Progressive Action, Young Progressives Demanding Action – Hawaii, Labor Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and numerous individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the County of Hawaii, Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawaii, Real Property Assessment Division of the County of Maui, Coalition for Equal Taxation, Hawai‘i Association of REALTORS, Kohala Coast Resort Association, Rental By Owner Awareness Association, American Resort Development Association Hawai‘i, Mauna Kea Resort, Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, one member of the Maui County Council, and four individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance, Real Property Assessment Division of the City and County of Honolulu, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, and League of Women Voters.
Your Committee finds that article X, section 1, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii requires the State to provide a system of public education. Hawaii is unique compared to the other states because the State, instead of a county of local level jurisdiction, is responsible for public education. A surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations would provide additional resources for the State to better meet its educational responsibilities to the children of Hawaii.
Your Committee notes that this measure has generated a significant response from the public, including substantial indications of support from Hawaii State Teachers Association members.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Simplifying the amending language to article X, section 1, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii and removing the definitions of "residential investment property" and "visitor accommodations"; and
(2) Rephrasing and clarifying the amendment's ballot question.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2922, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2922, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair