Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 2471

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2471, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to protect consumers who borrow small dollar installment loans by:


(1)  Establishing requirements for small dollar installment loans, including maximum loan amounts, monthly payments and fees, a written agreement, the authorized interest rate, and the right of rescission;


(2)  Requiring small dollar lenders to be licensed by the Commissioner of Financial Institutions;


(3)  Repealing the deferred deposits law; and


(4)  Making an appropriation out of the compliance resolution fund to implement the small dollar installment loan program.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Catholic Charities Hawaii, Hawaiian Community Assets, Aloha United Way, Mental Health America of Hawaii, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, H&R Block, HACBED, and five individuals.


     Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from Money Service Centers of Hawaii, Inc.


     Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and the Office of Information Practices.


     Your Committee finds that borrowers of short-term loans have not been adequately protected by the deferred deposits agreement law, which has instead placed borrowers in danger of falling into an endless debt trap.  Your Committee finds that the more comprehensive regulatory structure created in this measure will ensure that borrowers of short-term loans are more adequately protected from predatory practices that may place them in severe financial peril.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Correcting a cross-reference in the new provision relating to the authorized interest rate;


(2)  Adding exemptions from the new licensing law for open end credit plans and tax refund anticipation loans;


(3)  Correcting a cross-reference to Truth in Lending (Regulation Z), 12 C.F.R. part 1026;


(4)  Providing for consistency in the numerous references in the measure to controlling persons, executive officers, directors, general partners, and managing members;


(5)  Linking two provisions relating to the maximum loan amount through a cross-reference;


(6)  Changing the appropriation out of the compliance resolution fund to an unspecified amount;


(7)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and


(8)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2471, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2471, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,