STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2301

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 2060

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2060 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Expand the scope of the Condominium Education Trust Fund to cover voluntary binding arbitration between interested parties;

 

(2) Amend the conditions that mandate mediation and exceptions to mandatory mediation; and

 

(3) Make conforming amendments.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Community Associations Institute, Hawaii Chapter; Hawaii Council of Associations of Apartment Owners; and three individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Hui Oiaio. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Real Estate Commission.

 

Your Committees find that alternative dispute resolution is a viable, affordable option for handling condominium-related disputes. However, under existing law, mediation is only nominally mandatory and there are few incentives to encourage parties to engage in alternative dispute resolution. Accordingly, this measure expands the scope of the Condominium Education Trust Fund to cover voluntary binding arbitration between interested parties and amends the conditions that mandate mediation and exceptions to mandatory mediation.

 

Your Committees further find that by subsidizing the expense of arbitrations, this measure incentivizes parties to voluntarily choose binding arbitration of condominium-related disputes. However, your Committees note that this incentive is contingent upon parties first making the effort to mediate a condominium-related dispute using evaluative mediation techniques. Pairing evaluative mediation with voluntary binding arbitration is an efficient way of encouraging greater use of alternative dispute resolution when addressing condominium-related disputes.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by changing its effective date to January 1, 2019.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2060, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2060, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Judiciary,

 

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair