STAND. COM. REP. NO. 256

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 502

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 502 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to incentivize homeowners to install automatic fire sprinklers by providing an income tax credit for thirty percent of the costs.

 

The Hawaii State Fire Council, Honolulu Fire Department, Maui Fire Department, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and an individual testified in support of this measure. The Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


 

Your Committee notes that testimony has raised concerns about establishing a tax credit to promote social policy as less transparent than a direct appropriation. Should your Committee on Finance consider this measure, your Committee respectfully requests that it examine whether an income tax credit is the best method for incentivizing the installation of automatic fire sprinklers.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 502, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 502, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair