Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019


RE: H.B. No. 69

H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 69 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to raise the threshold of the handyman exemption of the contractor licensing laws from $1,000 to $1,500 and to make the exemption applicable only to the contract price for labor.


Cornerstone Properties; Young Hawaii Homes, Inc.; Pacific Profiles Incorporated; Hawaii Association of REALTORS; REALTORS Association of Maui, Inc.; National Association of Residential Property Managers; and several individuals testified in support of this measure. Abbey Carpet of Maui; Guy's Superior Interiors, Inc.; Subcontractors Association of Hawaii; Hawaii Wall & Ceiling Industry Association; Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii; Electrical Contractor's Association of Hawaii, NECA Hawaii Chapter; Building Industry Association of Hawaii; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 50; Painting Industry of Hawaii Labor Management Cooperation Trust Fund; Hawaii Tapers Market Recovery Trust Fund; Hawaii Glaziers, Architectural Metal Glassworkers Local Union 1889 AFL-CIO Stabilization Trust Fund; Carpet, Linoleum and Soft Tile Local Union 1926 Market Recovery Trust Fund; The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Hawaii Construction Alliance; Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters; Painting and Decorating Contractor Association of Hawaii; Hawaii Chapter of the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors' Association; Pacific Resource Partnership; Hawaii Laborers Union Local 368; and many individuals testified in opposition.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Including materials in the calculation of the contract price to determine the threshold exemption;


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


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


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. 69, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 69, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.



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