Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 423

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts, to which was referred S.B. No. 423 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Clarify that a specialty contractor, acting as a subcontractor, is not prohibited from taking and executing a construction contract involving two or more crafts of trades if the performance of the work is incidental and supplemental;


     (2)  Prohibit incidental and supplemental work on any project requiring the seal or stamp of a professional engineer licensed to perform structural engineering;


     (3)  Define "professional engineer" and "structural engineering"; and


     (4)  Specify certain specialty contractor subclassifications that shall not be considered incidental and supplemental work.   


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Ironworkers Stabilization Fund.  Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Laborers Union Local 368.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services and the Contractors License Board.


     Your Committee finds that under existing law, a specialty contractor may take or execute a contract involving the use of two or more crafts or trades for work other than that in which the contractor is licensed, if that work is incidental and supplemental work to the performance of work in the craft that the specialty contractor is licensed.  However, there should be a limitation on incidental and supplement work that a specialty contractor may perform since that work is outside of their licensed specialty area.  This measure seeks to address those concerns.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its contents and inserting language specifically prohibiting incidental or supplemental work outside of a specialty contractor's licensure on any work that requires the seal or stamp of a professional engineer licensed to perform structural engineering pursuant to section 464-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 423, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 423, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Judiciary.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts,