STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1391
RE: S.B. No. 976
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 976, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES,"
beg leave to report as follows:
(1) Establishes a pilot program and Library Facilities Fund to generate revenue through the leasing of public library lands to meet the mission of the public libraries;
(2) Requires the Board of Education to report to the Legislature on the pilot program; and
(3) Appropriates funds for a comprehensive planning study to review all state public library land sites and facilities to assist the State Librarian and the Board of Education in identifying public library land sites for the pilot program.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs opposed this measure. The Department of Budget and Finance, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii State Public Library System, and O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i offered comments on this measure.
Your Committees have amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2052, to encourage further discussion on this measure.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 976, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 976, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Lower & Higher Education and Water, Land, & Hawaiian Affairs,
RYAN I. YAMANE, Chair
JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair