STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2892
RE: S.B. No. 2265
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2265, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish and appropriate funds for the micro enterprise assistance program on Hawaiian home lands revolving fund to provide grants and loans to qualified recipients.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Kauai County Council, and Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from the Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance.
Your Committee finds that this measure provides important mechanisms for growing the economies of homestead areas, thereby serving not only beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, but non-beneficiaries as well.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Authorizing the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism or a successor state agency to implement the micro enterprise assistance program; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2265, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2265, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair