STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2763
RE: S.B. No. 3163
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 3163 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENTS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the Office of the Legislative Analyst to prepare economic impact statements that must be attached to a bill before the bill may pass out of either house of the Legislature.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Taxation; Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Maui Chamber of Commerce; Libertarian Party of Hawaii; Hawaii Food Industry Association; Island Plastic Bags, Inc.; and two individuals.
Your Committees find that it is important for decision‑makers to have as much information as possible when making determinations regarding proposed legislation to make the best decisions for the public. Some states use some form of economic or fiscal impact statement to evaluate pending legislation. Your Committees find that economic impact statements can provide decision‑makers and the general public with helpful, nonpartisan estimates of the economic impact of proposed legislation on state revenues and expenditures. This measure requires economic impact statements to accompany proposed legislation in the State. Such statements will enable legislators to make informed decisions about the State's budget and whether a proposed bill has merit or should be revised to reduce costs or raise revenues.
Your Committees further find that the State established the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and Office of the Legislative Analyst, to be administered by the Committee, in 1990. Under existing statute, the purpose of the Office of the Legislative Analyst is to provide research and analysis on fiscal policy, budget submittals, and other economic matters, among other things. Your Committees' understanding is that this position has never been funded. This measure provides funding for the Office of the Legislative Analyst to enable it to prepare economic impact statements for the Legislature as part of the Legislative Branch.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Requiring economic impact statements beginning with the Regular Session of 2022;
(2) Clarifying that the economic impact statement shall be made readily available, but not physically attached to a bill;
(3) Providing that failure to prepare an economic impact statement shall not invalidate the vote of either chamber of the Legislature;
(4) Specifying that each economic impact statement should additionally contain positive and negative effects in the short- and long-term and social benefits;
(5) Expanding the definition of "economic impact statement" to include specific criteria;
(6) Inserting an appropriation amount of $350,000 for FY 2020-2021 for the Office of the Legislative Analyst; and
(7) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Government Operations that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3163, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3163, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Government Operations,
LAURA H. THIELEN, Chair
KARL RHOADS, Chair