Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 149

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which was referred H.B. No. 149, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to clarify that cards issued by a county for the purposes of paying transit fares and county fees and other uses are not subject to the State's unfair and deceptive practices regulations related to gift certificates.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services.


     Your Committee finds that, like many other large cities, Honolulu has adopted a smart card, or HOLO Card, for public transit passengers to pay fares on TheBus and TheHandi-Van.  The HOLO Card can be registered and reloaded to hold a dollar value, eliminating the need to purchase daily and monthly bus passes, and may be programmed for discounted users like youth and seniors.  Further, the HOLO Card will be the sole form of fare payment on rail.  Certain requirements in existing law for private businesses and retailers concerning gift certificates are not necessarily applicable to the HOLO Cards, and this measure provides clarification to support county-issued and county-managed cards, especially with regard to unspent value and redemption of cash balances, to support the administration of the smart card program.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Inserting an effective date of January 1, 2022; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 149, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 149, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


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