STAND. COM. REP. NO. 374
RE: H.B. No. 499
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 499, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LEASE EXTENSIONS ON PUBLIC LAND,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to authorize the Board of Land and Natural Resources to extend commercial, industrial, resort, mixed-use, or government leases, other than those to which the University of Hawaii is a party, that have not been sold or assigned within the last ten years, for lessees who commit to substantial improvement to the existing improvements.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Pacific Resource Partnership; Stanford Carr Development, LLC; Prince Kuhio Plaza; and one individual. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Democratic Party of Hawai‘i Hawaiian Affairs Caucus, Kūpuna for the Mo‘opuna, and Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i Komike Kalai‘āina.
Your Committee finds that many leases issued by the State for commercial, industrial, resort, mixed-use, and government properties on public land are nearing the end of the lease term. Due to the uncertainty of their leases, some lessees are allowing properties to deteriorate or selling their leases near the end of the lease terms at a discount. This measure incentivizes lessees to make major infrastructural improvements, while ensuring the long-term commitment of businesses.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Prohibiting the assignment of leases to sublessees; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 499, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 499, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair