STAND. COM. REP. NO. 140
RE: S.B. No. 1166
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 1166 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO RENTALS FOR PUBLIC LAND LEASES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize the Board of Land and Natural Resources to approve rental reductions or waivers for leases that require substantial demolition costs or infrastructure improvement costs for the lessee to utilize the premises.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Your Committee finds that there are unimproved public lands in the State's inventory that require millions of dollars in infrastructure investments, including drainage, sewer, water, electricity, and other utilities. Your Committee finds that, by incentivizing lessees through rental reductions or waivers, the State can defer the costs of these improvements while supporting projects that benefit the State as a whole.
Your Committee has amended this measure by 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 Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1166, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1166, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair