Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 223

       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 S.B. No. 223 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Require contractors and subcontractors to submit tax clearances as a condition of obtaining building permits for private developments exceeding a certain value; assigning a contract for private developments exceeding a certain value; and obtaining final inspection of private developments exceeding a certain value;


     (2)  Authorize the department of taxation to require that tax clearance applications be submitted electronically;


     (3)  Establish penalties; and


     (4)  Appropriate funds for grants-in-aid to the counties.


     Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting and Building Industry Association of Hawaii.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, and the Subcontractors Association of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that current administrative rules require tax clearances to obtain or renew a contractor's license during each even-numbered year.  This measure in essence codifies this practice for purposes of obtaining building permits.  Your Committee notes the problematic grant-in-aid appropriation language included in the current version of this measure, due to title concerns.  Accordingly, amendments to this measure are necessary.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying that a building license issued pursuant to this measure shall be valid for two years, provided that all appropriate tax clearances were obtained and submitted with the application;


     (2)  Clarifying that, if the building license expires, all state and county contracting officers or agents shall withhold final inspection in certain circumstances;


     (3)  Deleting language that would have appropriated funds for grants-in-aid to the counties;


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


     (5)  Inserting a repeal date of December 31, 2026; and


     (6)  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 S.B. No. 223, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 223, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary.


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