HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1396

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

Proposing amendments to article xii of the constitution of state of hawaii to authorize the legislature to make amendments to the management and disposition of the Hawaiian home lands.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to propose amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to authorize the legislature to make amendments to how Hawaiian home lands are managed, specifically, to prohibit the construction and operation of casino gaming and wagering on these lands.

SECTION 2.  Article XII, section 3, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii is amended to read as follows:

"COMPACT ADOPTION; PROCEDURES AFTER ADOPTION

Section 3. As a compact with the United States relating to the management and disposition of the Hawaiian home lands, the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, as amended, shall be adopted as a provision of the constitution of this State, as provided in section 7, subsection (b), of the Admission Act, subject to amendment or repeal only with the consent of the United States, and in no other manner; provided that (1) sections 202, 213, 219, 220, 222, 224 and 225 and other provisions relating to administration, [and] paragraph (2) of section 204, sections 206 and 2l2 and other provisions relating to the powers and duties of officers other than those charged with the administration of such Act, and section 207 relating to leases and licenses granted to Hawaiians may be amended in the constitution, or in the manner required for state legislation, but the Hawaiian home-loan fund, the Hawaiian home-operating fund and the Hawaiian home-development fund shall not be reduced or impaired by any such amendment, whether made in the constitution or in the manner required for state legislation, and the encumbrances authorized to be placed on Hawaiian home lands by officers other than those charged with the administration of such Act, shall not be increased, except with the consent of the United States; (2) that any amendment to increase the benefits to lessees of Hawaiian home lands may be made in the constitution, or in the manner required for state legislation, but the qualifications of lessees shall not be changed except with the consent of the United States; and (3) that all proceeds and income from the "available lands," as defined by such Act, shall be used only in carrying out the provisions of such Act. [Add 73 Stat 4 and election June 27, 1959; ren and am Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978]

SECTION 3. Section 207, Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, is amended by adding a new section to read as follows:

"207. Leases to Hawaiians, licenses. (a) The department is authorized to lease to native Hawaiians the right to the use and occupancy of a tract or tracts of Hawaiian home lands within the following acreage limits per each lessee: (1) not more than forty acres of agriculture lands or lands used for aquaculture purposes; or (2) not more than one hundred acres of irrigated pastoral lands and not more than one thousand acres of other pastoral lands; or (3) not more than one acre of any class of land to be used as a residence lot; provided that in the case of any existing lease of a farm lot in the Kalanianaole Settlement on Molokai, a residence lot may exceed one acre but shall not exceed four acres in area, the location of such area to be selected by the department; provided further that a lease granted to any lessee may include two detached farm lots or aquaculture lots, as the case may be, located on the same island and within a reasonable distance of each other, one of which, to be designated by the department, shall be occupied by the lessee as the lessee's home, the gross acreage of both lots not to exceed the maximum acreage of an agricultural, pastoral, or aquacultural lot, as the case may be, as provided in this section.

(b) The title to lands so leased shall remain in the State. Applications for tracts shall be made to and granted by the department, under such regulations, not in conflict with any provisions of this title, as the department may prescribe. The department shall, whenever tracts are available, enter into such a lease with any applicant who, in the opinion of the department, is qualified to perform the conditions of such lease.

(c)(1) The department is authorized to grant licenses as easements for railroads, telephone lines, electric power and light lines, gas mains, and the like. The department is also authorized to grant licenses for lots within a district in which lands are leased under the provisions of this section, for:

(A) Churches, hospitals, public schools, post offices, and other improvements for public purposes; and

(B) Theaters, garages, service stations, markets, stores, and other mercantile establishments (all of which shall be owned by native Hawaiians or by organizations formed and controlled by native Hawaiians).

(C) Prohibits the construction and operation of casino gaming and wagering on Hawaiian Home Lands. For the purpose of this subsection, "Hawaiian Home Lands" has the same definition as outlined in Hawaiian Homes Commission Act 1920 Section 201.

(2) The department is also authorized to grant licenses to the United States for reservations, roads, and other rights-of-way, water storage and distribution facilities, and practice target ranges.

(3) Any license issued under this subsection shall be subject to such terms, conditions, and restrictions as the department shall determine and shall not restrict the areas required by the department in carrying on its duties, nor interfere in any way with the department's operation or maintenance activities. [Am Feb. 3, 1923, c 56, 1, 42 Stat 1222; May 16, 1934, c 290, 2, 48 Stat 779; Jul. 10, 1937, c 482, 50 Stat 504; May 31, 1944, c 216, 3, 4, 58 Stat 264; Jun. 14, 1948, c 464, 1, 2, 62 Stat 390; Jun. 18, 1954, c 321, 1, 68 Stat 263; Aug. 23, 1958, Pub L 85-733, 72 Stat 822; am L 1963, c 207, 2; am L 1981, c 90, 1; am L 1983, c 125, 2; am L 1984, c 27, 1 and c 37, 2; am L 1985, c 69, 1 and c 159, 2; am L 1997, c 196, 2]

SECTION 3. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4: This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

DHHL; Hawaiian Home Lands; Casino Gaming; Gambling;

 

Description:

Proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to authorize the legislature to make amendments to the management of Hawaiian home lands. Prohibits the construction and operation of casino gaming and wagering on Hawaiian home lands.

 

 

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