HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to mass transportation.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 51, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§51- Mass transportation service; no charge for users; operation and maintenance. (a) No county that provides mass transportation service, whether directly, jointly, or under contract with private parties, shall charge a fee to users of that service for the operation or maintenance of that service.
(b) Pursuant to section 237D-6.5(b)(5), the sum of $5,000,000 shall be allocated to each of the following counties:
(1) County of Hawaii;
(2) City and county of Honolulu;
(3) County of Kauai; and
(4) County of Maui,
to be used solely for the operation or maintenance, including for purposes of cleanliness and safety, of mass transportation service within each respective county."
SECTION 2. Section 237D-6.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) Except for the revenues collected pursuant to section 237D-2(e), revenues collected under this chapter shall be distributed in the following priority, with the excess revenues to be deposited into the general fund:
(1) $1,500,000 shall be allocated to the Turtle Bay conservation easement special fund beginning July 1, 2015, for the reimbursement to the state general fund of debt service on reimbursable general obligation bonds, including ongoing expenses related to the issuance of the bonds, the proceeds of which were used to acquire the conservation easement and other real property interests in Turtle Bay, Oahu, for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of natural resources important to the State, until the bonds are fully amortized;
(2) $16,500,000 shall be allocated to the convention center enterprise special fund established under section 201B-8;
(3) $79,000,000 shall be allocated to the tourism special fund established under section 201B-11; provided that:
(A) Beginning on July 1, 2012, and ending on June 30, 2015, $2,000,000 shall be expended from the tourism special fund for development and implementation of initiatives to take advantage of expanded visa programs and increased travel opportunities for international visitors to Hawaii;
(B) Of the $79,000,000 allocated:
(i) $1,000,000 shall be allocated for the operation of a Hawaiian center and the museum of Hawaiian music and dance; and
(ii) 0.5 per cent of the $79,000,000 shall be transferred to a sub-account in the tourism special fund to provide funding for a safety and security budget, in accordance with the Hawaii tourism strategic plan 2005-2015; and
(C) Of the revenues remaining in the tourism special fund after revenues have been deposited as provided in this paragraph and except for any sum authorized by the legislature for expenditure from revenues subject to this paragraph, beginning July 1, 2007, funds shall be deposited into the tourism emergency special fund, established in section 201B-10, in a manner sufficient to maintain a fund balance of $5,000,000 in the tourism emergency special fund;
(4) $103,000,000 shall
be allocated as follows: Kauai county
shall receive 14.5 per cent, Hawaii county shall receive 18.6 per cent, city
and county of Honolulu shall receive 44.1 per cent, and Maui county shall
receive 22.8 per cent; provided that commencing with fiscal year 2018-2019, a
sum that represents the difference between a county public employer's annual
required contribution for the separate trust fund established under section
87A-42 and the amount of the county public employer's contributions into that
trust fund shall be retained by the state director of finance and deposited to
the credit of the county public employer's annual required contribution into
that trust fund in each fiscal year, as provided in section 87A-42, if the
respective county fails to remit the total amount of the county's required
annual contributions, as required under section 87A-43; [
(5) Pursuant to section 51- , $5,000,000 per county shall be allocated to the county of Hawaii, city and county of Honolulu, county of Kauai, and county of Maui, to be used solely for the operation or maintenance, including for purposes of cleanliness and safety, of mass transportation service within each respective county; and
(5)] (6) $3,000,000 shall be allocated to the
special land and development fund established under section 171-19; provided
that the allocation shall be expended in accordance with the Hawaii tourism
authority strategic plan for:
(A) The protection, preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of natural resources, including beaches, important to the visitor industry;
(B) Planning, construction, and repair of facilities; and
(C) Operation and maintenance costs of public lands, including beaches, connected with enhancing the visitor experience.
All transient accommodations taxes shall be paid into the state treasury each month within ten days after collection and shall be kept by the state director of finance in special accounts for distribution as provided in this subsection.
As used in this subsection, "fiscal year" means the twelve-month period beginning on July 1 of a calendar year and ending on June 30 of the following calendar year."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2022.
Free Mass Transportation Service; Counties; TAT
Prohibits counties with mass transportation service from charging a fee to users of that service for the operation or maintenance of that service. Appropriates an additional $5,000,000 in transient accommodations taxes to each county to be used solely for the operation or maintenance, including for purposes of cleanliness and safety, of mass transportation service. Takes effect 1/1/2022.
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