STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1432
RE: H.B. No. 293
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 293, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LIQUOR LICENSES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to streamline the liquor license application and renewal process.
Specifically, this measure authorizes applicants for a liquor license, or renewal of a liquor license, to present a certificate of vendor compliance issued by Hawaii Compliance Express to demonstrate that the applicant is in compliance with payments of state and federal taxes.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from City and County of Honolulu Liquor Commission.
Your Committee finds that the process for issuance, renewal, or transfer of a liquor license currently requires the applicant to present a certificate from the Internal Revenue Service and the Director of Taxation certifying that the applicant does not owe federal or state taxes. Your Committee finds that the same evidence of tax compliance is more easily available through Hawaii Compliance Express, the State's online procurement vendor compliance system. Your Committee believes that this measure will improve the efficiency of the liquor licensing process by authorizing applicants who utilize Hawaii Compliance Express to present a certificate of vendor compliance as evidence of tax compliance for the purpose of obtaining, renewing, or transferring a liquor license.
Your Committee has amended this measure by recasting the language authorizing an applicant to present a certificate of vendor compliance issued by Hawaii Compliance Express to language that more generally authorizes compliance with the requirements of section 103D-310(c), Hawaii Revised Statutes, which includes certificates of vendor compliance issued by Hawaii Compliance Express.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 293, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 293, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair