STAND. COM. REP. NO. 593

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 1009

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 1009, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SERVICE CHARGES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to require that hotels notify customers that porterage service charges are being used for other purposes unless they are distributed in full to employees as tip income.

 

     Prior to voting on this measure, your Committee reviewed and considered testimony in support of S.B. No. 1009 that was submitted on time to your Committee on Tourism and International Affairs by UNITE HERE Local 5 and ILWU Local 142.

 

     Your Committee finds that there should be transparency to consumers with regard to whether the money they pay to hotels as porterage service charges are being paid to employees.  Such transparency will allow the consumer to know whether the porterage service charges they are paying are actually being paid to employees as tip income, or whether the hotel is keeping the money for itself to use for other purposes.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1009, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,

 

 

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair