STAND. COM. REP. NO. 882
RE: S.B. No. 683
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 683, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLES VII AND X OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO AUTHORIZE THE LEGISLATURE TO ESTABLISH A SURCHARGE ON RESIDENTIAL INVESTMENT PROPERTY AND VISITOR ACCOMMODATIONS TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to propose amendments to the Hawaii State Constitution that would allow the Legislature to establish a surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations to fund a quality public education for the children of Hawaii.
Your Committees received written comments in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Teachers Association, He'e Coalition, IMUAlliance, Americans for Democratic Action Hawaii, Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii, Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network, Hawaii Children's Action Network, and 3,892 individuals.
Written comments in opposition were received from the Office of the Mayor of Hawaii County, Real Property Assessment Division of the Department of Finance of Kauai County, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Kohala Coast Resort Association, Rental By Owner Awareness Association, Hawaii Association of Realtors, Coalition for Equal Taxation, Condominium Rentals Hawaii, American Resort Development Association Hawaii, Maui Hotel and Lodging Association, Building Industry Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, Maui Chamber of Commerce, and thirteen individuals.
The Department of Budget and Finance, Department of Education, Office of the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, Tax Foundation of Hawaii, and Special Education Advisory Council submitted written comments on the measure.
This measure, if passed by the Legislature, will place a question on the ballot for the next general or special election, as required by the Hawaii State Constitution for constitutional amendments, asking voters whether or not the Legislature may establish a surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations to fund public education.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting all references to the particular kind of education that the State provides to the children of Hawaii;
(2) Deleting the proposed requirement in section 3 that the State must make sufficient sums available for public education; and
(3) Amending the question to be printed on the ballot in section 4 to read: "Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations to fund a public education for all of Hawaii's children?"
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary and Labor that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 683, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 683, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary and Labor,
GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Chair
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair