STAND. COM. REP. NO. 843

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: H.B. No. 1298

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1298 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO STATE FUNDS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to transfer to the general fund the unencumbered balances of various non-general funds from various state departments.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services, Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii, Center for Hawaiian Sovereignty Studies, and one individual.

 

Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Judiciary, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Safety, Department of Human Resources Development, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Education, Department of Defense, Department of Transportation, University of Hawaii System; Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii State Public Library System, Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Board of Education, Stadium Authority, Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority, Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority, Crime Victim Compensation Commission, Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification Governance Committee of the Crime Victim Compensation Commission, McKinley Community School for Adults, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Hawaii, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Maui, Honolulu Police Department, Maui Police Department, State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii Athletic Trainers' Association, Hawaii Substance Abuse Coalition, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Hawaii, PHOCUSED, Family Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Healthcare Association of Hawaii, Appellate Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association, Hawaii Bicycling League, American Heart Association, Hawaii County Bar Association, North Shore Community Land Trust, The Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Hawaii State Bar Association, Wilcox Medical Center, Peer Education Program at Aiea High School, The Trust for Public Land, Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center, Airlines for America, Enterprise Holdings, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Ke Ao Halii, Hawaii Pacific Health, The Queen's Health Systems, Obesity Prevention Task Force of the Hawaii Public Health Institute, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, The Nature Conservancy Hawaii, Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, Airport Concessionaires Committee, Hope Services, Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Kuaāina Ulu Auamo, Ala Kahakai Trail Association, Hoi Mai Ka Lei I Mamo, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, and numerous individuals.

 

Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation; Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Department of the Attorney General; Department of Budget and Finance; Department of Health; Department of Human Services; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation; Hawaii State Energy Office; Public Utilities Commission; Employees' Retirement System; State Health Planning and Development Agency; Disability and Communication Access Board; Hawaii Technology Development Corporation; Hawaii Health Systems Corporation; Hawaii State Center for Nursing; Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu; Catholic Charities Hawaii; Hawaii Justice Foundation; Domestic Violence Action Center; Tax Foundation of Hawaii; The Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc.; Parents and Children Together; Airlines Committee of Hawaii; and three individuals.

 

Your Committee finds that various non-general funds from the various state departments have unencumbered balances that are substantially more than is required to fund the related programs associated with these funds.

 

Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Lapsing only the amounts to the general fund for various non-general funds that are either inactive or have been determined by each state department to be in excess of the requirements of the funds;

 

(2) Ensuring that if this measure is signed into law after June 30, 2021, it shall retroactively take effect on that date; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1298, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1298, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair