STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1738
RE: H.B. No. 953
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 953, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require and appropriate moneys to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop and publish a website that contains the application processes necessary to acquire a permit, license, or reservation to conduct recreational and commercial activities that are regulated by or under the jurisdiction of the Department.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Resources Legacy Fund, and one individual.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.
Your Committee finds that many members of the public face difficulties with the current online processes for obtaining permits, licenses, or reservations processed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Accordingly, your Committee finds that an effort to consolidate application processes, as proposed by this measure, will facilitate and streamline these processes for residents, visitors, and businesses.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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. 953, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 953, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair