STAND. COM. REP. NO. 128
RE: S.B. No. 1112
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1112 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SHORT-TERM RENTALS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Prohibit bans on dwelling unit rentals having a term between one and five months for interisland relocations and temporary workers; and
(2) Authorize county councils to adopt any ordinances necessary to implement the prohibition by June 30, 2024.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Keep it Kailua. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that several counties have passed ordinances restricting short term rentals in residential areas to address housing shortages for residents and to promote peace and quiet in residential areas. For example, the most recent ordinance, passed by the Honolulu City Council, requires short term rentals to be for a minimum of ninety days. However, these ordinances restrict residents and local temporary workers from finding affordable places to stay while working on or relocating to other islands. Your Committee believes that county ordinances restricting short term rentals should not negatively impact residents seeking to temporarily stay on other islands while relocating or for temporary employment. This measure will allow residents to continue to work temporarily on other islands and use short-term rentals in residential areas by prohibiting bans on dwelling unit rentals having a term between one and five months for interisland relocations and temporary workers and authorizing county councils to adopt any ordinances necessary to implement the prohibition by June 30, 2024.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1112 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety and Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair