STAND. COM. REP. NO. 950
RE: S.B. No. 139
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 S.B. No. 139, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO IMPORTANT HOUSING LANDS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require and appropriate moneys for the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to conduct a study on certain state-owned lands that are located within a certain distance of rail mass transit stations and that are most suitable for constructing at least one hundred thousand housing units.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Hawaii Public Housing Authority and four individuals.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Your Committee finds that providing high-density affordable housing along Honolulu's rail mass transit line will help the State to effectively satisfy Hawaii's housing needs without creating widespread urban sprawl.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Authorizing the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to contract for services to conduct the required study;
(2) Changing the appropriation from $500,000 to an unspecified amount;
(3) Changing the effective date of the appropriations for fiscal years 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 to July 1, 2051, and the effective date of the remaining provisions of this measure to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(4) 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 S.B. No. 139, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 139, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair