STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2126

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: S.B. No. 458

S.D. 2

H.D. 3

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 458, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO GEOTHERMAL ROYALTIES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish the Geothermal Energy Resources Development Special Fund to be used by the Hawaii State Energy Office to support projects that promote and advance geothermal energy resources development; and

 

(2) Redistribute geothermal royalties to the counties for specific purposes, Geothermal Energy Resources Development Special Fund, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Research & Development of the County of Hawaii, one member of the Hawaii County Council, Servco Pacific Inc., and Ulupono Initiative. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance; Department of Land and Natural Resources; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; University of Hawaii System; Hawaii State Energy Office; DaRubbahSlippahGroup; Sustainable Energy Hawaii; and four individuals.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the percentage of geothermal royalties to be distributed among the counties for specific purposes and to the Geothermal Energy Resources Development Special Fund, Department of Land and Natural Resources, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs to unspecified percentages.

 

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 S.B. No. 458, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 458, S.D. 2, H.D. 3.

 

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

 

 

 

 

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KYLE T. YAMASHITA, Chair