2018 Hawaii Legislative Session Action Needed!

Aloha OALA members and supporters,  

The Hawaii legislative session is underway and on Wednesday, two senate committees will meet to discuss  HB2605 Proposed SD1 , which is a new regulation on short-term rentals that could have a significant, negative impact on our industry.  The hearing notice is below as well as link to submit written testimony.

Your voice is needed to ensure that this detrimental proposal is defeated!
 

COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM, AND TECHNOLOGY

and 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL, AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

on
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
1:45pm
Conference Room 414 at the State Capitol

(Click here to view the hearing notice on HB2605)

 

OPPOSE:  HB 2605 Proposed SD1 – Relating to Transient Accommodations

  • Allows brokers to collect and remit GET and TAT on behalf of short-term rental operators
  • Requires brokers to share certain data and inquire whether operators and managers are in compliance with state and county land use and tax laws
  • Severe penalties for not being in compliance  – Class C Felony (same as rapist) and/or fines from $25,000.00 up to $100,000.00

 

YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT!

Please submit written testimony at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing through the legislature’s online portal:

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/ login/login.aspx

You can also email the committee:

ETTtestimony@capitol.hawaii. gov

 

Here’s a written testimony outline:

Header

  • Name of Committee(s)
  • SUPPORT or OPPOSITION
  • Bill Number
  • Day and Date of Hearing
  • Your Name

 

Testimony Text

  • Introduction 
    • “Aloha Chair(s), _____ I appreciate the opportunity to testify in support or opposition to SB___”
  • Body 
  •  
    • Let them know that the conditions are so difficult that platforms and brokers won’t sign up.  Therefore, the state won’t realize any tax revenue.
    • Let them know that the penalties are so severe that it may result in the industry going further underground or be severely harmed
    • Let them know that they are putting our $5 billion industry at risk.
    • Conclusion – ask them to oppose SB 2605, SD1 proposed.