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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
  REQUESTING STATE AND COUNTY AGENCIES TO RESPOND TO THE FINAL
    REPORT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS TASK FORCE ON REGULATORY
    RELIEF REGARDING WAYS TO ASSIST SMALL BUSINESSES IN
    HAWAII.



 1        WHEREAS, America's twenty-two million small businesses
 2   together rank as the world's third largest economic power,
 3   employing fifty-three per cent of the American work force and
 4   contributing thirty-eight per cent of the nation's gross
 5   domestic product and half of all private sector output.  Small
 6   businesses are also responsible for over two-thirds of all new
 7   jobs created since the early 1970's; and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, the National Federation of Independent Business
10   ranks ninety-eight per cent of all businesses in Hawaii as
11   small businesses.  However, recent statistics indicate that
12   over five thousand small businesses have exited the Hawaii
13   economy in the last few years, reducing the number from
14   approximately twenty-nine thousand to twenty-four thousand
15   small businesses; and
16   
17        WHEREAS, irrespective of this decline, small business
18   continues to be the backbone of Hawaii economy; and
19   
20        WHEREAS, in recognition of these facts, the Governor's
21   Small Business Task Force on Regulatory Relief was established
22   in 1997 to identify and analyze burdensome regulations that
23   impact the well-being of Hawaii's small businesses; and
24   
25        WHEREAS, in the three years since it was formed, the Task
26   Force reviewed hundreds of cases expressing the concerns and
27   frustrations of business owners and operators throughout the
28   State; and
29   
30        WHEREAS, in response to the findings and recommendations
31   of the Task Force, the Legislature enacted the Hawaii Small
32   Business Regulatory Flexibility Act in 1998; and
33   
34        WHEREAS, the Small Business Task Force on Regulatory
35   Relief presented its final report to the Governor and the

 
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 1   Legislature in December of 1999; and
 2   
 3        WHEREAS, the Task Force concluded that there are a number
 4   of unnecessary rules and regulations that hamper small business
 5   and require elimination.  Perhaps equally troubling is the Task
 6   Force's finding that there is also a negative, anti-business
 7   attitude on the part of state and county agencies and their
 8   employees, which helps to place an unnecessary burden upon the
 9   small business community in Hawaii; and
10   
11        WHEREAS, the Governor and the Legislature recognize the
12   vital role that small businesses play in the state economy and
13   local communities, and seek to encourage rather than hamper
14   their growth; now, therefore,
15   
16        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
17   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
18   of 2000, the Senate concurring, that the following state and
19   county agencies are requested to respond to the recommendations
20   and concerns expressed by the Final Report of the Small
21   Business Task Force on Regulatory Relief regarding ways to
22   assist small businesses in Hawaii:
23   
24        (1)  The Office of the Lieutenant Governor, on behalf of
25             the Slice Waste and Tape ("SWAT") project;
26   
27        (2)  The Small Business Regulatory Review Board
28             established pursuant to Act 168, Session Laws of
29             Hawaii 1998;
30   
31        (3)  The Department of Taxation;
32   
33        (4)  The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations;
34   
35        (5)  The Occupational Safety and Health Division of the
36             Department of Labor and Industrial Relations;
37   
38        (6)  The Department of Land and Natural Resources;
39   
40        (7)  The Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation of the
41             Department of Land and Natural Resources;
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 1        (8)  The Department of Transportation;
 2   
 3        (9)  The Department of Health;
 4   
 5       (10)  The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs;
 6   
 7       (11)  The Department of Business, Economic Development, and
 8             Tourism;
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10       (12)  The County of Hawaii Planning Department; and
11   
12       (13)  The City and County of Honolulu Department of
13             Transportation Services;
14   
15   and
16   
17        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these state and county
18   agencies are requested to report their findings and
19   recommendations in writing to the Legislature no later than
20   twenty days before the convening of the Regular Session of
21   2001; and
22   
23        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
24   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Lieutenant
25   Governor, the Chairperson of the Small Business Regulatory
26   Review Board, the Director of Taxation, the Director of Labor
27   and Industrial Relations, the Administrator of the Occupational
28   Safety and Health Division, the Director of Land and Natural
29   Resources, the Administrator of the Division of Boating and
30   Ocean Recreation, the Director of Transportation, the Director
31   of Health, the Director of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the
32   Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, the
33   Director of the County of Hawaii Planning Department, and the
34   Director of the City and County of Honolulu Department of
35   Transportation Services.
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