Bill Text: HI SB354 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To Transient Accommodations.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-01-22 - Referred to EET, JDC/WAM. [SB354 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB354-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

354

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to transient accommodations.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


     SECTION 1.  Section 237D-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:

     1.  By amending subsection (d) to read:

     "(d)  Failure to meet the requirements of subsection (c) shall be [unlawful.] a misdemeanor.  The department may issue citations to any person, including operators, plan managers, and transient accommodations brokers, who violates subsection (c).  A citation issued pursuant to this subsection for each transient accommodation or resort time share vacation interest, plan, or unit in violation of subsection (c) shall include a monetary fine of not less than:

     (1)  $500 per day, for a first violation for which a citation is issued;

     (2)  $1,000 per day, for a second violation for which a citation is issued; and

     (3)  $5,000 per day, for a third and any subsequent violation for which a citation is issued.

     Any person, including operators, plan managers, and transient accommodation brokers, who violates subsection (c) and advertises for an entire house or unit, rather than a single room, shall be subject to an additional maximum fine for a first time violation of $          ; provided that the department may increase the monetary fine for subsequent violations.

     Any person, including operators, plan managers, and transient accommodations broker who violates subsection (c) and has multiple advertisements for multiple properties shall be subject to an additional maximum fine for a first time violation of $          ; provided that the department may increase the monetary fine for subsequent violations."

     2.  By amending subsections (e) and (f) to read:

     "(e)  The registration provided for by this section shall be effective until canceled in writing.  Any application for the reissuance of a previously canceled registration identification number shall be regarded as a new registration application and shall be subject to the payment of the one-time registration fee.  The director may revoke or cancel any [license] certificate of registration issued under this chapter for cause as provided by rule under chapter 91.

     (f)  If the [license] registration fee is paid, the department shall not refuse to issue a registration or revoke or cancel a registration for the exercise of a privilege protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, or for the carrying on of interstate or foreign commerce, or for any privilege the exercise of which, under the Constitution and laws of the United States, cannot be restrained on account of nonpayment of taxes, nor shall section 237D-14 be invoked to restrain the exercise of such a privilege, or the carrying on of such commerce."

     SECTION 2.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

     SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Transient Accommodations; Advertisement; Criminal Offense; Penalties

 

Description:

Makes advertising, including online advertising, any transient accommodation or resort time share vacation interest, plan, or unit without the proper registration identification number and proper local contact information a misdemeanor.  Subjects any person, including operators, plan managers, and transient accommodations broker who does not post the proper registration number and proper local contact information with the advertisement and also advertises the entire house or unit, rather than a single room, or who has multiple advertisements for multiple properties subject to an unspecified additional fine.

 

 

 

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