Bill Text: HI SB1349 | 2013 | Regular Session | Amended

Bill Title: High Technology; Research Activities; Tax Credit

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2013-07-09 - Act 270, 7/9/2013 (Gov. Msg. No. 1376). [SB1349 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2013-SB1349-Amended.html



STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1116


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2013


RE:   S.B. No. 1349

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2013

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Economic Development & Business, to which was referred S.B. No. 1349, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to provide support for scientific innovation in the State by:


     (1)  Reestablishing the income tax credit for qualified research activities that applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2013, through December 31, 2017; and


     (2)  Requiring that the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism conduct studies to measure the effectiveness of the tax credit and submit reports to the Legislature.


     Pukoa Scientific; Navatek, Ltd; Eyekon Systems; Oceanit; Cardax Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.; Black Ivory Biotech, Inc.; Concentris Systems; Aloha Medical Supply of the Pacific, Inc.; AMS Naturals; The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; and three concerned individuals supported this measure.  The Department of Taxation, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, High Technology Development Corporation, NovaSol, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii offered comments.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Removing a provision which asserts that references to the base amount shall not apply and a provision that allows for qualified research expenses may be taken without regard to the amount of expenses for previous years, to conform with the Internal Revenue Code, and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development & Business that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1349, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1349, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development & Business,