2009 Hawaii Code
Volume 05
TITLE 16 - INTOXICATING LIQUOR
CHAPTER 281 - INTOXICATING LIQUOR
§281-17 - .

     §281-17.5  Fees; justified, method of change, limitation.  (a)  Any liquor license fee or any increase in an existing liquor license fee sought to be implemented by any commission shall have, as its justification, a direct and proportionate relationship to costs and expenses of the commission in its control, supervision, or regulation of the manufacture, importation, and sale of liquors, or otherwise directly relate to actual costs and expenses of administration of the commission as is set forth in this chapter.

     (b)  Any such liquor license fees or any moneys collected or received by any liquor commission under this chapter may only be used for costs and expenses directly relating to operational and administrative costs actually incurred by the liquor commission collecting or receiving such liquor license fees or moneys.  Such fees or moneys shall not be used for any costs or expenses other than those directly relating to its operation and administration, except as otherwise provided by law.

     (c)  Any increase in the liquor license fee structure shall only be initiated by the liquor commission seeking the change with the approval of the county's legislative body and mayor.

     (d)  Any liquor commission seeking a change in liquor license fee structure shall notify all licensees under this chapter affected by the change of the proposed change and shall notify each such licensee of the outcome and resolution of the change.

     (e)  Any liquor commission which currently receives a license fee from a licensee in excess of the amount prescribed by this section shall immediately revise its liquor license fee structure to conform with the requirements of this section.  Any funds in excess of twenty per cent of the commission's current budget shall be returned or credited annually to existing licensees. [L 1980, c 304, §2; am L 1987, c 252, §2; am L 1996, c 96, §1; am L 1997, c 5, §1; am L 2008, c 168, §3]

 

Attorney General Opinions

 

  Term "funds" in subsection (e) synonymous with "fees".  Att. Gen. Op. 92-02.

 

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