KAILUA-KONA >> Representatives of Hawaii’s four county councils are submitting a package of bills to state lawmakers that cover a range of issues, from hotel taxes to liability protection for lifeguards.
The Hawaii State Association of Counties met last month to organize the bills, which will go before lawmakers when the legislative session starts Jan. 18, West Hawaii Today reported.
In one bill, counties are seeking a larger share of the 9.25 percent tax on hotel and vacation rentals. They want the state to get rid of a cap placed on revenue from the tax, which resulted in the counties splitting $103 million the last two years.
Another proposal aims to make permanent a measure giving counties that provide lifeguard services on state beaches protection from lawsuits. Proponents say the limited liability protection is necessary because some counties wouldn’t provide lifeguard services at state beach parks with-out it.