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April 1, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing on Friday, April 3, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:00 p.m.

SB 190, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOME.
(HSCR1038)
Allows the Department of Human Services to oversee a two-year demonstration project permitting two private-pay individuals to live in the same community care foster family home under specified conditions.
HUS, FIN

SB 415, SD2     RELATING TO HOME CARE AGENCIES.
(HSCR1162)
Requires the department of health to license home care agencies.  Sunsets 6/30/2014.
HUS/HLT, FIN

SB 914, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.
(HSCR1101)
Amends public assistance law by adding definitions of “non-work eligible household”, “work eligible household”, and “other work eligible household” and repealing the definition of “exempt household” to be consistent with recent changes in federal regulations. Also amends section 346-53(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes (determination of assistance), to be consistent with the new definitions.
HUS, FIN

SB 912, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PERMANENCY HEARINGS.
(HSCR1295)
Amends the Child Protective Act to ensure compliance with federal Title IV-E hearing requirements.  Effective July 1, 2050.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 109, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO THE INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR JUVENILES.
(HSCR1293)
Adopts the new Interstate Compact for Juveniles and establishes the family court's jurisdiction under the compact.  Appropriates funds.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 851, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.
(HSCR1294)
Clarifies that all income withholding payments be sent through the Child Support Enforcement Agency; allows the agency to disburse support by electronic transfer or direct deposit; allows for electronic copy or facsimile of a signature as proof of service for certified mail; clarifies lien payment and enforcement.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 1344, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
(HSCR1168)
Eliminates positive enrollment for QUEST and QUEST Expanded Access recipients.  Requires insurance entities contracting to provide Medicaid services to enter into written contracts with at least fifty per cent of hospitals and providers in their coverage areas.  Takes effect January 1, 2050.
HUS/HLT, FIN

SB 843, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO SENTENCING.
(HSCR1251)
Restores a statutory provision allowing for presentence mental health or medical examination of defendants for purposes of sentencing.  Effective January 1, 2046.
HUS, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 p.m.

SB 1167, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
(HSCR1202)
Makes private contractor operating the Hawaii Convention Center subject to the Hawaii procurement code.  Renames and clarifies the duties of the Executive Director of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).  Removes the sunset date for certain provisions of Act 58, Session Laws of Hawaii 2004, relating to HTA.  Effective July 1, 2020.
TCI/EBM, FIN

SB 1223, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO HAWAII MADE PRODUCTS.
(HSCR1241)
Directs the department of agriculture to convene a working group composed of stakeholders to resolve labeling issues relating to the Hawaii-made Products Law and to report to the Legislature.  Prohibits the use of the phrase "Made in Hawaii" as an advertising or media tool for items unless the items meet specific criteria.
AGR, CPC, FIN

SB 876, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
(HSCR1239)
Clarifies retirement date for ordinary disability retirement, payment of attorney's fees and costs in disability retirement and accidental death cases, forfeiture date for noncontributory service credit, and benefits for reemployed retirants.  Provides for calculation of retirement allowance for certain retirants who have returned to service.  Allows the use of December 31, 2008, as the valuation date to determine the cost of converting from noncontributory to hybrid plan service.  Extends deadline for conversion for members of the military who are out of state during the conversion process.
LAB, FIN

SB 19, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
(HSCR1206)
Requires a procurement preference to a contractor in a public works construction contract of not less than $250,000 if the contractor has a written agreement with an apprenticeship program registered with the department of labor and industrial relations at the time of general bidding.  Requires a public works contractor to comply with state labor laws.
LAB, FIN

SB 642, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
(HSCR1208)
Requires that across-the-board wage increases or reductions, step movements, and employer contributions for health benefits for excluded employees in the excluded managerial compensation plan are at least equal to adjustments provided under collective bargaining to employees in the bargaining unit from which the employees in the managerial compensation plan are excluded.
LAB, FIN

SB 1621, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
(HSCR1240)
Provides a union representation privilege to protect the functions of the union as an exclusive bargaining representative to allow the union to perform its role in negotiations and contract enforcement; allows certification of union representatives through a card-check authorization; requires collective bargaining to begin upon union certification; sets certain deadlines for initial collective bargaining agreement procedures and conciliation of disputes; sets civil penalty for unfair labor practices; extends certain authorities to labor organizations representing employees for collective bargaining; allows labor disputes to be defenses against prosecution for certain violations of law.
LAB, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:30 p.m.

SB 1140, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
(HSCR1227)
Requires all health plans in the State, including government payors, to pay to critical access hospitals no less than     % of costs for all services provided to plan beneficiaries, and to pay to federally qualified health centers no less than their respective prospective payment system rates.
HLT/HUS, CPC, FIN

SB 1142, SD1          RELATING TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.
(HSCR1231)
Authorizes physician assistants to sign certain documents; to provide emergency medical care without supervision; to administer immunizations; to prescribe medications for patients suffering from human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome without preauthorization; limits liability of physician assistants under good Samaritan laws.
HLT, CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 169, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH CORPS.
(HSCR1046)
Establishes the Hawaii health corps program to address physician shortages in rural areas of the State; establishes a loan repayment program and an incentive plan for the recruitment of health care professionals to serve shortage areas.
HLT, FIN    

SB 1679, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND.
(HSCR1175)
Appropriates moneys from the emergency and budget reserve fund to maintain levels of programs for education, human services, and health.  Effective July 1, 2090.
HLT/HUS, FIN

SB 777, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY HEALTH EDUCATION.
(HSCR1192)
Requires any recipient of state funding specifically for sexuality health education programs to provide comprehensive medically accurate sexuality education.
HLT, EDN, FIN

SB 1680, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.
(HSCR1221)
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by establishing the Hawaii broadband commissioner (HBC) in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HBC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HBC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature.  Effective July 1, 2112.
EBM, CPC, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


April 1, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) hearing on Friday, April 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) hearing at 9:15 a.m., and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) decision making at 9:45 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

9:00 a.m.

HB 754, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
Proposed SD1
(HSCR865)
Makes technical amendments to tourism law regarding development of measures of effectiveness.  Removes ex-officio members from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Board and places them in an advisory group to HTA.  Expands the scope of a tourism emergency to include a national or global economic crisis.  Transfers tourism related functions from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to HTA.  Earmarks an unspecified percentage of  moneys allocated to the Tourism Special Fund from the Transient Accommodation Tax to be used for tourism development and cultural programs. (Proposed SD1)
TSM/WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

9:15 a.m.

HB 1536, HD2     RELATING TO SALARIES.
(HSCR950)
Freezes the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, justices and judges of all state courts, Administrative Director of the State, departmental directors and deputy directors, and members of the Legislature.  (HB1536 HD2)
JGO/WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

9:45 a.m.

EDH

HB 1045, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
(SSCR997)
Makes necessary housekeeping amendments to chapter 201H, Hawaii Revised Statutes; authorizes the imposition of service fees to recoup program administrative expenses.  Effective 7/1/2020.  (SD1)
EDH, WAM

HB 1692, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO HOUSING.
(SSCR932)
Restricts a percentage of state low-income housing leases, in certain cases, to no more than five years; requires the Hawaii public housing authority to review federal pilot programs intended to break the cycle of public housing and welfare, including related support programs.  (SD1)
EDH, WAM

ENE

HB 36, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.
(SSCR1056)
Changes the name of the environmental health education fund to the environmental health special fund and allows the fund to be used for sanitation program activities.  Deletes registration requirement for food establishment inspectors.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 371, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO TAXATION.
(SSCR947)
Repeals the sunset provision relating to the 1 cent tax on naphtha fuel used in a power-generating facility.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 574, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM
(SSCR959)
Extends the reverse vending machine rebate program and increases the financial incentives. Appropriates moneys to the counties to plan and operate county recycling programs. Effective October 1, 2009, requires retail dealers with more than seventy-five thousand square feet of retail space to operate redemption centers. (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 1464, HD3, SD1     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.
(SSCR1053)
Provides for and encourages renewable energy use and development, and energy efficiency.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 1491, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO ETHANOL FACILITY TAX CREDIT.
(SSCR949)
Caps the total annual amount of ethanol facility tax credits allowed at $8,000,000 in the aggregate between 7/1/11 and 12/31/12.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 1807, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO WATER QUALITY.
(SSCR1001)
Authorizes the director health to use federal moneys from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and other applicable federal acts to fund drinking water and wastewater infrastructure programs.  Establishes exempt positions entitled total maximum daily load coordinator.  (SD1)
ENE/TIA, WAM

JGO
    
HB 1016, HD2, SD1     MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
(SSCR1064)
Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, and its employees.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
JGO, WAM

HB 1728, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO FEES.
(SSCR1065)
Removes administrative agencies' authority to establish fees and replaces administratively established fees with statutory fees.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
JGO, WAM

LBR

HB 111, SD1     RELATING TO STATE SALARIES.
(SSCR1011)
Establishes a two year statute of limitations for recovering indebtedness to the State through withholding of state salaries.  Increases the maximum salary of the captive insurance administrator to an amount equal to the first deputy of the director of commerce and consumer affairs.  (SD1)
LBR, WAM

HB 541, HD1     RELATING TO CIVIL SERVICE PERSONNEL.
(SSCR1028)
Ensures that civil service benefits for department of education civil service employees are the same as those provided to civil service employees of other executive branch agencies until 6/30/12. (HB541 HD1)
LBR/EDH, WAM

HB 982, HD3     RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.
(SSCR1027)
Establishes a new data collection system for family leave.  Appropriates funds from the disability benefits special fund.  (HB982 HD3)
LBR, WAM

HB 1676, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.
(SSCR970)
Requires that the collective bargaining agreement be submitted to the director of labor and industrial relations in order for the terms in the agreement to dictate the prevailing wages with regard to a project financed through the issuance of a special purpose revenue bond.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (SD1)
LBR, WAM

PSM

HB 519, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO INMATES.
(SSCR1081)
Requires return of all out-of-state women inmates in private prisons by 12/31/2011.  Requires that a maximum of 500 Hawaii inmates shall be detained in out-of-state prisons by 12/31/2015.  Requires the public safety department to plan, design, and construct sufficient facilities to house inmates in Hawaii by 12/31/2015 and to pursue alternative forms of incarceration for returning inmates.  Effective July 1, 2025.  (SD1)
PSM, WAM

HB 994, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO TOURISM.
(SSCR1025)
Appropriates funds for the application for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration to establish space tourism in Hawaii.  Effective July 1, 2112.  (SD1)
PSM/TSM, WAM

HB 1152, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO COMMITTED PERSONS' ACCOUNTS.
(SSCR1023)
Amends section 353-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to permit the Director of Public Safety to direct the department to have one or more accounts for committed persons.  Also states that the accounts are non-interest bearing and that no interest can be paid to committed persons on the individual accounts.  Effective July 1, 2030.  (SD1)
PSM, WAM

HB 1776, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.
(SSCR1066)
Requires the department of public safety to provide the department of human services (DHS) with a monthly report listing newly admitted inmates. Requires DHS to identify the status of each inmate on the monthly list with respect to the inmate's current receipt of public assistance.  Requires continuation of public assistance to inmates sentenced to be incarcerated in a public institution for not more thirty days and termination of assistance to inmates sentenced to more than thirty days.  (SD1)
PSM/HMS, WAM

HB 1831, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS.
(SSCR1067)
Creates the military liaison trust fund within a nonprofit entity to support the nonprofit entity's duties as the state liaison in matters relating to the military.  Requires adjutant general, with the governor's concurrence, to select the nonprofit entity.  Appropriates funds to the trust fund.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (SD1)
PSM, WAM

TSM

HB 960, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
(SSCR1075)
Broadens the scope of a "tourism emergency" to include a national or global economic crisis; removes the duties relating to tourism research and statistics from the department of business, economic development, and tourism and adds those duties to the Hawaii tourism authority.  (SD1)
TSM, WAM

HB 1204, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO TOURISM.
(SSCR1009)
Requires, for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 only, an additional distribution of not more than an unspecified amount of funds in Transient Accommodations Tax revenues to the Tourism Special Fund.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
TSM, WAM

HB 1763, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
(SSCR1012)
Repeals the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Establishes the Department of Tourism.  Transfers the Convention Center Enterprise Special Fund, Tourism Special Fund, and Tourism Emergency Trust Fund to the Department of Tourism.  Renames the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Department of Business and Economic Development.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
TSM, WAM

Decision making meeting only, no public testimony will be accepted.

April 1, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the House Committee on Labor (LAB) informational briefing on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Paul H. Brewbaker, Ph.D, Chair, Council on Revenues

          Dr. Brewbaker will present his views to the Joint Committee on the current and future economic outlook for the State of Hawai'i and discuss the likely impact on the State's unemployment and workforce development programs.


3:15 - Completion
Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

          The Department will brief the Joint Committee in light of the ongoing rise in unemployment rates regarding the Department's use of additional federal funds allocated to the State through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The discussion will include adjustments made and plans for increased capacity for both the Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Development Divisions.


April 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (04:31:00:23)

o     4/7/09      Tue         12:56 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     4/8/09      Wed          8:00 am  Channel 49

Agenda:

HCR 125
REQUESTING THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII'S PUBLIC POLICY CENTER TO MEET WITH, AND ADOPT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE KANAKA MAOLI COMMITTEE WITH RESPECT TO THE CENTER'S REVIEW OF THE 2050 SUSTAINABILITY PLAN.
HAW, HED

HR 103
REQUESTING THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII'S PUBLIC POLICY CENTER TO MEET WITH, AND ADOPT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE KANAKA MAOLI COMMITTEE WITH RESPECT TO THE CENTER'S REVIEW OF THE 2050 SUSTAINABILITY PLAN.
HAW, HED

HCR 126
REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS TO WORK WITH THE HAWAI'INUIAKEA SCHOOL OF HAWAIIAN KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO DEVELOP A KUPUNA HONORARY DEGREE PROGRAM.
HAW, HED

HR 104
REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS TO WORK WITH THE HAWAI'INUIAKEA SCHOOL OF HAWAIIAN KNOWLEDGE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO DEVELOP A KUPUNA HONORARY DEGREE PROGRAM.
HAW, HED

HCR 150
URGING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ADOPT THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
HAW, TCI

HR 121
URGING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ADOPT THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES.
HAW, TCI

HCR 166
REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP MUSEUM TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO IMPLEMENT REPLICAS OF HAWAIIAN HALE ON THE STATE CAPITOL LAWN SURROUNDED BY TROPICAL FOLIAGE FOR REST AREAS.
HAW, FIN

HR 133
REQUESTING THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP MUSEUM TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO IMPLEMENT REPLICAS OF HAWAIIAN HALE ON THE STATE CAPITOL LAWN SURROUNDED BY TROPICAL FOLIAGE FOR REST AREAS.
HAW, FIN

HCR 167
REQUESTING THE COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF PLANTING KALO IN THE REFLECTING POOL THAT SURROUNDS THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING.
HAW, AGR

HR 134
REQUESTING THE COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF PLANTING KALO IN THE REFLECTING POOL THAT SURROUNDS THE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING.
HAW, AGR

HCR 183
REQUESTING THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO REFRAIN FROM SELLING, EXCHANGING, OR OTHERWISE ALIENATING LANDS IN THE PUBLIC LAND TRUST.
HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN

HR 147
REQUESTING THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO REFRAIN FROM SELLING, EXCHANGING, OR OTHERWISE ALIENATING LANDS IN THE PUBLIC LAND TRUST.
HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN

HCR 213
REQUESTING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WITHDRAW ITS SUPPORT FOR THE HAWAII CAPITAL NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
HAW, WLO

HR 183
REQUESTING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION WITHDRAW ITS SUPPORT FOR THE HAWAII CAPITAL NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA.
HAW, WLO

HCR 229
URGING THE COUNTIES TO ADOPT MEASURES THAT PROVIDE REAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR OWNERS OF KULEANA LANDS.
HAW, WLO, FIN

HR 198
URGING THE COUNTIES TO ADOPT MEASURES THAT PROVIDE REAL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FOR OWNERS OF KULEANA LANDS.
HAW, WLO, FIN

HCR 233
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR, THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO ORGANIZE AND CONVENE A CONFERENCE TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS FOR A HAWAIIAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.
HAW, JUD, FIN

HR 202
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR, THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO ORGANIZE AND CONVENE A CONFERENCE TO BEGIN DISCUSSIONS FOR A HAWAIIAN CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.
HAW, JUD, FIN

HCR 271
URGING THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE TO REQUEST AND PROVIDE FOR SUFFICIENT FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOMESTEADS.
HAW, FIN

HR 241
URGING THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE TO REQUEST AND PROVIDE FOR SUFFICIENT FUNDING FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOMESTEADS.
HAW, FIN

April 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) public hearing on Monday, April 6, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

The purpose of this informational briefing is to focus on violence in Hawaii and to discuss options to effectively address criminal violence with awareness and education projects in Hawaii.  The Victory Over Violence movement and its efforts are aimed at reducing violence in communities around the world.  The origins of the Victory Over Violence Movement will be discussed as well as the significance of the "Non-Violence" sculpture.

On March 30, 2009 the House Committee on Human Services passed HCR243, REQUESTING THE STATE CAPITOL TO HOUSE THE NONVIOLENCE SCULPTURE.  The Non-Violence sculpture is a symbol of peace and has been installed at the United Nations Plaza in New York, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, and at the Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

The following organizations or individuals have been invited to participate:

Danny Hall, from Soka Gakkai International U.S.A. (SGI); and
A representative from the Victory Over Violence peace movement; and
The Executive Director of the Non-Violence Project or her designee; and
Dennis A. Arakaki, Executive Director Hawaii Family Forum; and
Karen Jensen, Peace Advocate; and
Edwin Flores, Hawaii Family Law Clinic, DBA, Ala Kuola; and
Jonathan R. Won, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii; and
Other supporters of the "Non-Violence" Peace Sculpture.

Contact: Rana Wasai • (808) 550-8074

April 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing on Monday, April 6, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:00 p.m.

SB 605, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO NOISE.
(HSCR1232)
Requires the department of health to add the dBC decibel weighting system to the current dBA decibel weighting system for purposes of community noise control.  Sets permissible maximum sound levels for nighttime and grants the DOH and the county liquor commission the authority to enforce these limits.  Directs DOH, DLIR, and the county liquor commission to develop recommendations for a permanent maximum sound level, in decibels.
EEP, CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 1260, SD1          RELATING TO AIR POLLUTION FEES.
(HSCR1075)
Removes the exemption from fees for air pollution emissions in excess of 4,000 tons annually from covered sources.
EEP, FIN

SB 1008, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO WATER QUALITY STANDARDS.
(HSCR1290)
Amends state water quality standards for marine waters to conform to federal standards.
EEP/WLO, FIN

SB 713, SD2, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE EMERGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL WORKFORCE.
(HSCR1298)
Appropriates funds to continue the Emergency Environmental Workforce Program.
EEP, HED, FIN

SB 1338, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO HOUSEHOLD ENERGY DEMAND.
(HSCR1082)
Allows the use of clotheslines on any privately owned single-family residential dwelling or townhouse.
EEP/HSG, FIN

SB 1671, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO FOSSIL FUELS.
(HSCR1230)
Prohibits the construction or operation of any new electricity generating facility using fossil fuel, except under extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the PUC, or when the electric generation unit has rated capacity of less than 2 megawatts and is used primarily to serve a facility's own internal operation.
EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 1258, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
(HSCR1220)
Makes various revisions to renewable energy and net energy metering provisions. Encourages the development of renewable energy in Hawaii.
EEP, CPC, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 p.m.

SB 868, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.
(HSCR1185)
Addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy resources coordination statutes.  Provides policy guidance to ensure adequate detail on the nature and relationship of the energy data analysis functions of the state energy resources coordinator and energy program.
EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 1173, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO ENERGY EFFFICIENCY.
(HSCR1242)
Establishes energy-efficiency initiatives necessary for and contributing to the transition of Hawaii's energy sector to non-petroleum energy sources. Effective 01/01/90.
EEP/WLO, CPC, FIN

SB 1202, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION ENERGY INITIATIVES.
(HSCR1083)
Establishes the development of non-fossil fuel transportation as a state policy goal.  Requires the designation of parking spaces for electric vehicles and provides penalties for parking a non-electric vehicle in reserved spaces.  Requires state and county agencies to follow a priority list when purchasing energy-efficient vehicles, including electric vehicles.  Includes requirements for developing an electric vehicle infrastructure.  Establishes the Transportation Energy Transformation Grant Fund Program.
EEP, FIN

SB 50, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCERS.
(HSCR1274)
Sets terms and conditions for leases of public lands to renewable energy producers, including requiring a public hearing, project completion, design, and financing documentation, and limitations on terminating or altering existing leases of public lands affected.
WLO/EEP, FIN

SB 1069, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
(HSCR1161)
Requires the Hawaii community development authority to collaborate with and consider the recommendations of the Kakaako Makai Community Planning Advisory Council in developing, accepting, and implementing plans for the development of Kakaako makai.  Requires continued participation of CPAC in Kakaako makai property transferred to county or state agency.
WLO, FIN

SB 1345, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
(HSCR1270)
Provides for fair compensation, including an automatic lease extension, when leased public land for agricultural or pastoral uses is withdrawn, condemned, or taken for public purposes.  Effective 07/01/20.
WLO/AGR, FIN

SB 1352, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO BUREAU OF CONVEYANCES.
(HSCR1296)
Transfers fee time share interest from the land court system to the regular system.  Establishes a working group to resolve implementation issues.  Establishes a pilot program to implement electronic recording of fee time share interests.  Allows bureau of conveyances to charge a fee for deregistration of a fee time share interest.
WLO, JUD, FIN

SB 522, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO LAND COURT.
(HSCR1264)
Requires the assistant registrar of the land court to provide an image and index of all instruments that contain real property transactions to the county designated as a central clearinghouse under a memorandum of understanding agreement agreed upon by the counties.
WLO, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:00 p.m.

SB 521, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.
(HSCR1263)
Requires the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to provide, within 10 days after each week and free of charge, an image and index of all documents and instruments have been recorded in the registrar's office that week relating to regular system land in all the counties, to the county designated in a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by the counties to act as a central clearinghouse.
WLO, FIN

SB 636, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
(HSCR1272)
Fortifies the recreational renaissance program of the department of land and natural resources through various amendments to state law.
WLO, FIN

SB 378, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO FISHING.
(HSCR1262)
Requires DLNR to continue to hold public informational meetings to hear concerns and suggestions from the public regarding the taking and protection of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  Requires DLNR to use and present all available data to support the basis for any rule proposed based on public input, and if no data is available, use all available means to gather the necessary data.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects that runoff, sedimentation, pollution, lack or profusion of fresh water intrusion into the marine ecosystem, and the introduction of invasive species have on the ecosystem that affects the habitat and forage of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the outcomes to be achieved by the implementation of any proposed rule and estimate the timeframes through which the outcomes will be achieved.
WLO, FIN

SB 496, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
(HSCR1305)
Makes various amendments to charter school administration and operations.
EDN, FIN

SB 1120          RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
(HSCR1147)
Clarifies civil service status of employees at 2 conversion charter schools, Waialae and Lanikai elementary schools.
EDN/LAB, FIN

SB 1058, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
(HSCR1194)
Directs the attorney general to coordinate a review of the impact of diverting marijuana and low-level felony drug offenders out of the criminal justice system into treatment. Establishes a task force to examine issues relating to medical marijuana patients and current medical marijuana laws.  Establishes a task force to examine the effects of salvia divinorum.
JUD/PBS, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

5:00 p.m.

SB 1122, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.
(HSCR1173)
Proposed HD2:  Protects the rights of public employees by preserving health, retirement, leave, and other benefits if furloughs are implemented in fiscal years 2009 to 2013.
LAB, FIN

SB 294, SD2          RELATING TO STATE DEPARTMENTS.
(SSCR668)
Proposed HD1:  Reorganizes several executive branch agencies to correspond with HB 200, H.D. 1, the General Appropriations Act of 2009.
FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

5:15 p.m.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, April 2, Agenda # 3.

SB 44, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
(HSCR1309)
Requires (1) Hawaii health systems corporation (HHSC) with the Department of Health's assistance to determine the current amount of all community hospital liabilities accrued up to 6/30/1996 that still exist; and (2) HHSC to assume all subsequent liabilities.  Clarifies HHSC responsibility for payments into the employees' retirement system funds for its employees.  Provides for an annual audit of HHSC.
HLT, FIN

SB 1673, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
(HSCR1257)
Transfers the community hospitals of the state government to the department of health from the Hawaii health systems corporation and abolishes the corporation and its regional boards.  Provides for the repeal of the transfer provisions and enabling law for the community hospitals on June 30, 2011.  Establishes a transition committee to conduct a study to determine a permanent structure for the community hospitals and requires a report before 10/1/2010.
HLT, FIN

NO TESTIMONY WILL BE ACCEPTED

5:30 p.m.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, March 25, Agenda # 1.

SB 21, SD1     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
(SSCR601)
Creates temporary exemptions in procurement, rule making, and public employment statutes for programs, services, and benefits using funds allocated to the State by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, March 25, Agenda # 3.

SB 1461, SD2          RELATING TO TAXATION.
(SSCR847)
Requires all persons required to electronically file and pay federal taxes to electronically file and pay state taxes.  Accelerates the filing and payment due dates for general excise, transient accommodations, fuel, cigarette, and rental motor vehicle and tour vehicle surcharge taxes.
FIN

SB 1678, SD3          RELATING TO TAXATION.
(SSCR667)
Adopts amendments to Hawaii tax laws to implement the streamlined sales and use tax agreement.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, April 1, Agenda # 1.

SB 389, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
(HSCR1306)
Requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to review the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Education and Department of Budget and Finance for the allotment of capital improvement projects, with the goal of replicating the processes of the MOU for use by other state agencies with many capital improvement projects that are predominantly funded by general obligation bonds.
EDN, LMG, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, April 2, Agenda # 3.

SB 1137, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO HEALTH.
(HSCR1252)
Authorizes the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to conduct criminal history record checks.
HLT, JUD, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, April 3, Agenda # 3.

SB 1680, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.
(HSCR1221)
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by establishing the Hawaii broadband commissioner (HBC) in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HBC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HBC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature.  Effective July 1, 2112.
EBM, CPC, FIN

NO TESTIMONY WILL BE ACCEPTED
April 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:00 p.m.

SB 1083, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO BURIAL SITES.
(HSCR1301)
Includes additional native Hawaiian organizations for the DLNR to consult with to determine whether a burial site should be preserved in place or relocated and to develop a list of candidates for the burial councils.
HAW, FIN

SB 1268, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
(HSCR1302)
Permits the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands(DHHL)to assign or transfer county affordable housing credits.  Requires county approval within 60 days for DHHL to transfer credits.
HAW/HSG, FIN

SB 995, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
(HSCR1195)
Resolves claims and disputes relating to the portion of income and proceeds from the lands of the public land trust for use by the office of Hawaiian affairs between 11/7/1978, and 7/1/2008; conveys certain parcels of real property in fee simple to the office of Hawaiian affairs.
HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:30 p.m.

SB 602, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE ARTS.
(HSCR1300)
Authorizes use of bond proceeds deposited into State's works of art special fund to support operations of culture and art organizations.  Provides financial assistance for Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace for the acquisition and costs associated with works of art.  Defines "works of art" to include, among other things, permanent displays of arts and live performances.
TCI, HAW, FIN

SB 536, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO STARLIGHT RESERVE.
(HSCR1289)
Requires department of business, economic development, and tourism, assisted by a temporary advisory committee, to develop a statewide starlight reserve strategy, including an intelligent statewide lighting law, to preserve the quality of the night sky and its associated cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, and landscape-related values.  Takes effect June 30, 2050.
EEP/WLO, FIN

SB 884, SD2     RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
(SSCR825)
Proposed HD1:  Transfers excess balances from various non-general funds; repeals central service and administrative fee exemptions for non-general funds; transfers interest earnings of non-general funds to the general fund; redistributes conveyance tax revenue.
FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
April 7, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) informational briefing on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu (*channel TBD) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

This is an informational briefing to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of State of Hawaii vs. Office of Hawaiian Affairs regarding the issue of the ceded lands.

Mark J. Bennett, Attorney General

Bill Meheula, Attorney at Law



*Channel not available at the time of this release.
April 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, April 6, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:10:35:15)
o     4/9/09  Thu         11:30 am  Channel 49
o     4/10/09  Fri           3:07 am  Channel 54  (HITS)

The purpose of this informational briefing focused on violence in Hawaii and discussed options to effectively address criminal violence with awareness and education projects in Hawaii.  The Victory Over Violence movement and its efforts are aimed at reducing violence in communities around the world. The origins of the Victory Over Violence Movement will be discussed as well as the significance of the "Non-Violence" sculpture.

On March 30, 2009 the House Committee on Human Services passed HCR243, REQUESTING THE STATE CAPITOL TO HOUSE THE NONVIOLENCE SCULPTURE.  The Non-Violence sculpture is a symbol of peace and has been installed at the United Nations Plaza in New York, the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, and at the Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa.

The following organizations or individuals were invited to participate:

Danny Hall, from Soka Gakkai International U.S.A. (SGI); and
A representative from the Victory Over Violence peace movement; and
The Executive Director of the Non-Violence Project or her designee; and
Dennis A. Arakaki, Executive Director Hawaii Family Forum; and
Karen Jensen, Peace Advocate; and
Edwin Flores, Hawaii Family Law Clinic, DBA, Ala Kuola; and
Jonathan R. Won, Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii; and
Other supporters of the "Non-Violence" Peace Sculpture.
April 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii State House of Representatives special joint session, which was originally broadcast at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2009, to recognize military service members who have given their lives in the line of duty, will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (00:57:46:10)
o     4/9/09  Thu           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     4/10/09  Fri           2:09 am  Channel 54  (OVERNIGHT)
April 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, April 3, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (07:23:31:21)
o     4/10/09  Fri             8:00 am  Channel 49
o     4/15/09  Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54  (1st half OVERNIGHT)
o     4/16/09  Thu         12:00 am  Channel 54 (2nd half OVERNIGHT

Agenda:

SB 190, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOME.
(HSCR1038)
Allows the Department of Human Services to oversee a two-year demonstration project permitting two private-pay individuals to live in the same community care foster family home under specified conditions.
HUS, FIN

SB 415, SD2     RELATING TO HOME CARE AGENCIES.
(HSCR1162)
Requires the department of health to license home care agencies.  Sunsets 6/30/2014.
HUS/HLT, FIN

SB 914, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.
(HSCR1101)
Amends public assistance law by adding definitions of “non-work eligible household”, “work eligible household”, and “other work eligible household” and repealing the definition of “exempt household” to be consistent with recent changes in federal regulations. Also amends section 346-53(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes (determination of assistance), to be consistent with the new definitions.
HUS, FIN

SB 912, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PERMANENCY HEARINGS.
(HSCR1295)
Amends the Child Protective Act to ensure compliance with federal Title IV-E hearing requirements.  Effective July 1, 2050.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 109, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO THE INTERSTATE COMPACT FOR JUVENILES.
(HSCR1293)
Adopts the new Interstate Compact for Juveniles and establishes the family court's jurisdiction under the compact.  Appropriates funds.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 851, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.
(HSCR1294)
Clarifies that all income withholding payments be sent through the Child Support Enforcement Agency; allows the agency to disburse support by electronic transfer or direct deposit; allows for electronic copy or facsimile of a signature as proof of service for certified mail; clarifies lien payment and enforcement.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 1344, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
(HSCR1168)
Eliminates positive enrollment for QUEST and QUEST Expanded Access recipients.  Requires insurance entities contracting to provide Medicaid services to enter into written contracts with at least fifty per cent of hospitals and providers in their coverage areas.  Takes effect January 1, 2050.
HUS/HLT, FIN

SB 843, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO SENTENCING.
(HSCR1251)
Restores a statutory provision allowing for presentence mental health or medical examination of defendants for purposes of sentencing.  Effective January 1, 2046.
HUS, JUD, FIN

SB 1167, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
(HSCR1202)
Makes private contractor operating the Hawaii Convention Center subject to the Hawaii procurement code.  Renames and clarifies the duties of the Executive Director of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).  Removes the sunset date for certain provisions of Act 58, Session Laws of Hawaii 2004, relating to HTA.  Effective July 1, 2020.
TCI/EBM, FIN

SB 1223, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO HAWAII MADE PRODUCTS.
(HSCR1241)
Directs the department of agriculture to convene a working group composed of stakeholders to resolve labeling issues relating to the Hawaii-made Products Law and to report to the Legislature.  Prohibits the use of the phrase "Made in Hawaii" as an advertising or media tool for items unless the items meet specific criteria.
AGR, CPC, FIN

SB 876, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
(HSCR1239)
Clarifies retirement date for ordinary disability retirement, payment of attorney's fees and costs in disability retirement and accidental death cases, forfeiture date for noncontributory service credit, and benefits for reemployed retirants.  Provides for calculation of retirement allowance for certain retirants who have returned to service.  Allows the use of December 31, 2008, as the valuation date to determine the cost of converting from noncontributory to hybrid plan service.  Extends deadline for conversion for members of the military who are out of state during the conversion process.
LAB, FIN

SB 19, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
(HSCR1206)
Requires a procurement preference to a contractor in a public works construction contract of not less than $250,000 if the contractor has a written agreement with an apprenticeship program registered with the department of labor and industrial relations at the time of general bidding.  Requires a public works contractor to comply with state labor laws.
LAB, FIN

SB 642, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.
(HSCR1208)
Requires that across-the-board wage increases or reductions, step movements, and employer contributions for health benefits for excluded employees in the excluded managerial compensation plan are at least equal to adjustments provided under collective bargaining to employees in the bargaining unit from which the employees in the managerial compensation plan are excluded.
LAB, FIN

SB 1621, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
(HSCR1240)
Provides a union representation privilege to protect the functions of the union as an exclusive bargaining representative to allow the union to perform its role in negotiations and contract enforcement; allows certification of union representatives through a card-check authorization; requires collective bargaining to begin upon union certification; sets certain deadlines for initial collective bargaining agreement procedures and conciliation of disputes; sets civil penalty for unfair labor practices; extends certain authorities to labor organizations representing employees for collective bargaining; allows labor disputes to be defenses against prosecution for certain violations of law.
LAB, FIN

SB 1140, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
(HSCR1227)
Requires all health plans in the State, including government payors, to pay to critical access hospitals no less than     % of costs for all services provided to plan beneficiaries, and to pay to federally qualified health centers no less than their respective prospective payment system rates.
HLT/HUS, CPC, FIN

SB 1142, SD1          RELATING TO PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS.
(HSCR1231)
Authorizes physician assistants to sign certain documents; to provide emergency medical care without supervision; to administer immunizations; to prescribe medications for patients suffering from human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome without preauthorization; limits liability of physician assistants under good Samaritan laws.
HLT, CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 169, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH CORPS.
(HSCR1046)
Establishes the Hawaii health corps program to address physician shortages in rural areas of the State; establishes a loan repayment program and an incentive plan for the recruitment of health care professionals to serve shortage areas.
HLT, FIN    

SB 1679, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND.
(HSCR1175)
Appropriates moneys from the emergency and budget reserve fund to maintain levels of programs for education, human services, and health.  Effective July 1, 2090.
HLT/HUS, FIN

SB 777, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY HEALTH EDUCATION.
(HSCR1192)
Requires any recipient of state funding specifically for sexuality health education programs to provide comprehensive medically accurate sexuality education.
HLT, EDN, FIN

SB 1680, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.
(HSCR1221)
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by establishing the Hawaii broadband commissioner (HBC) in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HBC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HBC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature.  Effective July 1, 2112.
EBM, CPC, FIN

April 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, April 3, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) hearing at 9:15 a.m., and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) decision making at 9:45 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:49:56:15)
o     4/9/09  Thu           9:00 am  Channel 49
o     4/10/09  Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54  (HITS)

Agenda:

HB 754, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
Proposed SD1
(HSCR865)
Makes technical amendments to tourism law regarding development of measures of effectiveness.  Removes ex-officio members from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Board and places them in an advisory group to HTA.  Expands the scope of a tourism emergency to include a national or global economic crisis.  Transfers tourism related functions from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to HTA.  Earmarks an unspecified percentage of moneys allocated to the Tourism Special Fund from the Transient Accommodation Tax to be used for tourism development and cultural programs. (Proposed SD1)
TSM/WAM

HB 1536, HD2     RELATING TO SALARIES.
(HSCR950)
Freezes the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, justices and judges of all state courts, Administrative Director of the State, departmental directors and deputy directors, and members of the Legislature.  (HB1536 HD2)
JGO/WAM

EDH

HB 1045, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
(SSCR997)
Makes necessary housekeeping amendments to chapter 201H, Hawaii Revised Statutes; authorizes the imposition of service fees to recoup program administrative expenses.  Effective 7/1/2020.  (SD1)
EDH, WAM

HB 1692, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO HOUSING.
(SSCR932)
Restricts a percentage of state low-income housing leases, in certain cases, to no more than five years; requires the Hawaii public housing authority to review federal pilot programs intended to break the cycle of public housing and welfare, including related support programs.  (SD1)
EDH, WAM

ENE

HB 36, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.
(SSCR1056)
Changes the name of the environmental health education fund to the environmental health special fund and allows the fund to be used for sanitation program activities.  Deletes registration requirement for food establishment inspectors.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 371, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO TAXATION.
(SSCR947)
Repeals the sunset provision relating to the 1 cent tax on naphtha fuel used in a power-generating facility.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 574, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM
(SSCR959)
Extends the reverse vending machine rebate program and increases the financial incentives. Appropriates moneys to the counties to plan and operate county recycling programs. Effective October 1, 2009, requires retail dealers with more than seventy-five thousand square feet of retail space to operate redemption centers. (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 1464, HD3, SD1     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.
(SSCR1053)
Provides for and encourages renewable energy use and development, and energy efficiency.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 1491, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO ETHANOL FACILITY TAX CREDIT.
(SSCR949)
Caps the total annual amount of ethanol facility tax credits allowed at $8,000,000 in the aggregate between 7/1/11 and 12/31/12.  (SD1)
ENE, WAM

HB 1807, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO WATER QUALITY.
(SSCR1001)
Authorizes the director health to use federal moneys from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and other applicable federal acts to fund drinking water and wastewater infrastructure programs.  Establishes exempt positions entitled total maximum daily load coordinator.  (SD1)
ENE/TIA, WAM

JGO
    
HB 1016, HD2, SD1     MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
(SSCR1064)
Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, and its employees.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
JGO, WAM

HB 1728, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO FEES.
(SSCR1065)
Removes administrative agencies' authority to establish fees and replaces administratively established fees with statutory fees.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
JGO, WAM

LBR

HB 111, SD1     RELATING TO STATE SALARIES.
(SSCR1011)
Establishes a two year statute of limitations for recovering indebtedness to the State through withholding of state salaries.  Increases the maximum salary of the captive insurance administrator to an amount equal to the first deputy of the director of commerce and consumer affairs.  (SD1)
LBR, WAM

HB 541, HD1     RELATING TO CIVIL SERVICE PERSONNEL.
(SSCR1028)
Ensures that civil service benefits for department of education civil service employees are the same as those provided to civil service employees of other executive branch agencies until 6/30/12. (HB541 HD1)
LBR/EDH, WAM

HB 982, HD3     RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.
(SSCR1027)
Establishes a new data collection system for family leave.  Appropriates funds from the disability benefits special fund.  (HB982 HD3)
LBR, WAM

HB 1676, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.
(SSCR970)
Requires that the collective bargaining agreement be submitted to the director of labor and industrial relations in order for the terms in the agreement to dictate the prevailing wages with regard to a project financed through the issuance of a special purpose revenue bond.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (SD1)
LBR, WAM

PSM

HB 519, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO INMATES.
(SSCR1081)
Requires return of all out-of-state women inmates in private prisons by 12/31/2011.  Requires that a maximum of 500 Hawaii inmates shall be detained in out-of-state prisons by 12/31/2015.  Requires the public safety department to plan, design, and construct sufficient facilities to house inmates in Hawaii by 12/31/2015 and to pursue alternative forms of incarceration for returning inmates.  Effective July 1, 2025.  (SD1)
PSM, WAM

HB 994, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO TOURISM.
(SSCR1025)
Appropriates funds for the application for a spaceport license from the Federal Aviation Administration to establish space tourism in Hawaii.  Effective July 1, 2112.  (SD1)
PSM/TSM, WAM

HB 1152, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO COMMITTED PERSONS' ACCOUNTS.
(SSCR1023)
Amends section 353-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to permit the Director of Public Safety to direct the department to have one or more accounts for committed persons.  Also states that the accounts are non-interest bearing and that no interest can be paid to committed persons on the individual accounts.  Effective July 1, 2030.  (SD1)
PSM, WAM

HB 1776, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.
(SSCR1066)
Requires the department of public safety to provide the department of human services (DHS) with a monthly report listing newly admitted inmates. Requires DHS to identify the status of each inmate on the monthly list with respect to the inmate's current receipt of public assistance.  Requires continuation of public assistance to inmates sentenced to be incarcerated in a public institution for not more thirty days and termination of assistance to inmates sentenced to more than thirty days.  (SD1)
PSM/HMS, WAM

HB 1831, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO MILITARY AFFAIRS.
(SSCR1067)
Creates the military liaison trust fund within a nonprofit entity to support the nonprofit entity's duties as the state liaison in matters relating to the military.  Requires adjutant general, with the governor's concurrence, to select the nonprofit entity.  Appropriates funds to the trust fund.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (SD1)
PSM, WAM

TSM

HB 960, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
(SSCR1075)
Broadens the scope of a "tourism emergency" to include a national or global economic crisis; removes the duties relating to tourism research and statistics from the department of business, economic development, and tourism and adds those duties to the Hawaii tourism authority.  (SD1)
TSM, WAM

HB 1204, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO TOURISM.
(SSCR1009)
Requires, for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 only, an additional distribution of not more than an unspecified amount of funds in Transient Accommodations Tax revenues to the Tourism Special Fund.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
TSM, WAM

HB 1763, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
(SSCR1012)
Repeals the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Establishes the Department of Tourism.  Transfers the Convention Center Enterprise Special Fund, Tourism Special Fund, and Tourism Emergency Trust Fund to the Department of Tourism.  Renames the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Department of Business and Economic Development.  Effective 7/1/2050.  (SD1)
TSM, WAM
April 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Floor Session on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

April 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the House Committee on Labor (LAB) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:12:42:17)
o     4/13/09  Mon        11:00 am  Channel 53
o     4/15/09  Wed          4:08 am  Channel 54  (HITS)

Agenda:

Paul H. Brewbaker, Ph.D, Chair, Council on Revenues

          Dr. Brewbaker presented his views to the Joint Committee on the current and future economic outlook for the State of Hawai'i and discussed the likely impact on the State's unemployment and workforce development programs.


Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

          The Department briefed the Joint Committee in light of the ongoing rise in unemployment rates regarding the Department's use of additional federal funds allocated to the State through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The discussion included adjustments made and plans for increased capacity for both the Unemployment Insurance and Workforce Development Divisions.


April 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, April 6, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (09:35:11:27)
o     4/17/09  Fri             7:59 am  Channel 52
o     4/21/09  Tue         12:00 am  Channel 54  (1st half Overnight)
o     4/22/09  Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54  (2nd half Overnight)

Agenda:

SB 605, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO NOISE.
(HSCR1232)
Requires the department of health to add the dBC decibel weighting system to the current dBA decibel weighting system for purposes of community noise control.  Sets permissible maximum sound levels for nighttime and grants the DOH and the county liquor commission the authority to enforce these limits.  Directs DOH, DLIR, and the county liquor commission to develop recommendations for a permanent maximum sound level, in decibels.
EEP, CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 1260, SD1          RELATING TO AIR POLLUTION FEES.
(HSCR1075)
Removes the exemption from fees for air pollution emissions in excess of 4,000 tons annually from covered sources.
EEP, FIN

SB 1008, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO WATER QUALITY STANDARDS.
(HSCR1290)
Amends state water quality standards for marine waters to conform to federal standards.
EEP/WLO, FIN

SB 713, SD2, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE EMERGENCY ENVIRONMENTAL WORKFORCE.
(HSCR1298)
Appropriates funds to continue the Emergency Environmental Workforce Program.
EEP, HED, FIN

SB 1338, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO HOUSEHOLD ENERGY DEMAND.
(HSCR1082)
Allows the use of clotheslines on any privately owned single-family residential dwelling or townhouse.
EEP/HSG, FIN

SB 1671, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO FOSSIL FUELS.
(HSCR1230)
Prohibits the construction or operation of any new electricity generating facility using fossil fuel, except under extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the PUC, or when the electric generation unit has rated capacity of less than 2 megawatts and is used primarily to serve a facility's own internal operation.
EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 1258, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
(HSCR1220)
Makes various revisions to renewable energy and net energy metering provisions. Encourages the development of renewable energy in Hawaii.
EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 868, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.
(HSCR1185)
Addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy resources coordination statutes.  Provides policy guidance to ensure adequate detail on the nature and relationship of the energy data analysis functions of the state energy resources coordinator and energy program.
EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 1173, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO ENERGY EFFFICIENCY.
(HSCR1242)
Establishes energy-efficiency initiatives necessary for and contributing to the transition of Hawaii's energy sector to non-petroleum energy sources. Effective 01/01/90.
EEP/WLO, CPC, FIN

SB 1202, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION ENERGY INITIATIVES.
(HSCR1083)
Establishes the development of non-fossil fuel transportation as a state policy goal.  Requires the designation of parking spaces for electric vehicles and provides penalties for parking a non-electric vehicle in reserved spaces.  Requires state and county agencies to follow a priority list when purchasing energy-efficient vehicles, including electric vehicles.  Includes requirements for developing an electric vehicle infrastructure.  Establishes the Transportation Energy Transformation Grant Fund Program.
EEP, FIN

SB 50, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCERS.
(HSCR1274)
Sets terms and conditions for leases of public lands to renewable energy producers, including requiring a public hearing, project completion, design, and financing documentation, and limitations on terminating or altering existing leases of public lands affected.
WLO/EEP, FIN

SB 1069, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.
(HSCR1161)
Requires the Hawaii community development authority to collaborate with and consider the recommendations of the Kakaako Makai Community Planning Advisory Council in developing, accepting, and implementing plans for the development of Kakaako makai.  Requires continued participation of CPAC in Kakaako makai property transferred to county or state agency.
WLO, FIN

SB 1345, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
(HSCR1270)
Provides for fair compensation, including an automatic lease extension, when leased public land for agricultural or pastoral uses is withdrawn, condemned, or taken for public purposes.  Effective 07/01/20.
WLO/AGR, FIN

SB 1352, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO BUREAU OF CONVEYANCES.
(HSCR1296)
Transfers fee time share interest from the land court system to the regular system.  Establishes a working group to resolve implementation issues.  Establishes a pilot program to implement electronic recording of fee time share interests.  Allows bureau of conveyances to charge a fee for deregistration of a fee time share interest.
WLO, JUD, FIN

SB 522, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO LAND COURT.
(HSCR1264)
Requires the assistant registrar of the land court to provide an image and index of all instruments that contain real property transactions to the county designated as a central clearinghouse under a memorandum of understanding agreement agreed upon by the counties.
WLO, FIN

SB 521, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.
(HSCR1263)
Requires the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to provide, within 10 days after each week and free of charge, an image and index of all documents and instruments have been recorded in the registrar's office that week relating to regular system land in all the counties, to the county designated in a memorandum of understanding agreed upon by the counties to act as a central clearinghouse.
WLO, FIN

SB 636, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
(HSCR1272)
Fortifies the recreational renaissance program of the department of land and natural resources through various amendments to state law.
WLO, FIN

SB 378, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO FISHING.
(HSCR1262)
Requires DLNR to continue to hold public informational meetings to hear concerns and suggestions from the public regarding the taking and protection of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  Requires DLNR to use and present all available data to support the basis for any rule proposed based on public input, and if no data is available, use all available means to gather the necessary data.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects that runoff, sedimentation, pollution, lack or profusion of fresh water intrusion into the marine ecosystem, and the introduction of invasive species have on the ecosystem that affects the habitat and forage of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the outcomes to be achieved by the implementation of any proposed rule and estimate the timeframes through which the outcomes will be achieved.
WLO, FIN

SB 496, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
(HSCR1305)
Makes various amendments to charter school administration and operations.
EDN, FIN

SB 1120          RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
(HSCR1147)
Clarifies civil service status of employees at 2 conversion charter schools, Waialae and Lanikai elementary schools.
EDN/LAB, FIN

SB 1058, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
(HSCR1194)
Directs the attorney general to coordinate a review of the impact of diverting marijuana and low-level felony drug offenders out of the criminal justice system into treatment. Establishes a task force to examine issues relating to medical marijuana patients and current medical marijuana laws.  Establishes a task force to examine the effects of salvia divinorum.
JUD/PBS, FIN

SB 1122, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.
(HSCR1173)
Proposed HD2:  Protects the rights of public employees by preserving health, retirement, leave, and other benefits if furloughs are implemented in fiscal years 2009 to 2013.
LAB, FIN

SB 294, SD2          RELATING TO STATE DEPARTMENTS.
(SSCR668)
Proposed HD1:  Reorganizes several executive branch agencies to correspond with HB 200, H.D. 1, the General Appropriations Act of 2009.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, April 2, Agenda # 3.

SB 44, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
(HSCR1309)
Requires (1) Hawaii health systems corporation (HHSC) with the Department of Health's assistance to determine the current amount of all community hospital liabilities accrued up to 6/30/1996 that still exist; and (2) HHSC to assume all subsequent liabilities.  Clarifies HHSC responsibility for payments into the employees' retirement system funds for its employees.  Provides for an annual audit of HHSC.
HLT, FIN

SB 1673, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
(HSCR1257)
Transfers the community hospitals of the state government to the department of health from the Hawaii health systems corporation and abolishes the corporation and its regional boards.  Provides for the repeal of the transfer provisions and enabling law for the community hospitals on June 30, 2011.  Establishes a transition committee to conduct a study to determine a permanent structure for the community hospitals and requires a report before 10/1/2010.
HLT, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, March 25, Agenda # 1.

SB 21, SD1     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
(SSCR601)
Creates temporary exemptions in procurement, rule making, and public employment statutes for programs, services, and benefits using funds allocated to the State by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, March 25, Agenda # 3.

SB 1461, SD2          RELATING TO TAXATION.
(SSCR847)
Requires all persons required to electronically file and pay federal taxes to electronically file and pay state taxes.  Accelerates the filing and payment due dates for general excise, transient accommodations, fuel, cigarette, and rental motor vehicle and tour vehicle surcharge taxes.
FIN

SB 1678, SD3          RELATING TO TAXATION.
(SSCR667)
Adopts amendments to Hawaii tax laws to implement the streamlined sales and use tax agreement.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, April 1, Agenda # 1.

SB 389, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.
(HSCR1306)
Requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to review the memorandum of understanding between the Department of Education and Department of Budget and Finance for the allotment of capital improvement projects, with the goal of replicating the processes of the MOU for use by other state agencies with many capital improvement projects that are predominantly funded by general obligation bonds.
EDN, LMG, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, April 2, Agenda # 3.

SB 1137, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO HEALTH.
(HSCR1252)
Authorizes the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to conduct criminal history record checks.
HLT, JUD, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, April 3, Agenda # 3.

SB 1680, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.
(HSCR1221)
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by establishing the Hawaii broadband commissioner (HBC) in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HBC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HBC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature.  Effective July 1, 2112.
EBM, CPC, FIN

April 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (04:08:25:23)
o     4/10/09  Fri             9:00 am  Channel 53
o     4/17/09  Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS)

Agenda:

SB 1083, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO BURIAL SITES.
(HSCR1301)
Includes additional native Hawaiian organizations for the DLNR to consult with to determine whether a burial site should be preserved in place or relocated and to develop a list of candidates for the burial councils.
HAW, FIN

SB 1268, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
(HSCR1302)
Permits the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands(DHHL)to assign or transfer county affordable housing credits.  Requires county approval within 60 days for DHHL to transfer credits.
HAW/HSG, FIN

SB 995, SD2, HD2     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
(HSCR1195)
Resolves claims and disputes relating to the portion of income and proceeds from the lands of the public land trust for use by the office of Hawaiian affairs between 11/7/1978, and 7/1/2008; conveys certain parcels of real property in fee simple to the office of Hawaiian affairs.
HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN

SB 602, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO THE ARTS.
(HSCR1300)
Authorizes use of bond proceeds deposited into State's works of art special fund to support operations of culture and art organizations.  Provides financial assistance for Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace for the acquisition and costs associated with works of art.  Defines "works of art" to include, among other things, permanent displays of arts and live performances.
TCI, HAW, FIN

SB 536, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO STARLIGHT RESERVE.
(HSCR1289)
Requires department of business, economic development, and tourism, assisted by a temporary advisory committee, to develop a statewide starlight reserve strategy, including an intelligent statewide lighting law, to preserve the quality of the night sky and its associated cultural, scientific, astronomical, natural, and landscape-related values.  Takes effect June 30, 2050.
EEP/WLO, FIN

SB 884, SD2     RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
(SSCR825)
Proposed HD1:  Transfers excess balances from various non-general funds; repeals central service and administrative fee exemptions for non-general funds; transfers interest earnings of non-general funds to the general fund; redistributes conveyance tax revenue.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, March 25, Agenda # 1.

SB 21, SD1     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
(SSCR601)
Creates temporary exemptions in procurement, rule making, and public employment statutes for programs, services, and benefits using funds allocated to the State by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Monday, April 6, Agenda # 1.

SB 1008, SD1, HD1     RELATING TO WATER QUALITY STANDARDS.
(HSCR1290)
Amends state water quality standards for marine waters to conform to federal standards.
EEP/WLO, FIN

SB 1671, SD1, HD2     RELATING TO FOSSIL FUELS.
(HSCR1230)
Prohibits the construction or operation of any new electricity generating facility using fossil fuel, except under extraordinary circumstances, as determined by the PUC, or when the electric generation unit has rated capacity of less than 2 megawatts and is used primarily to serve a facility's own internal operation.
EEP, CPC, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Monday, April 6, Agenda # 2.

SB 1352, SD2, HD1     RELATING TO BUREAU OF CONVEYANCES.
(HSCR1296)
Transfers fee time share interest from the land court system to the regular system.  Establishes a working group to resolve implementation issues.  Establishes a pilot program to implement electronic recording of fee time share interests.  Allows bureau of conveyances to charge a fee for deregistration of a fee time share interest.
WLO, JUD, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Monday, April 6, Agenda # 4.

SB 294, SD2     RELATING TO STATE DEPARTMENTS.
(SSCR668)
Clarifies the role of the department of business, economic development, and tourism with respect to making recommendations to other state departments.  Makes the recommendations and actions subject to legislative review.
FIN
April 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:22:45:00)
o     4/10/09  Fri             1:30 pm  Channel 53
o     4/16/09  Thu           3:15 am  Channel 54 (HITS)

Agenda:

Discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of State of Hawaii vs. Office of Hawaiian Affairs regarding the issue of the ceded lands.

Mark J. Bennett, Attorney General

Bill Meheula, Attorney at Law

April 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Floor Session on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

April 15, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:10:49:22)
o     4/16/09    Thu           8:00 am Channel 49
o     4/18/09    Sat          12:00 am Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
April 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (05:44:36:17)
o     4/21/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     4/23/09    Thu         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS)
April 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) and the Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) Conference Committee meeting on Monday, April 20, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The Conference Committee will meet to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the following:

HB 200, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
               State Budget

House Conferees:  Representatives M. Oshiro, Chair; Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, M. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita, Marumoto
(FIN)

Senate Conferees:  Senators Kim, Chair; Chun Oakland, English, Fukunaga, Galuteria, Hee, Hooser, Kidani, Kokubun, Tokuda, Tsutsui, Hemmings
(WAM)


As this is a decision making meeting only, no public testimony will be accepted.

April 22, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) informational briefing on Friday, April 24, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to allow the State Auditor to update the committee on the findings and recommendations as published in the Auditor of the State of Hawaii's report 09-07 April 2009 titled, Investigation of the Procurement and Expenditure Practices of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Selected Attached Agencies.

In addition, the Committee will call for the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's to report on its progress in meeting the recommendations contained in the Senate Hydrogen Investigative Committee's Report.
April 27, 2009
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, April 24, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts (00:19:10:00)
  • 4/28/09  Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
  • 4/29/09  Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54
Agenda:
 
This informational briefing allowed the State Auditor to update the committee on the findings and recommendations as published in the Auditor of the State of Hawaii's report 09-07 April 2009 titled, Investigation of the Procurement and Expenditure Practices of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Selected Attached Agencies.
 
In addition, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reported on its progress in meeting the recommendations contained in the Senate Hydrogen Investigative Committee's Report.
April 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, April 24, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:47:23:20)

o     4/28/09  Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     4/29/09  Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54

Agenda:

This informational briefing allowed the State Auditor to update the committee on the findings and recommendations as published in the Auditor of the State of Hawaii's report 09-07 April 2009 titled, Investigation of the Procurement and Expenditure Practices of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism and Selected Attached Agencies.

In addition, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reported on its progress in meeting the recommendations contained in the Senate Hydrogen Investigative Committee's Report.
April 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Conference Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The Conference Committee will RECONVENE to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the following:

HB 900, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
               OHA Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives Carroll/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Ward
     (HAW, FIN)

     Senate Conferees:  Senators Hee, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Hemmings
     (WTL, WAM)

HB 300, HD1, SD2     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
               Judiciary; Appropriations

     House Conferees:  Representatives Karamatsu/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Pine
     (JUD, FIN)

     Senate Conferees:  Senators Taniguchi, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Tsutsui, Slom
     (JGO, WAM)

HB 200, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
               State Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives M. Oshiro, Chair; Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, M. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita, Marumoto
     (FIN)

     Senate Conferees:  Senators Kim, Chair; Chun Oakland, English, Fukunaga, Galuteria, Hee, Hooser, Kidani, Kokubun, Tokuda, Tsutsui, Hemmings
     (WAM)

As this is a decision making meeting only, no public testimony will be accepted.
April 29, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House and Senate Conference Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 6:55 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
The Conference Committee will RECONVENE to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the following:

6:55 P.M.
HB 300, HD1, SD2     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
               Judiciary; Appropriations

     House Conferees:  Representatives Karamatsu/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Pine
     (JUD, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Taniguchi, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Tsutsui, Slom
     (JGO, WAM)

7:00 P.M.
HB 900, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN                     AFFAIRS.
               OHA Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives Carroll/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Ward
     (HAW, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Hee, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Hemmings
     (WTL, WAM)

7:03 P.M.
HB 200, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
               State Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives M. Oshiro, Chair; Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, M. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita, Marumoto
     (FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Kim, Chair; Chun Oakland, English, Fukunaga, Galuteria, Hee, Hooser, Kidani, Kokubun, Tokuda, Tsutsui, Hemmings
     (WAM)

As this is a decision making meeting only, no public testimony will be accepted.
April 29, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Floor Session on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

April 29, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Floor Session on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

April 30, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House and Senate Conference Committee meeting, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:00:44:00)
o     5/4/09      Mon          8:00 am  Channel 53
o     5/5/09      Tue         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

The Conference Committee RECONVENED to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the following:

HB 900, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
               OHA Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives Carroll/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Ward
     (HAW, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Hee, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Hemmings
     (WTL, WAM)

HB 300, HD1, SD2     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
               Judiciary; Appropriations

     House Conferees:  Representatives Karamatsu/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Pine
     (JUD, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Taniguchi, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Tsutsui, Slom
     (JGO, WAM)

HB 200, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
               State Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives M. Oshiro, Chair; Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, M. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita, Marumoto
     (FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Kim, Chair; Chun Oakland, English, Fukunaga, Galuteria, Hee, Hooser, Kidani, Kokubun, Tokuda, Tsutsui, Hemmings
     (WAM)
April 30, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House and Senate Conference Committee meeting, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 6:55 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:33:18:06)
o     5/4/09      Mon          9:00 am  Channel 53
o     5/5/09      Tue         12:58 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
The Conference Committee RECONVENED to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the following:

6:55 P.M.
HB 300, HD1, SD2     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
               Judiciary; Appropriations

     House Conferees:  Representatives Karamatsu/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Pine
     (JUD, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Taniguchi, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Tsutsui, Slom
     (JGO, WAM)

7:00 P.M.
HB 900, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
               OHA Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives Carroll/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Ward
     (HAW, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Hee, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Hemmings
     (WTL, WAM)

7:03 P.M.
HB 200, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
               State Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives M. Oshiro, Chair; Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, M. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita, Marumoto
     (FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Kim, Chair; Chun Oakland, English, Fukunaga, Galuteria, Hee, Hooser, Kidani, Kokubun, Tokuda, Tsutsui, Hemmings
     (WAM)
April 30, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House and Senate Conference Committee meeting on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The Conference Committee will RECONVENE to resolve differences between the last House and Senate versions of the following:

HB 900, HD2, SD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
               OHA Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives Carroll/M. Oshiro, Co-Chairs; Ward
     (HAW, FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Hee, Chair; Kim, Co-Chair; Hemmings
     (WTL, WAM)

HB 200, HD1, SD1     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
               State Budget

     House Conferees:  Representatives M. Oshiro, Chair; Aquino, Awana, Brower, Choy, Coffman, Har, Keith-Agaran, C. Lee, M. Lee, Nishimoto, Sagum, Tokioka, Wooley, Yamashita, Marumoto
     (FIN)
     Senate Conferees:  Senators Kim, Chair; Chun Oakland, English, Fukunaga, Galuteria, Hee, Hooser, Kidani, Kokubun, Tokuda, Tsutsui, Hemmings
     (WAM)