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February 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection (EEP) and the Senate Committee on Energy & Environment (ENE) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
Presentations were received on the following initiative and agreement related to energy:

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
In January 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy.  This agreement created the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which seeks to transform Hawaii's energy portfolio into a predominately renewable energy mix, moving away from Hawaii's over-reliance on imported fossil fuels.  Under the agreement, Hawaii is positioned to become the testing ground for a portfolio of renewable and efficient energy technologies, pioneering financial, policy, and business models that can be replicated throughout the United States.

Elements of the MOU include: planning for the “structural transformation” needed to help Hawaii develop renewable sources of energy and utilize energy efficiency; fostering financial and policy innovations; supporting public acceptance and awareness of renewable energy technologies; and building a workforce to create and sustain a “clean energy economy.”

Presenters: 
     Bill Parks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Research & Development,

U.S. Department of Energy
     Jennifer Goto Sabas, Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
     Mary Werner, Manager of Integration Deployment, National Renewable Energy                Laboratory
     Ralph Braccio, Booz Allen Hamilton

Energy Agreement Between State of Hawaii, Consumer Advocate and Hawaiian Electric Companies
On October 20, 2008, an agreement was reached by the above parties stemming from months of discussions and work on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.  The agreement seeks to reduce the process of moving the state forward to a clean energy driven economy by accelerating regulatory changes.

Presenter:    
     Robbie Alm, Executive Vice President-Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company

Rebroadcasts (02:41:18:12)

o     2/5/09  Thu         11:30 am  Channel 54
o     2/9/09  Mon        12:03 am  Channel 52  (HITS overnight)
February 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

SB 1666  RELATING TO TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES. HMS, WAM
     Details how the legislature will spend TANF funds, emphasizing direct payments to families, employment training,      teenage pregnancy prevention, and keeping families intact.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

    





February 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services and organizations receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding will brief the legislators and the public on their programs, and their success in meeting the federal goals of the TANF program as well as the positive impact their programs have had on individuals and families in Hawaii.
February 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 1:15 p.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.
    
Agenda:
SB 954     RELATING TO PHOTOGRAPHS OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS. EDT
Changes the requirement for archival photographs for permits allowing the demolition, construction, or other alteration of a historic building to photographs in any format, including electronic, for buildings eligible for listing on the Hawaii or National Register of Historic Places.

SB 787     RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.          EDT
Changes the requirement for archival photographs for permits allowing the demolition, construction, or other major alteration of a historic building to photographs in any format.  Provides that if the State Historic Preservation Division does not act upon a plan submission within 30 days, the proposal is treated as accepted.

SB 66          RELATING TO THE BOXING COMMISSION.          EDT, CPN
Repeals the authority of the boxing commissioner to place amateur boxing contests under the control and supervision of any recognized national amateur athletic association whose standing has been approved by the commission.

SB 67     RELATING TO THE STATE BOXING COMMISSION OF HAWAII. EDT, CPN
Amends the composition of the state boxing commission of Hawaii to include at least one member who is a member of Golden Gloves of America, Inc.

SB 1680     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.               EDT/CPN, WAM
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by      establishing the Hawaii communications commissioner (HCC) in the department of commerce and consumer affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HCC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HCC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature.

SB 895  RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. EDT/CPN, WAM
Establishes the Hawaii Communications Commission (HCC) in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to the HCC.  Also transfers functions relating to cable services from DCCA to HCC.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 2, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 2:00 p.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.
    
Agenda:

SB 1672     RELATING TO HISTORIC STRUCTURES.          EDT/TIA
          Allows required photographs submitted to the DLNR to be in any format, including electronic, when engaging in a demolition or major alteration of a historic building eligible for listing on the Hawaii or national register of historic places.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 2, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Hearing on Wednesday, February 4, 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.
    
Agenda:

HB 1660     RELATING TO HAWAIIANS.                    HAW, JUD
          Recognizes Hawaiians as the indigenous people of Hawaii.

HB 1667     RELATING TO CEDED LANDS.               HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
          Prohibits the board of land and natural resources from selling,                     exchanging, or otherwise alienating ceded lands in the public land trust.

HB 1805     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE. HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
          Prohibits the disposition in fee simple of ceded lands.

HB 1841     RELATING TO THE PUBLIC LANDS TRUST.     HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
          Prohibits the sale, exchange or other permanent transfer of lands in the                public lands trust to a private entity; requires the Department of Land and                Natural Resources to make an inventory of lands in the public lands trust;                appropriates funds for the inventory, to be matched by the Office of                Hawaiian Affairs.

HB 902     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE. HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
          Prohibits the disposition in fee simple of ceded lands.

    
    
DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


February 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The House Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection (EEP) and the Senate Committee on Energy & Environment (ENE) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
Presentations were received on the following initiative and agreement related to energy:

Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative
In January 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the State of Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy.  This agreement created the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which seeks to transform Hawaii's energy portfolio into a predominately renewable energy mix, moving away from Hawaii's over-reliance on imported fossil fuels.  Under the agreement, Hawaii is positioned to become the testing ground for a portfolio of renewable and efficient energy technologies, pioneering financial, policy, and business models that can be replicated throughout the United States.

Elements of the MOU include: planning for the “structural transformation” needed to help Hawaii develop renewable sources of energy and utilize energy efficiency; fostering financial and policy innovations; supporting public acceptance and awareness of renewable energy technologies; and building a workforce to create and sustain a “clean energy economy.”

Presenters: 
     Bill Parks, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Research & Development,

U.S. Department of Energy
     Jennifer Goto Sabas, Chief of Staff, Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye
     Mary Werner, Manager of Integration Deployment, National Renewable Energy                Laboratory
     Ralph Braccio, Booz Allen Hamilton

Energy Agreement Between State of Hawaii, Consumer Advocate and Hawaiian Electric Companies
On October 20, 2008, an agreement was reached by the above parties stemming from months of discussions and work on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative.  The agreement seeks to reduce the process of moving the state forward to a clean energy driven economy by accelerating regulatory changes.

Presenter:    
     Robbie Alm, Executive Vice President-Public Affairs, Hawaiian Electric Company

Rebroadcasts (02:41:18:12)

o     2/5/09  Thu        11:30 am       Channel 54
o     2/10/09 Tue       12:00 am      Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HMS 206     Federal Assistance Payments
HMS 211     Cash Support for Families - Self-Sufficiency
HMS 212     Cash Support for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Individuals
HMS 224     Homeless Services
HMS 236     Case Management for Self-Sufficiency
HMS 237     Employment & Training
HMS 238     Disability Determination
HMS 301     Child Protective Services
HMS 302     General Support for Child Care
HMS 303     Child Support Services Payments
HMS 305     Cash Support for Child Care
HMS 401     Health Care Payments
HMS 501     In-Community Youth Programs
HMS 503     Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
HMS 601     Adult and Community Care Services Branch
HMS 605     Community-Based Residential Support
HMS 802     Vocational Rehabilitation
HMS 901     General Support for Social Services
HMS 902     General Support for Health Care Payments
HMS 903     General Support for Self-Sufficiency Services
HMS 904     General Administration (DHS)

Rebroadcast (03:42:40:15)

o     2/6/09  Fri           12:03 am  Channel 52  (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HMS 206     Federal Assistance Payments
HMS 211     Cash Support for Families - Self-Sufficiency
HMS 212     Cash Support for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Individuals
HMS 224     Homeless Services
HMS 236     Case Management for Self-Sufficiency
HMS 237     Employment & Training
HMS 238     Disability Determination
HMS 301     Child Protective Services
HMS 302     General Support for Child Care
HMS 303     Child Support Services Payments
HMS 305     Cash Support for Child Care
HMS 401     Health Care Payments
HMS 501     In-Community Youth Programs
HMS 503     Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
HMS 601     Adult and Community Care Services Branch
HMS 605     Community-Based Residential Support
HMS 802     Vocational Rehabilitation
HMS 901     General Support for Social Services
HMS 902     General Support for Health Care Payments
HMS 903     General Support for Self-Sufficiency Services
HMS 904     General Administration (DHS)


Rebroadcast (03:42:40:15)

o     2/12/09 Thu       2:39 am       Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business & Military Affairs (EBM) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
In recent weeks, the State's tech tax incentives, Act 221 and 215 have been widely discussed in conjunction with the Department of Taxation's 2008 reports on the usage and impact of the credits. This informational briefing provided an overview of the benefits and disadvantages of the tax credits.

·                                Overview of Hawaii's Tech/Diversified Economy

Lisa Gibson, President
Hawaii Science & Technology Council

·                                      Discussion of the Benefits of Act 221

Panelists:

David Watumull, CEO                                                                                                                     
Cardax Pharmaceuticals

Henk Rogers, Chairman
Blue Planet Software

Rep Bellinger, VP
Makai Ocean Engineering

Jason Lau, President
Talk Story Productions

Darren Kimura, CEO
Sopogy

·                                      Discussion on the Disadvantages of Act 221

Linda Smith, Senior Advisor for Governor Linda Lingle, will lead a panel of Act 221 speakers.

·                                     Discussion on the The Future of Act 221

Bill Spencer
Hawaii Venture Capital Association

Steven Loui, CEO
Navatek

Mealani Parish, Mechanical Engineer
Navatek

Scott Yamashita, Hydro Dynamic Engineer
Navatek


Rebroadcasts (02:38:32:00)

o     2/5/09  Thu        2:30 pm  Channel 54
o     2/10/09 Tue       2:41 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), House Committee on Human Services (HUS), Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the House Committee on Health (HLT), Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services provided a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community commenced thereafter. This is the first of regular briefings to be hosted to ensure a smooth transition and implement process of Quest Expanded.


Rebroadcasts (02:08:46:05)
o     2/6/09  Fri             8:00 am  Channel 53
o     2/10/09  Tue           3:46 am  Channel 52  (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (Rev1)

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), House Committee on Human Services (HUS), Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the House Committee on Health (HLT), Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services provided a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community commenced thereafter. This is the first of regular briefings to be hosted to ensure a smooth transition and implement process of Quest Expanded.


Rebroadcasts (02:08:46:05)

o     2/6/09  Fri          8:00 am  Channel 53
o     2/11/09 Wed     12:00 am Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) and the House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.


Agenda:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
          Office of the Trustees                          OHA 150
               Administration Group                             OHA 160
               Program Systems Group                       OHA 170
              Hawaiian Rights Division                        OHA 180

The Judiciary
          Court of Appeals                                   JUD 101
            First Judicial Circuit                                JUD 310
            Second Judicial Circuit                           JUD 320
            Third Judicial Circuit                               JUD 330
            Fifth Judicial Circuit                                JUD 350
            Judicial Selection Commission              JUD 501
            Support Services Administration            JUD 601


Rebroadcasts (00:57:02:22)
o     2/4/09  Wed          3:30 pm  Channel 54
o     2/10/09  Tue           2:41 am  Channel 52  (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) and the House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 29, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.


Agenda:

Office of Hawaiian Affairs
          Office of the Trustees                          OHA 150
               Administration Group                             OHA 160
               Program Systems Group                       OHA 170
              Hawaiian Rights Division                        OHA 180

The Judiciary
          Court of Appeals                                   JUD 101
            First Judicial Circuit                                JUD 310
            Second Judicial Circuit                           JUD 320
            Third Judicial Circuit                               JUD 330
            Fifth Judicial Circuit                                JUD 350
            Judicial Selection Commission              JUD 501
            Support Services Administration            JUD 601


Rebroadcasts (00:57:02:22)

o     2/4/09     Wed          3:30 pm  Channel 54
o     2/10/09    Tue           5:19 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Judiciary (JUD), Senate Committee on Judiciary & Government Operations (JGO), House Committee on Health (HLT), Senate Committee on Health (HTH), House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

This informational briefing was scheduled to allow The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence to present its Domestic Violence Strategic Plan Legislative Briefing for the years 2007 through 2012.


Rebroadcasts (01:29:13:18)

o     2/9/09  Mon    2:44 am       Channel 49  (HITS overnight)
o     2/12/09 Thu     6:30 am     Channel 52
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The House Committee on Judiciary (JUD), Senate Committee on Judiciary & Government Operations (JGO), House Committee on Health (HLT), Senate Committee on Health (HTH), House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

This informational briefing was scheduled to allow The Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence to present its Domestic Violence Strategic Plan Legislative Briefing for the years 2007 through 2012.


Rebroadcasts (01:29:13:18)

o     2/11/09 Wed   3:33 am    Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/12/09 Thu     6:30 am     Channel 52
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs (TCI) and the Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 10:15 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.


Agenda:

This informational briefing provided the Legislature with an update on the audit of the HTA.  Invited participants include:

·     Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)
·     Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB)
·     Hawaii Convention Center (HCC)/ SMG Hawaii


Rebroadcasts (01:23:29:11)
o     2/6/09  Fri             6:30 am  Channel 52
o     2/11/09  Wed          2:42 am  Channel 52  (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs (TCI) and the Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 10:15 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.


Agenda:

This informational briefing provided the Legislature with an update on the audit of the HTA.  Invited participants include:

·     Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)
·     Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB)
·     Hawaii Convention Center (HCC)/ SMG Hawaii


Rebroadcasts (01:23:29:11)

o     2/6/09        Fri           6:30 am  Channel 52
o     2/11/09    Wed          2:08 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:

SB 50     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCERS.
Requires that the board of land and natural resources conduct public hearings      prior to awarding a lease of public land to a renewable energy producer.


Rebroadcasts (02:28:53:05)
o     2/6/09  Fri             9:00 am  Channel 52
o     2/11/09  Wed        12:03 am  Channel 52  (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 30, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

    
Agenda:

SB 50     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCERS.
     Requires that the board of land and natural resources conduct public hearings      prior to awarding a lease of public land to a renewable energy producer.


Rebroadcasts (02:28:53:05)

o     2/6/09  Fri            9:00 am   Channel 52
o     2/12/09 Thu       12:00 am   Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 3, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

ENE/CPN bills:

SB 1173     RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.          ENE/CPN, WAM

Directs the public utilities commission to establish energy efficiency portfolio standards.  Directs the public benefits fee administrator to review energy use patterns and develop an energy efficiency plan.  Directs the energy resources coordinator to review energy efficiency in building construction and recommend amendments to county building codes and the state building code.  Requires the state building code to contain provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code and directs counties to adopt those provisions.  Allows for the review of energy efficiency in existing state buildings and directs the energy resources coordinator to establish energy efficiency guidelines for retro-commissioning and retrofits.  Requires existing state buildings to be retro-commissioned no less than every five years.  Requires the energy resources coordinator to publish an annual energy efficiency report.  Requires energy performance contracts for retro-commissioning to meet energy efficiency standards.  Expands the pay as you save pilot program to include photovoltaic energy systems and refrigerator exchanges.  Directs the public benefits fee administrator to develop and implement a program to encourage residential retail electricity customers to replace inefficient household appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances.  Provides a net zero energy building tax credit to builders of residential or commercial buildings that produce enough energy that is equal to or greater than the energy consumed by the occupants of the building.  Directs the public utilities commission to establish a consumer information program on energy efficient properties.  Allows a taxpayer who claims the low-income household renter's tax credit to transfer the credit to the taxpayer's landlord.

SB 870     RELATING TO HAWAII'S CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE IN ELECTRIC GENERATION AND DELIVERY.          ENE/CPN, WAM
Establishes electric generation and delivery initiatives necessary for and contributing to the transition of Hawaii's energy sector to 70 percent non-petroleum energy sources by 2030.

SB 871     RELATING TO HAWAII'S CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY.                         ENE/CPN, WAM
Establishes energy efficiency initiatives necessary for and contributing to the transition of Hawaii's energy sector to 70 percent non-petroleum energy sources by 2030.

SB 1348     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.     ENE/CPN, WAM
Removes the restriction on the state income tax credit for single-family residential property solar thermal energy systems installed after 01/01/2010 and clarifies variance qualification for solar water heaters.

SB 1307     RELATING TO ALCOHOL FUELS.          ENE/CPN, WAM
Improve Hawaii's economic and energy security position by establishing a preference for locally produced alcohol fuels.

SB 246     RELATING TO AUTOMOBILE PARTS RECYCLING. ENE/CPN, WAM
Requires a deposit on lead acid batteries and automobile tires as incentive to return them after use for recycling.

SB 1636     RELATING TO RECYCLING.               ENE/CPN, JGO
Establishes a television recycling and recovery program.

CPN/ENE bills:

SB 77     RELATING TO TAXATION.               CPN/ENE, WAM
Clarifies that the renewable energy tax credit applies to condominium associations and its members.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 4, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, along with the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 2, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:

SB 37     RELATING TO INTRA-COUNTY FERRY SERVICE.        WTL/TIA, WAM
Requires the department of land and natural resources to assign priority mooring space to intra-county ferries serving a county with 500,000 or less people and at least three islands inhabited by permanent resident.  Exempts proceeds from sale of liquid fuel to intra-county ferry operations from general excise tax.  Exempts distributors from fuel tax for fuel sold for ultimate use by the intra-county ferry service.

SB 153     RELATING TO PUBLIC ACCESS.                              WTL/TIA
Requires state and county agencies to ensure that a public right-of-way is available prior to the approval of any development project, subdivision, or zoning change.

SB 468     RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.          WTL/TIA
Requires affected agencies to account for sea level rise and minimize risks from coastal hazards such as erosion, storm inundation, hurricanes, and tsunamis.  Preserves public access and public shoreline access.  Extends shoreline setback to not less than forty feet from shoreline and requires counties to account for annual erosion rates.

SB 412     RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.                         WTL/ENE
Establishes June 8 of each year as World Ocean Day to celebrate the blessings of the oceans, improve international relations, and increase public awareness of conservation management of the ocean environment.

Rebroadcasts (02:43:52:05)

o     2/5/09  Thu           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/7/09  Sat          12:03 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 4, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:

SB 613       MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII CIVIL AIR PATROL. PSM, WAM
Makes appropriation for expenses of the Hawaii wing, civil air patrol.

SB 358     RELATING TO FIREARMS.                    PSM, JGO
Prohibits person or government entity from seizing any firearm or ammunition      under civil defense, emergency, or disaster relief powers, or during any civil defense emergency period or any time of national emergency or crisis, from any individual who is lawfully permitted to carry or possess the firearm or ammunition under part I of chapter 134 and who carries, possesses, or uses the firearm or ammunition in a lawful manner.  Prohibits suspension or revocation, under emergency powers, of permits or licenses lawfully acquired and maintained under part I of chapter 134.

SB 231     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, WAM/JGO
Authorizes judiciary fees on parolee and probationer's prison transfer applications to be deposited into the probation services special fund.  Authorizes full
_time coordinator position for the state council for interstate adult offender supervision to be paid from the probation services special fund.  Limits expenditure from the probation services special fund to $400,000 every fiscal year.

SB 20     RELATING TO CRIMES.                    PSM, JGO
Clarifies the law with respect to assault against a law enforcement officer.

SB 83     RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.               PSM, WAM
Authorizes the auditor to conduct performance audits of private prisons housing Hawaii inmates, namely Red Rock Correctional Center, Saguaro Correctional      Center, and Otter Creek Correctional Center.

SB 207     RELATING TO CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.     PSM
Requires the department of public safety to report to the legislature any inmate or correctional facility employee death within 24 hours.

SB 208     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, LBR
Repeals exemption from civil service of the first and second deputy sheriff.  Effective 01/01/2011.

SB 209     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, LBR
Requires the deputy director for law enforcement within the department of public safety to be a graduate of a law enforcement academy or a law school; provided that the requirement shall not be applied retroactively to persons appointed prior to July 1, 2009.

SB 210     RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.               PSM, WAM
Clarifies the circumstances under which inmates may be transferred between Hawaii facilities and facilities outside of Hawaii.

SB 211     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, WAM
Makes clear that the office of the ombudsman has the authority to investigate facilities that hold Hawaii inmates, appropriates funds to conduct investigations, and makes gender neutral amendments.

SB 212     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, JGO
Requires privately owned prisons or out-of-state detention facilities holding prisoners under a contract with the State to follow state freedom of information laws pursuant to chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SB 213     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM
Requires the department of public safety to establish performance indicators; requires monthly reports to the legislature, using key performance indicators.

SB 214     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, JGO
Requires a correctional impact statement be attached to any bill that proposes a change in the law that creates a public offense, significantly changes an existing public offense or the penalty for an existing offense, or changes existing sentencing, parole, or probation procedures.
    
SB 781     RELATING TO COMMUNITY REINTEGRATION.      PSM, WAM
Requires the Department of Public Safety to develop a plan to use current funding resources to improve community-based programs to assist female offenders in transitioning from prison back into the community.


Rebroadcasts (01:49:02:00)
o     2/6/09  Fri             8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/7/09  Sat           2:46 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 4, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:

SB 9     RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.     TSM, WAM
Repeals the cap on transient accommodations tax deposits to the convention center enterprise special fund and changes the percentage amount of revenue deposited into the tourism special fund.

SB 264     RELATING TO TOURISM.                                   TSM
Makes technical amendment to tourism law regarding development of measures of effectiveness.

SB 271     RELATING TO TOURISM EMERGENCY.                    TSM
Adds a national or global economic crisis to situations considered a tourism emergency.  Requires, in addition to the governor's declaration of the existence of a tourism emergency, the governor's express approval and direction before action may be taken.

SB 279     RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.     TSM, WAM
Provides a vehicle to increase the TAT to pay for culturally-related programs.

SB 284     RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX. TSM, WAM
Requires that not less than % of moneys allocated to the tourism special fund from the transient accommodations tax be used for tourism product development.


Rebroadcasts (00:57:07:25)
o     2/6/09  Fri            3:00 pm  Channel 49
o     2/7/09  Sat           4:35 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 5, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) Hearing on Thursday, February 5, 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:

HB 444     RELATING TO CIVIL UNIONS.               JUD
Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
February 5, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture, & International Affairs (TCI) Hearing on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 54 (VIEWS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.
    
Agenda:

HB 681          RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.     TCI, FIN
Requires that not less than      % of moneys allocated to the tourism special fund from the transient accommodations tax be used for tourism product development.

HB 601          RELATING TO THE WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.          TCI, FIN
Allows up to 50% of funds in the works of art special fund to be used for capital improvement projects, the purchase of facilities, and the repair and maintenance of facilities dedicated to the culture and arts.  Removes capital improvement appropriations that are designated for renovation of state buildings from the works of art special fund's 1% transfer requirement.

HB 946          RELATING TO STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS. TCI, FIN
Establishes a state income-tax check-off for the state foundation on culture and the arts.

HB 963          RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.               TCI, HAW, FIN
Allows expenditures from works of art special fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

HB 1224          RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.          TCI, FIN
Suspends until 6/30/11 the transfer of 1% of each capital improvement project appropriation to the works of special art fund.  Requires that any unexpended and unencumbered moneys in the works of art special fund on 6/30/09 be transferred to the appropriate capital projects fund to be allotted and expended for capital improvement projects.

HB 381          RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII ENDOWMENT FUND.  TCI, FIN
Extends the date on which a $4,000,000 appropriation to the State of Hawaii Endowment Fund (which was authorized pursuant to Act 97, SLH 2006, as amended by Act 156, SLH 2007) is to lapse to the general fund, from June 30, 2009 to June 30, 2011.

HB 506          RELATING TO A MUSEUM ARTIFACT AND ARCHIVAL CONSERVATION SUMMIT.  TCI, FIN
Directs the department of accounting and general services to organize a museum artifact and archival conservation summit.

HB 649          RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.               TCI, WLO, FIN
Transfers funds from the tourism special fund for conservation and restoration projects in east Maui.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
February 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 1:15 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:

SB 1161     RELATING TO LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT. EDH, WAM
Clarifies the term "credit period" for the purposes of the low income housing tax credit.

SB 1118     RELATING TO LOW-INCOME HOUSING.          EDH, WAM
Provides additional incentives for the development of affordable housing by increasing the low-income housing tax credit from a one-time credit of fifty per cent to a one hundred per cent credit taken over five years.

SB 184     RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.                    EDH, WAM
Reduces the period over which state low-income housing tax credits are taken from 10 years to 5 years.

SB 278     RELATING TO LOW-INCOME HOUSING.          EDH, WAM
Enhances the low-income housing tax credit along the lines of the high technology business investment tax credit.

SB 188     RELATING TO HOUSING.                         EDH, WAM
Requires a percentage of state conveyance and excise taxes to be paid into the rental housing trust fund.

SB 1294     RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.               EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the purpose of expenditures by the Hawaii public housing authority to make required repairs and renovations at public housing facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

SB 755     RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.                                        EDH, WTL
Authorizes the Hawaii community development authority to process an application for subdivision and consolidation of land for a planned development project with at least twenty per cent of the total number of dwelling units in the project reserved for sale or rental to qualified persons as determined by the authority.

SB 757     RELATING TO HOUSING.                         EDH, WAM

Authorizes the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to establish a shelter in place pilot program to provide a subsidy, including grants, loans, and no-interest loans, to low- and moderate-income homeowners and renters that are at risk of losing their home or rental due to a job loss or loss of work hours; appropriates moneys.

SB 862     RELATING TO HOUSING.                         EDH, WAM
Enables the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to more easily collect the value of shared appreciation equity and other restrictions when an affordable housing property is publicly sold through a foreclosure.  Requires written notification of intent to foreclose on properties encumbered by such priority liens.

SB 442     RELATING TO TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT. EDH, WAM
Authorizes the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to grant funds to affordable housing developers to contract for third-party review and certification to expedite the process and issuance of building permits for an affordable housing project that is part of a transit oriented development; appropriates moneys for the grants.

SB 863     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.                                   EDH, WAM
Makes necessary housekeeping amendments to chapter 201H, Hawaii Revised Statutes; authorizes the imposition of service fees to recoup program administrative expenses.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits
.
February 6, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Hearing, will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services and organizations receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding briefed the legislators and the public on their programs, and their success in meeting the federal goals of the TANF program as well as the positive impact their programs have had on individuals and families in Hawaii.

SB 1666  RELATING TO TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES. HMS, WAM
     Details how the legislature will spend TANF funds, emphasizing direct payments to families, employment training, teenage pregnancy prevention, and keeping families intact.

Rebroadcasts (03:13:16:03)
o     2/10/09    Tue         12:00 pm  Channel 53
o     2/13/09    Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:
SB 954     RELATING TO PHOTOGRAPHS OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS. EDT
Changes the requirement for archival photographs for permits allowing the demolition, construction, or other alteration of a historic building to photographs in any format, including electronic, for buildings eligible for listing on the Hawaii or National Register of Historic Places.

SB 787     RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.          EDT
Changes the requirement for archival photographs for permits allowing the demolition, construction, or other major alteration of a historic building to photographs in any format.  Provides that if the State Historic Preservation Division does not act upon a plan submission within 30 days, the proposal is treated as accepted.

SB 66          RELATING TO THE BOXING COMMISSION.          EDT, CPN
Repeals the authority of the boxing commissioner to place amateur boxing contests under the control and supervision of any recognized national amateur athletic association whose standing has been approved by the commission.

SB 67     RELATING TO THE STATE BOXING COMMISSION OF HAWAII. EDT, CPN
Amends the composition of the state boxing commission of Hawaii to include at least one member who is a member of Golden Gloves of America, Inc.

SB 1680     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.               EDT/CPN, WAM
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by      establishing the Hawaii communications commissioner (HCC) in the department of commerce and consumer affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HCC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HCC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature.

SB 895  RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION. EDT/CPN, WAM
Establishes the Hawaii Communications Commission (HCC) in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to the HCC.  Also transfers functions relating to cable services from DCCA to HCC.

SB 1672     RELATING TO HISTORIC STRUCTURES.          EDT/TIA
          Allows required photographs submitted to the DLNR to be in any format,                including electronic, when engaging in a demolition or major alteration of                a historic building eligible for listing on the Hawaii or national register of                historic places.

Rebroadcasts (02:11:35:25)
o     2/10/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/13/09    Fri             3:13 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 6, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 4, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:

HB 1660     RELATING TO HAWAIIANS.                    HAW, JUD
Recognizes Hawaiians as the indigenous people of Hawaii.

HB 1667     RELATING TO CEDED LANDS.               HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
Prohibits the board of land and natural resources from selling, exchanging, or otherwise alienating ceded lands in the public land trust.

HB 1805     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE. HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
Prohibits the disposition in fee simple of ceded lands.

HB 1841     RELATING TO THE PUBLIC LANDS TRUST.     HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
Prohibits the sale, exchange or other permanent transfer of lands in the public lands trust to a private entity; requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to make an inventory of lands in the public lands trust; appropriates funds for the inventory, to be matched by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

HB 902     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE. HAW, WLO/JUD, FIN
Prohibits the disposition in fee simple of ceded lands.
    
    
Rebroadcasts (03:06:28:03)
o     2/10/09    Tue         10:30 am  Channel 49
o     2/14/09    Sat          12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 6, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 2:45 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

ENE/CPN bills:

SB 1173     RELATING TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY.          ENE/CPN, WAM
Directs the public utilities commission to establish energy efficiency portfolio standards.  Directs the public benefits fee administrator to review energy use patterns and develop an energy efficiency plan.  Directs the energy resources coordinator to review energy efficiency in building construction and recommend amendments to county building codes and the state building code.  Requires the state building code to contain provisions of the International Energy Conservation Code and directs counties to adopt those provisions.  Allows for the review of energy efficiency in existing state buildings and directs the energy resources coordinator to establish energy efficiency guidelines for retro-commissioning and retrofits.  Requires existing state buildings to be retro-commissioned no less than every five years.  Requires the energy resources coordinator to publish an annual energy efficiency report.  Requires energy performance contracts for retro-commissioning to meet energy efficiency standards.  Expands the pay as you save pilot program to include photovoltaic energy systems and refrigerator exchanges.  Directs the public benefits fee administrator to develop and implement a program to encourage residential retail electricity customers to replace inefficient household appliances with ENERGY STAR appliances.  Provides a net zero energy building tax credit to builders of residential or commercial buildings that produce enough energy that is equal to or greater than the energy consumed by the occupants of the building.  Directs the public utilities commission to establish a consumer information program on energy efficient properties.  Allows a taxpayer who claims the low-income household renter's tax credit to transfer the credit to the taxpayer's landlord.

SB 870     RELATING TO HAWAII'S CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE IN ELECTRIC                GENERATION AND DELIVERY.          ENE/CPN, WAM
Establishes electric generation and delivery initiatives necessary for and contributing to the transition of Hawaii's energy sector to 70 percent non-petroleum energy sources by 2030.

SB 871     RELATING TO HAWAII'S CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE IN ENERGY                EFFICIENCY.                         ENE/CPN, WAM
Establishes energy efficiency initiatives necessary for and contributing to the transition of Hawaii's energy sector to 70 percent non-petroleum energy sources by 2030.

SB 1348     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.     ENE/CPN, WAM
Removes the restriction on the state income tax credit for single-family residential property solar thermal energy systems installed after 01/01/2010 and clarifies variance qualification for solar water heaters.

SB 1307     RELATING TO ALCOHOL FUELS.          ENE/CPN, WAM
Improve Hawaii's economic and energy security position by establishing a preference for locally produced alcohol fuels.

SB 246     RELATING TO AUTOMOBILE PARTS RECYCLING. ENE/CPN, WAM
Requires a deposit on lead acid batteries and automobile tires as incentive to return them after use for recycling.

SB 1636     RELATING TO RECYCLING.               ENE/CPN, JGO
Establishes a television recycling and recovery program.

CPN/ENE bills:

SB 77          RELATING TO TAXATION.               CPN/ENE, WAM
Clarifies that the renewable energy tax credit applies to condominium associations and its members.

ENE:

SB 584     RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.          ENE, JGO
Prohibits distribution of plastic shopping bags by retail stores and supermarkets in the State.

SB 245     RELATING TO RECYCLING.               ENE, JGO/CPN
Establishes a statewide at-store plastic carryout bag recycling program, requiring certain retailers to collect and recycle plastic bags in their stores.  Creates a ban on plastic bags effective January 1, 2011.

SB 244     RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.          ENE, CPN
Provides a refund or store credit to retail establishment customers who do not use plastic shopping bags offered by the retail establishment at no additional charge.

SB 1671     RELATING TO FOSSIL FUELS.          ENE, CPN
Prohibits the approval of any new electricity generating facilities using fossil fuel and the modification of existing electricity generating facilities to allow the use of more fossil fuel.

SB 1260     RELATING TO AIR POLLUTION FEES.     ENE, WAM
Removes the exemption from fees for air pollution emissions in excess of 4,000 tons annually from covered sources.

Rebroadcasts (03:22:56:10)
o     2/11/09    Wed        12:30 pm  Channel 49
o     2/14/09    Sat           3:29 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 6, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 5, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:

HB 444     RELATING TO CIVIL UNIONS.               JUD
          Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union.


Rebroadcasts (04:00:07:00)
o     2/11/09    Wed          8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/17/09    Tue         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 1:15 p.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.

Agenda:

SB 1247     RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.               EDT, WAM
Sunsets and repeals numerous tax credits over a five-year period beginning on December 31, 2010 and requires the department of taxation to review, evaluate, and report on the various tax credits that are scheduled for repeal.

SB 975     RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT.                                        EDT, WAM
Amends the High Technology Investment credit, also known as Act 221, to provide an aggregate cap on the amount of high technology business investment tax credit issued per year.

SB 1005     RELATING TO PUBLICITY RIGHTS.          EDT, JGO
Establishes property rights in the commercial use of a person's name voice, signature, photograph, or likeness.

SB 1127     RELATING TO STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS. EDT, WAM
Establishes a state income-tax check-off for the state foundation on culture and the arts.

SB 406     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.     EDT, WAM
Allows expenditures from works of art special fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

SB 1607     RELATING TO REGULATION.               EDT, CPN
Exempts the incumbent local exchange carrier from the provisions of chapter 269, HRS, relating to rates, fares, and charges and requires rate filings with the PUC for information purposes only.

SB 1609     RELATING TO COMMUNICATIONS FRAUD.     EDT, JGO
Establishes the offense of communication service fraud in the first and second degrees.  Provides civil remedies.  Authorizes forfeiture.  Establishes evidentiary presumption.  Adds definitions.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 2:45 p.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.

Agenda:

SB 38     RELATING TO TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS OTHER THAN CIGARETTES. HTH, WAM
Increases the tobacco tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 40% to 60% of the wholesale price and deposits 33.3% of the proceeds collected into the community health centers special fund.

SB 847     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Removes sunset clause in Act 131, Session Laws of Hawaii 2005, which contains a repeal date of July 1, 2009, and keeps in place the requirement that an entity engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products obtain a retail tobacco permit.

SB 779     RELATING TO CIGARETTES.               HTH, CPN
Prohibits sale, distribution, and import of purse packs of cigarettes or cigarette packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes per pack.  Defines "purse pack".  Imposed fines.

SB 528     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Makes permanent the retail tobacco permit law.

SB 596     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, CPN
Allows condominium property regimes and cooperative housing corporations to prohibit smoking pursuant to an adoption of a rule.

SB 1040     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, JGO
Prohibits smoking on public beaches, parks, and certain recreational areas during certain community events.

SB 42          RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX LAW.          HTH, WAM
Increases the liquor tax and directs the increased revenues to the health systems special fund.

SB 130     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Establishes limited immunity for seeking medical assistance for victims of drug overdoses.

SB 967     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Makes Hawaii's controlled substance laws consistent with that of federal law and clarifies sections of chapter 329 relating to controlled substances.

SB 429     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING PHARMACIES.     HTH, CPN
Allows remote dispensing pharmacies to operate on islands without a pharmacy, provide medications to patients with health insurance, and dispense controlled substances.

SB 585     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING.          HTH, CPN
Allows persons in remote areas that have no pharmacy to obtain prescription drugs through telepharmacy at a dispensing pharmacy, even if they have health insurance.
    
SB 727     RELATING TO AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.  HTH, JGO
Specifies that any person who provides for an automated external defibrillator training program is generally immune from vicarious civil liability resulting from any act or omission of a Good Samaritan attempting to use the device to resuscitate a person.

SB 1610     RELATING TO MEDICAL ORDERS.               HTH, CPN
Clarifies that, under certain conditions, a physician assistant acts as agent of the supervising physician when issuing a medical order and the order is deemed to be issued by the supervising physician.  Clarifies that, under certain conditions, when following a medical order issued by a physician assistant, a registered nurse follows a medical order issued by the supervising physician for whom the physician assistant acts as agent.  Does not relieve physician assistants or registered nurses from exercising due care in performing within their respective scope of practice.

SB 931     RELATING TO EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATIONS. HTH, JGO
Grants the Department of Health authority to take samples necessary for epidemiologic investigations.

SB 1208     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HTH, CPN
Establishes a licensure program for genetic counselors.

SB 1297          RELATING TO HEALTH.               HTH
Establishes the heart healthy working group to develop a plan to eliminate or drastically reduce the use of trans fats in Hawaii's food preparation and food service industry.

SB 361     RELATING TO SINGLE-USE MEDICAL DEVICES.     HTH, CPN
Requires health care providers to obtain informed consent from patients for use of certain reprocessed medical devices.
Requires director of health to provide oversight and to adopt rules pertaining to reprocessed single-use devices.
    

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 9, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Hearing, will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services and organizations receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funding briefed the legislators and the public on their programs, and their success in meeting the federal goals of the TANF program as well as the positive impact their programs have had on individuals and families in Hawaii.

SB 1666  RELATING TO TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES. HMS, WAM
     Details how the legislature will spend TANF funds, emphasizing direct payments to      families, employment training, teenage pregnancy prevention, and keeping families      intact.

Rebroadcasts (03:13:16:03)

o     2/13/09    Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/16/09    Mon              2:00 am     Channel 52    
February 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 3:00 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing 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:

SB 467     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE/EDT, WAM
Establishes a division of renewable energy in the department of business, economic development, and tourism to coordinate and promote renewable energy initiatives; and establishes a renewable energy business investment earned income tax credit.

SB 1303     RELATING TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE.     ENE/EDT, WAM
Directs the energy resources coordinator to establish a government-industry consortium for funding, research, and development of renewable energy resources.

SB 1065     RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.                                        ENE/EDT, CPN
Exempts NELHA sales of electricity generated from renewable energy sources from regulation by the public utilities commission when those sales are made to users located on adjacent property that is under lease from the State.

SB 1066     RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.                                        ENE/EDT, WAM
Moves natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority to the department of budget and finance for administrative purposes.  Expands the number of directors for NELHA to thirteen.  Modifies appointment process for directors.  Removes requirement that chairperson and secretary of the research advisory committee serve as directors.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

ENE/WTL:

SB 238     RELATING TO LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS.
ENE/WTL, CPN
Prohibits sale or distribution of any genetically engineered whole food intended for human consumption in the State that does not have a label conspicuously affixed identifying it as a genetically engineered.  Defines "genetically engineered crop," "modern biotechnology," and "genetically engineered whole food."

SB 237     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FISH.  ENE/WTL, CPN
Prohibits the sale of genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products unless for consumption in the State of Hawaii and appropriately labeled as genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products.

ENE:

SB 239     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS. ENE, WTL
Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the production of genetically engineered plants.

SB 709     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.               ENE, WTL
Places a moratorium on the growth of genetically modified taro plants.

SB 1675     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE, CPN
Removes the capacity limit for net energy metering and increases eligible customer-generator capacity to one megawatt.  Permits existing net metered customers to remain with net metering program once alternative credits or compensation mechanisms are created.  Allows an eligible customer-generator to generate up to one hundred kilowatts before the eligible customer-generator must gain public utilities commission approval of safety and performance standards.

SB 461     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE, CPN
Removes the dependency of the price of electrical energy generated from nonfossil fuel sources from the price of energy generated from fossil fuels.

SB 453     RELATING TO THE CONSUMER ADVOCATE.     ENE, CPN
Requires the consumer advocate to advocate for the increased use of renewable energy sources in the provision of public utilities.

SB 464     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    ENE, WAM
Amends the renewable energy technologies income tax credit to make the credit refundable for certain taxpayers, prohibit special allocations of the credit by pass-through entities, and prevents passive activity losses from including a depreciation deduction.

SB 575     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    ENE, WAM
Promotes and encourages the use of renewable energy systems by allowing the income tax credits from photovoltaic energy systems that are purchased, installed, and placed in service in the State during the taxable year to be transferred and sold at a discount to another taxpayer.

SB 1185     RELATING TO A TAX CREDIT FOR THE PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES.                                        ENE, WAM
Provides tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicles.

SB 457     RELATING TO CLEAN FUEL.               ENE, WAM
Provides a tax incentive for the purchase of passenger vehicles or light trucks that operate on clean fuels.

SB 287     RELATING TO ENERGY.                    ENE, WAM
Requires maximum use of geothermal energy on the island of Hawaii to achieve energy self-sufficiency and reduced reliance on imported fossil fuels.  Establishes a pilot program and a tax credit to facilitate the development of infrastructure for the deployment of renewable energy resources, including geothermal resources.

SB 512     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    ENE, WAM
Amends the definition of nameplate capacity for biofuels facilities and revises the allowable tax credit to be equal to 40 cents per gallon of biofuel produced.

SB 1231     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE, WAM
Makes an appropriation for the relocation and establishment of a pilot plant for the conversion of biomass into liquid transportation fuel and electricity.

SB 558     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.          ENE, CPN
Encourages the use of competitively-priced ethanol produced in Hawaii from locally grown renewable feedstocks or waste materials, when available; specifies that "alternate fuels" shall not include imported fuels.

SB 868     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.          ENE, CPN
To comprehensively address deficiencies in Hawaii's energy resources coordination statutes.  Provide policy guidance needed to provide adequate detail on the nature and relationship of the energy data analyses functions required of the state energy resources coordinator and energy program.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee Health (HTH) Hearing on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 1:15 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:
SB 1579  RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND. HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates moneys from the emergency budget and reserve fund to maintain levels of programs for education, human services, and health.
[Measure added on 02-06-09]

SB 417     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Establishes reimbursement guidelines for medicaid to hospitals and facilities with long
_term care beds.  Makes appropriation.

SB 1344     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.               HMS/HTH, CPN
Requires DHS to include in its request for proposals for QUEST providers various provisions to safeguard against disruption of services that may be caused by positive enrollment.

SB 1191     RELATING TO THE PURCHASES OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.     HMS/HTH, JGO
Specifies that proposals for purchases of health and human services must be submitted by duly licensed providers and for the exact amount to be expended by the State.

SB 917     RELATING TO THIRD PARTY LIABILITY FOR MEDICAID. HMS/HTH, CPN
Ensures State compliance to the P.L. 109-171, the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), section 6035, that requires the strengthening of the State's ability to identify and obtain payments from third party resources that are legally responsible to pay claims primary to medicaid.

SB 820     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the healthy aging partnership program operated by the executive office on aging.

SB 423     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates money to match federal funds for medicaid.

SB 422     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates funds to the department of health to provide for continued respite services for family caregivers.

SB 419     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Requires the department of human services to provide presumptive eligibility for medicaid-eligible patients who have been waitlisted for long-term care.

SB 182     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Expands the scope of services provided and broadens the definition of children covered by state early intervention services.  Incorporates elements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.  Makes an appropriation.

SB 818     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Requires the department of health and the department of human services to post on their respective websites reports of all inspections of care facilities.  Appropriates funds to the department of health and to the department of human services to prepare to post inspection reports online.

SB 1304     RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.     HTH/HMS, WAM
Provides a general excise tax deferment for 4 years for payments received from medicaid or medicare by for-profit hospitals, that provide services to an annual patient population consisting of 60% or more uninsured, medicaid, and medicare patients.

SB 1310     RELATING TO HEALTHCARE.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Allows patients enrolled in QUEST Expanded Access to receive services through an alternative provider at a community-based medical home.  Makes an appropriation.

SB 791     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds from general revenues and the temporary assistance for needy families funds for the healthy start program.

SB 817     RELATING TO SENIOR CENTERS.          HTH/HMS, WAM
Makes an appropriation for certain senior centers on Oahu.

SB 821     RELATING TO ELDER CARE.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Requests the executive office on aging to cooperate with county offices of aging to develop a plan to increase voluntary contributions, procedures for managing waitlists, and policies for implementing a cash and counseling model for service delivery.  Makes an appropriation for the kupuna care program.

SB 824     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.          HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds to assist with the development of the aging and disability resource center program.

HMS:
SB 134     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HMS, JGO
Extends the time the department of human services may assume temporary foster custody of a child without an order of the court from three to five working days to allow for more time to conduct an investigation.  Requires the department to conduct an ohana conference prior to deciding what course of action to take.

SB 190     RELATING TO COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOME. HMS
Allows a married couple, consisting of two private pay clients who meet certain conditions, to live in the same community care foster family home.  Sunsets 7/1/2011.

SB 809     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HMS, WAM
Establishes a task force to coordinate resources for homeless children.  Sunsets on 6/30/13.  Establishes and appropriates funds to the kokua na keiki special fund.  Creates an administrative grant program for the department of human services to award grants for programs that benefit homeless children.

SB 774     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    HMS, WAM
Appropriates TANF funds for non-school-hour programs; appropriates funds for the Safe Haven after-school program in Hawaii county; establishes a task force on non-school-hour programs; and appropriates general funds for non-school-hour activities and an educational specialist II.

SB 1668     RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.          HMS, WAM
Eases the eligibility requirements for benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

SB 783     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Creates a state earned income tax credit funded initially with TANF funds.  Restricts the interest charged by tax preparers to clients who claim the earned income tax credit.

SB 790     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Provides a refundable state earned income tax credit equivalent to twenty per cent of the federal earned income tax credit.  Requires the refundable portion of the earned income tax credit to be reimbursed by federal or state temporary assistance for needy families funds.

SB 197     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Provides a tax credit to a caregiver who cares for a qualified care recipient.

SB 789     RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTS. HMS, WAM
Clarifies guidelines for individual development accounts (IDAs) and designates the department of human services or a contracted agency to administer IDAs.  Appropriates funds.

SB 782     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.          HMS, LBR
Establishes eligibility for unemployment insurance.

SB 784     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               HMS, CPN
Requires that tenants of rental property be given sixty days written notice to vacate when the rental property is sold in foreclosure.  Requires that tenants of rental property be notified when foreclosure proceedings have begun on the rental property.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, followed by the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 1:15 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:

LBR/TIA:

SB 690     RELATING TO INTERGOVERNMENTAL MOVEMENTS. LBR/TIA, WAM
Allows for the exchange or movement of civil service employees between the State and any county, between counties, between the federal government and the State, or between the federal government and any county; provided certain conditions are met.

TIA:

SB 586     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.                    TIA

Allows medium-speed electric vehicles to be operated on roads with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less.

TIA/CPN:

SB 101     RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS BY COUNTIES.                                        TIA/CPN, JGO
Authorizes the counties to conduct criminal history record checks on taxicab drivers and applicants for taxicab driver's certificates.

SB 698     RELATING TO THE RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE AND TOUR VEHICLE SURCHARGE TAX.                                   TIA/CPN, WAM
Increases the rental motor vehicle and tour vehicle surcharge tax.

SB 1611     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.                    TIA/CPN, WAM
Increases the state liquid fuel tax; state vehicle registration fee; state vehicle weight fee; and rental motor vehicle surcharge tax.  Provides funding for a six-year comprehensive modernization program.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

TIA:

SB 1614     RELATING TO THE PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE SPECIAL FUND.  TIA, WAM
Amends the authorized use of the passenger facility charge special fund to be used for bonds and establishes subaccounts within the special fund for airport capital improvement projects.

SB 1055     RELATING TO HARBORS.                    TIA
Authorizes the department of transportation to adopt rules relating to safety measures, security requirements, and shipping activities in commercial harbors controlled by the State.

SB 1613     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. TIA, JGO
Allows the department of transportation to impose upon private parties using state harbors and airports the duty to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify.

SB 1224     RELATING TO AIRPORT CONCESSIONS.          TIA, WAM
Allows for certain adjustments and modifications to airport concession leases.

SB 1064     RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.     TIA, JGO
Prohibits the sale of new and unused tires that were manufactured more than six years prior to the date of the sale.

SB 483     RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.     TIA, JGO
Amends section 291C-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to correctly reference chapter 291C, HRS.  Makes technical amendments.

SB 15     RELATING TO THE POWER OF ARREST.          TIA, JGO
Updates references to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service and Citizenship and Immigration Services to reflect current names of agencies within the federal Department of Homeland Security.

SB 374     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.          TIA, CPN
Clarifies the prohibition on liquor labeling indicating an origin in Hawaii.  Clarifies the authority of a licensed liquor manufacturer to sell liquor it manufactured on its premises; removes prohibition against the consumption of liquor on the premises of a licensed liquor manufacturer.

SB 300     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.          TIA, CPN
Requires liquor licenses to carry liability insurance as a condition of acquiring and renewing a license.  Requires liquor liability insurers to notify the county liquor commissions upon a termination, rejection, or nonrenewal of a licensee's coverage.

SB 470     RELATING TO LIQUOR.                    TIA, CPN
Makes various administrative, technical amendments to the liquor license and liquor tax laws.

SB 1206     RELATING TO COUNTIES.                    TIA, WAM
Specifies that in a county with a population of at least 500,000 people, a county board may issue revenue bonds in its own name if so authorized under the county charter.
    

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

SB 1623     RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.          CPN, JGO
Requires mortgagors and mortgagees to explore options to avoid foreclosure, including modification or restructuring of loans; effective on approval and repeals 12/31/2012.  Requires notice of foreclosure be given to a tenant of the foreclosed property with the option to keep rental agreement in full force or vacate premises in 60 days.

SB 1328     RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.          CPN, JGO
Grants owner-occupants of residential real property the right to engage in mediation with a mortgagee in order to prevent foreclosure of the residential property. Establishes notice requirements.

SB 1218     RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATORS.     CPN, WAM
Allows the commissioner of financial institutions to regulate, license, examine, and enforce laws regulating mortgage brokers and loan originators.  Repeals chapter 454.

SB 1606     RELATING TO REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL MANAGEMENT COMPANIES.     CPN, JGO
Provides for registration of real estate appraisal management companies with the real estate commission of the department of commerce and consumer affairs.  Establishes standards and violations.

SB 1230     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    CPN, WAM
Authorizes a tax on the transfer in ownership of a legal entity when the selling entity owns real property in Hawaii that is acquired by another individual or entity through the purchasing of an interest in the selling entity.

SB 1106     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    CPN, WAM
Requires a buyer of real property located in Hawaii to furnish to the bureau of conveyances a tax clearance certificate issued from the department of taxation that certifies that the HARPTA withholding requirements were satisfied as a condition to recording a change in title on the real property.

SB 1165     RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.     CPN, WAM
Makes the GET exemption amendments for timeshare operators and condominium submanagers permanent.

SB 1107     RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.          CPN, WAM
Merges the condominium management education fund and the condominium education trust fund.

SB 850     RELATING TO NOTARY PUBLIC SEALS.          CPN, JGO
Requires a notary public to include on the notary public's stamp or seal the notary public's commission number.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 9, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) Informational Briefing on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 10:00 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.

Agenda:

The committee on Ways & Means will be briefed by Bill Pound of the National Conference of State Legislatures on the economic condition of other states and the budget shortfall management strategies being employed by these states.
February 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing on Friday, February 13, 2009, at 1:15 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:

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE:     SB 733     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               EDH, WAM
(Deferred from Monday, February 2, 2009)                    Clarifies the law for determining school impact fees for financing new or expanding existing DOE schools or facilities.
                   
EDH/WTL:

SB 1268     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.          WTL/EDH, TIA
Permits the department of Hawaiian home lands to receive and subsequently assign, transfer, or exchange county affordable housing credits.

SB 729     RELATING TO RENTAL HOUSING.               EDH/WTL, WAM
Increases permanently the percentage of the conveyance tax paid into the rental housing trust fund from the current allocation of thirty per cent to sixty-five per cent.

SB 1350     RELATING TO KAKAAKO.                    EDH/WTL, JGO
Increases the reserved housing requirement for a planned development on a lot of at least 1 acre in the Kakaako community development district, mauka area.

SB 1277     RELATING TO HOUSING.                    EDH/WTL, WAM
Increases incentives for the development of affordable housing in Hawaii.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

EDH:

SB 792     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to adopt rules to prohibit school bullying and cyberbullying.  Makes appropriation.

SB 813     RELATING TO SCHOOL LUNCHES.          EDH, WAM
Requires public school cafeterias to serve fresh local produce at lunch at least once each week.

SB 288     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH
Bans the sale of soft drinks in public school vending machines.

SB 802     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH, WAM
Requires DOE to include a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on school grounds in its plans for all new elementary schools and to implement an ongoing program to provide a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on the grounds of existing elementary schools.
SB 360     RELATING TO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.     EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to allow children who are home schooled to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school they would otherwise be required to attend.

SB 797     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSES AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS STATEWIDE.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses in Hawaii public schools that limit or do not offer these courses.

SB 1300     RELATING TO THE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS. EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for 6 instructor positions for JROTC programs in high schools in the State.

SB 808     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII TEACHER CADET PROGRAM.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii teacher cadet program.

SB 798     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.     EDH, JGO
Codifies the selection of the student member of the board of education in statute; clarifies that the board of education may determine any restrictions on actions taken by the student member; requires that the Act take effect upon the ratification of a constitutional amendment to require that the student member of the board of education shall be a voting member who is selected as provided by law.

SB 799     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CLARIFY THE SELECTION OF THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.               EDH, JGO
Proposes a constitutional amendment to article x, section 2, of the State constitution to clarify the selection of the student member of the board of education.

SB 792     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to adopt rules to prohibit school bullying and cyberbullying.  Makes appropriation.

SB 813     RELATING TO SCHOOL LUNCHES.          EDH, WAM
Requires public school cafeterias to serve fresh local produce at lunch at least once each week.

SB 288     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH
Bans the sale of soft drinks in public school vending machines.

SB 802     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH, WAM
Requires DOE to include a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on school grounds in its plans for all new elementary schools and to implement an ongoing program to provide a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on the grounds of existing elementary schools.

SB 360     RELATING TO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.     EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to allow children who are home schooled to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school they would otherwise be required to attend.

SB 797     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSES AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS STATEWIDE.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses in Hawaii public schools that limit or do not offer these courses.

SB 1300     RELATING TO THE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS. EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for 6 instructor positions for JROTC programs in high schools in the State.

SB 808     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII TEACHER CADET PROGRAM.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii teacher cadet program.

SB 798     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.     EDH, JGO
Codifies the selection of the student member of the board of education in statute; clarifies that the board of education may determine any restrictions on actions taken by the student member; requires that the Act take effect upon the ratification of a constitutional amendment to require that the student member of the board of education shall be a voting member who is selected as provided by law.

SB 799     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CLARIFY THE SELECTION OF THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.               EDH, JGO
Proposes a constitutional amendment to article x, section 2, of the State constitution to clarify the selection of the student member of the board of education.

SB 807     RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.          EDH/ENE, WAM
Appropriates funds to the public school system to establish a recycling program and provide recycling bins on every school campus.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) Hearing on Friday, February 13, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

SB 41     RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.  LBR/HTH, WAM
Defers reimbursement payments to the State by the Hawaii health systems corporation (HHSC) for employer contributions to the employees' retirement system funds for 5 years from 07/01/2009 to 06/30/2014.  Requires HHSC to reimburse the director of finance the total amount deferred no later than an unspecified date.

SB 44     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION. HTH/LBR, WAM
Requires (1) department of health to assume all community hospital liabilities accrued up to 6/30/1996; and (2) Hawaii health systems corporation (HHSC) to assume all subsequent liabilities.  Clarifies HHSC responsibility for payments into the employees' retirement system funds for its employees.

SB 61     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION. HTH/LBR, WAM
Restructures Hawaii's health care safety net to provide for affordable and accessible quality health care.

SB 1136     RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION. HTH/LBR, WAM
Authorizes Hawaii health systems corporation to out source for services.

SB 1138     RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION. HTH/LBR, WAM
Authorizes the establishment of Hawaii health systems corporation retirement system and a personnel system separate from the state system that allows for collective bargaining agreements.

SB 518     RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.     LBR/HTH, WAM
Establishes separate bargaining units for the employees of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

HTH:

SB 587     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION. HTH
Requires specific actions to be taken before any planned substantial reduction or elimination of direct patient care services at a facility of the Hawaii health systems corporation can be implemented.
SB 941     RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION BACKGROUND CHECKS.                              HTH, JGO
Authorizes the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to conduct FBI criminal history record checks through the Hawaii Criminal Justice Data Center on employees, applicants, current or prospective contractors, providers, or volunteers.

SB 1139     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HTH, WAM
Authorizes the regional system boards and the Hawaii health systems corporation board to reduce or eliminate direct patient care services unless legislation is enacted that includes an appropriation of moneys sufficient to fund the mandated services.

SB 1673     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
HTH, WAM
Authorizes a facility or regional health care system under the Hawaii health systems corporation, or the corporation itself, to transition into a new legal entity, including a nonprofit or for-profit corporation, municipal facility, or public benefit corporation.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.



February 10, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) and the House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing on Friday, February 13, 2009, at 9:00 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.

Agenda:

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance will conduct joint informational briefings on all grants-in-aid applications to the 2009 Legislature. On February 13th, the briefing will include applicants from Neighbor Islands and Oahu.
February 10, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture, & International Affairs (TCI) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:
HB 681     RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.     TCI, FIN
Requires that not less than      % of moneys allocated to the tourism special fund from the transient accommodations tax be used for tourism product development.

HB 601     RELATING TO THE WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.          TCI, FIN
Allows up to 50% of funds in the works of art special fund to be used for capital improvement projects, the purchase of facilities, and the repair and maintenance of facilities dedicated to the culture and arts.  Removes capital improvement appropriations that are designated for renovation of state buildings from the works of art special fund's 1% transfer requirement.

HB 946     RELATING TO STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS. TCI, FIN
Establishes a state income-tax check-off for the state foundation on culture and the arts.

HB 963     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.               TCI, HAW, FIN
Allows expenditures from works of art special fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

HB 1224     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.               TCI, FIN
Suspends until 6/30/11 the transfer of 1% of each capital improvement project appropriation to the works of special art fund.  Requires that any unexpended and unencumbered moneys in the works of art special fund on 6/30/09 be transferred to the appropriate capital projects fund to be allotted and expended for capital improvement projects.

HB 381     RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII ENDOWMENT FUND.  TCI, FIN
Extends the date on which a $4,000,000 appropriation to the State of Hawaii Endowment Fund (which was authorized pursuant to Act 97, SLH 2006, as amended by Act 156, SLH 2007) is to lapse to the general fund, from June 30, 2009, to June 30, 2011.

HB 506     RELATING TO A MUSEUM ARTIFACT AND ARCHIVAL CONSERVATION SUMMIT.  TCI, FIN
Directs the department of accounting and general services to organize a museum artifact and archival conservation summit.

HB 649     RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.                    TCI, WLO, FIN
Transfers funds from the tourism special fund for conservation and restoration projects in east Maui.

Rebroadcasts (02:24:28:10)
o     2/13/09    Fri             8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/17/09    Tue           4:12 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 1161     RELATING TO LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT. EDH, WAM
Clarifies the term "credit period" for the purposes of the low income housing tax credit.

SB 1118     RELATING TO LOW-INCOME HOUSING.          EDH, WAM
Provides additional incentives for the development of affordable housing by increasing the low-income housing tax credit from a one-time credit of fifty per cent to a one hundred per cent credit taken over five years.

SB 184     RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.                    EDH, WAM
Reduces the period over which state low-income housing tax credits are taken from 10 years to 5 years.

SB 278     RELATING TO LOW-INCOME HOUSING.          EDH, WAM
Enhances the low-income housing tax credit along the lines of the high technology business investment tax credit.

SB 188     RELATING TO HOUSING.                         EDH, WAM
Requires a percentage of state conveyance and excise taxes to be paid into the rental housing trust fund.

SB 1294     RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.               EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the purpose of expenditures by the Hawaii public housing authority to make required repairs and renovations at public housing facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal law.

SB 755     RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.                                        EDH, WTL
Authorizes the Hawaii community development authority to process an application for subdivision and consolidation of land for a planned development project with at least twenty per cent of the total number of dwelling units in the project reserved for sale or rental to qualified persons as determined by the authority.

SB 757     RELATING TO HOUSING.                         EDH, WAM
Authorizes the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to establish a shelter in place pilot program to provide a subsidy, including grants, loans, and no-interest loans, to low-and moderate-income homeowners and renters that are at risk of losing their home or rental due to a job loss or loss of work hours; appropriates moneys.

SB 862     RELATING TO HOUSING.                    EDH, WAM
Enables the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to more easily collect the value of shared appreciation equity and other restrictions when an affordable housing property is publicly sold through a foreclosure.  Requires written notification of intent to foreclose on properties encumbered by such priority liens.

SB 442     RELATING TO TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT. EDH, WAM
Authorizes the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation to grant funds to affordable housing developers to contract for third-party review and certification to expedite the process and issuance of building permits for an affordable housing project that is part of a transit oriented development; appropriates moneys for the grants.

SB 863     RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.                                   EDH, WAM
Makes necessary housekeeping amendments to chapter 201H, Hawaii Revised Statutes; authorizes the imposition of service fees to recoup program administrative expenses.


Rebroadcasts (03:12:49:11)
o     2/16/09    Mon        12:00 pm  Channel 53
o     2/18/09    Wed          2:13 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 1247     RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.               EDT, WAM
Sunsets and repeals numerous tax credits over a five-year period beginning on December 31, 2010, and requires the department of taxation to review, evaluate, and report on the various tax credits that are scheduled for repeal.

SB 975     RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT.                                        EDT, WAM
Amends the High Technology Investment credit, also known as Act 221, to provide an aggregate cap on the amount of high technology business investment tax credit issued per year.

SB 1005     RELATING TO PUBLICITY RIGHTS.          EDT, JGO
Establishes property rights in the commercial use of a person's name voice, signature, photograph, or likeness.

SB 1127     RELATING TO STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS. EDT, WAM
Establishes a state income-tax check-off for the state foundation on culture and the arts.

SB 406     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.     EDT, WAM
Allows expenditures from works of art special fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

SB 1607     RELATING TO REGULATION.               EDT, CPN
Exempts the incumbent local exchange carrier from the provisions of chapter 269, HRS, relating to rates, fares, and charges and requires rate filings with the PUC for information purposes only.

SB 1609     RELATING TO COMMUNICATIONS FRAUD.     EDT, JGO
Establishes the offense of communication service fraud in the first and second degrees.  Provides civil remedies.  Authorizes forfeiture.  Establishes evidentiary presumption.  Adds definitions.

Rebroadcasts (01:26:52:00)
o     2/13/09    Fri             5:24 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/13/09    Fri           10:30 am  Channel 49
February 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 38     RELATING TO TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS OTHER THAN CIGARETTES. HTH, WAM
Increases the tobacco tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 40% to 60% of the wholesale price and deposits 33.3% of the proceeds collected into the community health centers special fund.

SB 847     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Removes sunset clause in Act 131, Session Laws of Hawaii 2005, which contains a repeal date of July 1, 2009, and keeps in place the requirement that an entity engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products obtain a retail tobacco permit.

SB 779     RELATING TO CIGARETTES.               HTH, CPN
Prohibits sale, distribution, and import of purse packs of cigarettes or cigarette packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes per pack.  Defines "purse pack."  Imposed fines.

SB 528     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Makes permanent the retail tobacco permit law.

SB 596     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, CPN
Allows condominium property regimes and cooperative housing corporations to prohibit smoking pursuant to an adoption of a rule.

SB 1040     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, JGO
Prohibits smoking on public beaches, parks, and certain recreational areas during certain community events.

SB 42     RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX LAW.     HTH, WAM
Increases the liquor tax and directs the increased revenues to the health systems special fund.

SB 130     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Establishes limited immunity for seeking medical assistance for victims of drug overdoses.

SB 967     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Makes Hawaii's controlled substance laws consistent with that of federal law and clarifies sections of chapter 329 relating to controlled substances.

SB 429     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING PHARMACIES.     HTH, CPN
Allows remote dispensing pharmacies to operate on islands without a pharmacy, provide medications to patients with health insurance, and dispense controlled substances.

SB 585     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING.          HTH, CPN
Allows persons in remote areas that have no pharmacy to obtain prescription drugs through telepharmacy at a dispensing pharmacy, even if they have health insurance.
    
SB 727     RELATING TO AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.  HTH, JGO
Specifies that any person who provides for an automated external defibrillator training program is generally immune from vicarious civil liability resulting from any act or omission of a Good Samaritan attempting to use the device to resuscitate a person.

SB 1610     RELATING TO MEDICAL ORDERS.               HTH, CPN
Clarifies that, under certain conditions, a physician assistant acts as agent of the supervising physician when issuing a medical order and the order is deemed to be issued by the supervising physician.  Clarifies that, under certain conditions, when following a medical order issued by a physician assistant, a registered nurse follows a medical order issued by the supervising physician for whom the physician assistant acts as agent.  Does not relieve physician assistants or registered nurses from exercising due care in performing within their respective scope of practice.

SB 931     RELATING TO EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATIONS. HTH, JGO
Grants the Department of Health authority to take samples necessary for epidemiologic investigations.

SB 1208     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HTH, CPN
Establishes a licensure program for genetic counselors.

SB 1297     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HTH
Establishes the heart healthy working group to develop a plan to eliminate or drastically reduce the use of trans fats in Hawaii's food preparation and food service industry.

SB 361     RELATING TO SINGLE-USE MEDICAL DEVICES.     HTH, CPN
Requires health care providers to obtain informed consent from patients for use of certain reprocessed medical devices.
Requires director of health to provide oversight and to adopt rules pertaining to reprocessed single-use devices.
    

Rebroadcasts (02:08:57:05)
o     2/13/09    Fri           12:00 pm  Channel 49
o     2/18/09    Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 11, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Hearing on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 1:45 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:

SB 800     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE STATE COMMISSION ON FATHERHOOD.     HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds for the state commission on fatherhood.

SB 801     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                         HMS, WTL
Establishes a pilot project to develop and operate statewide emergency care, hanai ohana care, and specialized learning facilities for endangered and disadvantaged children.  Requires the State to lease land at a reduced rate to the department of human services for these purposes.

SB 838     RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.               HMS, JGO
To provide greater protections to victims of domestic violence who the court is already attempting to keep safe through protective orders.

SB 839     RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE.                    HMS, JGO

To provide greater protection to our children, this bill amends the offense of promoting child abuse in the second degree to include the possession of particularly violent or egregious child pornography, and it adds mandatory sentencing provisions for serious child abuse offenses.

SB 851     RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT. HMS, JGO
Clarifies that all income withholding payments be sent through the Child Support Enforcement Agency; allows the agency to disburse support by electronic deposit or debit card; allows for electronic copy or facsimile of a signature as proof of service for certified mail; clarifies lien payment and enforcement.

SB 912     RELATING TO PERMANENCY HEARINGS.     HMS, JGO
Amends chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to ensure compliance with federal Title IV-E hearing requirements.

SB 913     RELATING TO NOTICE OF GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS. HMS, JGO
Amends section 560:5-113, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to provide that notice to parents shall not be required if the parents have been served in a proceeding under chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and a permanent plan has been ordered by the Court.

SB 914     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.               HMS, WAM
Amends section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding definitions of "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, to be consistent with the new definitions.

SB 915     RELATING TO ASSISTANCE FOR AGED, BLIND, AND PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED PERSONS.          HMS, WAM
Indicates that assistance for eligible aged, blind, and permanently and totally disabled persons is available up to the amount of any legislative appropriation not to exceed the current statutory sixty-two and one-half per cent of the standard of need.

SB 916     RELATING TO GENERAL ASSISTANCE.          HMS, WAM
Places a twelve-month limit on general assistance to households without minor dependents with appropriate exceptions.

SB 918     RELATING TO MEDICAID LIENS.               HMS, JGO
Clarifies existing law so the notice of the intent to place a lien on the real property of a Medicaid recipient will be valid if provided to the recipient or a designated representative of the recipient.

SB 921     RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.          HMS, WAM
Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living.

SB 1006     RELATING TO CHILD WELFARE SERVICES.     HMS, JGO
Adds definitions of "caregiver" and "safe home" to the Child Protective Act.  Clarifies that local customs of caring for children outside the family home by relatives and friends are, where appropriate, available alternatives to the department of human services and the court assuming custody of children.

SB 1014     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR SAFE HAVEN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM.     HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds as a grant-in-aid to Hawaii county for the safe haven after school program.

SB 1016     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR BIG ISLAND JUVENILE INTAKE AND ASSESSMENT CENTER.     HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds as a grant-in-aid to the county of Hawaii for the juvenile intake and assessment center pilot site in Pahoa, Hawaii.

SB 1177     RELATING TO PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HMS, JGO
Requires specified persons to report possible non-medical drug or alcohol abuse by a pregnant woman to the department of human services.  Allows voluntary reporting by anyone else.  Requires department of human services to make an assessment and offer services to the pregnant woman.

SB 1189     RELATING TO DRUG TESTING.                    HMS, JGO
Requires recipients of general assistance, food stamps, and temporary assistance to submit to drug testing for reasonable cause.

SB 1210     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.          HMS, JGO
Establishes a preference for bidders to government contracts who pledge to hire individuals with disabilities and certain temporary assistance to needy families recipients.

SB 1329     RELATING TO EARLY LEARNING.               HMS, WAM
Authorizes the Hawaii Council of Mayors to name designees for their two representatives on the early learning council; changes the name of the keiki first steps trust fund to the early learning council trust fund and specifies that moneys in the trust fund shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year.

SB 1330     RELATING TO GENERAL ASSISTANCE.          HMS, WAM
Protects recipients of general assistance from having their benefits reduced by more than 10%.  Requires DHS to allow individuals to receive general assistance benefits for the maximum amount of time permissible under federal law.

SB 133     RELATING TO UTILITIES.                         HMS, CPN
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a program to achieve lifeline electricity rates for residential electricity users who are elders with limited income, the handicapped with limited income, and any person with a medical condition who is dependent on a medical device requiring electricity to operate.

SB 882     MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL. Measure Added on 02-06-09     HMS, WAM
Emergency appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund to replace general funds appropriated for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal year 2008-2009.

SB 883     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL. Measure Added on 02-06-09
HMS, WAM
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund in lieu of general funds for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal biennium 2009-2011.


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
SB 1579  RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND. HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates moneys from the emergency budget and reserve fund to maintain levels of programs for education, human services, and health.
[Measure added on 02-06-09]

SB 417     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Establishes reimbursement guidelines for medicaid to hospitals and facilities with long
_term care beds.  Makes appropriation.

SB 1344     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.               HMS/HTH, CPN
Requires DHS to include in its request for proposals for QUEST providers various provisions to safeguard against disruption of services that may be caused by positive enrollment.

SB 1191     RELATING TO THE PURCHASES OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.     HMS/HTH, JGO
Specifies that proposals for purchases of health and human services must be submitted by duly licensed providers and for the exact amount to be expended by the State.

SB 917     RELATING TO THIRD PARTY LIABILITY FOR MEDICAID. HMS/HTH, CPN
Ensures State compliance to the P.L. 109-171, the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), section 6035, that requires the strengthening of the State's ability to identify and obtain payments from third party resources that are legally responsible to pay claims primary to medicaid.

SB 820     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the healthy aging partnership program operated by the executive office on aging.

SB 423     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates money to match federal funds for medicaid.

SB 422     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates funds to the department of health to provide for continued respite services for family caregivers.

SB 419     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HMS/HTH, WAM
Requires the department of human services to provide presumptive eligibility for medicaid-eligible patients who have been waitlisted for long-term care.

SB 182     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Expands the scope of services provided and broadens the definition of children covered by state early intervention services.  Incorporates elements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.  Makes an appropriation.

SB 818     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Requires the department of health and the department of human services to post on their respective websites reports of all inspections of care facilities.  Appropriates funds to the department of health and to the department of human services to prepare to post inspection reports online.

SB 1304     RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.          HTH/HMS, WAM
Provides a general excise tax deferment for 4 years for payments received from medicaid or medicare by for-profit hospitals, that provide services to an annual patient population consisting of 60% or more uninsured, medicaid, and medicare patients.

SB 1310     RELATING TO HEALTHCARE.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Allows patients enrolled in QUEST Expanded Access to receive services through an alternative provider at a community-based medical home.  Makes an appropriation.

SB 791     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds from general revenues and the temporary assistance for needy families funds for the healthy start program.

SB 817     RELATING TO SENIOR CENTERS.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Makes an appropriation for certain senior centers on Oahu.

SB 821     RELATING TO ELDER CARE.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Requests the executive office on aging to cooperate with county offices of aging to develop a plan to increase voluntary contributions, procedures for managing waitlists, and policies for implementing a cash and counseling model for service delivery.  Makes an appropriation for the kupuna care program.

SB 824     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds to assist with the development of the aging and disability resource center program.

HMS:
SB 134     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HMS, JGO
Extends the time the department of human services may assume temporary foster custody of a child without an order of the court from three to five working days to allow for more time to conduct an investigation.  Requires the department to conduct an ohana conference prior to deciding what course of action to take.

SB 190     RELATING TO COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOME. HMS
Allows a married couple, consisting of two private pay clients who meet certain conditions, to live in the same community care foster family home.  Sunsets 7/1/2011.

SB 809     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HMS, WAM
Establishes a task force to coordinate resources for homeless children.  Sunsets on 6/30/13.  Establishes and appropriates funds to the kokua na keiki special fund.  Creates an administrative grant program for the department of human services to award grants for programs that benefit homeless children.

SB 774     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    HMS, WAM
Appropriates TANF funds for non-school-hour programs; appropriates funds for the Safe Haven after-school program in Hawaii county; establishes a task force on non-school-hour programs; and appropriates general funds for non-school-hour activities and an educational specialist II.

SB 1668     RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.               HMS, WAM
Eases the eligibility requirements for benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

SB 783     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Creates a state earned income tax credit funded initially with TANF funds.  Restricts the interest charged by tax preparers to clients who claim the earned income tax credit.

SB 790     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Provides a refundable state earned income tax credit equivalent to twenty per cent of the federal earned income tax credit.  Requires the refundable portion of the earned income tax credit to be reimbursed by federal or state temporary assistance for needy families funds.

SB 197     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Provides a tax credit to a caregiver who cares for a qualified care recipient.

SB 789     RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTS. HMS, WAM
Clarifies guidelines for individual development accounts (IDAs) and designates the department of human services or a contracted agency to administer IDAs.  Appropriates funds.

SB 782     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.          HMS, LBR
Establishes eligibility for unemployment insurance.

SB 784     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               HMS, CPN
Requires that tenants of rental property be given sixty days written notice to vacate when the rental property is sold in foreclosure.  Requires that tenants of rental property be notified when foreclosure proceedings have begun on the rental property.

Rebroadcasts (05:15:43:10)
o     2/17/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/21/09    Sat          12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 3:00 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 467     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE/EDT, WAM
Establishes a division of renewable energy in the department of business, economic development, and tourism to coordinate and promote renewable energy initiatives; and establishes a renewable energy business investment earned income tax credit.

SB 1303     RELATING TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE.     ENE/EDT, WAM
Directs the energy resources coordinator to establish a government-industry consortium for funding, research, and development of renewable energy resources.

SB 1065     RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.                                        ENE/EDT, CPN
Exempts NELHA sales of electricity generated from renewable energy sources from regulation by the public utilities commission when those sales are made to users located on adjacent property that is under lease from the State.

SB 1066     RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.                                        ENE/EDT, WAM
Moves natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority to the department of budget and finance for administrative purposes.  Expands the number of directors for NELHA to thirteen.  Modifies appointment process for directors.  Removes requirement that chairperson and secretary of the research advisory committee serve as directors.

ENE/WTL/CPN:

SB 1258     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.     ENE/WTL/CPN, WAM
Establishes comprehensive measures for increasing the production and use of renewable energy in the State.

ENE/WTL:

SB 238     RELATING TO LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS.
ENE/WTL, CPN
Prohibits sale or distribution of any genetically engineered whole food intended for human consumption in the State that does not have a label conspicuously affixed identifying it as a genetically engineered.  Defines "genetically engineered crop," "modern biotechnology," and "genetically engineered whole food."

SB 237     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FISH.  ENE/WTL, CPN
Prohibits the sale of genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products unless for consumption in the State of Hawaii and appropriately labeled as genetically engineered fish or genetically engineered fish products.

ENE:

SB 239     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS. ENE, WTL
Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the production of genetically engineered plants.

SB 709     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.               ENE, WTL
Places a moratorium on the growth of genetically modified taro plants.

SB 1675     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE, CPN
Removes the capacity limit for net energy metering and increases eligible customer-generator capacity to one megawatt.  Permits existing net metered customers to remain with net metering program once alternative credits or compensation mechanisms are created.  Allows an eligible customer-generator to generate up to one hundred kilowatts before the eligible customer-generator must gain public utilities commission approval of safety and performance standards.

SB 461     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE, CPN
Removes the dependency of the price of electrical energy generated from nonfossil fuel sources from the price of energy generated from fossil fuels.

SB 453     RELATING TO THE CONSUMER ADVOCATE.     ENE, CPN
Requires the consumer advocate to advocate for the increased use of renewable energy sources in the provision of public utilities.

SB 464     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    ENE, WAM
Amends the renewable energy technologies income tax credit to make the credit refundable for certain taxpayers, prohibit special allocations of the credit by pass-through entities, and prevents passive activity losses from including a depreciation deduction.

SB 575     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    ENE, WAM
Promotes and encourages the use of renewable energy systems by allowing the income tax credits from photovoltaic energy systems that are purchased, installed, and placed in service in the State during the taxable year to be transferred and sold at a discount to another taxpayer.

SB 1185     RELATING TO A TAX CREDIT FOR THE PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES.                                        ENE, WAM
Provides tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicles.

SB 457     RELATING TO CLEAN FUEL.               ENE, WAM
Provides a tax incentive for the purchase of passenger vehicles or light trucks that operate on clean fuels.

SB 287     RELATING TO ENERGY.                    ENE, WAM
Requires maximum use of geothermal energy on the island of Hawaii to achieve energy self-sufficiency and reduced reliance on imported fossil fuels.  Establishes a pilot program and a tax credit to facilitate the development of infrastructure for the deployment of renewable energy resources, including geothermal resources.

SB 512     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    ENE, WAM
Amends the definition of nameplate capacity for biofuels facilities and revises the allowable tax credit to be equal to 40 cents per gallon of biofuel produced.

SB 1231     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.          ENE, WAM
Makes an appropriation for the relocation and establishment of a pilot plant for the conversion of biomass into liquid transportation fuel and electricity.

SB 558     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.          ENE, CPN
Encourages the use of competitively-priced ethanol produced in Hawaii from locally grown renewable feedstocks or waste materials, when available; specifies that "alternate fuels" shall not include imported fuels.

SB 868     RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.          ENE, CPN
To comprehensively address deficiencies in Hawaii's energy resources coordination statutes.  Provide policy guidance needed to provide adequate detail on the nature and relationship of the energy data analyses functions required of the state energy resources coordinator and energy program.


Rebroadcasts (03:57:04:00)
o     2/16/09    Mon          8:00 am  Channel 53
o     2/20/09    Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 12, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture, & International Affairs (TCI) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Saturday, February 7, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:
HB 681          RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.     TCI, FIN
Requires that not less than      % of moneys allocated to the tourism special fund from the transient accommodations tax be used for tourism product development.

HB 601          RELATING TO THE WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.          TCI, FIN
Allows up to 50% of funds in the works of art special fund to be used for capital improvement projects, the purchase of facilities, and the repair and maintenance of facilities dedicated to the culture and arts.  Removes capital improvement appropriations that are designated for renovation of state buildings from the works of art special fund's 1% transfer requirement.

HB 946          RELATING TO STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS. TCI, FIN
Establishes a state income-tax check-off for the state foundation on culture and the arts.

HB 963     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.               TCI, HAW, FIN
Allows expenditures from works of art special fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

HB 1224     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.          TCI, FIN
Suspends until 6/30/11 the transfer of 1% of each capital improvement project appropriation to the works of special art fund.  Requires that any unexpended and unencumbered moneys in the works of art special fund on 6/30/09 be transferred to the appropriate capital projects fund to be allotted and expended for capital improvement projects.

HB 381          RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII ENDOWMENT FUND.  TCI, FIN
Extends the date on which a $4,000,000 appropriation to the State of Hawaii Endowment Fund (which was authorized pursuant to Act 97, SLH 2006, as amended by Act 156, SLH 2007) is to lapse to the general fund, from June 30, 2009, to June 30, 2011.

HB 506     RELATING TO A MUSEUM ARTIFACT AND ARCHIVAL CONSERVATION SUMMIT.  TCI, FIN
Directs the department of accounting and general services to organize a museum artifact and archival conservation summit.

HB 649          RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.               TCI, WLO, FIN
Transfers funds from the tourism special fund for conservation and restoration projects in east Maui.

Rebroadcasts (02:24:28:10)

o     2/17/09    Tue           4:12 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/17/09    Tue           6:00 pm  Channel 49
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 1247     RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.               EDT, WAM
Sunsets and repeals numerous tax credits over a five-year period beginning on December 31, 2010, and requires the department of taxation to review, evaluate, and report on the various tax credits that are scheduled for repeal.

SB 975     RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT.                                        EDT, WAM
Amends the High Technology Investment credit, also known as Act 221, to provide an aggregate cap on the amount of high technology business investment tax credit issued per year.

SB 1005     RELATING TO PUBLICITY RIGHTS.          EDT, JGO
Establishes property rights in the commercial use of a person's name voice, signature, photograph, or likeness.

SB 1127     RELATING TO STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS. EDT, WAM
Establishes a state income-tax check-off for the state foundation on culture and the arts.

SB 406     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.     EDT, WAM
Allows expenditures from works of art special fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

SB 1607     RELATING TO REGULATION.               EDT, CPN
Exempts the incumbent local exchange carrier from the provisions of chapter 269, HRS, relating to rates, fares, and charges and requires rate filings with the PUC for information purposes only.

SB 1609     RELATING TO COMMUNICATIONS FRAUD.     EDT, JGO
Establishes the offense of communication service fraud in the first and second degrees.  Provides civil remedies.  Authorizes forfeiture.  Establishes evidentiary presumption.  Adds definitions.

Rebroadcasts (01:26:52:00)
o     2/13/09    Fri             5:24 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/17/09   Tue           10:30 am  Channel 53
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 38     RELATING TO TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS OTHER THAN CIGARETTES. HTH, WAM
Increases the tobacco tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 40% to 60% of the wholesale price and deposits 33.3% of the proceeds collected into the community health centers special fund.

SB 847     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Removes sunset clause in Act 131, Session Laws of Hawaii 2005, which contains a repeal date of July 1, 2009, and keeps in place the requirement that an entity engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products obtain a retail tobacco permit.

SB 779     RELATING TO CIGARETTES.               HTH, CPN
Prohibits sale, distribution, and import of purse packs of cigarettes or cigarette packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes per pack.  Defines "purse pack."  Imposed fines.

SB 528     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Makes permanent the retail tobacco permit law.

SB 596     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, CPN
Allows condominium property regimes and cooperative housing corporations to prohibit smoking pursuant to an adoption of a rule.

SB 1040     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, JGO
Prohibits smoking on public beaches, parks, and certain recreational areas during certain community events.

SB 42          RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX LAW.          HTH, WAM
Increases the liquor tax and directs the increased revenues to the health systems special fund.

SB 130     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Establishes limited immunity for seeking medical assistance for victims of drug overdoses.

SB 967     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Makes Hawaii's controlled substance laws consistent with that of federal law and clarifies sections of chapter 329 relating to controlled substances.

SB 429     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING PHARMACIES.     HTH, CPN
Allows remote dispensing pharmacies to operate on islands without a pharmacy, provide medications to patients with health insurance, and dispense controlled substances.

SB 585     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING.          HTH, CPN
Allows persons in remote areas that have no pharmacy to obtain prescription drugs through telepharmacy at a dispensing pharmacy, even if they have health insurance.
    
SB 727     RELATING TO AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.  HTH, JGO
Specifies that any person who provides for an automated external defibrillator training program is generally immune from vicarious civil liability resulting from any act or omission of a Good Samaritan attempting to use the device to resuscitate a person.

SB 1610     RELATING TO MEDICAL ORDERS.               HTH, CPN
Clarifies that, under certain conditions, a physician assistant acts as agent of the supervising physician when issuing a medical order and the order is deemed to be issued by the supervising physician.  Clarifies that, under certain conditions, when following a medical order issued by a physician assistant, a registered nurse follows a medical order issued by the supervising physician for whom the physician assistant acts as agent.  Does not relieve physician assistants or registered nurses from exercising due care in performing within their respective scope of practice.

SB 931     RELATING TO EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATIONS. HTH, JGO
Grants the Department of Health authority to take samples necessary for epidemiologic investigations.

SB 1208     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HTH, CPN
Establishes a licensure program for genetic counselors.

SB 1297          RELATING TO HEALTH.               HTH
Establishes the heart healthy working group to develop a plan to eliminate or drastically reduce the use of trans fats in Hawaii's food preparation and food service industry.

SB 361     RELATING TO SINGLE-USE MEDICAL DEVICES.     HTH, CPN
Requires health care providers to obtain informed consent from patients for use of certain reprocessed medical devices.
Requires director of health to provide oversight and to adopt rules pertaining to reprocessed single-use devices.
    

Rebroadcasts (02:08:57:05)
o     2/17/09    Tue           1:30 pm  Channel 49
o     2/18/09    Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV2)

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 9, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 38     RELATING TO TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS OTHER THAN CIGARETTES. HTH, WAM
Increases the tobacco tax on tobacco products other than cigarettes from 40% to 60% of the wholesale price and deposits 33.3% of the proceeds collected into the community health centers special fund.

SB 847     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Removes sunset clause in Act 131, Session Laws of Hawaii 2005, which contains a repeal date of July 1, 2009, and keeps in place the requirement that an entity engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products obtain a retail tobacco permit.

SB 779     RELATING TO CIGARETTES.               HTH, CPN
Prohibits sale, distribution, and import of purse packs of cigarettes or cigarette packs containing fewer than 20 cigarettes per pack.  Defines "purse pack."  Imposed fines.

SB 528     RELATING TO TOBACCO.                    HTH, WAM
Makes permanent the retail tobacco permit law.

SB 596     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, CPN
Allows condominium property regimes and cooperative housing corporations to prohibit smoking pursuant to an adoption of a rule.

SB 1040     RELATING TO SMOKING.                    HTH, JGO
Prohibits smoking on public beaches, parks, and certain recreational areas during certain community events.

SB 42          RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX LAW.          HTH, WAM
Increases the liquor tax and directs the increased revenues to the health systems special fund.

SB 130     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Establishes limited immunity for seeking medical assistance for victims of drug overdoses.

SB 967     RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.     HTH, JGO
Makes Hawaii's controlled substance laws consistent with that of federal law and clarifies sections of chapter 329 relating to controlled substances.

SB 429     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING PHARMACIES.     HTH, CPN
Allows remote dispensing pharmacies to operate on islands without a pharmacy, provide medications to patients with health insurance, and dispense controlled substances.

SB 585     RELATING TO REMOTE DISPENSING.          HTH, CPN
Allows persons in remote areas that have no pharmacy to obtain prescription drugs through telepharmacy at a dispensing pharmacy, even if they have health insurance.
    
SB 727     RELATING TO AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS.  HTH, JGO
Specifies that any person who provides for an automated external defibrillator training program is generally immune from vicarious civil liability resulting from any act or omission of a Good Samaritan attempting to use the device to resuscitate a person.

SB 1610     RELATING TO MEDICAL ORDERS.               HTH, CPN
Clarifies that, under certain conditions, a physician assistant acts as agent of the supervising physician when issuing a medical order and the order is deemed to be issued by the supervising physician.  Clarifies that, under certain conditions, when following a medical order issued by a physician assistant, a registered nurse follows a medical order issued by the supervising physician for whom the physician assistant acts as agent.  Does not relieve physician assistants or registered nurses from exercising due care in performing within their respective scope of practice.

SB 931     RELATING TO EPIDEMIOLOGIC INVESTIGATIONS. HTH, JGO
Grants the Department of Health authority to take samples necessary for epidemiologic investigations.

SB 1208     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HTH, CPN
Establishes a licensure program for genetic counselors.

SB 1297          RELATING TO HEALTH.               HTH
Establishes the heart healthy working group to develop a plan to eliminate or drastically reduce the use of trans fats in Hawaii's food preparation and food service industry.

SB 361     RELATING TO SINGLE-USE MEDICAL DEVICES.     HTH, CPN
Requires health care providers to obtain informed consent from patients for use of certain reprocessed medical devices.
Requires director of health to provide oversight and to adopt rules pertaining to reprocessed single-use devices.
    

Rebroadcasts (02:08:57:05)
o     2/17/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/18/09    Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, followed by the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
LBR/TIA:

SB 690     RELATING TO INTERGOVERNMENTAL MOVEMENTS. LBR/TIA, WAM
Allows for the exchange or movement of civil service employees between the State and any county, between counties, between the federal government and the State, or between the federal government and any county; provided certain conditions are met.

TIA:
SB 586     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.                    TIA

Allows medium-speed electric vehicles to be operated on roads with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less.

TIA/CPN:
SB 101     RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS BY COUNTIES.     TIA/CPN, JGO
Authorizes the counties to conduct criminal history record checks on taxicab drivers and applicants for taxicab driver's certificates.

SB 698     RELATING TO THE RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE AND TOUR VEHICLE SURCHARGE TAX.     TIA/CPN, WAM
Increases the rental motor vehicle and tour vehicle surcharge tax.

SB 1611     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.                    TIA/CPN, WAM
Increases the state liquid fuel tax; state vehicle registration fee; state vehicle weight fee; and rental motor vehicle surcharge tax.  Provides funding for a six-year comprehensive modernization program.

TIA:
SB 1614  RELATING TO THE PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE SPECIAL FUND.  TIA, WAM
Amends the authorized use of the passenger facility charge special fund to be used for bonds and establishes subaccounts within the special fund for airport capital improvement projects.

SB 1055     RELATING TO HARBORS.                    TIA
Authorizes the department of transportation to adopt rules relating to safety measures, security requirements, and shipping activities in commercial harbors controlled by the State.

SB 1613     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. TIA, JGO
Allows the department of transportation to impose upon private parties using state harbors and airports the duty to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify.

SB 1224     RELATING TO AIRPORT CONCESSIONS.          TIA, WAM
Allows for certain adjustments and modifications to airport concession leases.

SB 1064     RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.     TIA, JGO
Prohibits the sale of new and unused tires that were manufactured more than six years prior to the date of the sale.

SB 483     RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.     TIA, JGO
Amends section 291C-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to correctly reference chapter 291C, HRS.  Makes technical amendments.

SB 15          RELATING TO THE POWER OF ARREST.          TIA, JGO
Updates references to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service and Citizenship and Immigration Services to reflect current names of agencies within the federal Department of Homeland Security.

SB 374     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.          TIA, CPN
Clarifies the prohibition on liquor labeling indicating an origin in Hawaii.  Clarifies the authority of a licensed liquor manufacturer to sell liquor it manufactured on its premises; removes prohibition against the consumption of liquor on the premises of a licensed liquor manufacturer.

SB 300     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.          TIA, CPN
Requires liquor licenses to carry liability insurance as a condition of acquiring and renewing a license.  Requires liquor liability insurers to notify the county liquor commissions upon a termination, rejection, or nonrenewal of a licensee's coverage.

SB 470     RELATING TO LIQUOR.                    TIA, CPN
Makes various administrative, technical amendments to the liquor license and liquor tax laws.

SB 1206     RELATING TO COUNTIES.                    TIA, WAM
Specifies that in a county with a population of at least 500,000 people, a county board may issue revenue bonds in its own name if so authorized under the county charter.

Rebroadcasts (02:20:18:15)
o     2/17/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 53
o     2/19/09    Thu           3:38 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, followed by the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 11, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
LBR/TIA:

SB 690     RELATING TO INTERGOVERNMENTAL MOVEMENTS. LBR/TIA, WAM
Allows for the exchange or movement of civil service employees between the State and any county, between counties, between the federal government and the State, or between the federal government and any county; provided certain conditions are met.

TIA:
SB 586     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.                    TIA

Allows medium-speed electric vehicles to be operated on roads with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less.

TIA/CPN:
SB 101     RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS BY COUNTIES.     TIA/CPN, JGO
Authorizes the counties to conduct criminal history record checks on taxicab drivers and applicants for taxicab driver's certificates.

SB 698     RELATING TO THE RENTAL MOTOR VEHICLE AND TOUR VEHICLE SURCHARGE TAX.     TIA/CPN, WAM
Increases the rental motor vehicle and tour vehicle surcharge tax.

SB 1611     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.                    TIA/CPN, WAM
Increases the state liquid fuel tax; state vehicle registration fee; state vehicle weight fee; and rental motor vehicle surcharge tax.  Provides funding for a six-year comprehensive modernization program.

TIA:
SB 1614  RELATING TO THE PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE SPECIAL FUND.  TIA, WAM
Amends the authorized use of the passenger facility charge special fund to be used for bonds and establishes subaccounts within the special fund for airport capital improvement projects.

SB 1055     RELATING TO HARBORS.                    TIA
Authorizes the department of transportation to adopt rules relating to safety measures, security requirements, and shipping activities in commercial harbors controlled by the State.

SB 1613     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. TIA, JGO
Allows the department of transportation to impose upon private parties using state harbors and airports the duty to defend, hold harmless, and indemnify.

SB 1224     RELATING TO AIRPORT CONCESSIONS.          TIA, WAM
Allows for certain adjustments and modifications to airport concession leases.

SB 1064     RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY.     TIA, JGO
Prohibits the sale of new and unused tires that were manufactured more than six years prior to the date of the sale.

SB 483     RELATING TO THE STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.     TIA, JGO
Amends section 291C-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to correctly reference chapter 291C, HRS.  Makes technical amendments.

SB 15          RELATING TO THE POWER OF ARREST.          TIA, JGO
Updates references to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service and Citizenship and Immigration Services to reflect current names of agencies within the federal Department of Homeland Security.

SB 374     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.          TIA, CPN
Clarifies the prohibition on liquor labeling indicating an origin in Hawaii.  Clarifies the authority of a licensed liquor manufacturer to sell liquor it manufactured on its premises; removes prohibition against the consumption of liquor on the premises of a licensed liquor manufacturer.

SB 300     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.          TIA, CPN
Requires liquor licenses to carry liability insurance as a condition of acquiring and renewing a license.  Requires liquor liability insurers to notify the county liquor commissions upon a termination, rejection, or nonrenewal of a licensee's coverage.

SB 470     RELATING TO LIQUOR.                    TIA, CPN
Makes various administrative, technical amendments to the liquor license and liquor tax laws.

SB 1206     RELATING TO COUNTIES.                    TIA, WAM
Specifies that in a county with a population of at least 500,000 people, a county board may issue revenue bonds in its own name if so authorized under the county charter.

Rebroadcasts (02:20:18:15)
o     2/17/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 53
o     2/19/09    Thu           3:38 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 13, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
SB 1579  RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND. HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates moneys from the emergency budget and reserve fund to maintain levels of programs for education, human services, and health.
[Measure added on 02-06-09]

SB 417     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HMS/HTH, WAM
Establishes reimbursement guidelines for medicaid to hospitals and facilities with long
_term care beds.  Makes appropriation.

SB 1344     RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.                    HMS/HTH, CPN
Requires DHS to include in its request for proposals for QUEST providers various provisions to safeguard against disruption of services that may be caused by positive enrollment.

SB 1191     RELATING TO THE PURCHASES OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.     HMS/HTH, JGO
Specifies that proposals for purchases of health and human services must be submitted by duly licensed providers and for the exact amount to be expended by the State.

SB 917     RELATING TO THIRD PARTY LIABILITY FOR MEDICAID. HMS/HTH, CPN
Ensures State compliance to the P.L. 109-171, the federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), section 6035, that requires the strengthening of the State's ability to identify and obtain payments from third party resources that are legally responsible to pay claims primary to medicaid.

SB 820     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the healthy aging partnership program operated by the executive office on aging.

SB 423     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates money to match federal funds for medicaid.

SB 422     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HMS/HTH, WAM
Appropriates funds to the department of health to provide for continued respite services for family caregivers.

SB 419     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HMS/HTH, WAM
Requires the department of human services to provide presumptive eligibility for medicaid-eligible patients who have been waitlisted for long-term care.

SB 182     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                         HTH/HMS, WAM
Expands the scope of services provided and broadens the definition of children covered by state early intervention services.  Incorporates elements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.  Makes an appropriation.

SB 818     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HTH/HMS, WAM
Requires the department of health and the department of human services to post on their respective websites reports of all inspections of care facilities.  Appropriates funds to the department of health and to the department of human services to prepare to post inspection reports online.

SB 1304     RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.          HTH/HMS, WAM
Provides a general excise tax deferment for 4 years for payments received from medicaid or medicare by for-profit hospitals, that provide services to an annual patient population consisting of 60% or more uninsured, medicaid, and medicare patients.

SB 1310     RELATING TO HEALTHCARE.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Allows patients enrolled in QUEST Expanded Access to receive services through an alternative provider at a community-based medical home.  Makes an appropriation.

SB 791     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                         HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds from general revenues and the temporary assistance for needy families funds for the healthy start program.

SB 817     RELATING TO SENIOR CENTERS.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Makes an appropriation for certain senior centers on Oahu.

SB 821     RELATING TO ELDER CARE.                    HTH/HMS, WAM
Requests the executive office on aging to cooperate with county offices of aging to develop a plan to increase voluntary contributions, procedures for managing waitlists, and policies for implementing a cash and counseling model for service delivery.  Makes an appropriation for the kupuna care program.

SB 824     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.               HTH/HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds to assist with the development of the aging and disability resource center program.

HMS:
SB 134     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                         HMS, JGO
Extends the time the department of human services may assume temporary foster custody of a child without an order of the court from three to five working days to allow for more time to conduct an investigation.  Requires the department to conduct an ohana conference prior to deciding what course of action to take.

SB 190     RELATING TO COMMUNITY CARE FOSTER FAMILY HOME. HMS
Allows a married couple, consisting of two private pay clients who meet certain conditions, to live in the same community care foster family home.  Sunsets 7/1/2011.

SB 809     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                         HMS, WAM
Establishes a task force to coordinate resources for homeless children.  Sunsets on 6/30/13.  Establishes and appropriates funds to the kokua na keiki special fund.  Creates an administrative grant program for the department of human services to award grants for programs that benefit homeless children.

SB 774     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                         HMS, WAM
Appropriates TANF funds for non-school-hour programs; appropriates funds for the Safe Haven after-school program in Hawaii county; establishes a task force on non-school-hour programs; and appropriates general funds for non-school-hour activities and an educational specialist II.

SB 1668     RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.               HMS, WAM
Eases the eligibility requirements for benefits under the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

SB 783     RELATING TO TAXATION.                         HMS, WAM
Creates a state earned income tax credit funded initially with TANF funds.  Restricts the interest charged by tax preparers to clients who claim the earned income tax credit.

SB 790     RELATING TO TAXATION.                         HMS, WAM
Provides a refundable state earned income tax credit equivalent to twenty per cent of the federal earned income tax credit.  Requires the refundable portion of the earned income tax credit to be reimbursed by federal or state temporary assistance for needy families funds.

SB 197     RELATING TO TAXATION.                         HMS, WAM
Provides a tax credit to a caregiver who cares for a qualified care recipient.

SB 789     RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTS. HMS, WAM
Clarifies guidelines for individual development accounts (IDAs) and designates the department of human services or a contracted agency to administer IDAs.  Appropriates funds.

SB 782     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.          HMS, LBR
Establishes eligibility for unemployment insurance.

SB 784     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               HMS, CPN
Requires that tenants of rental property be given sixty days written notice to vacate when the rental property is sold in foreclosure.  Requires that tenants of rental property be notified when foreclosure proceedings have begun on the rental property.

Rebroadcasts (05:15:43:10)
o     2/18/09    Wed          9:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/21/09    Sat          12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 13, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:15 p.m., the Senate Committee on Human Services with the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing at 1:45 p.m., and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) with the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing 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:

SB 572     RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.               HMS/CPN, JGO
Raises to $3,600 the maximum amount of the special assessment for delinquent monthly common assessments that can be charged against a person who purchases a condominium unit.  Expands limitations on association liability for elderly unit owners aging in place to include handicapped and disabled persons.

SB 1110     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.               HMS/CPN, WAM
Implements the long-term care partnership program, allowing individuals who have exhausted their private long-term care insurance coverage to qualify for medicaid coverage for continued long-term care prior to exhausting their resources.

SB 1134     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.               HMS/CPN, WAM
Provides tax credit to resident taxpayers for long-term care insurance premiums at lesser of $2,500 or 50% of the amount of the insurance premium paid.  Prohibits a medical expense deduction for long-term care insurance cost if long-term care tax credit is claimed.

SB 1204     RELATING TO LONG-TERM INSURANCE TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS.          HMS/CPN, WAM
Grants tax credit to small businesses at the lesser of 50% of premiums or $500 per employee for purchase of long-term care insurance for its employees.  Defines small business as businesses employing less than 100 full-time or part-time workers.

SB 1068     RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.               CPN/HMS, JGO
Requires foreclosing lender to give notice to tenants of rental housing units facing foreclosure before tenant may be served with an eviction notice.  Requires landlords to give notice of pending foreclosure to tenants of dwelling units.  Provides remedies.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, February 12, 2009)

SB 790     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Provides a refundable state earned income tax credit equivalent to twenty per cent of the federal earned income tax credit.  Requires the refundable portion of the earned income tax credit to be reimbursed by federal or state temporary assistance for needy families funds.

SB 913     RELATING TO NOTICE OF GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS. HMS, JGO
[Measure added on 2-13-09]
Amends section 560:5-113, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to provide that notice to parents shall not be required if the parents have been served in a proceeding under chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and a permanent plan has been ordered by the Court.

SB 1016     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR BIG ISLAND JUVENILE INTAKE AND ASSESSMENT CENTER.     HMS, WAM     [Measure added on 2-13-09]
Appropriates funds as a grant-in-aid to the county of Hawaii for the juvenile intake and assessment center pilot site in Pahoa, Hawaii.

SB 1210     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.          HMS, JGO
[Measure added on 2-13-09]
Establishes a preference for bidders to government contracts who pledge to hire individuals with disabilities and certain temporary assistance to needy families recipients.

SB 133     RELATING TO UTILITIES.     HMS, CPN     [Measure added on 2-13-09]
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a program to achieve lifeline electricity rates for residential electricity users who are elders with limited income, the handicapped with limited income, and any person with a medical condition who is dependent on a medical device requiring electricity to operate.

1:45 pm:

SB 1095     RELATING TO MEDICAID.                    HMS/JGO, WAM
Requires the department of human services to award medicaid contracts to nonprofit insurance entities only.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:00 pm:

SB 1163     RELATING TO FUNDING OF KEIKI FIRST STEPS TRUST FUND.
ENE/HMS, WAM
Requires distributors that sell and distribute plastic shopping bags to stores for use by consumers to pay to the department of health a fee of 5 cents per shopping bag.  Requires the fees collected to be remitted to the keiki first steps trust fund.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 13, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Informational Briefing on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) Hearing at 2:30 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:

What would happen to Oahu if a category 4 hurricane were to strike Waikiki and downtown Honolulu?  Are we prepared to deal with the destruction and aftermath of this type of natural disaster?

Participants:

     Ed Texeira          Vice-Director of Civil Defense, State of Hawaii
     Melvin Kaku          Director, C&C Department of Emergency Management (fka                     Civil Defense)
     Theodore Born     FEMA Regional IX
     Francis Genco          Booz Allen Hamilton

2:30 pm:

SB 618     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     PSM/HRE, WAM
Grants resident status to veterans for tuition purposes at the University of Hawaii system.

SB 622     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               PSM/HRE, WAM
Provides tuition waivers for children of military personnel disabled, killed in the line of duty, or declared prisoners of war or missing in action.

SB 623     RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE.          PSM/HRE, WAM
Broadens the scope of the tuition assistance to Hawaii national guard members attending the University of Hawaii and appropriates funds for that purpose.

SB 630     RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE.          PSM/HRE, WAM
Broadens the scope of the law that provides tuition assistance to Hawaii national guard members attending the University of Hawaii to include commissioned and general officers, and persons pursuing graduate degrees.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) Hearings will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 910     RELATING TO THE TRANSFER OF HOMELESS PROGRAMS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.     HMS/EDH, WAM
Improves the coordination of homeless programs and services within the Department of Human Services by relocating the state homeless programs from the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to the Benefit, Employment, and Support Services Division.

SB 1182     RELATING TO COMMUNITY SERVICES AND THE STATE HOMELESS PROGRAMS.     HMS/LBR, WAM
Creates the office of homeless and community services under the department of human services and transfers the office of community services from the department of labor and industrial relations and the homeless programs from the Hawaii public housing authority to the department of human services.

SB 1183     RELATING TO DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES.     HMS/LBR, JGO
Amends the definition of disability.  Amends and adds certain definitions to broaden protections against employment disability discrimination in the State.

SB 800     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE STATE COMMISSION ON FATHERHOOD.     HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds for the state commission on fatherhood.

SB 801     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HMS, WTL
Establishes a pilot project to develop and operate statewide emergency care, hanai ohana care, and specialized learning facilities for endangered and disadvantaged children.  Requires the State to lease land at a reduced rate to the department of human services for these purposes.

SB 838     RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.               HMS, JGO
To provide greater protections to victims of domestic violence who the court is already attempting to keep safe through protective orders.

SB 839     RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE.               HMS, JGO
To provide greater protection to our children, this bill amends the offense of promoting child abuse in the second degree to include the possession of particularly violent or egregious child pornography, and it adds mandatory sentencing provisions for serious child abuse offenses.

SB 851     RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT. HMS, JGO
Clarifies that all income withholding payments be sent through the Child Support Enforcement Agency; allows the agency to disburse support by electronic deposit or debit card; allows for electronic copy or facsimile of a signature as proof of service for certified mail; clarifies lien payment and enforcement.

SB 912     RELATING TO PERMANENCY HEARINGS.     HMS, JGO
Amends chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to ensure compliance with federal Title IV-E hearing requirements.

SB 913     RELATING TO NOTICE OF GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS. HMS, JGO
Amends section 560:5-113, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to provide that notice to parents shall not be required if the parents have been served in a proceeding under chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and a permanent plan has been ordered by the Court.

SB 914     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          HMS, WAM
Amends section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding definitions of "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, to be consistent with the new definitions.

SB 915     RELATING TO ASSISTANCE FOR AGED, BLIND, AND PERMANENTLY AND TOTALLY DISABLED PERSONS.          HMS, WAM
Indicates that assistance for eligible aged, blind, and permanently and totally disabled persons is available up to the amount of any legislative appropriation not to exceed the current statutory sixty-two and one-half per cent of the standard of need.

SB 916     RELATING TO GENERAL ASSISTANCE.          HMS, WAM
Places a twelve-month limit on general assistance to households without minor dependents with appropriate exceptions.

SB 918     RELATING TO MEDICAID LIENS.               HMS, JGO
Clarifies existing law so the notice of the intent to place a lien on the real property of a Medicaid recipient will be valid if provided to the recipient or a designated representative of the recipient.

SB 921     RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.          HMS, WAM
Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living.

SB 1006     RELATING TO CHILD WELFARE SERVICES.     HMS, JGO
Adds definitions of "caregiver" and "safe home" to the Child Protective Act.  Clarifies that local customs of caring for children outside the family home by relatives and friends are, where appropriate, available alternatives to the department of human services and the court assuming custody of children.

SB 1014     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR SAFE HAVEN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM.                                        HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds as a grant-in-aid to Hawaii county for the safe haven after school program.

SB 1016     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR BIG ISLAND JUVENILE INTAKE AND ASSESSMENT CENTER.                         HMS, WAM
Appropriates funds as a grant-in-aid to the county of Hawaii for the juvenile intake and assessment center pilot site in Pahoa, Hawaii.

SB 1177     RELATING TO PRENATAL EXPOSURE TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.                                   HMS, JGO
Requires specified persons to report possible non-medical drug or alcohol abuse by a pregnant woman to the department of human services.  Allows voluntary reporting by anyone else.  Requires department of human services to make an assessment and offer services to the pregnant woman.

SB 1189     RELATING TO DRUG TESTING.               HMS, JGO
Requires recipients of general assistance, food stamps, and temporary assistance to submit to drug testing for reasonable cause.

SB 1210     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.     HMS, JGO
Establishes a preference for bidders to government contracts who pledge to hire individuals with disabilities and certain temporary assistance to needy families recipients.

SB 1329     RELATING TO EARLY LEARNING.          HMS, WAM
Authorizes the Hawaii Council of Mayors to name designees for their two representatives on the early learning council; changes the name of the keiki first steps trust fund to the early learning council trust fund and specifies that moneys in the trust fund shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal year.

SB 1330     RELATING TO GENERAL ASSISTANCE.     HMS, WAM
Protects recipients of general assistance from having their benefits reduced by more than 10%.  Requires DHS to allow individuals to receive general assistance benefits for the maximum amount of time permissible under federal law.

SB 133     RELATING TO UTILITIES.                    HMS, CPN
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a program to achieve lifeline electricity rates for residential electricity users who are elders with limited income, the handicapped with limited income, and any person with a medical condition who is dependent on a medical device requiring electricity to operate.

SB 882     MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL. Measure Added on 02-06-09     HMS, WAM
Emergency appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund to replace general funds appropriated for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal year 2008-2009.

SB 883     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL. Measure Added on 02-06-09
HMS, WAM
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund in lieu of general funds for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal biennium 2009-2011.


Rebroadcasts (04:04:21:27)
o     2/18/09 Wed     9:30 am            NATV 53
o     2/24/09 Tue     12:00 am           VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
February 17, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The committee on Ways & Means will be briefed by Bill Pound of the National Conference of State Legislatures on the economic condition of other states and the budget shortfall management strategies being employed by these states.


Rebroadcasts (00:50:22:00)

o     2/18/09 Wed     8:30 am            NATV 53
o     2/20/09 Fri        3:56 am            VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
February 17, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) and the House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, February 13, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.


Agenda:

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance conducted joint informational briefings on all grants-in-aid applications to the 2009 Legislature. On February 13th, the briefing inclulded applicants from Neighbor Islands and Oahu.


Rebroadcasts (03:20:35:00)
o     2/19/09 Thu     11:00 am            FOCUS 49
o     2/25/09 Wed      3:05 am            VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
February 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Public Hearing on Thursday, February 17, 2009, at 8:15 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.

Agenda:

HB 332, HD1     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.          LAB, HUS, FIN
(HSCR37)
Establishes eligibility for unemployment insurance.  (HB332 HD1)

HB 1021     RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE.               HUS, JUD
To provide greater protection to our children, this bill amends the offense of promoting child abuse in the second degree to include the possession of particularly violent or egregious child pornography, and it adds mandatory sentencing provisions for serious child abuse offenses.

HB 1429, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE ABOUT FACE PROGRAM.
(HSCR249)                                        EBM, HUS, FIN
Appropriates TANF funds for Hawaii National Guard About Face family of programs for FY 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  (HB1429 HD1)

HB 1776     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          PBS, HUS, FIN
Requires director of public safety to transmit monthly reports to department of human services (DHS) listing all newly admitted inmates during the previous month to a correctional facility.  Requires DHS to identify inmates who receive public assistance, regardless of the nature of the inmate's offense, to enforce the prohibition of inmates from receiving public assistance.

HR 9          URGING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO NETWORK AND COOPERATE TO SUPPORT FOSTER FAMILIES IN HAWAII.     HUS

HCR 5          URGING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO NETWORK AND COOPERATE TO SUPPORT FOSTER FAMILIES IN HAWAII.     HUS

HR 33          RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MAY AS "FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH", A TIME TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF FOSTER CARE, INCLUDING FOSTER PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES.                                   HUS

HCR 39     RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MAY AS "FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH", A TIME TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF FOSTER CARE, INCLUDING FOSTER PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES.                                   HUS

HR 29          SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGNS TO END MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND ENCOURAGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION IN HAWAII.
HUS

HCR 32     SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGNS TO END MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND ENCOURAGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION IN HAWAII.
HUS

HR 31          REQUESTING RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO SERVE AS SAFE HAVENS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  HUS, JUD

HCR 37     REQUESTING RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO SERVE AS SAFE HAVENS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. HUS, JUD

HR 32          RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 2009 AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.     HUS

HCR 38     RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 2009 AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.          HUS

HR 35          DECLARING APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH.  HUS

HCR 44     DECLARING APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. HUS

HR 37          URGING CONGRESS TO PROTECT FUNDING AND MAINTAIN PROGRAMS, LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES THAT ASSIST VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.     HUS

HCR 46     URGING CONGRESS TO PROTECT FUNDING AND MAINTAIN PROGRAMS, LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES THAT ASSIST VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.          HUS


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

10:00 a.m.
The following bill(s) is for decision-making purposes only to insert substantive provisions into the short form bill.  A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date, at which time testimony will be accepted.

HB 745     RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.               HUS
Short form bill relating to human services.

February 20, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, February 6, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Agenda:
This informational briefing informed the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection and the Committee on Economic Development and Technology on the findings and recommendations of the H.C.R 358 Task Force.

The following parties were invited to participate:

     Eric Knutzen, Chair, H.C.R 358 Task Force
     Cable Television Division, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
     Na Leo 'O Hawaii, Inc.
     Ho'ike Kauai Community Television, Inc.
     Akaku Maui Community Television
     'Olelo Community Television


Rebroadcasts (01:02:57:10)
o     2/20/09  Fri             8:00 am  Channel 49
o     2/26/09  Thu         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, February 13, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE:
(Deferred from Monday, February 2, 2009)

SB 733     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               EDH, WAM
Clarifies the law for determining school impact fees for financing new or expanding existing DOE schools or facilities.

EDH/WTL:

SB 1268     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.          WTL/EDH, TIA
Permits the department of Hawaiian home lands to receive and subsequently assign, transfer, or exchange county affordable housing credits.

SB 729     RELATING TO RENTAL HOUSING.               EDH/WTL, WAM
Increases permanently the percentage of the conveyance tax paid into the rental housing trust fund from the current allocation of thirty per cent to sixty-five per cent.

SB 1350     RELATING TO KAKAAKO.                    EDH/WTL, JGO
Increases the reserved housing requirement for a planned development on a lot of at least 1 acre in the Kakaako community development district, mauka area.

SB 1277     RELATING TO HOUSING.                    EDH/WTL, WAM
Increases incentives for the development of affordable housing in Hawaii.

EDH:

SB 792     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to adopt rules to prohibit school bullying and cyberbullying.  Makes appropriation.

SB 813     RELATING TO SCHOOL LUNCHES.          EDH, WAM
Requires public school cafeterias to serve fresh local produce at lunch at least once each week.

SB 288     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH
Bans the sale of soft drinks in public school vending machines.

SB 802     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH, WAM
Requires DOE to include a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on school grounds in its plans for all new elementary schools and to implement an ongoing program to provide a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on the grounds of existing elementary schools.
SB 360     RELATING TO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.     EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to allow children who are home schooled to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school they would otherwise be required to attend.

SB 797     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSES AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS STATEWIDE.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses in Hawaii public schools that limit or do not offer these courses.

SB 1300     RELATING TO THE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS. EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for 6 instructor positions for JROTC programs in high schools in the State.

SB 808     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII TEACHER CADET PROGRAM.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii teacher cadet program.

SB 798     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.     EDH, JGO
Codifies the selection of the student member of the board of education in statute; clarifies that the board of education may determine any restrictions on actions taken by the student member; requires that the Act take effect upon the ratification of a constitutional amendment to require that the student member of the board of education shall be a voting member who is selected as provided by law.

SB 799     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CLARIFY THE SELECTION OF THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.               EDH, JGO
Proposes a constitutional amendment to article x, section 2, of the State constitution to clarify the selection of the student member of the board of education.

SB 792     RELATING TO EDUCATION.               EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to adopt rules to prohibit school bullying and cyberbullying.  Makes appropriation.

SB 813     RELATING TO SCHOOL LUNCHES.          EDH, WAM
Requires public school cafeterias to serve fresh local produce at lunch at least once each week.

SB 288     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH
Bans the sale of soft drinks in public school vending machines.

SB 802     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.                    EDH, WAM
Requires DOE to include a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on school grounds in its plans for all new elementary schools and to implement an ongoing program to provide a shaded play area or areas of reasonable size on the grounds of existing elementary schools.

SB 360     RELATING TO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.     EDH, WAM
Requires the department of education to allow children who are home schooled to participate in extracurricular activities at the public school they would otherwise be required to attend.

SB 797     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COURSES AT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS STATEWIDE.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses in Hawaii public schools that limit or do not offer these courses.

SB 1300     RELATING TO THE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS. EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for 6 instructor positions for JROTC programs in high schools in the State.

SB 808     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE HAWAII TEACHER CADET PROGRAM.                                        EDH, WAM
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii teacher cadet program.

SB 798     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.     EDH, JGO
Codifies the selection of the student member of the board of education in statute; clarifies that the board of education may determine any restrictions on actions taken by the student member; requires that the Act take effect upon the ratification of a constitutional amendment to require that the student member of the board of education shall be a voting member who is selected as provided by law.

SB 799     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CLARIFY THE SELECTION OF THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.               EDH, JGO
Proposes a constitutional amendment to article x, section 2, of the State constitution to clarify the selection of the student member of the board of education.

SB 807     RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.          EDH/ENE, WAM
Appropriates funds to the public school system to establish a recycling program and provide recycling bins on every school campus.


Rebroadcasts (04:04:49:13)
o     2/20/09  Fri             9:30 am  Channel 49
o     2/26/09  Thu           1:03 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) Hearing at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Hearing at 3:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
What would happen to Oahu if a category 4 hurricane were to strike Waikiki and downtown Honolulu?  Are we prepared to deal with the destruction and aftermath of this type of natural disaster?

Participants:

     Ed Texeira          Vice-Director of Civil Defense, State of Hawaii
     Melvin Kaku          Director, C&C Department of Emergency Management (fka                     Civil Defense)
     Theodore Born     FEMA Regional IX
     Francis Genco          Booz Allen Hamilton

2:30 pm:

SB 618     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     PSM/HRE, WAM
Grants resident status to veterans for tuition purposes at the University of Hawaii system.

SB 622     RELATING TO EDUCATION.                    PSM/HRE, WAM
Provides tuition waivers for children of military personnel disabled, killed in the line of duty, or declared prisoners of war or missing in action.

SB 623     RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE.          PSM/HRE, WAM
Broadens the scope of the tuition assistance to Hawaii national guard members attending the University of Hawaii and appropriates funds for that purpose.

SB 630     RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE.          PSM/HRE, WAM
Broadens the scope of the law that provides tuition assistance to Hawaii national guard members attending the University of Hawaii to include commissioned and general officers, and persons pursuing graduate degrees.

2/17/09 HTH/PSM

3:30 pm:

SB 418 RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
Amends the term "medical marijuana" to "medical cannabis"; transfers the administration of the program from the department of public safety to the department of health; authorizes a registration fee of $50; establishes the medical cannabis advisory board; provides for the department of health to license producers to dispense medical cannabis.

SB 1212 RELATING TO VETERANS.
Transfers Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home from department of health, Hawaii health
systems corporation, to department of defense, office of veterans' services
.

Rebroadcasts (03:13:24:00)
o     2/24/09  Tue           8:00 am  Channel 53
o     2/27/09  Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 8:15 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HB 332, HD1     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.          LAB, HUS, FIN
(HSCR37)
Establishes eligibility for unemployment insurance.  (HB332 HD1)

HB 1021     RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE.               HUS, JUD
To provide greater protection to our children, this bill amends the offense of promoting child abuse in the second degree to include the possession of particularly violent or egregious child pornography, and it adds mandatory sentencing provisions for serious child abuse offenses.

HB 1429, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE ABOUT FACE PROGRAM.
(HSCR249)                                        EBM, HUS, FIN
Appropriates TANF funds for Hawaii National Guard About Face family of programs for FY 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  (HB1429 HD1)

HB 1776     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          PBS, HUS, FIN
Requires director of public safety to transmit monthly reports to department of human services (DHS) listing all newly admitted inmates during the previous month to a correctional facility.  Requires DHS to identify inmates who receive public assistance, regardless of the nature of the inmate's offense, to enforce the prohibition of inmates from receiving public assistance.

HR 9     URGING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO NETWORK AND COOPERATE TO SUPPORT FOSTER FAMILIES IN HAWAII.     HUS

HCR 5     URGING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO NETWORK AND COOPERATE TO SUPPORT FOSTER FAMILIES IN HAWAII.     HUS

HR 33     RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MAY AS "FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH," A TIME TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF FOSTER CARE, INCLUDING FOSTER PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES.                                   HUS

HCR 39     RECOGNIZING THE MONTH OF MAY AS "FOSTER CARE AWARENESS MONTH", A TIME TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE VARIOUS COMPONENTS OF FOSTER CARE, INCLUDING FOSTER PARENTS, CHILDREN, AND FAMILIES.                                   HUS

HR 29     SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGNS TO END MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND ENCOURAGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION IN HAWAII.
HUS

HCR 32     SUPPORTING INTERNATIONAL WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGNS TO END MEN'S VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND ENCOURAGING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A WHITE RIBBON CAMPAIGN ORGANIZATION IN HAWAII.
HUS

HR 31     REQUESTING RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO SERVE AS SAFE HAVENS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.  HUS, JUD

HCR 37     REQUESTING RELIGIOUS AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO SERVE AS SAFE HAVENS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. HUS, JUD

HR 32     RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 2009 AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.     HUS

HCR 38     RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 2009 AS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH.          HUS

HR 35     DECLARING APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH.  HUS

HCR 44     DECLARING APRIL AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. HUS

HR 37     URGING CONGRESS TO PROTECT FUNDING AND MAINTAIN PROGRAMS, LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES THAT ASSIST VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.     HUS

HCR 46     URGING CONGRESS TO PROTECT FUNDING AND MAINTAIN PROGRAMS, LAWS, REGULATIONS, AND POLICIES THAT ASSIST VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.          HUS

10:00 a.m.
The following bill(s) is for decision-making purposes only to insert substantive provisions into the short form bill.  A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date, at which time testimony will be accepted.

HB 745     RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.               HUS
Short form bill relating to human services.

Rebroadcasts (01:12:26:05)
o     2/20/09  Fri             2:00 pm  Channel 49
o     2/26/09  Thu           5:08 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPC) and the House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) Public Hearing on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., followed by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPC) Public Hearing at 2:15 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 54 (VIEWS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

HB 202, HD1     RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.          HSG, CPC/JUD
(HSCR431)
Provides for notice to tenants of rental properties that are foreclosed upon.  (HB202 HD1)

HB 812, HD1     RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.     HUS, CPC/JUD
(HSCR316)
Allows a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or harassment by stalking to terminate his or her rental agreement. (HB812 HD1)

HB 808     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, CPC/JUD
(HSCR57)
Makes amendments to clarify the support and expansion of new technology in the use of telemedicine; clarifies that telehealth is within the scope of a physician's practice.

HB 1213, HD1     RELATING TO DENTISTRY.          HLT, CPC/JUD
(HSCR465)
Grants the Board of Dental Examiners the power to issue cease and desist orders for the unlicensed practice of dentistry.  (HB1213 HD1)

HB 1611, HD1     RELATING TO LABELING OF MEAT AND FISH PRODUCTS.
(HSCR 448)                                        HLT, CPC/JUD
Requires truthful labeling of meat and fish that has been gas-treated. (HB1611 HD1)

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


DECISION MAKING ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE:
Previously heard on Monday, February 02, 2009.
No public testimony will be accepted.

HB 233     RELATING TO THE MORTGAGE RESCUE FRAUD PREVENTION ACT.
CPC/JUD
Excludes licensed real estate brokers and salespersons from the definition of distressed property consultants in the Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act.  Prohibits certain conduct relating to the acquisition of an ownership interest in distressed property by licensed real estate brokers and salespersons.

HB 1032     RELATING TO NOTARY PUBLIC SEALS.          CPC
Requires a notary public to include on the notary public's stamp or seal the notary public's commission number.
    
HB 1070     RELATING TO THE CODE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.     CPC
Amends and updates Hawaii's Code of Financial Institutions to address temporary office relocations and to place prudent limits on certain kinds of investments by financial institutions.
    
HB 1075     RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    CPC
Updates references in Article 10H of the Insurance Code governing long-term care insurance.
    
HB 244     RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.               AGR, CPC
(HSCR345)
Directs public utilities to establish discounted rates for providing services used for agricultural activities located in agricultural districts
    
HB 591     RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.          EEP/AGR, CPC
(HSCR478)
Authorizes a preferential rate for electricity purchased by electric utilities from renewable energy producers that are associated with agricultural activities.
    
HB 1270, HD1     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.     EEP, CPC
(HSCR299)
Deletes avoided cost by a utility in determining a just and reasonable rate for nonfossil fuel generated electricity.  (HB1270 HD1)
    
HB 267, HD1     RELATING TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE RENTAL INDUSTRY.
(HSCR394)                                        TRN, CPC
Allows the transportation of rental cars by any water carrier authorized to transport vehicles interisland by the State PUC; provided that the water carrier has a written contract with the owner of the rental car. (HB267 HD1)
    
HB 1208, HD1     RELATING TO DENTAL CARE.          HLT, CPC
(HSCR466)
Requires health insurers and like entities who offer dental coverage to declare and execute their coordination of dental benefits policy to insureds and their counterparts.  (HB1208 HD1)

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


DECISION MAKING ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE:
Previously heard on Wednesday, February 04, 2009.
No public testimony will be accepted.

HB 1602     RELATING TO APPRAISALS.                    CPC
Requires a real estate appraiser to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice when acting as an appraiser or arbitrator in an arbitration to determine the value or rental of real estate.


February 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Public Hearing on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 3:00 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:

SB 166     RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    HTH/CPN
Requires health insurance providers to provide parity of coverage for oral and intravenous chemotherapy.

SB 591     RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    HTH/CPN
Requires insurers that offer health care coverage to the regular employees of any group or association to offer the same coverage to part-time employees working at least 15 hours per week.  Requires the insurance commissioner to report to the legislature on cost-benefit.

SB 430     RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.          HTH/CPN
Mandates health insurance coverage to screen for colorectal cancer by colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50.

SB 794     RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HTH/CPN
Requires health insurance providers to cover weight management and obesity prevention, evaluation, and guidance services for children.

SB 795     RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.          HTH/CPN
Requires all health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide mandatory coverage for all policyholders, members, subscribers, and individuals from birth to age three for medically necessary early intervention services.

SB 940     RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    HTH/CPN
Requires direct payment to the State for provision of pre-hospital ambulance treatment and transport services.

SB 1077     RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.          HTH/CPN
Establishes a temporary preventative health care task force to develop a plan to encourage health insurance providers to offer preventative health care plans to its members, enrollees, or new applicants.

SB 171     RELATING TO THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.     HTH/CPN
Amends the patients' bill of rights by prohibiting certain unfair or deceptive business practices by managed care plans, such as canceling, denying, or nonrenewing an enrollment or subscription because of a person's health status; prohibits rates for any individual that exceed 200% of the standard group rate.

SB 588     RELATING TO NONGOVERNMENT HEALTH PLAN PAYMENTS TO CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS AND FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS.     HTH/CPN
Requires health plans other than government payers, mutual and fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to pay: (1) critical access hospitals no less than 101% of costs for services; and (2) federally qualified health centers no less than their respective prospective payment system rates.

SB 1220     RELATING TO THE HAWAII MEDICAL BOARD.     HTH/CPN
Affirmatively requires Hawaii medical board to adopt rules in accordance with the administrative procedure law.  Prohibits the issuing of statements that prescribe, interpret, or implement law or policy that lack a sound and demonstrable source of statutory authority.  Makes such statements void as against public policy.

SB 1264     RELATING TO MEDICAL TREATMENT.          HTH/CPN
Requires the Hawaii medical board to collect and publish information about physicians licensed in the State to allow consumers to make informed decisions in selecting physicians.

SCR 26     REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO ASSESS THE SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL EFFECTS OF REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR COLONOSCOPY COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING.     CPN/HTH, WAM


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 20, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 10:00 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.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss ways to strengthen partnerships among federal, state, and private initiatives to reduce the impact of domestic violence and drug abuse in Hawaii.  The briefing will focus on building strategies to empower our communities.  Family services will also be discussed as well as Healthy Start programs for at-risk families.

The following organizations or representatives have been invited to participate:

The Direct of the Department of Human Services or her designee; and

A Representative from Healthy Start Program; and

A Representative from the Hawaii Children's Trust Fund; and

William Haning, MD, from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; and

The Honolulu Police Chief or his designee; and

The National Methamphetamine Training & Technical Assistance Center
Priscilla Lisicich, Co-Director
Terri Schmidt-Whelan, Co-Director
Ed Gomes, Regional Center Coordinator; and

John Neiswender, Chief Financial Officer, Pierce County Alliance (attending only); and

Alan Johnson, CEO Hina Mauka; and

A Representative from the State Attorney General; and

A Representative from the City Prosecutor.

No public testimony will be accepted.
February 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 1:15 p.m., the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) with the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing at 1:45 p.m., and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) with the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing at 2:00 p.m., and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) with the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Hearing at 2:15 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 572     RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.               HMS/CPN, JGO
Raises to $3,600 the maximum amount of the special assessment for delinquent monthly common assessments that can be charged against a person who purchases a condominium unit.  Expands limitations on association liability for elderly unit owners aging in place to include handicapped and disabled persons.

SB 1110     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.               HMS/CPN, WAM
Implements the long-term care partnership program, allowing individuals who have exhausted their private long-term care insurance coverage to qualify for medicaid coverage for continued long-term care prior to exhausting their resources.

SB 1134     RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE.               HMS/CPN, WAM
Provides tax credit to resident taxpayers for long-term care insurance premiums at lesser of $2,500 or 50% of the amount of the insurance premium paid.  Prohibits a medical expense deduction for long-term care insurance cost if long-term care tax credit is claimed.

SB 1204     RELATING TO LONG-TERM INSURANCE TAX CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS.                                        HMS/CPN, WAM
Grants tax credit to small businesses at the lesser of 50% of premiums or $500 per employee for purchase of long-term care insurance for its employees.  Defines small business as businesses employing less than 100 full-time or part-time workers.

SB 1068     RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.               CPN/HMS, JGO
Requires foreclosing lender to give notice to tenants of rental housing units facing foreclosure before tenant may be served with an eviction notice.  Requires landlords to give notice of pending foreclosure to tenants of dwelling units.  Provides remedies.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, February 12, 2009)

SB 790     RELATING TO TAXATION.                    HMS, WAM
Provides a refundable state earned income tax credit equivalent to twenty per cent of the federal earned income tax credit.  Requires the refundable portion of the earned income tax credit to be reimbursed by federal or state temporary assistance for needy families funds.

SB 913     RELATING TO NOTICE OF GUARDIANSHIP PROCEEDINGS. HMS, JGO
[Measure added on 2-13-09]
Amends section 560:5-113, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to provide that notice to parents shall not be required if the parents have been served in a proceeding under chapter 587, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and a permanent plan has been ordered by the Court.

SB 1016     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR BIG ISLAND JUVENILE INTAKE AND ASSESSMENT CENTER.     HMS, WAM     [Measure added on 2-13-09]
Appropriates funds as a grant-in-aid to the county of Hawaii for the juvenile intake and assessment center pilot site in Pahoa, Hawaii.

SB 1210     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.          HMS, JGO
[Measure added on 2-13-09]
Establishes a preference for bidders to government contracts who pledge to hire individuals with disabilities and certain temporary assistance to needy families recipients.

SB 133     RELATING TO UTILITIES.     HMS, CPN     [Measure added on 2-13-09]
Requires the public utilities commission to implement a program to achieve lifeline electricity rates for residential electricity users who are elders with limited income, the handicapped with limited income, and any person with a medical condition who is dependent on a medical device requiring electricity to operate.

1:45 pm:

SB 1095     RELATING TO MEDICAID.                    HMS/JGO, WAM
Requires the department of human services to award medicaid contracts to nonprofit insurance entities only.

2:00 pm:

SB 1163     RELATING TO FUNDING OF KEIKI FIRST STEPS TRUST FUND.     ENE/HMS, WAM
Requires distributors that sell and distribute plastic shopping bags to stores for use by consumers to pay to the department of health a fee of 5 cents per shopping bag.  Requires the fees collected to be remitted to the keiki first steps trust fund.

2:15 pm:

SB 905     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES.     LBR/HMS, WAM
Transfers the Office of Community Services from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to the Department of Human Services.

Rebroadcasts (01:53:57:20)
o     2/24/09  Tue         12:00 pm  Channel 53
o     2/27/09  Fri             3:43 am  Channel 54  (HITS overnight)
February 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operation (JGO) Public Hearing on Tuesday, February 24, 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.

Agenda:

HB 444, HD1     RELATING TO CIVIL UNIONS.               JGO
(HSCR157)
Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union. (HB444 HD1)


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPC) and the House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 2:00 p.m., followed by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce (CPC) Public Hearing at 2:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HB 202, HD1     RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.          HSG, CPC/JUD
(HSCR431)
Provides for notice to tenants of rental properties that are foreclosed upon.  (HB202 HD1)

HB 812, HD1     RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.     HUS, CPC/JUD
(HSCR316)
Allows a tenant who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or harassment by stalking to terminate his or her rental agreement. (HB812 HD1)

HB 808     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, CPC/JUD
(HSCR57)
Makes amendments to clarify the support and expansion of new technology in the use of telemedicine; clarifies that telehealth is within the scope of a physician's practice.

HB 1213, HD1     RELATING TO DENTISTRY.          HLT, CPC/JUD
(HSCR465)
Grants the Board of Dental Examiners the power to issue cease and desist orders for the unlicensed practice of dentistry.  (HB1213 HD1)

HB 1611, HD1     RELATING TO LABELING OF MEAT AND FISH PRODUCTS.
(HSCR 448)                                        HLT, CPC/JUD
Requires truthful labeling of meat and fish that has been gas-treated. (HB1611 HD1)

DECISION MAKING ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE:
Previously heard on Monday, February 02, 2009.
No public testimony will be accepted.

HB 233     RELATING TO THE MORTGAGE RESCUE FRAUD PREVENTION ACT.
CPC/JUD
Excludes licensed real estate brokers and salespersons from the definition of distressed property consultants in the Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Fraud Prevention Act.  Prohibits certain conduct relating to the acquisition of an ownership interest in distressed property by licensed real estate brokers and salespersons.

HB 1032     RELATING TO NOTARY PUBLIC SEALS.          CPC
Requires a notary public to include on the notary public's stamp or seal the notary public's commission number.
    
HB 1070     RELATING TO THE CODE OF FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.     CPC
Amends and updates Hawaii's Code of Financial Institutions to address temporary office relocations and to place prudent limits on certain kinds of investments by financial institutions.
    
HB 1075     RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    CPC
Updates references in Article 10H of the Insurance Code governing long-term care insurance.
    
HB 244     RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.               AGR, CPC
(HSCR345)
Directs public utilities to establish discounted rates for providing services used for agricultural activities located in agricultural districts
    
HB 591     RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.          EEP/AGR, CPC
(HSCR478)
Authorizes a preferential rate for electricity purchased by electric utilities from renewable energy producers that are associated with agricultural activities.
    
HB 1270, HD1     RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.     EEP, CPC
(HSCR299)
Deletes avoided cost by a utility in determining a just and reasonable rate for nonfossil fuel generated electricity.  (HB1270 HD1)
    
HB 267, HD1     RELATING TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE RENTAL INDUSTRY.
(HSCR394)                                        TRN, CPC
Allows the transportation of rental cars by any water carrier authorized to transport vehicles interisland by the State PUC; provided that the water carrier has a written contract with the owner of the rental car. (HB267 HD1)
    
HB 1208, HD1     RELATING TO DENTAL CARE.          HLT, CPC
(HSCR466)
Requires health insurers and like entities who offer dental coverage to declare and execute their coordination of dental benefits policy to insureds and their counterparts.  (HB1208 HD1)

DECISION MAKING ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE:
Previously heard on Wednesday, February 04, 2009.
No public testimony will be accepted.

HB 1602     RELATING TO APPRAISALS.                    CPC
Requires a real estate appraiser to comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice when acting as an appraiser or arbitrator in an arbitration to determine the value or rental of real estate.

Rebroadcasts (02:24:41:15)
o     2/27/09    Fri             8:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     3/3/09      Tue         12:00 am  VIEW (HITS)
February 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 3:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

SB 166          RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    HTH/CPN
Requires health insurance providers to provide parity of coverage for oral and intravenous chemotherapy.

SB 591          RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    HTH/CPN
Requires insurers that offer health care coverage to the regular employees of any group or association to offer the same coverage to part-time employees working at least 15 hours per week.  Requires the insurance commissioner to report to the legislature on cost-benefit.

SB 430          RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.          HTH/CPN
Mandates health insurance coverage to screen for colorectal cancer by colonoscopy every 10 years, beginning at age 50.

SB 794          RELATING TO HEALTH.                         HTH/CPN
Requires health insurance providers to cover weight management and obesity prevention, evaluation, and guidance services for children.

SB 795          RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.          HTH/CPN
Requires all health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide mandatory coverage for all policyholders, members, subscribers, and individuals from birth to age three for medically necessary early intervention services.

SB 940          RELATING TO INSURANCE.                    HTH/CPN
Requires direct payment to the State for provision of pre-hospital ambulance treatment and transport services.

SB 1077     RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.               HTH/CPN
Establishes a temporary preventative health care task force to develop a plan to encourage health insurance providers to offer preventative health care plans to its members, enrollees, or new applicants.

SB 171          RELATING TO THE PATIENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.     HTH/CPN
Amends the patients' bill of rights by prohibiting certain unfair or deceptive business practices by managed care plans, such as canceling, denying, or nonrenewing an enrollment or subscription because of a person's health status; prohibits rates for any individual that exceed 200% of the standard group rate.

SB 588          RELATING TO NONGOVERNMENT HEALTH PLAN PAYMENTS TO CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS AND FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS.     HTH/CPN
Requires health plans other than government payers, mutual and fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to pay: (1) critical access hospitals no less than 101% of costs for services; and (2) federally qualified health centers no less than their respective prospective payment system rates.

SB 1220     RELATING TO THE HAWAII MEDICAL BOARD.     HTH/CPN
Affirmatively requires Hawaii medical board to adopt rules in accordance with the administrative procedure law.  Prohibits the issuing of statements that prescribe, interpret, or implement law or policy that lack a sound and demonstrable source of statutory authority.  Makes such statements void as against public policy.

SB 1264     RELATING TO MEDICAL TREATMENT.          HTH/CPN
Requires the Hawaii medical board to collect and publish information about physicians licensed in the State to allow consumers to make informed decisions in selecting physicians.

SCR 26     REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO ASSESS THE SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL EFFECTS OF REQUIRING HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR COLONOSCOPY COLORECTAL CANCER SCREENING.     CPN/HTH, WAM

Rebroadcasts (02:24:57:00)
o     2/26/09    Thu         11:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     2/28/09    Sat           2:49 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)


February 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS), the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the House Committee on Health (HLT), and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss ways to strengthen partnerships among federal, state, and private initiatives to reduce the impact of domestic violence and drug abuse in Hawaii.  The briefing focused on building strategies to empower our communities.  Family services were discussed as well as Healthy Start programs for at-risk families.

The following organizations or representatives have been invited to participate:

The Direct of the Department of Human Services or her designee; and

A Representative from Healthy Start Program; and

A Representative from the Hawaii Children's Trust Fund; and

William Haning, MD, from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine; and

The Honolulu Police Chief or his designee; and

The National Methamphetamine Training & Technical Assistance Center
Priscilla Lisicich, Co-Director
Terri Schmidt-Whelan, Co-Director
Ed Gomes, Regional Center Coordinator; and

John Neiswender, Chief Financial Officer, Pierce County Alliance (attending only); and

Alan Johnson, CEO Hina Mauka; and

A Representative from the State Attorney General; and

A Representative from the City Prosecutor.

Rebroadcasts (02:43:05:00)
o     2/26/09    Thu           8:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     2/28/09    Sat          12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
February 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 1:15 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:

GM 367     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, ANITA  DIMAURO, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA

GM 368     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Harbors Modernization Group, Gubernatorial Nominee, EDWARD W. ENOS JR., for a term to expire 6-30-2010.     TIA

GM 369     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Commission on Transportation, Gubernatorial Nominee, OWEN  MIYAMOTO, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA

GM 370     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawai'i Sister State Committee, Gubernatorial Nominee, ANITA MAE K. NAONE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA

GM 371     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Harbors Modernization Group, Gubernatorial Nominee, GARY J. NORTH, for a term to expire 6-30-2012.     TIA

GM 431     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, EVAN K. CHING, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

GM 432     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, CHARLES M. HIRATA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

GM 433     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, GEORGE L. KEKUNA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

GM 434     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, MITCHELL S. NAKAGAWA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:45 pm

SB 241, SD1     RELATING TO ENERGY.                    ENE/EDH, TIA
(SSCR66)
Establishes specific performance standards and mandates the use of cool roofs on all new residential and commercial construction in Hawaii beginning in 2011.  (SD1)

SB 440, SD1     RELATING TO COUNTIES.               EDH, TIA
(SSCR114)
Requires counties to accept or reject a public infrastructure dedication, under specified conditions, as part of an affordable housing project, or the infrastructure is deemed dedicated.  (SD1)

SB 552          RELATING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT VEHICLES.     ENE, TIA
(SSCR368)
Requires all newly purchased or leased light-duty vehicles to have fuel economy of at least 18 miles per gallon.

SB 564, SD1     RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION.          PSM, TIA
(SSCR274)
Makes discretionary, rather than mandatory, fire inspections conducted by the county fire chiefs.  Provides that frequency of inspections of buildings other than public schools shall be an unspecified number of years as deemed practicable or necessary rather than every 2 years.  (SD1)

SB 936          RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CERTIFICATES. HTH, TIA
(SSCR305)
Repeals the requirement for a sanitation certificate to be issued for county business licenses for the operation of a lodging or tenement house, group home, group residence, group living arrangement, hotel, or boarding house.  The City and County of Honolulu no longer requires business licenses for these facilities because of Act 35, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, so the sanitation certificate is unnecessary for Oahu.  The counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii never required a sanitation certificate for these types of businesses.

SB 1268, SD1     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.     WTL/EDH, TIA
(SSCR119)
Permits the department of Hawaiian home lands to assign or transfer county affordable housing credits.  (SD1)

SB 295          RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.          ENE, TIA
(SSCR366)
Provides that high occupancy vehicle lanes may be used by hybrid and other energy-efficient vehicles, regardless of the number of occupants.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
February 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 2:45 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:

GM 254     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, ROBERT D. HAUFF, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 435     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, PAULA J. HEGELE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 438     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, WESLEY OTANI, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.
WTL

SB 239, SD1     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS.     ENE, WTL
(SSCR193)
Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the production of genetically engineered plants.  (SD1)

SB 367, SD1     RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION AND COASTAL AREAS PROGRAMS.     EDT, WTL
(SSCR426)
Deletes the twenty year maximum period for issuance of permit for commercial thrill craft and parasailing activities.  (SD1)

SB 645, SD1     RELATING TO KAKAAKO.          EDH, WTL
(SSCR183)
Increases the reserved housing requirement for a planned development to twenty-five per cent of floor space in the Kakaako community development district, mauka area for lots 80,000 square feet or more in size.  (SD1)


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 25, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 1:15 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:

The Department of Human Services has been requested to provide a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community will commence thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

    

February 26, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     The House Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs (TCI) hearing on Saturday, February 2, 2009, at 9:00 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.

Agenda:

HB 135 
RELATING TO THE STATE INSECT.
Designates the Kamehameha butterfly as the state insect.

HB 813 
RELATING TO LANGUAGE ACCESS.
Designates the month of September as "language access month" to promote awareness of language access for government services and to emphasize the importance of and the need for language access in Hawaii.

February 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operation (JGO) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HB 444, HD1     RELATING TO CIVIL UNIONS.               JGO
(HSCR157)
Extends the same rights, benefits, protections, and responsibilities of spouses in a marriage to partners in a civil union. (HB444 HD1)


Rebroadcasts (15:40:49:26)
o     3/5/09   Thu       12:03 am           Channel 49
o     3/6/09   Fri        12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS) - Tapes 1 - 3
o     3/7/09   Sat       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS) - Tapes 4 - 6
o     3/10/09 Tue       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS) - Tapes 7 - 8
February 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

GM 254     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, ROBERT D. HAUFF, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 435     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, PAULA J. HEGELE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 438     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, WESLEY OTANI, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.
WTL

SB 239, SD1     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS.     ENE, WTL
(SSCR193)
Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the production of genetically engineered plants.  (SD1)

SB 367, SD1     RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION AND COASTAL AREAS PROGRAMS.     EDT, WTL
(SSCR426)
Deletes the twenty year maximum period for issuance of permit for commercial thrill craft and parasailing activities.  (SD1)

SB 645, SD1     RELATING TO KAKAAKO.     EDH, WTL
(SSCR183)
Increases the reserved housing requirement for a planned development to twenty-five per cent of floor space in the Kakaako community development district, mauka area for lots 80,000 square feet or more in size.  (SD1)


Rebroadcasts (02:22:41:00)

o     3/2/09      Mon        12:30 pm  Channel 53
o     3/3/09      Tue           2:34 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

GM 254     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, ROBERT D. HAUFF, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 435     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, PAULA J. HEGELE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 438     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, WESLEY OTANI, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.
WTL

SB 239, SD1     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS.     ENE, WTL
(SSCR193)
Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the production of genetically engineered plants.  (SD1)

SB 367, SD1     RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION AND COASTAL AREAS PROGRAMS.     EDT, WTL
(SSCR426)
Deletes the twenty year maximum period for issuance of permit for commercial thrill craft and parasailing activities.  (SD1)

SB 645, SD1     RELATING TO KAKAAKO.                         EDH, WTL
(SSCR183)
Increases the reserved housing requirement for a planned development to twenty-five per cent of floor space in the Kakaako community development district, mauka area for lots 80,000 square feet or more in size.  (SD1)


Rebroadcasts (02:22:41:00)

o     3/3/09      Tue         2:34 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/4/09      Wed        8:00 am  Channel 49
February 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services has been requested to provide a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community will commence thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

    
Rebroadcasts (02:09:49:10)

o     3/2/09      Mon        10:00 am  Channel 53
o     3/4/09      Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
February 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 2:45 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the House Committee on Human Services (HUS), and the House Committee on Health (HLT) Briefing at 4:00 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.

The purpose of this joint legislative informational briefing is to update the Committee on Health and Committee on Human Services on the reduction in services to people with serious and persistent mental illness by the Department of Health.  Invited participates include the Department of Health, Mental Health America of Hawai`i, Queens Medical Center, as well as various other mental health agencies throughout the state to participate and provide insight on the subject matter.

4:00 pm

This informational briefing will be held to discuss the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Federal Stimulus Package) on Health and Human Services.

No public testimony will be accepted