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February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (rev. 1)

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 21, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:15:36:00)
o     2/2/10   Tue       12:00 am           Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/2/10   Tue       2:00 pm           Channel 53

Agenda:

GM 109     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, EDWARD H. KUBO, JR, for a term to expire in ten years.

 
February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Labor and Public Employment (LAB) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:55:40:00)
o     2/2/10      Tue           9:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     2/3/10      Wed          3:52 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

HB 2169     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
Sets, for calendar year 2010, the employer contribution rate at schedule D and the wage base at 90% of the average annual wage.  Sets, for calendar year 2011, the employer contribution rate at schedule G.  Retains the maximum weekly benefit rate beginning 01/01/2011 at 75% of the average weekly wage.  Authorizes special assessments upon employers to pay the interest costs on loans received from the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
LAB, FIN

HB 2207     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
Applies contribution rates schedules E and F to calendar years 2010 and 2011, respectively, notwithstanding the ratio of the current reserve fund to the adequate reserve fund.  Requires assessments upon employers to avoid federal penalties on outstanding loan balances on loans received from the U.S. Secretary of Labor when the balance in the unemployment compensation fund is insufficient to pay expected benefit claims.  Permanently retains the adequate reserve fund at one times the product of the benefit cost rate multiplied by the total remuneration paid.  Keeps the maximum weekly benefit amount at 75% of the average weekly wage, but reduces the maximum weekly benefit amount over the potential twenty-six week period of benefit eligibility. LAB, FIN

HB 437     RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.
Extends the maximum age for EUTF health benefits coverage for dependent-beneficiaries who are unmarried full-time students and are called to active duty in federal service with the National Guard or military reserves. LAB, FIN

HB 2103
RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
Authorizes nonsupervisory legislative employees to unionize through the card check and expedited bargaining process. LAB, LMG, FIN

HB 2102     RELATING TO CONTRACTORS.
Requires identification of licensed individuals performing electrical and plumbing work on a construction job site. LAB, CPC


DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

 
February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:16:08:11)
o     2/2/10      Tue         11:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     2/5/10      Fri             2:24 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism

            Strategic Marketing and Support                              BED 100
            Statewide Land Use Management                              BED 103
            Creative Industries Division                                   BED 105
            Foreign Trade Zone                                             BED 107
            Tourism                                                       BED 113
            Strategic Industries                                             BED 120
            Economic Planning and Research                              BED 130
            General Support for Economic Development                    BED 142
            High Technology Development Corporation                    BED 143
            Statewide Planning and Coordination                              BED 144
            Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation                    BED 145
            Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority                    BED 146
            Hawaii Community Development Authority                    BED 150
            Aloha Tower Development Corporation                         BED 151
            Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation          BED 160

 
February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (04:06:55:25)
o     2/3/10      Wed        11:30 am  NATV 53
o     2/6/10      Sat          12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
Department of Human Services

           Commission on the Status of Women                                    HMS 888

           Office of Youth Services
                   In-Community Youth Programs                                           HMS 501
                   Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility                                   HMS 503

           MedQuest Division
                   Health Care Payments                                                        HMS 401
                   General Support for Health Care Payments                     HMS 902

           Benefits, Employment, and Support Services Division
                   Case Management for Self-Sufficiency                            HMS 236
                   General Support for  Child Care                                        HMS 302
                   General Support for Self-Sufficiency Services                  HMS 903
                   Aged, Blind, and Disabled Payments                                HMS 202
                   Federal Assistance Payments                                           HMS 206
                   Cash Support for Families - Self Sufficiency                     HMS 211
                   Cash Support for Aged, Blind and Disabled Individuals     HMS 212
                   Employment and Training                                                  HMS 237
                   Cash Support for Child Care                                              HMS 305

           Social Services Division
                   Child Protective Services                                                  HMS 301
                   Adult and Community Care Services                                 HMS 601

        General Support for Social Services                                      HMS 901
                   Child Protective Services Payments                                 HMS 303
                   Community-Based Residential Support                             HMS 605

           Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Division
                   Disability Determination                                                     HMS 238
                   Vocational Rehabilitation                                                    HMS 802

           Hawaii Public Housing Authority
                   Rental Housing Services                                                  HMS 220
                   Homeless Services                                                            HMS 224
                   HPHA Administration                                                         HMS 229
                   Rental Assistance Services                                               HMS 222

           Human Services
                   General Administration (DHS)                                          HMS 904

 
February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:23:54:03)
o     2/3/10      Wed          8:30 am  FOCUS 49
o     2/5/10      Fri           12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

On November 23, 1998, Hawaii, along with 46 other states, entered into a “global” settlement with tobacco companies concerning the costs of tobacco-related injuries suffered by its MEDICAID recipients.  In 1999, Hawaii established the Hawaii Tobacco Settlement Special Fund to receive proceeds from the settlement and a public-private partnership to:

     1.       Reduce tobacco consumption in Hawaii;
     2.       Control and prevent chronic diseases where tobacco is a risk factor;
     3.       Promote healthy lifestyles through better nutrition and improved physical activity; and
     4.       Promote children's health.

Ten years have passed, and this informational briefing has presented:

A brief history of the Hawaii tobacco settlement.
A review of the programs and initiatives funded by the settlement.
Future direction for the next decade.

 
February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Chief Justice's State of the Judiciary Address, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (00:59:58:00)
o     2/2/10      Tue           4:00 pm  VIEW 54
o     2/4/10      Thu           4:05 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

 
February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:47:18:14)
o     2/4/10      Thu           1:30 pm  VIEW 54
o     2/6/10      Sat           4:14 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
Department of Health Overview

Administratively Attached Agencies
     Disability & Communication Access Board (DCAB)                              HTH 520
     Executive Office on Aging (EOA)                                                         HTH 904
     Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC)                                           HTH 905
     State Health Planning & Development Agency (SHPDA)                    HTH 906
     Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC)                                 HTH 850

Environmental Health
     Environmental Health Services                                                           HTH 610
     Environmental Management                                                                HTH 840
     Environmental Health Administration                                                   HTH 849
     State Laboratory Services                                                                    HTH 710

Health Resources
     Communicable Disease Services                                                        HTH 100
     Disease Outbreak Control                                                                    HTH 131
     *Dental Disease   General Medical and Preventive Services               HTH 141
     Developmental Disabilities                                                                   HTH 501
     Family Health Services                                                                         HTH 560
     *Community Health Services                                                                HTH 580
     Tobacco Settlement                                                                              HTH 590
     Health Resources Administration                                                         HTH 595
     *Emergency Medical Services & Injury Prevention System                HTH 730

Behavior Health
     Adult Mental Health - Outpatient                                                              HTH 420
     Adult Mental Health - Inpatient                                                             HTH 430
     Alcohol & Drug Abuse                                                                           HTH 440
     Child & Adolescent Mental Health                                                        HTH 460
     Behavioral Health Services Administration                                          HTH 495

General Administration
     Health Care Assurance (OHCA)                                                            HTH 720
     Health Status Monitoring                                                                      HTH 760
     General Administration                                                                         HTH 907


*Changes proposed by the Department of Health to "restructure divisions to consolidate programs remaining after the abolishment and reduction-in-force process."

                                  (Excerpt from the "Budget in Brief"; Supplemental Budget FY 2011)

 

February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, January 28, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts
10:00 am     (00:40:57:00)
o     2/2/10   Tue       5:00 pm            VIEW 54
o     2/4/10   Thu       5:03 am            VIEW 54 (HITS)

4:00 pm     (00:27:31:00)
o     2/3/10      Wed          5:30 pm  VIEW 54
o     2/4/10      Thu           5:44 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

GM 109
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, EDWARD H. KUBO, JR, for a term to expire in ten years.

February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) at 1:30 p.m., followed by Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection 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:
1:15 p.m.
SB 2611     RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
Requires the department of health to provide each county's real property assessment division a monthly list of death records at no charge.     HTH/TIA, WAM

SB 2105     RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
Designates disability and communication access board as issuing agency for removable windshield placards, temporary removable windshield placard, special license plates, and identification cards.  Deletes counties as issuing agency.  Increases qualifying disability from four to six years.     HTH/TIA, WAM

SB 2546     RELATING TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES.
Establishes a temporary emergency vehicle noise task force to determine the impact of the use of emergency vehicle sirens in terms of excessive noise and their effect on public safety and the relative effectiveness at nighttime of the use of emergency lights rather than sirens.
HTH/TIA, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:30 p.m.
SB 2610     RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
Requires the director of taxation to provide the administrator of each county's real property assessment division with an image of all certificates of conveyances filed with the bureau of conveyances.     WTL/TIA, WAM

SB 2362     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OUTREACH.
Requires the department of land and natural resources to work in cooperation with the department of transportation and the Hawaii tourism authority to develop and air on incoming commercial flights to the State public service announcements about the State's fragile ecosystem and how to protect it.     WTL/TIA, WAM

SB 2363     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OUTREACH.
Requires the department of land and natural resources in cooperation with the department of transportation to establish and maintain kiosks at each airport with information on the State's fragile ecosystem and how to protect it.     WTL/TIA, WAM

SB 2375     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.
Prohibits vending at scenic lookouts.          TIA/WTL

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:00 p.m.
SB 2228     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Provides a rental motor vehicle surcharge tax exemption for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles.     TIA/CPN, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:05 p.m.
SB 2653     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Returns $200,000,000 from the funds generated by surcharge on state general excise tax revenues transferred to the city and county of Honolulu to the State general fund.  Authorizes issuance of $300,000,000 GO bonds to offset loss of tax revenues to the city and county of Honolulu in fiscal year 2010-2011.  Extends surcharge for two years.     TIA, WAM

SB 2846     RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION.
Permits driver whose license has been administratively revoked for life to seek reinstatement of the license after 10 years have passed since the occurrence of the lifetime revocation.  Requires driver to have had no arrests or convictions for driving while license revoked and to be free from dependency or abuse of alcohol and drugs.  Effective 7/1/11.     TIA, JGO

SB 2754     RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Conform sections 286-240(g) and (h), HRS to the federal commercial driver licensing law to meet the requirements of 49 CFR Section 383.51(e) before September 4, 2010, as required by Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).     TIA

SB 2755     RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.
Create a new law for distracted driving for drivers who operate any mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle on the highways within the State of Hawaii to further define the penalties for reckless drivers will be a deterrent and result in safer roadways.     TIA, JGO

SB 2757     RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Extend the term of a commercial driver's license (CDL) for persons 21 years through 71 years from six years to eight years to prepare for the REAL ID Act, which is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards, to help fight terrorism and reduce fraud.  Appropriate $8,000 out of the state highway fund.  TIA, WAM

SB 2759     RELATING TO DRIVER LICENSING.
Differentiate category four motor vehicles from commercial motor vehicles to clarify that category four motor vehicles do not include commercial motor vehicles as defined in section 286-2, HRS.     TIA

SB 2802     RELATING TO HYBRID BICYCLES.
Clarifies the definition of bicycle to include electric motor bicycles for purposes of county vehicular taxes and the statewide traffic code.  Specifies type of bicycles to be allowed to be transported on public busses.     TIA

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) and the House Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources (WLO) Hearing on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
9:00 am

HB 2480     RELATING TO HISTORIC PLACES.
Defines archaeological site or archaeological feature.  Requires the historic preservation division of DLNR to report on the state and historical significance of an archaeological site if inadvertently destroyed.  Provides for penalties for wilful alteration or destruction of an archaeological site or archaeological feature on the Hawaii or national register of historic places.
HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 1961     RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE REHABILITATION TRUST FUND.
Imposes a surcharge on ocean recreational activity tours at Molokini island, including the reefs and reef lands off the shore of the island, to be deposited in the Kaho'olawe rehabilitation trust fund.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2240     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Transfers the functions and duties of the historic preservation division of DLNR relating to Hawaiian burial sites to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2242     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Transfers the functions and duties of the historic preservation division and the Kaho`olawe island reserve commission relating to Hawaiian burial sites to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Establishes special fund. Funds operation through conveyance tax revenues. Includes cave burials and burial sites.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2484     RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
Establishes fines for the knowing destruction of heiau on private lands.  HAW/WLO, JUD

HB 2672     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Resolves claims and disputes relating to the portion of income and proceeds from the lands of the public land trust for use by the office of Hawaiian affairs between 11/7/1978, and 7/1/2008; requires payment of cash to the office of Hawaiian affairs.     HAW/WLO, JUD, FIN

HB 2241     RELATING TO PUBLIC TRUST LANDS.
Provides for transfer of management, control, and title of public trust land to sovereign Hawaiian entity upon recognition by the United States and State of Hawaii.     HAW/WLO, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

10:15 am

HB 2676     RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION.
Exempts contracts made by the Kaho'olawe island reserve commission for the procurement of food or fuel products from the state procurement code.     HAW, EBM, FIN

HB 2760     RELATING TO NATIVE HAWAIIANS.
Requires the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands to establish a native Hawaiian research, science, and technology park to serve as an incubator for native Hawaiian entrepreneurs.     HAW, EBM, FIN

HB 2673     RELATING TO TARO.
Extends the final report deadline for the taro security and purity task force for two years.  Appropriates funds with a dollar for dollar matching requirement by the office of Hawaiian affairs.     HAW, AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

10:30 am

HB 2759     RELATING TO GAMING.
Authorize the Hawaiian homes commission to allow gaming on Hawaiian home lands and to designate specific Hawaiian home lands for the purposes of establishing gaming operations.  Creates a gaming commission to regulate all gaming on Hawaiian home lands.  Imposes a wagering tax on gross receipts of casino gaming operations and provides for distribution to the general fund and Hawaiian home lands trust fund.     HAW, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

February 1, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

SB 2441     RELATING TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Establishes the intentional or knowing taking of an endangered species as a class C felony; provides a private right of action to enforce conservation of aquatic life, wildlife, and land plants laws.ENE/WTL, JGO

SB 2818     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Transfers the office of environmental quality control and the environmental council from the department of health to the department of land and natural resources; reduces the membership of the environmental council from 15 to 7; establishes the environmental review special fund; revises the environmental assessment and environmental impact statement process to create a more streamlined, transparent, and consistent process.     ENE/WTL, WAM [Measure added on 01-29-10]

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
 

February 2, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing at 1:30 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:
1:15 p.m.

SB 2212     RELATING TO THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA.
Allows probationers and parolees who meet the requirements of qualifying patients to request that the terms of their probation or parole be modified to be allowed the medical use of marijuana.     PSM/HTH, JGO

SB 2141     RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
Increases the amount of cannabis that constitutes an adequate amount by allowing a qualifying patient to possess 10 cannabis plants and 5 ounces of cannabis at any given time.  Makes identification of the site where cannabis is grown confidential.  Prohibits the department of public safety from requiring that a certifying physician be the patient's primary care physician.  Prohibits certifying physicians from naming or describing a patient's particular debilitating condition.  Increases the permissible ratio of patients to caregivers by allowing a caregiver to grow cannabis for no more than 4 patients.     HTH/PSM

SB 2919     RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE HOSPITAL.
Requires the department of public safety to provide security at the State's secure psychiatric rehabilitation facility at Kaneohe.  Requires report from DOH, with collaboration from PSD, to the legislature on its plan for the provision of short and long-term security for the Kaneohe facility and increasing and aging forensic population needs.     HTH/PSM, WAM
(Measure added  on 02-04-10)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:30 p.m.

SB 2213     RELATING TO COUNTIES.
Provides that each county has the power to establish medical marijuana dispensaries.  Requires that medical marijuana dispensaries shall only provide service to qualified patients and primary caregivers registered with the department of public safety.  Makes dispensaries subject to the general excise tax by making inapplicable the exemption for amounts received from sales of prescription drugs or prosthetic devices.     TIA/PSM, WAM

SB 2504     RELATING TO CARGO INSPECTIONS.
Requires the state departments of defense and transportation to develop a plan to increase the random inspection rate of incoming cargo into the State to 10% by 1/1/13 and to 25% by 1/1/15.  Also requires a report to the legislature.     TIA/PSM, WAM

SB 2550     RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
Clarifies definition of consumer fireworks; adds definition of consumer novelty fireworks; prohibits novelty fireworks; clarifies requirements for permits.     PSM/TIA

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:00 p.m.

SB 2365     RELATING TO CONSUMER FIREWORKS.
Imposes a total ban on consumer fireworks except for permitted religious or cultural purposes.
PSM, JGO

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 2, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (rev.1)


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 22, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (approx. 02:51:56:00)
o     2/3/10   Wed     1:55 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/4/10   Thu       9:00 am           Channel 53

Agenda:
Department of Transportation

General Administration                                                                                     TRN 995

Airports                                                                                                                           
            Honolulu International Airport                              TRN 102
            General Aviation                                                                                   TRN 104
            Hilo International Airport                                                                       TRN 111
            Kona International Airport at Ke'ahole                                                  TRN 114
            Waimea - Kohala Airport                                                                     TRN 116
            Upolu Airport                                                                                       TRN 118
            Kahului Airport                                                                                     TRN 131
            Hana Airport                                                                                        TRN 133
            Kapalua Airport                                                                                     TRN 135
            Molokai Airport                                                                                     TRN 141
            Kalaupapa Airport                                                                                 TRN 143
            Lanai Airport                                                                                          TRN 151
            Lihue Airport                                                                                         TRN 161
            Port Allen Airport                                                                                  TRN 163
            Airports Administration                                                                          TRN 195

Harbors
            Honolulu Harbor                                                                                 TRN 301
            Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor                                                             TRN 303
            Hilo Harbor                                                                                            TRN 311
            Kawaihae Harbor                                                                                  TRN 313
            Kahului Harbor                                                                                      TRN 331
            Hana Harbor                                                                                         TRN 333


            Kaunakakai Harbor                                                                              TRN 341
            Kaumalapau Harbor                                                                              TRN 351
            Nawiliwili Harbor                                                                                   TRN 361
            Port Allen Harbor                                                                                  TRN 363
            Harbors Administration                                                                          TRN 395

Highways
            Oahu Highways                                                                                     TRN 501
            Hawaii Highways                                                                                   TRN 511
            Maui Highways                                                                                     TRN 531
            Molokai Highways                                                                                TRN 541
            Lanai Highways                                                                                     TRN 551
            Kauai Highways                                                                                    TRN 561
            Highways Administration                                                                       TRN 595
            Highway Safety                                                                                     TRN 597

February 2, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (rev.1)


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 22, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:30:19:19)
o     2/4/10   Thu       1:21 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/4/10   Thu       8:00 am           Channel 49

Subject:

Department of Land and Natural Resources

February 2, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (rev.1)


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (04:06:55:25)
o     2/4/10      Thu        10:30 am  NATV 53
o     2/6/10      Sat          12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
Department of Human Services

           Commission on the Status of Women                                    HMS 888

           Office of Youth Services
                   In-Community Youth Programs                                           HMS 501
                   Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility                                   HMS 503

           MedQuest Division
                   Health Care Payments                                                        HMS 401
                   General Support for Health Care Payments                     HMS 902

           Benefits, Employment, and Support Services Division
                   Case Management for Self-Sufficiency                            HMS 236
                   General Support for  Child Care                                        HMS 302
                   General Support for Self-Sufficiency Services                  HMS 903
                   Aged, Blind, and Disabled Payments                                HMS 202
                   Federal Assistance Payments                                           HMS 206
                   Cash Support for Families - Self Sufficiency                     HMS 211
                   Cash Support for Aged, Blind and Disabled Individuals     HMS 212
                   Employment and Training                                                  HMS 237
                   Cash Support for Child Care                                              HMS 305

           Social Services Division
                   Child Protective Services                                                  HMS 301
                   Adult and Community Care Services                                 HMS 601

       General Support for Social Services                                      HMS 901
                   Child Protective Services Payments                                 HMS 303
                   Community-Based Residential Support                             HMS 605

           Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Blind Division
                   Disability Determination                                                     HMS 238
                   Vocational Rehabilitation                                                    HMS 802

           Hawaii Public Housing Authority
                   Rental Housing Services                                                  HMS 220
                   Homeless Services                                                            HMS 224
                   HPHA Administration                                                         HMS 229
                   Rental Assistance Services                                               HMS 222

           Human Services
                   General Administration (DHS)                                          HMS 904

February 3, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The UH President, M.R.C. Greenwood's State of the University of Hawaii Address on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

 
February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:55:11:10)
o     2/8/10      Mon          8:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     2/9/10      Tue           1:25 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

The purpose of this Hearing was to review and receive information regarding the budget for the Department of Human Services and the following programs:

HMS802     Vocational Rehabilitation
HMS301     Child Protective Services
HMS302     General Support for Child Care
HMS303     Child Protective Service Payments
HMS305     Cash Support for Child Care
HMS501     In-Community Youth Programs
HMS503     Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
HMS601     Adult and Community Care Services
HMS206     Federal Assistance Payments
HMS211     Cash Support for Families Pursuing Self-Sufficiency
HMS212     Cash Support for Aged, Blind, Disabled Individuals
HMS220     Rental Housing Services
HMS229     Hawaii Public Housing Authority Administration
HMS222     Rental Assistance Services
HMS224     Homeless Services
HMS605     Community Based Residential Support
HMS401     Health Care Payments
HMS236     Case Management Self Sufficiency
HMS238     Disability Determination
HMS237     Employment and Training
HMS902     General Support for Health Care Payments
HMS903     General Support for Self-Sufficiency Services
HMS904     General Administration
HMS901     General Support for Social Services
    
 

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 29, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:25:30:15)
o     2/9/10      Tue         12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/9/10      Tue           9:00 am  OAHU 52

Agenda:

SB 2271     RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS.
To increase health insurance premium transparency and to require a minimum amount of premiums to be spent on medical expenses.     HTH, CPN

SB 2371     RELATING TO LIMITED BENEFIT HEALTH INSURANCE.
Excludes limited benefit health insurance from provisions of chapter 431:10A enacted after July 1, 2010.     HTH, CPN

SB 2343     RELATING TO INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR MAMMOGRAMS.
Prohibits an insurer from requiring a doctor's referral for annual mammograms for covered individuals over forty years old.     HTH, CPN

SB 2267     RELATING TO BUILDING DESIGN FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
Allows the disability and communication access board to charge a fee to defray expenses of review of construction plans to ensure compliance with law.  Establishes temporary fees until the board adopts permanent fees.     HTH, WAM

SB 2140     RELATING TO TRANS FATS.
Prohibits foods containing artificial trans fat from being stored, distributed, or served by, or used in the preparation of any food within, a food establishment.  Commences with ban on oils, shortening, and margarines with trans fat effective 01/01/11, and progresses with ban on food containing trans fat effective 01/01/12.     HTH, CPN

SB 2036     RELATING TO TOXIC SUBSTANCES.
Establishes the toxic mold remediation task force to examine the potential hazards of toxic indoor mold and fungal contamination, and to recommend standards and guidelines for its prevention and remediation.     HTH

SB 2071     RELATING TO SMOKING.
Prohibits smoking at public bus stops, parks, beaches.     HTH, JGO

SB 2010     RELATING TO NEWBORN SCREENING.
Requires the department of health to screen for certain newborn diseases, disorders, and deficiencies.     HTH, WAM

SB 2211     RELATING TO HEALTHCARE.
Transitions the Hawaii health systems corporation to federal and state nonprofit status.  Makes appropriation for general obligation bonds for the repair and maintenance of facilities and transition expenses.     HTH, WAM

SB 2274     RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HAWAII PACIFIC HEALTH.
Authorizes the issuance of SPRBs to assist Hawaii Pacific Health in financing, refinancing, and/or reimbursing costs related to the acquisition or construction of health care facilities.     HTH, WAM

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 29, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:27:42:00)
o     2/9/10      Tue         10:30 am  OAHU 52
o     2/10/10    Wed          2:48 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

GM 119     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, Associate Judge, Gubernatorial Nominee, LAWRENCE M. REIFURTH for a term of ten years.
    

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, January 29, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:19:24:18)
o     2/8/10      Mon        10:30 pm  VIEW 54
o     2/10/10    Wed          1:29 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
SB 2391     RELATING TO STATE FINANCES.
Amends the operating budget of the OHA and DHHL for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.     WTL, WAM

SB 2500     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Requires the State auditor to conduct a financial and management audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and to issue a report  on or before the convening of the 2011 legislative session.     WTL, WAM

SB 2301     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Transfers the functions and duties of the historic preservation division of DLNR relating to Hawaiian burial sites to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.     WTL, WAM

SB 2302     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Transfers the functions and duties of the historic preservation division and the Kaho`olawe island reserve commission relating to Hawaiian burial sites to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Establishes special fund. Funds operation through conveyance tax revenues. Includes cave burials and burial sites.     WTL, WAM

SB 2524     RELATING TO ISLAND BURIAL COUNCILS.
Authorizes the governor to waive the requirements that the Molokai island burial council membership include geographic region, development, and large property owner representatives.WTL

SB 2409     RELATING TO MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS.
Requires that any conditions on permits issued for the taking of marine life or boating and coastal activities in marine life conservation districts shall be adopted pursuant to administrative procedures.     WTL

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 1, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:07:48:10)
o     2/9/10      Tue         12:00 pm  OAHU 52
o     2/10/10    Wed          4:16 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

SB 2548     RELATING TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
Implements the information technology recommendations of auditor's Report No. 09-06; establishes within the office of the governor a chief information officer and information technology steering committee to organize, manage, and oversee statewide information technology governance.     EDT, WAM

SB 2114     RELATING TO CAPITAL INVESTMENTS.
Defines agency-wide technology and computer system projects as capital investments to allow them to be financed with bond funds and depreciated as capital investments.     EDT, WAM

SB 2543     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.
Establishes an office of telework promotion and broadband assistance and a broadband advisory council; establishes a work group to develop procedures for streamlined permitting functions applicable to development of broadband services or technology; requires all state agencies to report annually to the legislature on expenditures of federal moneys for broadband facilities, services, equipment, or contracts.          EDT, WAM

SB 2405     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Adopts amendments to Hawaii tax laws to implement the streamlined sales and use tax agreement.  Effective when the State becomes a party to the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.     EDT, WAM

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:28:48:10)
o     2/10/10    Wed        12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/10/10    Wed          9:00 am  OAHU 52

Agenda:

SB 2386     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM PROJECT ASSESSMENT SPECIAL FUND.
Establishes the University of Hawaii capital improvements program project assessment special fund.     HRE, WAM

SB 2385     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Gives the University of Hawaii fiscal autonomy from the comptroller beyond June 30, 2011.  Removes the time limit on the authority of the University of Hawaii to install a different accounting system.  Extends the comptroller's authority to request the University of Hawaii to provide information for the preparation of income and expenditure statements.  Extends the University of Hawaii's authority to submit proposed new forms or changes to forms for only uniform business and accounting forms for review and approval.  Extends the University of Hawaii's chief financial officer's authority to approve assignment of moneys to assignees.  Extends beyond June 30, 2011 the requirement for the University of Hawaii to report to the comptroller transactions involving moneys held outside of the state treasury by the University of Hawaii.     HRE, WAM

SB 2387     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Allows the University of Hawaii board of regents to assess fees for campus parking at an open meeting subject to chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes, but exempt from rule-making public notice, public hearing, and gubernatorial approval requirements of chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes.     HRE, WAM

SB 2389     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Repeals the sunset provision in Act 106, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008, to allow the University of Hawaii to continue transferring funds, other than general funds and University of Hawaii tuition and fees special funds, into the University of Hawaii commercial enterprises revolving fund to finance the establishment of new commercial enterprises, with certain exceptions, beyond June 30, 2011.     HRE, WAM

SB 2388     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Exempts the University of Hawaii from Hawaii public procurement code requirements.
HRE, JGO

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) at 3:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:55:24:13)
o     2/8/10      Mon        12:30 pm  FOCUS 49
o     2/11/10    Thu         12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
2:45 pm
SB 2441     RELATING TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Establishes the intentional or knowing taking of an endangered species as a class C felony; provides a private right of action to enforce conservation of aquatic life, wildlife, and land plants laws.ENE/WTL, JGO
SB 2818     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Transfers the office of environmental quality control and the environmental council from the department of health to the department of land and natural resources; reduces the membership of the environmental council from 15 to 7; establishes the environmental review special fund; revises the environmental assessment and environmental impact statement process to create a more streamlined, transparent, and consistent process.     ENE/WTL, WAM [Measure added on 01-29-10]
3:30 pm
SB 2275     RELATING TO ARCHITECTURAL PAINT.
Establishes a pilot program to require producers of architectural paint sold in this State to establish or join a stewardship organization to implement an architectural paint stewardship program that provides for the collection, transportation, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint.  Provides for oversight by the office of environmental quality control. Establishes the product stewardship fund to offset administrative costs.     ENE, WAM

SB 2356     RELATING TO LEAF BLOWERS.
Prohibits the use of gas power leaf blowers; prohibits the use of leaf blowers on or near residential zones, except within allowed time periods; prohibits leaf blowing operations from blowing debris onto adjacent property without permission.     ENE, JGO

SB 2361     RELATING TO WASTE STREAM REDUCTION.
Requires telephone directories to be distributed only to persons who have signed a written authorization to receive the directory.     ENE, CPN/JGO

SB 2360     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Amends the definition of "deposit beverage" to include wine and hard spirits.     ENE, WAM

SB 2420     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Removes the exemption for dietary supplements from the deposit beverage container program.
ENE, WAM

SB 2559     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Requires retailers in the State to distribute only recyclable, reusable, or biodegradable checkout bags.     ENE, JGO

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) at 1:30 p.m., followed by Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection at 2:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times below.

Rebroadcasts (01:25:08:09)
o     2/10/10    Wed        12:00 pm  NATV 53
o     2/11/10    Thu           2:55 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
1:15 p.m.
SB 2611     RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
Requires the department of health to provide each county's real property assessment division a monthly list of death records at no charge.     HTH/TIA, WAM

SB 2105     RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
Designates disability and communication access board as issuing agency for removable windshield placards, temporary removable windshield placard, special license plates, and identification cards.  Deletes counties as issuing agency.  Increases qualifying disability from four to six years.     HTH/TIA, WAM

SB 2546     RELATING TO EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES.
Establishes a temporary emergency vehicle noise task force to determine the impact of the use of emergency vehicle sirens in terms of excessive noise and their effect on public safety and the relative effectiveness at nighttime of the use of emergency lights rather than sirens.
HTH/TIA, WAM

1:30 p.m.
SB 2610     RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
Requires the director of taxation to provide the administrator of each county's real property assessment division with an image of all certificates of conveyances filed with the bureau of conveyances.     WTL/TIA, WAM

SB 2362     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OUTREACH.
Requires the department of land and natural resources to work in cooperation with the department of transportation and the Hawaii tourism authority to develop and air on incoming commercial flights to the State public service announcements about the State's fragile ecosystem and how to protect it.     WTL/TIA, WAM

SB 2363     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OUTREACH.
Requires the department of land and natural resources in cooperation with the department of transportation to establish and maintain kiosks at each airport with information on the State's fragile ecosystem and how to protect it.     WTL/TIA, WAM

SB 2375     RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.
Prohibits vending at scenic lookouts.          TIA/WTL

2:00 p.m.
SB 2228     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Provides a rental motor vehicle surcharge tax exemption for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles.     TIA/CPN, WAM

2:05 p.m.
SB 2653     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Returns $200,000,000 from the funds generated by surcharge on state general excise tax revenues transferred to the city and county of Honolulu to the State general fund.  Authorizes issuance of $300,000,000 GO bonds to offset loss of tax revenues to the city and county of Honolulu in fiscal year 2010-2011.  Extends surcharge for two years.     TIA, WAM

SB 2846     RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE REVOCATION.
Permits driver whose license has been administratively revoked for life to seek reinstatement of the license after 10 years have passed since the occurrence of the lifetime revocation.  Requires driver to have had no arrests or convictions for driving while license revoked and to be free from dependency or abuse of alcohol and drugs.  Effective 7/1/11.     TIA, JGO

SB 2754     RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Conform sections 286-240(g) and (h), HRS to the federal commercial driver licensing law to meet the requirements of 49 CFR Section 383.51(e) before September 4, 2010, as required by Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).     TIA

SB 2755     RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.
Create a new law for distracted driving for drivers who operate any mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle on the highways within the State of Hawaii to further define the penalties for reckless drivers will be a deterrent and result in safer roadways.     TIA, JGO

SB 2757     RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Extend the term of a commercial driver's license (CDL) for persons 21 years through 71 years from six years to eight years to prepare for the REAL ID Act, which is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of state-issued driver licenses and identification cards, to help fight terrorism and reduce fraud.  Appropriate $8,000 out of the state highway fund.  TIA, WAM

SB 2759     RELATING TO DRIVER LICENSING.
Differentiate category four motor vehicles from commercial motor vehicles to clarify that category four motor vehicles do not include commercial motor vehicles as defined in section 286-2, HRS.     TIA

SB 2802     RELATING TO HYBRID BICYCLES.
Clarifies the definition of bicycle to include electric motor bicycles for purposes of county vehicular taxes and the statewide traffic code.  Specifies type of bicycles to be allowed to be transported on public busses.     TIA

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (rev.1)


The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) at 3:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:55:24:13)
o     2/8/10      Mon         2:30 pm  NATV 53
o     2/11/10    Thu         12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
2:45 pm
SB 2441     RELATING TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Establishes the intentional or knowing taking of an endangered species as a class C felony; provides a private right of action to enforce conservation of aquatic life, wildlife, and land plants laws.ENE/WTL, JGO
SB 2818     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Transfers the office of environmental quality control and the environmental council from the department of health to the department of land and natural resources; reduces the membership of the environmental council from 15 to 7; establishes the environmental review special fund; revises the environmental assessment and environmental impact statement process to create a more streamlined, transparent, and consistent process.     ENE/WTL, WAM [Measure added on 01-29-10]
3:30 pm
SB 2275     RELATING TO ARCHITECTURAL PAINT.
Establishes a pilot program to require producers of architectural paint sold in this State to establish or join a stewardship organization to implement an architectural paint stewardship program that provides for the collection, transportation, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint.  Provides for oversight by the office of environmental quality control. Establishes the product stewardship fund to offset administrative costs.     ENE, WAM

SB 2356     RELATING TO LEAF BLOWERS.
Prohibits the use of gas power leaf blowers; prohibits the use of leaf blowers on or near residential zones, except within allowed time periods; prohibits leaf blowing operations from blowing debris onto adjacent property without permission.     ENE, JGO


SB 2361     RELATING TO WASTE STREAM REDUCTION.
Requires telephone directories to be distributed only to persons who have signed a written authorization to receive the directory.     ENE, CPN/JGO

SB 2360     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Amends the definition of "deposit beverage" to include wine and hard spirits.     ENE, WAM

SB 2420     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Removes the exemption for dietary supplements from the deposit beverage container program.
ENE, WAM

SB 2559     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Requires retailers in the State to distribute only recyclable, reusable, or biodegradable checkout bags.     ENE, JGO

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing on Monday, February 8, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) at 1:45 p.m., along with miscellaneous Decision Making agendas, 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:
1:15 pm (TIA)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2611     RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
Requires the department of health to provide each county's real property assessment division a monthly list of death records at no charge.     HTH/TIA, WAM

1:15 pm (EDH/TIA)

SB 2110     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
Expedites the construction of affordable housing units by requiring ministerial permits associated with the project to be issued by the state or county within forty-five days of acceptance of the permit application for the project.     EDH/TIA, WTL

SB 2111     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
Shortens the time period within which counties may accept or reject requests for dedication of infrastructure for affordable housing.  Clarifies provisions to facilitate the expeditious development of affordable housing.     EDH/TIA, WTL

SB 2116     RELATING TO INDEMNIFICATION OF COUNTY AGENCIES.
Facilitates the process by which the department of education obtains approval for the State to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless a county agency, its officers, agents, and employees for public school purposes and functions on county facilities.     EDH/TIA, JGO

SB 2276     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
Prohibits possession of open liquor containers in public housing common areas and on public streets and sidewalks.     EDH/TIA, JGO

SB 2433     RELATING TO THE COUNTIES.
Expands the use of community facilities district special taxes to include educational services, including teacher salaries.     EDH/TIA, WAM

SB 2575     RELATING TO HOUSING.
Creates an anti-speculation capital gains tax on real property.  Requires public housing provided by county or state financing to remain affordable in perpetuity.  Provides that the restriction on the resale of affordable housing to "qualified residents" shall apply in perpetuity.     EDH/TIA, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:15 pm (EDH/HMS)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2083     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Designates after-school and prevention programs that address bullying, sexual health issues, emotional literacy, domestic violence, civic responsibility, and healthy relationships as objectives and policies in the Hawaii state plan.     EDH/HMS, WTL

1:15 pm (EDH/HMS/CPN)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2437     RELATING TO THE FUNDING OF THE STATE PROGRAMS.
Makes an appropriation from the Hawaii hurricane relief, emergency and budget reserve, and federal troubled asset relief program funds to restore as many instructional days until January 1, 2011, of the 2010-11 school year as possible.  Increases the general excise tax by one per cent to restore as many instructional days beginning on January 1, 2011, of the 2010-11 school year as possible. Increases all state standard income tax deductions and provides tax credits for the purchase of food items. Appropriates additional general tax revenues.     EDH/HMS/CPN, WAM

1:45 pm (EDH)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2435     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Appropriates a portion of the department of education's annual operating budget to support Teach For America in Hawaii to train, sustain, and prepare outstanding college graduates in order to become teachers in the Hawaii department of education.     EDH, WAM

1:45 pm (EDH)

SB 2451     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires remote schools to be allocated funds using categorical allotments, rather than through the weighted student formula.  Defines a remote school as any public school within a school complex that has the only public high school within a fifteen-mile radius or on an island.     EDH, WAM

SB 2336     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Requires that all public schools, including charter schools, offer a minimum of one hundred ninety instructional days per school year.     EDH, WAM

SB 2579     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Establishes an extended learning opportunities program within the department of education.  Allows nonprofits and public-private partnerships to operate extended learning opportunities.  Appropriates funds to establish the program.     EDH, WAM

SB 2217     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires DOE to make technical assistance and training to support students with dyslexia available to teachers, educational officers, and employees providing instruction or special services for exceptional children.  Requires DOE to coordinate technical assistance and training efforts with teacher preparation programs in institutions of higher learning in the State.     EDH, WAM

SB 2615     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Establishes and appropriates funds for an electronic book pilot program for an intermediate or middle school to be selected by the department of education.     EDH, WAM

SB 2567     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires the department of education (DOE) to use school-based curriculum to include teaching materials that are consistent with the federal government's Race to the Top fund selection criteria.  Requires the DOE to report to the legislature recommendations for the establishment of consistent curricula and assessments and methods of optimizing economies of scale in the purchase of teaching materials for military students who are transitioning to Hawaii schools.     EDH, WAM

SB 2786     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Requires the department of education to establish a searchable budget database website.  Requires that the website be made publicly available no later than 07/01/2011.     EDH, WAM

SB 2591     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TEACHER STANDARDS BOARD.
Implements recommendations for the Hawaii teacher standards board by establishing an investigative panel; requiring the attorney general or a designee to serve as an ex officio member of the board; requiring the board to include expenditure information in the annual report; authorizing the board to delegate to the executive director powers and duties; requiring the board to determine if fees shall be raised; requiring the board to develop a comprehensive plan for transferring nonessential functions and duties to other agencies; requiring the board to review its teacher license renewal process; requiring the board and the department of education to clarify their respective powers, duties, responsibilities.     EDH, WAM

SB 2590     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires the department of education to consider making public school facilities available to charter schools, when public schools are closed.     EDH, WAM



SB 2589     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires the department of education to make available vacant school facilities or portions of school facilities for use by charter schools.  Requires the charter school review panel to review and approve or deny applications to use vacant school facilities or portions of school facilities.     EDH, WAM

SB 2587     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Establishes a task force to clarify sources of funding for the per-pupil funding formula for charter schools, identify discrepancies in the calculation of the formula for charter schools and non-charter schools, and recommend the portion of certain expenses that should be allocated to charter schools.  Requires report to the legislature.     EDH, WAM

SB 2588     RELATING TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE.
Requires the charter school administrative office to withhold funds for its operational expenses, including salaries for staff and the executive director.  The total amount of withheld funds shall be determined by the review panel and shall not exceed two per cent of the total charter school general fund appropriation.     EDH, WAM

SB 2586     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires the charter school review panel (CSRP) to determine a clear process with rigorous criteria for charter schools to be reauthorized.  Requires the CSRP to reauthorize a charter school no later than three years following the initial issue of the charter, and every five years thereafter.  Requires the charter school administrative office (CSAO) to withhold funds for its operational expenses, the total amount of which shall be determined by the CSRP, not exceed two per cent of the total charter school general fund appropriation.  Requires the CSAO to report annually to the CSRP individual and aggregate operational and instructional expenditures of charter schools.  Requires per-pupil allocation checks paid by the CSAO to individual charter schools to be co-signed by the executive director of the CSAO and an agent of the CSRP.  Repeals the cap on the number of start-up and conversion charter schools.     EDH, WAM

SB 2374     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires charter schools to maintain accounting and financial records and conduct a financial audit annually.  Requires that failure to maintain records and conduct the audit result in suspension of the school's charter.  Establishes a process for appealing the suspension and for revoking a charter.  Authorizes the department of education to suspend the release of general funds to a charter school and requires that the charter school be ineligible for further general funds until the panel votes to remove the charter school from probation.     EDH, WAM

SB 2704     RELATING TO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Repeals the cap on public charter schools, allows for multiple public charter school authorizers, requires public charter schools to apply for charter reauthorization, and ensures that public charter school students receive funding equal to non-charter public school students; authorizes the Governor to appoint the Charter School Review Panel with the advice and consent of the Senate; transfers the oversight of the Charter School Administrative Office from an executive director to a Deputy Superintendent of Public Charter Schools; makes technical amendments to clarify that charter schools are part of the state public education system; and improves Hawaii's ability to compete for federal funding under the Race to the Top grant program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.     EDH, WAM

SB 2901     RELATING TO FUNDING OF CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Provides a charter school, or public school as applicable, with a pro rata share of per pupil funds when a student transfers from a public school to a charter school, or vice versa, subsequent to the annual charter school student enrollment verification.     EDH, WAM

SB 2350     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION.
Allows the student board of education member to be a voting member and mandates the election of the student board of education member by public secondary school students.     EDH, JGO

SB 2084     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO ALLOW THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO VOTE.
Proposes an amendment to article X, section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to allow the student member of the board of education to vote on all matters.     EDH, JGO

SB 2568     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM AN ENTIRELY ELECTED BOARD TO A PARTIALLY ELECTED, PARTIALLY APPOINTED BOARD.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require a minority, but no fewer than five, of the voting members of the board of education to be elected, as provided by law, and a majority of the voting members to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, as provided by law.     EDH, JGO

SB 2938     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to change the composition of the board of education by having 7 members elected at-large and 4 members appointed by the governor subject to senate confirmation.     EDH, JGO

SB 2569     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Changes the board of education from an entirely elected board to a partially appointed, partially elected board.  Establishes the board of education candidate nomination commission.     EDH, JGO

SB 2570     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM AN ELECTED BOARD TO AN APPOINTED BOARD.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require voting members of the board of education to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, as provided by law.     EDH, JGO

SB 2571     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Establishes the board of education candidate nomination commission to nominate candidates for the board of education to be appointed by the governor.     EDH, JGO

SB 2242     A BILL PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Amends the state constitution to remove from the board of education the power to appoint the superintendent of education.  Authorizes the governor to appoint the superintendent of education.     EDH, JGO

SB 2958     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO AN APPOINTED BOARD.
Proposes amendments to the state constitution to allow for the governor to appoint the board of education members as opposed to being elected by voters.     EDH, JGO

SB 2959     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Authorizes the governor, instead of the board of education, to appoint the superintendent of education.     EDH, JGO

SB 2961     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 3, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO REMOVE THE POWER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO APPOINT THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION, TO ENABLE THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT THE SUPERINTENDENT AS PROVIDED BY LAW.
Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to remove the power of the board of education to appoint the superintendent of education.     EDH, JGO

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (rev.1)


The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) at 3:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:55:24:13)
o     2/8/10      Mon         2:30 pm  NATV 53
o     2/11/10    Thu         12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:
2:45 pm
SB 2441     RELATING TO ENDANGERED SPECIES.
Establishes the intentional or knowing taking of an endangered species as a class C felony; provides a private right of action to enforce conservation of aquatic life, wildlife, and land plants laws.ENE/WTL, JGO

SB 2818     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Transfers the office of environmental quality control and the environmental council from the department of health to the department of land and natural resources; reduces the membership of the environmental council from 15 to 7; establishes the environmental review special fund; revises the environmental assessment and environmental impact statement process to create a more streamlined, transparent, and consistent process.     ENE/WTL, WAM [Measure added on 01-29-10]

3:30 pm
SB 2275     RELATING TO ARCHITECTURAL PAINT.
Establishes a pilot program to require producers of architectural paint sold in this State to establish or join a stewardship organization to implement an architectural paint stewardship program that provides for the collection, transportation, and processing of post-consumer architectural paint.  Provides for oversight by the office of environmental quality control. Establishes the product stewardship fund to offset administrative costs.     ENE, WAM

SB 2356     RELATING TO LEAF BLOWERS.
Prohibits the use of gas power leaf blowers; prohibits the use of leaf blowers on or near residential zones, except within allowed time periods; prohibits leaf blowing operations from blowing debris onto adjacent property without permission.     ENE, JGO

SB 2361     RELATING TO WASTE STREAM REDUCTION.
Requires telephone directories to be distributed only to persons who have signed a written authorization to receive the directory.     ENE, CPN/JGO

SB 2360     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Amends the definition of "deposit beverage" to include wine and hard spirits.     ENE, WAM

SB 2420     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Removes the exemption for dietary supplements from the deposit beverage container program.
ENE, WAM

SB 2559     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.
Requires retailers in the State to distribute only recyclable, reusable, or biodegradable checkout bags.     ENE, JGO

February 8, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 2:15 p.m. followed by
the
Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) at 2:45 p.m.
the
Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) at 3:00 p.m. and
the
Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR),
along with miscellaneous Decision Making agendas, will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
2:15 pm (LBR/EDH)

SB 2904     RELATING TO SCHOOL TEACHERS.
Requires mediation and binding arbitration for an impasse in collective bargaining between a public employer and bargaining unit 5 teachers and other personnel of the department of education.     LBR/EDH, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:45 pm (LBR/HTH)

SB 2566     RELATING TO MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION BENEFITS.
Clarifies that a physician or surgeon may conduct diagnostic testing or engage in a one-time consultation for a subspecialty diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations from a board certified or licensed specialist.     LBR/HTH

SB 2885     RELATING TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.
Establishes a task force to evaluate the current state of health savings accounts options in Hawaii's health insurance market and to explore ways to expand access to these accounts in Hawaii.     HTH/LBR, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

3:00 pm (LBR)

SB 2549     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
Amends the appropriations allocated to the workforce investment boards on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii; amends the appropriation to be used by the workforce development council; repeals the appropriation allocated to the department of labor and industrial relations for administrative expenses.     LBR, WAM



SB 2244     RELATING TO MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE.
Increases the minimum hourly wage to $8.50 per hour beginning July 1, 2010 and ending January 1, 2012.  Adjusts the minimum hourly wage thereafter in accordance with consumer price index.     LBR, WAM

SB 2248     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Creates a tax credit for employers who fund continuing education for certain employees to improve their existing skills; limits the amount of employer contributions paid under the employment security laws for the 2010 and 2011 calendar years even if the employer hires a certain number of additional employees.     LBR, WAM

SB 2949     RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
Clarifies that furloughs are a subject to collective bargaining.     LBR, WAM

SB 692     RELATING TO WORKERS' RIGHTS.
Requires private employers who provide pension plans to their employees to allow an employee who has vested to receive pension payments upon becoming disabled, regardless of age.  Permits director of labor and industrial relations to reopen workers' compensation cases after settlement if settlement was obtained by exerting undue influence over any party or as a result of the disability or mental incompetence of the employee.     LBR

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2324     RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Authorizes an individual that is attached to a regular employer who is not offering work to still receive unemployment insurance benefits even if that individual voluntarily or involuntarily separates from part-time employment.     LBR, WAM

SB 2339     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
Repeals the possibility of the director extending the due date for written decisions on the outcome of worker compensation claims.     LBR

SB 2883     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
Makes it an unlawful practice for any employer or labor organization to bar or discharge from employment, withhold pay from, or demote an employee because the employee uses accrued and available sick leave.     LBR, JGO

SB 2798     RELATING TO CONTRACTORS LICENSES.
Clarifies that a specialty contractor may execute a contract involving the use of two or more crafts or trades if the performance of the craft or trade other than that in which the contractor holds a specialty license constitutes less than one-half of one per cent of the total monetary value of the project.     LBR, CPN

3:00 pm (LBR/JGO)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2849     RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.
Adds three new sections on selection of benefit plan carriers, fiduciary duties, and liability for breach of fiduciary duty; exempts the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund from the requirement to use the attorney general; increases the members of the board of trustees from ten to twelve and changes membership and terms; authorizes the board to retain an attorney who is independent of the attorney general as legal advisor; transfers the fund from the department of budget and finance to the department of human resources development.     LBR/JGO, WAM

3:30 pm (HMS/LBR)

SB 2392     RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE INSURANCE.
Creates a family leave insurance fund to be administered by DLIR under the workers' compensation statute.  Amends the definition of injuries covered under the workers' compensation statute to include family leave.     HMS/LBR, WAM

SB 2369     RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
Provides emergency, nonrecurring benefits for victims of domestic or sexual violence and expands current provisions for unemployment insurance, emergency leaves of absence, and insurance protections.      LBR/HMS, JGO

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 8, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 2:15 p.m. followed by
the
Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) at 2:45 p.m.
the
Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) at 3:00 p.m. and
the
Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR),
along with miscellaneous Decision Making agendas, will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
2:15 pm (LBR/EDH)

SB 2904     RELATING TO SCHOOL TEACHERS.
Requires mediation and binding arbitration for an impasse in collective bargaining between a public employer and bargaining unit 5 teachers and other personnel of the department of education.     LBR/EDH, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:45 pm (LBR/HTH)

SB 2566     RELATING TO MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION BENEFITS.
Clarifies that a physician or surgeon may conduct diagnostic testing or engage in a one-time consultation for a subspecialty diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations from a board certified or licensed specialist.     LBR/HTH

SB 2885     RELATING TO HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS.
Establishes a task force to evaluate the current state of health savings accounts options in Hawaii's health insurance market and to explore ways to expand access to these accounts in Hawaii.     HTH/LBR, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

3:00 pm (LBR)

SB 2549     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
Amends the appropriations allocated to the workforce investment boards on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii; amends the appropriation to be used by the workforce development council; repeals the appropriation allocated to the department of labor and industrial relations for administrative expenses.     LBR, WAM



SB 2244     RELATING TO MINIMUM HOURLY WAGE.
Increases the minimum hourly wage to $8.50 per hour beginning July 1, 2010 and ending January 1, 2012.  Adjusts the minimum hourly wage thereafter in accordance with consumer price index.     LBR, WAM

SB 2248     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Creates a tax credit for employers who fund continuing education for certain employees to improve their existing skills; limits the amount of employer contributions paid under the employment security laws for the 2010 and 2011 calendar years even if the employer hires a certain number of additional employees.     LBR, WAM

SB 2949     RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
Clarifies that furloughs are a subject to collective bargaining.     LBR, WAM

SB 692     RELATING TO WORKERS' RIGHTS.
Requires private employers who provide pension plans to their employees to allow an employee who has vested to receive pension payments upon becoming disabled, regardless of age.  Permits director of labor and industrial relations to reopen workers' compensation cases after settlement if settlement was obtained by exerting undue influence over any party or as a result of the disability or mental incompetence of the employee.     LBR

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2324     RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Authorizes an individual that is attached to a regular employer who is not offering work to still receive unemployment insurance benefits even if that individual voluntarily or involuntarily separates from part-time employment.     LBR, WAM

SB 2339     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
Repeals the possibility of the director extending the due date for written decisions on the outcome of worker compensation claims.     LBR

SB 2883     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
Makes it an unlawful practice for any employer or labor organization to bar or discharge from employment, withhold pay from, or demote an employee because the employee uses accrued and available sick leave.     LBR, JGO

SB 2798     RELATING TO CONTRACTORS LICENSES.
Clarifies that a specialty contractor may execute a contract involving the use of two or more crafts or trades if the performance of the craft or trade other than that in which the contractor holds a specialty license constitutes less than one-half of one per cent of the total monetary value of the project.     LBR, CPN

3:00 pm (LBR/JGO)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2849     RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.
Adds three new sections on selection of benefit plan carriers, fiduciary duties, and liability for breach of fiduciary duty; exempts the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund from the requirement to use the attorney general; increases the members of the board of trustees from ten to twelve and changes membership and terms; authorizes the board to retain an attorney who is independent of the attorney general as legal advisor; transfers the fund from the department of budget and finance to the department of human resources development.     LBR/JGO, WAM

3:30 pm (HMS/LBR)

SB 2392     RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE INSURANCE.
Creates a family leave insurance fund to be administered by DLIR under the workers' compensation statute.  Amends the definition of injuries covered under the workers' compensation statute to include family leave.     HMS/LBR, WAM

SB 2369     RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.
Provides emergency, nonrecurring benefits for victims of domestic or sexual violence and expands current provisions for unemployment insurance, emergency leaves of absence, and insurance protections.      LBR/HMS, JGO

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 9, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Hearing on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 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:

HB 1778     RELATING TO WALKING TRAILS.
Request the Na Ala Hele program under the department of land and natural resources to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Pi'ilani trail from Kaupo to Kapalua as an important Hawaiian coastal cultural heritage corridor and opening the trail to the public.     HAW, FIN

HB 1796     RELATING TO KUPUNA HONORARY DEGREE PROGRAM.
Requires office of Hawaiian affairs to develop and administer the kupuna honorary degree program, which shall award the pohaku degree, intended to be Hawaii's equivalent to the Nobel prizes, to eligible Hawaiian kupuna worldwide.     HAW, FIN

HB 1818 (HSCR193)     RELATING TO COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING.
Requires the department of public safety to establish a reintegration pilot program that combines cognitive behavioral theory with native Hawaiian holistic interventions that address domestic violence, addictions, self mastery through identity, and community connections for successful transitions back into the community.     PBS, HAW, FIN

HCR 8          URGING THAT PORTRAITS OF OFFICIALS OF THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF HAWAI`I BE REMOVED FROM DISPLAY IN POSITIONS OF HONOR IN STATE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.     HAW, FIN

HCR 9          URGING THE CONVENING OF A TASK FORCE TO CONSIDER THE MERITS OF CREATING IN OR NEAR HANA, MAUI, A MONUMENT TO QUEEN KA`AHUMANU IN COLLABORATION WITH HAWAIIAN ORGANIZATIONS, RESPECTED KÜPUNA IN THE HAWAIIAN COMMUNITY, AND THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.     HAW, FIN


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
 

February 10, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) and the House Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources (WLO) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times below.

Rebroadcasts (02:28:18:00)
o     2/12/10    Fri           12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/12/10    Fri             8:00 am  FOCUS 49

Agenda:
9:00 am

HB 2480     RELATING TO HISTORIC PLACES.
Defines archaeological site or archaeological feature.  Requires the historic preservation division of DLNR to report on the state and historical significance of an archaeological site if inadvertently destroyed.  Provides for penalties for wilful alteration or destruction of an archaeological site or archaeological feature on the Hawaii or national register of historic places.
HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 1961     RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE REHABILITATION TRUST FUND.
Imposes a surcharge on ocean recreational activity tours at Molokini island, including the reefs and reef lands off the shore of the island, to be deposited in the Kaho'olawe rehabilitation trust fund.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2240     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Transfers the functions and duties of the historic preservation division of DLNR relating to Hawaiian burial sites to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2242     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Transfers the functions and duties of the historic preservation division and the Kaho`olawe island reserve commission relating to Hawaiian burial sites to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Establishes special fund. Funds operation through conveyance tax revenues. Includes cave burials and burial sites.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2484     RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.
Establishes fines for the knowing destruction of heiau on private lands.  HAW/WLO, JUD

HB 2672     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Resolves claims and disputes relating to the portion of income and proceeds from the lands of the public land trust for use by the office of Hawaiian affairs between 11/7/1978, and 7/1/2008; requires payment of cash to the office of Hawaiian affairs.     HAW/WLO, JUD, FIN

HB 2241     RELATING TO PUBLIC TRUST LANDS.
Provides for transfer of management, control, and title of public trust land to sovereign Hawaiian entity upon recognition by the United States and State of Hawaii.     HAW/WLO, JUD, FIN

10:15 am

HB 2676     RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION.
Exempts contracts made by the Kaho'olawe island reserve commission for the procurement of food or fuel products from the state procurement code.     HAW, EBM, FIN

HB 2760     RELATING TO NATIVE HAWAIIANS.
Requires the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands to establish a native Hawaiian research, science, and technology park to serve as an incubator for native Hawaiian entrepreneurs.     HAW, EBM, FIN

HB 2673     RELATING TO TARO.
Extends the final report deadline for the taro security and purity task force for two years.  Appropriates funds with a dollar for dollar matching requirement by the office of Hawaiian affairs.     HAW, AGR, FIN

10:30 am

HB 2759     RELATING TO GAMING.
Authorize the Hawaiian homes commission to allow gaming on Hawaiian home lands and to designate specific Hawaiian home lands for the purposes of establishing gaming operations.  Creates a gaming commission to regulate all gaming on Hawaiian home lands.  Imposes a wagering tax on gross receipts of casino gaming operations and provides for distribution to the general fund and Hawaiian home lands trust fund.     HAW, JUD, FIN

February 10, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:14:59:17)
o     2/12/10    Fri             2:58 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/12/10    Fri           10:30 am  FOCUS 49

Agenda:
1:15 p.m.

SB 2212     RELATING TO THE MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA.
Allows probationers and parolees who meet the requirements of qualifying patients to request that the terms of their probation or parole be modified to be allowed the medical use of marijuana.     PSM/HTH, JGO

SB 2141     RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
Increases the amount of cannabis that constitutes an adequate amount by allowing a qualifying patient to possess 10 cannabis plants and 5 ounces of cannabis at any given time.  Makes identification of the site where cannabis is grown confidential.  Prohibits the department of public safety from requiring that a certifying physician be the patient's primary care physician.  Prohibits certifying physicians from naming or describing a patient's particular debilitating condition.  Increases the permissible ratio of patients to caregivers by allowing a caregiver to grow cannabis for no more than 4 patients.     HTH/PSM

SB 2919     RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE HOSPITAL.
Requires the department of public safety to provide security at the State's secure psychiatric rehabilitation facility at Kaneohe.  Requires report from DOH, with collaboration from PSD, to the legislature on its plan for the provision of short and long-term security for the Kaneohe facility and increasing and aging forensic population needs.     HTH/PSM, WAM
(Measure added  on 02-04-10)

1:30 p.m.

SB 2213     RELATING TO COUNTIES.
Provides that each county has the power to establish medical marijuana dispensaries.  Requires that medical marijuana dispensaries shall only provide service to qualified patients and primary caregivers registered with the department of public safety.  Makes dispensaries subject to the general excise tax by making inapplicable the exemption for amounts received from sales of prescription drugs or prosthetic devices.     TIA/PSM, WAM

SB 2504     RELATING TO CARGO INSPECTIONS.
Requires the state departments of defense and transportation to develop a plan to increase the random inspection rate of incoming cargo into the State to 10% by 1/1/13 and to 25% by 1/1/15.  Also requires a report to the legislature.     TIA/PSM, WAM

SB 2550     RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
Clarifies definition of consumer fireworks; adds definition of consumer novelty fireworks; prohibits novelty fireworks; clarifies requirements for permits.     PSM/TIA

2:00 p.m.

SB 2365     RELATING TO CONSUMER FIREWORKS.
Imposes a total ban on consumer fireworks except for permitted religious or cultural purposes.
PSM, JGO

February 10, 2010


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 8, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) at 1:45 p.m., along with miscellaneous Decision Making agendas, will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:26:42:00)
o     2/13/10    Sat          12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/15/10    Mon          8:00 am  FOCUS 49

Agenda:
1:15 pm (TIA)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2611     RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
Requires the department of health to provide each county's real property assessment division a monthly list of death records at no charge.     HTH/TIA, WAM

1:15 pm (EDH/TIA)

SB 2110     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
Expedites the construction of affordable housing units by requiring ministerial permits associated with the project to be issued by the state or county within forty-five days of acceptance of the permit application for the project.     EDH/TIA, WTL

SB 2111     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.
Shortens the time period within which counties may accept or reject requests for dedication of infrastructure for affordable housing.  Clarifies provisions to facilitate the expeditious development of affordable housing.     EDH/TIA, WTL

SB 2116     RELATING TO INDEMNIFICATION OF COUNTY AGENCIES.
Facilitates the process by which the department of education obtains approval for the State to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless a county agency, its officers, agents, and employees for public school purposes and functions on county facilities.     EDH/TIA, JGO

SB 2276     RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.
Prohibits possession of open liquor containers in public housing common areas and on public streets and sidewalks.     EDH/TIA, JGO


SB 2433     RELATING TO THE COUNTIES.
Expands the use of community facilities district special taxes to include educational services, including teacher salaries.     EDH/TIA, WAM

SB 2575     RELATING TO HOUSING.
Creates an anti-speculation capital gains tax on real property.  Requires public housing provided by county or state financing to remain affordable in perpetuity.  Provides that the restriction on the resale of affordable housing to "qualified residents" shall apply in perpetuity.     EDH/TIA, WAM

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.

1:15 pm (EDH/HMS)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2083     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Designates after-school and prevention programs that address bullying, sexual health issues, emotional literacy, domestic violence, civic responsibility, and healthy relationships as objectives and policies in the Hawaii state plan.     EDH/HMS, WTL

1:15 pm (EDH/HMS/CPN)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2437     RELATING TO THE FUNDING OF THE STATE PROGRAMS.
Makes an appropriation from the Hawaii hurricane relief, emergency and budget reserve, and federal troubled asset relief program funds to restore as many instructional days until January 1, 2011, of the 2010-11 school year as possible.  Increases the general excise tax by one per cent to restore as many instructional days beginning on January 1, 2011, of the 2010-11 school year as possible. Increases all state standard income tax deductions and provides tax credits for the purchase of food items. Appropriates additional general tax revenues.     EDH/HMS/CPN, WAM

1:45 pm (EDH)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

SB 2435     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Appropriates a portion of the department of education's annual operating budget to support Teach For America in Hawaii to train, sustain, and prepare outstanding college graduates in order to become teachers in the Hawaii department of education.     EDH, WAM

1:45 pm (EDH)

SB 2451     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires remote schools to be allocated funds using categorical allotments, rather than through the weighted student formula.  Defines a remote school as any public school within a school complex that has the only public high school within a fifteen-mile radius or on an island.     EDH, WAM

SB 2336     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Requires that all public schools, including charter schools, offer a minimum of one hundred ninety instructional days per school year.     EDH, WAM

SB 2579     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Establishes an extended learning opportunities program within the department of education.  Allows nonprofits and public-private partnerships to operate extended learning opportunities.  Appropriates funds to establish the program.     EDH, WAM

SB 2217     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires DOE to make technical assistance and training to support students with dyslexia available to teachers, educational officers, and employees providing instruction or special services for exceptional children.  Requires DOE to coordinate technical assistance and training efforts with teacher preparation programs in institutions of higher learning in the State.     EDH, WAM

SB 2615     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Establishes and appropriates funds for an electronic book pilot program for an intermediate or middle school to be selected by the department of education.     EDH, WAM

SB 2567     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires the department of education (DOE) to use school-based curriculum to include teaching materials that are consistent with the federal government's Race to the Top fund selection criteria.  Requires the DOE to report to the legislature recommendations for the establishment of consistent curricula and assessments and methods of optimizing economies of scale in the purchase of teaching materials for military students who are transitioning to Hawaii schools.     EDH, WAM

SB 2786     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
Requires the department of education to establish a searchable budget database website.  Requires that the website be made publicly available no later than 07/01/2011.     EDH, WAM

SB 2591     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TEACHER STANDARDS BOARD.
Implements recommendations for the Hawaii teacher standards board by establishing an investigative panel; requiring the attorney general or a designee to serve as an ex officio member of the board; requiring the board to include expenditure information in the annual report; authorizing the board to delegate to the executive director powers and duties; requiring the board to determine if fees shall be raised; requiring the board to develop a comprehensive

plan for transferring nonessential functions and duties to other agencies; requiring the board to review its teacher license renewal process; requiring the board and the department of education to clarify their respective powers, duties, responsibilities.     EDH, WAM

SB 2590     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires the department of education to consider making public school facilities available to charter schools, when public schools are closed.     EDH, WAM

SB 2589     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires the department of education to make available vacant school facilities or portions of school facilities for use by charter schools.  Requires the charter school review panel to review and approve or deny applications to use vacant school facilities or portions of school facilities.     EDH, WAM

SB 2587     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Establishes a task force to clarify sources of funding for the per-pupil funding formula for charter schools, identify discrepancies in the calculation of the formula for charter schools and non-charter schools, and recommend the portion of certain expenses that should be allocated to charter schools.  Requires report to the legislature.     EDH, WAM

SB 2588     RELATING TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE.
Requires the charter school administrative office to withhold funds for its operational expenses, including salaries for staff and the executive director.  The total amount of withheld funds shall be determined by the review panel and shall not exceed two per cent of the total charter school general fund appropriation.     EDH, WAM

SB 2586     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires the charter school review panel (CSRP) to determine a clear process with rigorous criteria for charter schools to be reauthorized.  Requires the CSRP to reauthorize a charter school no later than three years following the initial issue of the charter, and every five years thereafter.  Requires the charter school administrative office (CSAO) to withhold funds for its operational expenses, the total amount of which shall be determined by the CSRP, not exceed two per cent of the total charter school general fund appropriation.  Requires the CSAO to report annually to the CSRP individual and aggregate operational and instructional expenditures of charter schools.  Requires per-pupil allocation checks paid by the CSAO to individual charter schools to be co-signed by the executive director of the CSAO and an agent of the CSRP.  Repeals the cap on the number of start-up and conversion charter schools.     EDH, WAM

SB 2374     RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires charter schools to maintain accounting and financial records and conduct a financial audit annually.  Requires that failure to maintain records and conduct the audit result in suspension of the school's charter.  Establishes a process for appealing the suspension and for revoking a charter.  Authorizes the department of education to suspend the release of general funds to a charter school and requires that the charter school be ineligible for further general funds until the panel votes to remove the charter school from probation.     EDH, WAM



SB 2704     RELATING TO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Repeals the cap on public charter schools, allows for multiple public charter school authorizers, requires public charter schools to apply for charter reauthorization, and ensures that public charter school students receive funding equal to non-charter public school students; authorizes the Governor to appoint the Charter School Review Panel with the advice and consent of the Senate; transfers the oversight of the Charter School Administrative Office from an executive director to a Deputy Superintendent of Public Charter Schools; makes technical amendments to clarify that charter schools are part of the state public education system; and improves Hawaii's ability to compete for federal funding under the Race to the Top grant program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.     EDH, WAM

SB 2901     RELATING TO FUNDING OF CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Provides a charter school, or public school as applicable, with a pro rata share of per pupil funds when a student transfers from a public school to a charter school, or vice versa, subsequent to the annual charter school student enrollment verification.     EDH, WAM

SB 2350     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION.
Allows the student board of education member to be a voting member and mandates the election of the student board of education member by public secondary school students.     EDH, JGO

SB 2084     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO ALLOW THE STUDENT MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO VOTE.
Proposes an amendment to article X, section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to allow the student member of the board of education to vote on all matters.     EDH, JGO

SB 2568     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM AN ENTIRELY ELECTED BOARD TO A PARTIALLY ELECTED, PARTIALLY APPOINTED BOARD.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require a minority, but no fewer than five, of the voting members of the board of education to be elected, as provided by law, and a majority of the voting members to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, as provided by law.     EDH, JGO

SB 2938     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to change the composition of the board of education by having 7 members elected at-large and 4 members appointed by the governor subject to senate confirmation.     EDH, JGO

SB 2569     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Changes the board of education from an entirely elected board to a partially appointed, partially elected board.  Establishes the board of education candidate nomination commission.     EDH, JGO

SB 2570     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FROM AN ELECTED BOARD TO AN APPOINTED BOARD.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require voting members of the board of education to be appointed by the governor, with the advice and consent of the senate, as provided by law.     EDH, JGO

SB 2571     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Establishes the board of education candidate nomination commission to nominate candidates for the board of education to be appointed by the governor.     EDH, JGO

SB 2242     A BILL PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Amends the state constitution to remove from the board of education the power to appoint the superintendent of education.  Authorizes the governor to appoint the superintendent of education.     EDH, JGO

SB 2958     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO CHANGE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO AN APPOINTED BOARD.
Proposes amendments to the state constitution to allow for the governor to appoint the board of education members as opposed to being elected by voters.     EDH, JGO

SB 2959     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Authorizes the governor, instead of the board of education, to appoint the superintendent of education.     EDH, JGO

SB 2961     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE X, SECTION 3, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO REMOVE THE POWER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO APPOINT THE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION, TO ENABLE THE GOVERNOR TO APPOINT THE SUPERINTENDENT AS PROVIDED BY LAW.
Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to remove the power of the board of education to appoint the superintendent of education.     EDH, JGO

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.

February 16, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 pm 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:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2598     RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Suspends for three years, from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, the distribution of transient accommodations tax revenues to the counties.     FIN

HB 2542     RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
Addresses the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget shortfall by transferring to the general fund a total of $10,000,000 in excess balances from certain special funds.     FIN

HB 2737     RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF PUBLIC LANDS.
Directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources to fund the general fund by disposing of public lands.  Also directs the Department to dispose of public lands leased to not-for-profit organizations meeting certain criteria.     FIN

HB 2887     RELATING TO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT MONEYS.
Transfers temporarily to the general fund the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund designated for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Requires interest and earnings of the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be deposited into the general fund.  Reduces the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be transferred to the tobacco enforcement special fund.  Encourages the nonprofit entity responsible for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund to increase its annual expenditures to assist in revitalizing the economy.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010, and sunsets on 06/30/2015.     FIN

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 40     RELATING TO STATE BONDS.
Short form bill relating to state bonds.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

1:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2850     RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX.
Temporarily increases the liquor tax rates during the period of 7/1/10 to 6/30/15.     FIN

HB 2853     RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY TAX.
Increases the public service company tax rate applicable to public utilities.  Takes effect on 07/01/10, and sunsets on 06/30/15.     FIN

HB 2872     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the tax rate for banks and other financial corporations.  Repeals requirement that $2,000,000 of tax revenues from banks and other financial corporations be deposited into the compliance resolution fund.  Authorizes the commissioner of financial institutions to expedite the imposition of fees on banks and other financial corporations.  Takes effect on 07/01/10 and sunsets on 12/31/15.  Applies change to entire net income received for calendar year preceding 1/1/11 or fiscal year in which 1/1/11 occurs.     FIN

HB 2851     RELATING TO INSURANCE.
Increases the insurance premium tax rates.  Repeals the ceiling on insurance premium taxes payable by a captive insurance company.  Takes effect on 7/1/10 and sunsets on 06/30/15.     FIN

HB 2852     RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.
Temporarily makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes a medical and health promotion tax credit.  Authorizes the insurance commissioner to adjust any inadequate rates for the managed care plans of mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.     FIN

HB 2885     RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
Temporarily suspends the distribution of a portion of the conveyance tax to the land conservation fund and rental housing trust fund.  Reduces distribution to the natural area reserve fund.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 p.m.
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2867     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals various income tax credits and deductions.  Takes effect upon approval and sunsets on 12/31/2015.     FIN

HB 2866     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Adjusts income tax rates for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009 and ending before January 1, 2016.     FIN

HB 2991     RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE.
Creates higher income tax brackets and rates for high-income individual taxpayers.  Eliminates certain corporate tax exemptions.  Provides for taxation of capital gains as ordinary income.  Creates commission to provide a more equitable and progressive tax system.  Also provides a means to fund public education and other high priority programs.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2878     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals certain exemptions under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes.  The Act takes effect on July 1, 2010 and sunsets on June 30, 2015.     FIN

HB 2877     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Proposed HD 1:  Temporarily suspends the exemption for certain amounts of gross income or proceeds from the general excise tax and requires the payment of the tax at a one-half per cent rate.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.     FIN

HB 2876     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily increases the general excise and use tax rates from 4% to 5%, the capital goods excise tax credit rate from 4% to 5%, and the refundable food/excise tax credit by $10 per exemption.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.     FIN

HB 2880     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the "wholesale" rates under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes to one per cent from one-half per cent.  Effective 7/1/10; repealed 6/30/15.     FIN

Copies of the proposed HD1 are available in room 306 and on the Legislature's Web site:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

February 16, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Hearing on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 10:25 a.m. followed by an Informational Briefing at 10:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
10:25 a.m.
The following bill(s) is for decision-making purposes only to insert substantive provision into the short form bill.  A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date, at which time testimony will be accepted.

HB 674     RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to Hawaiian Affairs.     HAW

10:30 a.m.
The purpose of this informational briefing is to allow the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands  (DHHL) the opportunity to provide information and answers to the following:

      DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS - Kaulana Park, Director

     1.  What is DHHL's plan for generating revenues?

     2.  What is DHHL's plan for putting more native Hawaiians on their lands?

     3.  What is DHHL's plan for decreasing the wait-list?

     4.  What is DHHL's plan to help native Hawaiians obtain access to commercial leases?

     5.  What is DHHL's short and long term strategic plan to address the 600 million dollar settlement - 1995 Act 14)  30 million dollar appropriations that expires at the end of 2014?

     6.  What is DHHL's actual operating costs vs. generating revenues?

     7.  What is DHHL's plan to sustain sufficient sums available for the following purposes as defined in The Constitution of   the State of Hawaii, Article 12, Section 1, for purposes of

          (1) development of home, agriculture, farm, and ranch lots;
            (2) home, agriculture, aquaculture, farm and ranch loans; (3) rehabilitation projects to include, but not limited to, educational, economic, political, social and cultural processes by which the general welfare and conditions of native Hawaiians are thereby improved.

February 16, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) Hearing on Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 1:45 p.m. followed by the

Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) at 2:15 p.m. and the

Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Informational Briefing at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
1:45 pm

SB 2341     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS.
Prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant for employment based upon the employee's or the applicant's status as a victim of domestic violence.     HMS/LBR

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:15 pm

SB 2473     RELATING TO HOUSING.
Allows grandchildren of elderly housing project residents to temporarily reside with the residents in certain family crisis situations.  Affords residents evicted for raising grandchildren-in-crisis in their housing project units, priority status to return to project housing.     HMS/EDH

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:45 pm

This Informational Briefing will be on the status of the Department of Human Services' proposal to delay  payments to QUEST and QUEST Expanded health plans in the near future; and THE Department of Health's plan to transfer behavioral health clients insurance coverage to QUEST and QUEST Expanded health plans in April 2010 to the Department of Human Services.

February 17, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Thursday, February 18, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm, 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:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2057, HD1     (HSCR346-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Amends various sections of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, Chapter 103D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to simplify and streamline procurement processes to enable agencies to expeditiously acquire the resources or services they need to perform their missions.     EBM, FIN

HB 2133, HD1     (HSCR347-10)     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Amends the Hawaii public procurement code to set time limits or awards in the request for proposal process, make public contracts effective as of the notice of the award, specify that the solicitation, offer, bid, or proposal and the award notice constitute the entire contract, and provide that a subsequent written and executed contract is not required.  Requires the State Procurement Office to authorize reseller agreements in multi-state contracting agreements.  Requires the Procurement Policy Board to adopt rules to promote Hawaii businesses.     EBM, FIN

HB 2441, HD1     (HSCR378-10)     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Requires contracts awarded to projects of the departments of Hawaiian home lands and transportation; county boards of water supply; and county departments of housing, planning and permitting, and transportation to be awarded within 30 days of the bid opening date, subject to sufficient available funding and possible further negotiations to benefit the public.  Requires contracts by these agencies for design professional services to be awarded within 45 days of the bid opening date.     EBM, FIN

HB 2901, HD1     (HSCR379-10)     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Establishes discretionary request for competitive sealed proposal procedure using the design-build process where not more than five offerors selected on their qualifications submit proposals, and stipends are paid to unsuccessful offerors who allow the agency to use elements of their designs and waive their right to protest the award.     EBM, FIN

HB 2058, HD1     (HSCR257-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY.
Authorizes the natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority to enter into concessions for cell towers.          EBM, FIN

HB 2831, HD1     (HSCR364-10)     RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
Authorizes the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) to acquire, hold, and sell qualified securities subject to certain conditions.  Authorizes NELHA to accept donations of money, property, and services.  Effective January 1, 2112.     EBM, FIN

HB 2445, HD1     (HSCR216-10)     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
Authorizes the Hawaii Tourism Authority to maintain the confidentiality of competitively sensitive information.  Preserves certain autonomy provisions of Act 58, SLH 2004. Requires quarterly reports.  Effective January 1, 2112.     TCI, FIN

HB 2817, HD1     (HSCR217-10)     RELATING TO ART.
Allows for the disposition by public auction of works of art acquired by the State.  Effective January 1, 2112.     TCI, FIN

HB 2446, HD1     (HSCR331-10)     RELATING TO HAWAII TELEVISION AND FILM DEVELOPMENT.
Transfers the television and film industry activities and responsibilities under the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Effective July 1, 2112.     TCI/EBM, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

2:00 pm
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2381, HD1     (HSCR103-10)     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Provides a temporary tax credit for residential construction and remodeling projects.  Effective July 1, 2112.     EBM, FIN

HB 2382, HD1     (HSCR348-10)     RELATING TO DIGITAL MEDIA.
Establishes digital media enterprise subzones near University of Hawaii campuses and within enterprise zones; establishes tax credits for digital media infrastructure development and local workforce employment; authorizes insurance companies to invest in qualified digital media infrastructure projects in lieu of certain state taxes; renames the Hawaii Television and Film Development Special Fund the Hawaii Film Office Special Fund; sunsets on 6/30/2020; effective July 1, 2112.     EBM/HED, FIN

HB 2984, HD1     (HSCR380-10)     RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.
Extends the tax credit for research activities for 1 year.  Repeals remaining tax credit provisions of Act 221, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001.     EBM, FIN

HB 2945, HD1     (HSCR258-10)     RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Amends State Private Investment Fund to establish a managing board; authorize insurance company tax credits to be used as a fund guarantee; establish investment limits; require investments in successful venture capital firms with experienced managers and an ability to mentor entrepreneurs; set a target of 30% of investments in Hawaii-based businesses; direct

that returns exceeding fund expenses, debts, and investor equity interests be deposited into the general fund.     EBM, FIN

HB 2844, HD1     (HSCR276-10)     RELATING TO THE FILM INDUSTRY.
Creates a Film Industry Branch Special Fund with revenues from a general exercise tax surcharge on motion picture theaters and fees charged by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism for its film industry activities.  Allows other revenues such as legislative appropriations, grants, gifts, and donations to be deposited into the special fund.  Effective July 1, 2112.          EBM, FIN

HB 1926, HD1     (HSCR377-10)     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
Establishes the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Operation Special Fund for the operation of the department.  Imposes a surcharge on the fees charged by certain departments for certain business- and commerce-related authorizations and services.  Requires the deposit of the surcharge revenues, as well as $2 million annually from the Compliance Resolution Fund, into the special fund.  Takes effect on July 1, 2010, and sunsets on June 30, 2015.     EBM, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 pm
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2409, HD1     (HSCR372-10)     RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.
Increases lease terms for aquaculture ventures from 35 to 45 years.  Provides aquaculture lessees in good standing the right of first refusal.  Allows for supportive aquaculture activities.
AGR/WLO, FIN

HB 2948, HD1     (HSCR371-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes restrictions on the interisland movement of certain agricultural and nonagricultural articles; amends requirements related to the notification of arrival, labeling, authority to inspect, and importation of certain agricultural and nonagricultural articles; establishes a misdemeanor offense and increases the fine applicable to violators.  Effective January 20, 2020.      AGR, FIN

HB 2294, HD1     (HSCR393-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Makes various amendments to the agricultural inspection and biosecurity laws, including the following:  (1) Exempts aggregate bulk freight, cement bulk freight, coal bulk freight, and liquid bulk freight from the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Service fee; (2) Increases the purposes for expenditures from the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund; (3) Requires the deposit of fees and fines relating to agricultural inspections into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund; and (4) Repeals the Permit Revolving Fund, and Microorganism Import Certification Revolving Fund and transfers the moneys in those funds into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund.      AGR, FIN

HB 2503, HD1     (HSCR160-10)     RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Authorizes an expansion of the permissible uses of the Pesticide Use Revolving Fund (Fund) by removing the requirement that personnel costs from the Fund be used only for employees in the Registration and Education Section of the Pesticides Branch of the Department of Agriculture.  Effective January 20, 2020.      AGR, FIN

HB 2293, HD1     (HSCR368-10)     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
Requires the deposit of a portion of the agricultural loan repayments into a new department of agriculture staffing special fund.  Requires moneys in the special fund to be expended on department personnel salary, fringe benefit, and operating costs that were previously paid from the general fund.  Requires report to the legislature.  Takes effect on 1/20/2020 and sunsets on            .     AGR, FIN

HB 2504     (HSCR245-10)     RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
Allows for Nursery Certification fees to be deposited into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund.     AGR, FIN

HB 2290, HD1     (HSCR367-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes the Agriculture Inspection and Certification Special Fund under the Department of Agriculture for the inspection, certification, weighing, or grading of agricultural commodities that are to be imported into, exported from, or shipped within the state.  Deposits all fees, civil penalties, and other moneys collected by DOA into the Special Fund.  Allows DOA to enter into agreements with government and private agencies to hire and pay inspectors to perform certification and audit services, maintain food safety, and establish and maintain an Internet food safety promotional and reporting system.  Repeals the Certification Services Revolving Fund.  Requires the establishment or increase of certain fees to cover the operation and maintenance costs of agriculture inspection and certification programs, and central services and departmental administrative expense assessments.  Appropriates funds for DOA's agriculture inspection and certification program.     AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:00 pm
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2497     (HSCR117-10)     RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS.
Authorizes issuance of special purpose revenue bonds for Carbon Bio-Engineers, Inc., for development of non-fossil fuel energy production.     EEP, FIN

HB 2239     (HSCR17-10)     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Removes the exemption for dietary supplements from the deposit beverage container program.
EEP, FIN

HB 2644, HD1     (HSCR204-10)     RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.
Applies the solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is deposited in a landfill, incinerator, or waste-to-energy facility, and applies the surcharge to waste that is shipped out of state for disposal.     EEP, FIN

HB 2643, HD1     (HSCR303-10)     RELATING TO CLEAN ENERGY BONDS.
Establishes a clean energy bond loan program for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvements on residential and commercial properties, and authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance the program.     EEP, FIN

HB 2631, HD1     (HSCR320-10)     RELATING TO ENERGY INDUSTRY REPORTING.
Repeals the petroleum industry information reporting requirements, the petroleum industry monitoring, analysis, and reporting program, and the PIMAR special fund.     EEP, CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 2421, HD1     (HSCR340-10)     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
Establishes various initiatives, and appropriates funds to promote economic development for local food and energy businesses, ensures Hawaii is energy and food self-sufficient and sustainable to the maximum extent feasible, and help Hawaii's natural resources and humankind adapt and be resilient to the inevitable challenges brought on by climate change.  Provides a fuel tax exemption for commercial air transportation providers.  Increases and changes the name of the environmental response tax.     EEP/AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

5:00 pm
A G E N D A #  5

HB 2962     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily defers deductions against a taxpayer's net income tax liability for claims under the Technology Infrastructure Renovation Tax Credit and High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013.     FIN

HB 1947     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals applicability of state income tax to rollovers made by employees of state and county agencies and tax exempt organizations from qualifying annuity plans and qualifying deferred compensation plans to eligible retirement plans or individual retirement accounts.     FIN

HB 2153     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Assesses a surcharge tax on all soft drinks sold in the State.     FIN

HB 2736     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Requires at least eighty per cent of workers on public works and construction contracts to be Hawaii residents.     FIN

HB 2741     RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Requires the DLNR to issue a commercial permit to the owner of a commercial vessel with a mooring permit under certain conditions.     FIN

HB 2739     RELATING TO DAMS AND RESERVOIRS.
Establishes standards for the permitting, inspection, and maintenance of dams, reservoirs, and their appurtenant structures.  Establishes the dam rehabilitation loan revolving fund and loan program.  Authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds to fund the dam rehabilitation loan program.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
 
February 17, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The UH President, M.R.C. Greenwood's State of the University of Hawaii Address, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (00:44:44:12)

o     2/19/10    Fri           12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     2/20/10    Sat           7:30 pm  VIEW 54

 


February 21, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Monday, February 22, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2688   (HSCR225-10)   RELATING TO HEALTH.
Changes the name of the environmental health education fund to the sanitation and environmental health fund and allows the fund to be used for sanitation program activities.  Increases threshold for deposit of excess fund into general fund.

HB 2152   (HSCR185-10)  RELATING TO BUILDING DESIGN FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
Allows the disability and communication access board to charge a fee to defray expenses of review of construction plans to ensure compliance with law.  Establishes temporary fees until the board adopts permanent fees.

HB 1859, HD1   (HSCR267-10)   RELATING TO FUNDING FOR PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
Increases the annual vehicle registration fee by $1, which will be deposited into the Disability and Communication Access Board Special Fund to cover the costs of administering parking for persons with disabilities.  Repeals the deposit of application fees for the credentialing of interpreters into the Special Fund, and the use of Special Fund monies to cover the costs of administering the program for their credentialing.

HB 2085   (HSCR284-10)   RELATING TO HEALTH.
Establishes limits on requests for proposals from health and human services providers for QUEST contracts that exceed $100,000,000 and commence after the term of the agency director expires.
 
HB2084   (HSCR27-10)   RELATING TO THE FEDERAL DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE HOSPITAL FUNDS.
Appropriates moneys for fiscal year 2010-2011 to match the federal disproportionate share hospital allowance allocated to the State; authorizes some appropriated funds to be used to obtain matching federal disproportionate share hospital allowance for prior fiscal year expenditures by the State.
 
HB 1902, HD1   (HSCR337-10)   RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
Delays interim and final reports of the long term care commission on the development of a 5-year plan and proposed system reforms from 2/28/2010 and 9/30/2010 to 1/19/2011 and 1/18/2012, respectively.  Extends term of commission to the adjournment sine die of the regular session of the 2012 legislature.
 
HB 2774, HD1   (HSCR221-10)   RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.
Directs the Department of Human Services to replace its QUEST program with the predecessor public assistance programs including the State Health Insurance Program.  Effective January 1, 2050.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


11:30 a.m.
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2533   (HSCR306-10)   RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETIRANTS.
Establishes the conditions under which state and county retirees may be reemployed while still receiving employees' retirement system benefits; and requires reimbursement of retirement allowances and payment of contributions for retirees reemployed in violation of the conditions for reemployment.

HB 2538   (HSCR307-10)   RELATING TO THE PAYMENT OF EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS.
Provides for the payment of state retirement system benefits on a monthly basis by direct deposit to a financial institution account.

HB 2855, HD1   (HSCR312-10)   RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Requires the board of trustees of the employees' retirement system to study and recommend a plan to fully amortize the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the system over a 30-year period.
 
HB 1904   (HSCR88-10)   RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
Requires the set aside from the general excise tax revenues of an amount equivalent to the unfunded accrued liability contribution by the State for state employees.  Takes effect on 07/01/11.
 
HB 1905    (HSCR305-10)  RELATING TO STATE PAYMENTS.
Remits general excise tax funds to pay fringe benefit contributions and tax refunds not paid in previous fiscal years to balance the state budget.  Act takes effect on 07/01/2011.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


1:00 p.m.
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2702    RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
Proposed HD1:  Requires the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to conduct a study on the cost and feasibility of changing from annual to semi-annual the contribution rate schedules for unemployment contributions.  Provides for fixed reserve ratios for calendar years 2010 and 2011 for employers commencing operations in 2010 and employers currently in operation who hire new employees or rehire employees that were laid-off prior to January 1, 2010.  Requires the department of labor and industrial relations to review the auditor's study conducted in 1982 regarding the financing mechanisms of the unemployment compensation fund.  Requires reports.

HB 2257, HD1  (HSCR176-10)   RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Authorizes an individual that is attached to a regular employer who is not offering work to still receive unemployment insurance benefits even if that individual voluntarily or involuntarily separates from part-time employment, with or without good cause.

HB 2964, HD1   (HSCR177-10)   RELATING TO SALARIES.
Increases the salary reduction for the governor, the lieutenant governor, the justices and judges of all state courts, the administrative director of the State or an equivalent position, the department heads or executive officers and the deputies or assistants of various state departments, and legislators from 5% to 8.07% for the second half of the 2009-2010 fiscal biennium.

HB 2163   (HSCR44-10)   RELATING TO SALARY AND PENSION PAYMENTS.
Requires all employees hired prior to July 1, 1998, and who have not designated a financial account into which the State is authorized to deposit the employee's pay, to designate an account no later than a date to be determined.

HB 2637   (HSCR304-10)   RELATING TO MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION BENEFITS.
Clarifies that a physician or surgeon may conduct diagnostic testing or engage in a one-time consultation for a subspecialty diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations from a board certified or licensed specialist.

HB 2935, HD2   (HSCR324-10) RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
Makes it an unlawful practice for any employer or labor organization to bar or discharge from employment, withhold pay from, or demote an employee because the employee legitimately uses accrued and available negotiated sick leave in accordance with an employer's attendant  and negotiated sick leave policies, except for abuse of sick leave.  Provides exceptions for essential job functions or requirements.  Effective December 21, 2058.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


2:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2784, HD1   (HSCR382-10)   RELATING TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.
Increases the monetary limit of claims that may be filed in small claims court.  Effective December 21, 2058.
 
HB 2508, HD1   (HSCR180-10)   MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, and its employees.

HB 1991, HD1   (HSCR179-10)   RELATING TO TRAFFIC ABSTRACT FEE.
Increases the fee for a traffic abstract from $7 to $10 and increases the amount of the fee deposited into the general fund from $5 to $8.  Effective December 21, 2058.

HB 59, HD2   (HSCR178-10)   PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require candidates for the state senate or house of representatives to be residents of the senatorial or representative district from which they seek to be elected for at least twelve consecutive months prior to a general election.  Effective December 21, 2058.

HB 2003, HD1   (HSCR404-10)   RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCING.
Updates, organizes, and clarifies current campaign financing laws.
 
HB 2004, HD1   (HSCR405-10)    RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCING.
Amends law relating to ballot issue committees.  Defines automated phone call and requires certain information to be stated at the beginning of such phone calls.  Amends the definition of advertisement.  Repeals the campaign spending commission's authority to adopt a code of fair campaign practices as part of its rules.  Requires advertising notices and disclaimers to be included on every web page that contains an advertisement.
 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


4:00 p.m.
A G E N D A #  5

HB 2594, HD1   (HSCR414-10)   RELATING TO CONFORMITY OF THE HAWAII INCOME TAX LAW TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.
Conforming amendments to the Hawaii income tax law based upon amendments to the Internal Revenue Code for calendar year 2009.

HB 40, HD1   (HSCR429-10)   RELATING TO STATE BONDS.
Repeals Act 112, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, which authorized the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Carbon Diversion Inc.

HB 2919   (HSCR174-10)   RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Amends the definition of "sewer worker" for purposes of the Employees' Retirement System to include sewer maintenance working supervisors, wastewater collection system inspection supervisors, wastewater collection system district supervisors, and wastewater collection system field services supervisors.
 
HB 2291, HD1   (HSCR52-10)   RELATING TO MEASUREMENT STANDARDS.
Establishes the Weights and Measurements Special Fund.  Requires the Board of Agriculture to adopt or amend rules to impose or increase fees authorized to be charged under Chapter 486, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to cover the cost of the Measurement Standards Program.  Effective January 20, 2020.

HB 2783, HD1   (HSCR329-10)   RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
Repeals the sunset provisions with respect to general excise tax exemptions for condominium submanagers, suboperators, and timeshare associations.  Specifies that the $400,000 cap is based on the taxable amount due and not the gross receipts.
 
HB 2801, HD1   (HSCR266-10)   MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION FOR OPERATIONAL COSTS.
Appropriates emergency funding to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to ensure the continuous delivery of critical health care services and for the payment of HHSC's operational costs, and establish the Big Island Rural Interdisciplinary Program in the East Hawaii region.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


4:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  6


NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING


The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 1:

HB 2598   RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Suspends for three years, from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, the distribution of transient accommodations tax revenues to the counties.

HB 2542   RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
Addresses the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget shortfall by transferring to the general fund a total of $10,000,000 in excess balances from certain special funds.

HB 2737   RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF PUBLIC LANDS.
Directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources to fund the general fund by disposing of public lands.  Also directs the Department to dispose of public lands leased to not-for-profit organizations meeting certain criteria.

HB 2887   RELATING TO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT MONEYS.
Transfers temporarily to the general fund the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund designated for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Requires interest and earnings of the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be deposited into the general fund.  Reduces the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be transferred to the tobacco enforcement special fund.  Encourages the nonprofit entity responsible for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund to increase its annual expenditures to assist in revitalizing the economy.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010, and sunsets on 06/30/2015.
 
The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 2:

HB 2850   RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX.
Temporarily increases the liquor tax rates during the period of 7/1/10 to 6/30/15.

HB 2853   RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY TAX.
Increases the public service company tax rate applicable to public utilities.  Takes effect on 07/01/10, and sunsets on 06/30/15.
 
HB 2872   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the tax rate for banks and other financial corporations.  Repeals requirement that $2,000,000 of tax revenues from banks and other financial corporations be deposited into the compliance resolution fund.  Authorizes the commissioner of financial institutions to expedite the imposition of fees on banks and other financial corporations.  Takes effect on 07/01/10 and sunsets on 12/31/15.  Applies change to entire net income received for calendar year preceding 1/1/11 or fiscal year in which 1/1/11 occurs.

HB 2851   RELATING TO INSURANCE. Increases the insurance premium tax rates.  Repeals the ceiling on insurance premium taxes payable by a captive insurance company.  Takes effect on 7/1/10 and sunsets on 06/30/15.
 
HB 2852    RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.
Temporarily makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes a medical and health promotion tax credit.  Authorizes the insurance commissioner to adjust any inadequate rates for the managed care plans of mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.

HB 2885   RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
Temporarily suspends the distribution of a portion of the conveyance tax to the land conservation fund and rental housing trust fund.  Reduces distribution to the natural area reserve fund.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 3:

HB 2867   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals various income tax credits and deductions.  Takes effect upon approval and sunsets on 12/31/2015.

HB 2866    RELATING TO TAXATION.
Adjusts income tax rates for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009 and ending before January 1, 2016.
 
HB 2991   RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE.
Creates higher income tax brackets and rates for high-income individual taxpayers.  Eliminates certain corporate tax exemptions.  Provides for taxation of capital gains as ordinary income.  Creates commission to provide a more equitable and progressive tax system.  Also provides a means to fund public education and other high priority programs.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 4:

HB 2878   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals certain exemptions under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes.  The Act takes effect on July 1, 2010 and sunsets on June 30, 2015.

HB 2877   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Proposed HD 1:  Temporarily suspends the exemption for certain amounts of gross income or proceeds from the general excise tax and requires the payment of the tax at a one-half per cent rate.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.

HB 2876   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily increases the general excise and use tax rates from 4% to 5%, the capital goods excise tax credit rate from 4% to 5%, and the refundable food/excise tax credit by $10 per exemption.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.
 
HB 2880   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the "wholesale" rates under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes to one per cent from one-half per cent.  Effective 7/1/10; repealed 6/30/15.

4:32 p.m.
A G E N D A #  7

The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Thursday, February 18, 2010, Agenda # 2:

HB 2945, HD1   (HSCR258-10)   RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Amends State Private Investment Fund to establish a managing board; authorize insurance company tax credits to be used as a fund guarantee; establish investment limits; require investments in successful venture capital firms with experienced managers and an ability to mentor entrepreneurs; set a target of 30% of investments in Hawaii-based businesses; direct that returns exceeding fund expenses, debts, and investor equity interests be deposited into the general fund.

HB 1926, HD1   (HSCR377-10)   RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
Establishes the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Operation Special Fund for the operation of the department.  Imposes a surcharge on the fees charged by certain departments for certain business-and commerce-related authorizations and services.  Requires the deposit of the surcharge revenues, as well as $2 million annually from the Compliance Resolution Fund, into the special fund.  Takes effect on July 1, 2010, and sunsets on June 30, 2015.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Thursday, February 18, 2010, Agenda # 4:

HB 2644, HD1   (HSCR204-10)   RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.
Applies the solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is deposited in a landfill, incinerator, or waste-to-energy facility, and applies the surcharge to waste that is shipped out of state for disposal.
 
HB 2421, HD1   (HSCR340-10)   RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
Establishes various initiatives, and appropriates funds to promote economic development for local food and energy businesses, ensures Hawaii is energy and food self-sufficient and sustainable to the maximum extent feasible, and help Hawaii's natural resources and humankind adapt and be resilient to the inevitable challenges brought on by climate change.  Provides a fuel tax exemption for commercial air transportation providers.  Increases and changes the name of the environmental response tax.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on
Thursday, February 18, 2010, Agenda # 5:
 
HB 2962   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily defers deductions against a taxpayer's net income tax liability for claims under the Technology Infrastructure Renovation Tax Credit and High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013.

HB 2736   RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Requires at least eighty per cent of workers on public works and construction contracts to be Hawaii residents.

Contact: Rana Kuwaye • Capitol TV • (808) 536-2100

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:12:52:02)

o     2/23/10 Tue       1:27 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/23/10 Tue       9:30 am            Channel 49

Agenda:
Hawaii Department of Health- Adult Mental Health Division

Substantial and significant changes to services were made in 2008 and the first half of 2009, including elimination of Assertive Case Management for the most acute patients, reduction in allowable case management hours, and transfer of all patients with private insurance to their insurance providers.   More recently, additional service and eligibility changes, reductions, and eliminations have taken place and the current fiscal condition of the State may result in more changes.

This informational briefing was for the Hawaii Department of Health to provide an update on all the changes in services and programs that were made in the recent past and that are under consideration and the impact these changes will have on our community.  The department also presented its vision and future direction and plans for providing mental health services for Hawaii.

 

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 1:00 p.m.,followed by
the
Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) 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:

1:00 pm

The purpose of this Informational Briefing is to discuss the proposal made by the Department of Human Services (DHS) to create the Eligibility Processing Operations Division (EPO). This briefing will be conducted in a roundtable discussion format.  All providers of services, former and current DHS employees and all others interested in this issue are welcome to participate.

2:30 pm

SB 2287     RELATING TO COUNTY ZONING FOR GROUP LIVING FACILITIES.
Requires counties to consider in zoning for group living facilities impacts of traffic safety and congestion, elevated noise levels, and disruption of commercial deliveries upon the residents in the surrounding area.     TIA/HMS

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Housing (HSG) and the House Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources (WLO) Hearing on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. followed by

The
House Committee on Housing (HSG) at 9:05 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

9:00 a.m.

RECONSIDERATION OF PRIOR DECISION MAKING

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

HB 2435     RELATING TO HOUSING.
Granting temporary relief from county housing requirements as recommended by the construction industry task force to stimulate housing construction statewide.     HSG/WLO

9:05 a.m.

RECONSIDER OF PRIOR DECISION MAKING

The following measure(s) were previously heard on February 3, 2010.

HB 2568     (HSCR190-10)     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
Reduces the quorum requirement for the board of directors of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.     HSG

9:10 a.m.

RE-HEARING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE

HB 2311     RELATING TO PLANNED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS.
Allows for the use of flag poles to display the flag of the United States or of the State on the premises of single-family residential dwellings or townhouses that are part of a planned community.  Allows reasonable restrictions on the use of flag poles for aesthetic purposes.
HSG, JUD/CPC

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
 

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 10:25 a.m. followed by an Informational Briefing at 10:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:25:49:00)

o     2/23/10 Tue       12:00 am           Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/23/10 Tue        8:00 am            Channel 49

Agenda:
10:25 a.m.
The following bill(s) is for decision-making purposes only to insert substantive provision into the short form bill.  A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date, at which time testimony will be accepted.

HB 674     RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to Hawaiian Affairs.     HAW

10:30 a.m.
The purpose of this informational briefing was to allow the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands  (DHHL) the opportunity to provide information and answers to the following:

      DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS - Kaulana Park, Director

     1.  What is DHHL's plan for generating revenues?

     2.  What is DHHL's plan for putting more native Hawaiians on their lands?

     3.  What is DHHL's plan for decreasing the wait-list?

     4.  What is DHHL's plan to help native Hawaiians obtain access to commercial leases?

     5.  What is DHHL's short and long term strategic plan to address the 600 million dollar settlement - 1995 Act 14)  30 million dollar appropriations that expires at the end of 2014?

     6.  What is DHHL's actual operating costs vs. generating revenues?

     7.  What is DHHL's plan to sustain sufficient sums available for the following purposes as defined in The Constitution of   the State of Hawaii, Article 12, Section 1, for purposes of

     (1) development of home, agriculture, farm, and ranch lots;

       (2) home, agriculture, aquaculture, farm and ranch loans; (3) rehabilitation projects to include, but not limited to, educational, economic, political, social and cultural processes by which the general welfare and conditions of native Hawaiians are thereby improved.

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:52:27:00)

o     2/24/10 Wed     3:07 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/24/10 Wed     11:00 am            Channel 49

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing was to address the impact of the possible four-month delay in payments to Healthcare providers by the Department of Human Services (DHS).
 
The following had been invited to participate:

The Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) and/or her designee; and

Healthcare Association of Hawaii (HAH); and

Alohacare; and

Evercare; and

HMSA; and

Kaiser Permanente; and

Ohana Health Plan; and

Nursefinders Home Care; and

Adult Foster Homecare Association (AFHA); and

Advanced Care Management Services; and

Ahonui Case Management, Inc.; and

Alliance of Residential Care Administrators (ARCA); and

Aloha Health Care Providers, Inc.; and

Azil Case Management Agency; and

Barnes & Sabado Case Management; and

Blue Water Resources; and

Case Management, Inc.; and

Case Management Professionals, Inc.; and

Catholic Charities Quality Living Choices Program; and

Hale Makua; and

Harvest Case Management Agency, LLC; and

Hawaii Care Case Management; and

Health Care Connection, Inc.; and

Kupuna Alternative Care, LLC; and

MB Case Management, Inc.; and

Nightingale Case Management, Inc.; and

Ohana Alternative Care Services; and

Ohana Case Management; and

Pono Case Management Agency; and

Quality Case Management, Inc.; and

Queen's Community Based Programs; and

Ramiro-Anderson Case Management; and

Residential Choices, Inc.; and

Talavera Case Management Agency, Inc.; and

TLC Case Management; and

The Primary Care Providers (TPCP); and

Universal Case Management Agency; and

United Group of Homecare Owners (UGHO); and

Any organizations delivering Transportation services for healthcare providers; and

Any other individual or organization that may be affected by these delays.

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 18, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm, will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (09:35:47:26)
o     2/25/10    Thu         12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS Part 1: Tapes 1 - 3)
o     2/26/10    Fri           12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS Part 2: Tapes 4 - 5)
o     2/26/10    Fri             8:00 am  FOCUS 49

Agenda:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2057, HD1     (HSCR346-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Amends various sections of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, Chapter 103D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to simplify and streamline procurement processes to enable agencies to expeditiously acquire the resources or services they need to perform their missions.     EBM, FIN

HB 2133, HD1     (HSCR347-10)     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Amends the Hawaii public procurement code to set time limits or awards in the request for proposal process, make public contracts effective as of the notice of the award, specify that the solicitation, offer, bid, or proposal and the award notice constitute the entire contract, and provide that a subsequent written and executed contract is not required.  Requires the State Procurement Office to authorize reseller agreements in multi-state contracting agreements.  Requires the Procurement Policy Board to adopt rules to promote Hawaii businesses.     EBM, FIN

HB 2441, HD1     (HSCR378-10)     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Requires contracts awarded to projects of the departments of Hawaiian home lands and transportation; county boards of water supply; and county departments of housing, planning and permitting, and transportation to be awarded within 30 days of the bid opening date, subject to sufficient available funding and possible further negotiations to benefit the public.  Requires contracts by these agencies for design professional services to be awarded within 45 days of the bid opening date.     EBM, FIN

HB 2901, HD1     (HSCR379-10)     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Establishes discretionary request for competitive sealed proposal procedure using the design-build process where not more than five offerors selected on their qualifications submit proposals, and stipends are paid to unsuccessful offerors who allow the agency to use elements of their designs and waive their right to protest the award.     EBM, FIN

HB 2058, HD1     (HSCR257-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY.
Authorizes the natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority to enter into concessions for cell towers.          EBM, FIN

HB 2831, HD1     (HSCR364-10)     RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
Authorizes the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) to acquire, hold, and sell qualified securities subject to certain conditions.  Authorizes NELHA to accept donations of money, property, and services.  Effective January 1, 2112.     EBM, FIN

HB 2445, HD1     (HSCR216-10)     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
Authorizes the Hawaii Tourism Authority to maintain the confidentiality of competitively sensitive information.  Preserves certain autonomy provisions of Act 58, SLH 2004. Requires quarterly reports.  Effective January 1, 2112.     TCI, FIN

HB 2817, HD1     (HSCR217-10)     RELATING TO ART.
Allows for the disposition by public auction of works of art acquired by the State.  Effective January 1, 2112.     TCI, FIN

HB 2446, HD1     (HSCR331-10)     RELATING TO HAWAII TELEVISION AND FILM DEVELOPMENT.
Transfers the television and film industry activities and responsibilities under the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Effective July 1, 2112.     TCI/EBM, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

2:00 pm
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2381, HD1     (HSCR103-10)     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Provides a temporary tax credit for residential construction and remodeling projects.  Effective July 1, 2112.     EBM, FIN

HB 2382, HD1     (HSCR348-10)     RELATING TO DIGITAL MEDIA.
Establishes digital media enterprise subzones near University of Hawaii campuses and within enterprise zones; establishes tax credits for digital media infrastructure development and local workforce employment; authorizes insurance companies to invest in qualified digital media infrastructure projects in lieu of certain state taxes; renames the Hawaii Television and Film Development Special Fund the Hawaii Film Office Special Fund; sunsets on 6/30/2020; effective July 1, 2112.     EBM/HED, FIN

HB 2984, HD1     (HSCR380-10)     RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.
Extends the tax credit for research activities for 1 year.  Repeals remaining tax credit provisions of Act 221, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001.     EBM, FIN

HB 2945, HD1     (HSCR258-10)     RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Amends State Private Investment Fund to establish a managing board; authorize insurance company tax credits to be used as a fund guarantee; establish investment limits; require investments in successful venture capital firms with experienced managers and an ability to mentor entrepreneurs; set a target of 30% of investments in Hawaii-based businesses; direct

that returns exceeding fund expenses, debts, and investor equity interests be deposited into the general fund.     EBM, FIN

HB 2844, HD1     (HSCR276-10)     RELATING TO THE FILM INDUSTRY.
Creates a Film Industry Branch Special Fund with revenues from a general exercise tax surcharge on motion picture theaters and fees charged by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism for its film industry activities.  Allows other revenues such as legislative appropriations, grants, gifts, and donations to be deposited into the special fund.  Effective July 1, 2112.          EBM, FIN

HB 1926, HD1     (HSCR377-10)     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
Establishes the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Operation Special Fund for the operation of the department.  Imposes a surcharge on the fees charged by certain departments for certain business- and commerce-related authorizations and services.  Requires the deposit of the surcharge revenues, as well as $2 million annually from the Compliance Resolution Fund, into the special fund.  Takes effect on July 1, 2010, and sunsets on June 30, 2015.     EBM, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 pm
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2409, HD1     (HSCR372-10)     RELATING TO AQUACULTURE.
Increases lease terms for aquaculture ventures from 35 to 45 years.  Provides aquaculture lessees in good standing the right of first refusal.  Allows for supportive aquaculture activities.
AGR/WLO, FIN

HB 2948, HD1     (HSCR371-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes restrictions on the interisland movement of certain agricultural and nonagricultural articles; amends requirements related to the notification of arrival, labeling, authority to inspect, and importation of certain agricultural and nonagricultural articles; establishes a misdemeanor offense and increases the fine applicable to violators.  Effective January 20, 2020.      AGR, FIN

HB 2294, HD1     (HSCR393-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Makes various amendments to the agricultural inspection and biosecurity laws, including the following:  (1) Exempts aggregate bulk freight, cement bulk freight, coal bulk freight, and liquid bulk freight from the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Service fee; (2) Increases the purposes for expenditures from the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund; (3) Requires the deposit of fees and fines relating to agricultural inspections into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund; and (4) Repeals the Permit Revolving Fund, and Microorganism Import Certification Revolving Fund and transfers the moneys in those funds into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund.      AGR, FIN

HB 2503, HD1     (HSCR160-10)     RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Authorizes an expansion of the permissible uses of the Pesticide Use Revolving Fund (Fund) by removing the requirement that personnel costs from the Fund be used only for employees in the Registration and Education Section of the Pesticides Branch of the Department of Agriculture.  Effective January 20, 2020.      AGR, FIN

HB 2293, HD1     (HSCR368-10)     RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
Requires the deposit of a portion of the agricultural loan repayments into a new department of agriculture staffing special fund.  Requires moneys in the special fund to be expended on department personnel salary, fringe benefit, and operating costs that were previously paid from the general fund.  Requires report to the legislature.  Takes effect on 1/20/2020 and sunsets on            .     AGR, FIN

HB 2504     (HSCR245-10)     RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
Allows for Nursery Certification fees to be deposited into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund.     AGR, FIN

HB 2290, HD1     (HSCR367-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes the Agriculture Inspection and Certification Special Fund under the Department of Agriculture for the inspection, certification, weighing, or grading of agricultural commodities that are to be imported into, exported from, or shipped within the state.  Deposits all fees, civil penalties, and other moneys collected by DOA into the Special Fund.  Allows DOA to enter into agreements with government and private agencies to hire and pay inspectors to perform certification and audit services, maintain food safety, and establish and maintain an Internet food safety promotional and reporting system.  Repeals the Certification Services Revolving Fund.  Requires the establishment or increase of certain fees to cover the operation and maintenance costs of agriculture inspection and certification programs, and central services and departmental administrative expense assessments.  Appropriates funds for DOA's agriculture inspection and certification program.     AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:00 pm
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2497     (HSCR117-10)     RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS.
Authorizes issuance of special purpose revenue bonds for Carbon Bio-Engineers, Inc., for development of non-fossil fuel energy production.     EEP, FIN

HB 2239     (HSCR17-10)     RELATING TO THE DEPOSIT BEVERAGE CONTAINER PROGRAM.
Removes the exemption for dietary supplements from the deposit beverage container program.
EEP, FIN

HB 2644, HD1     (HSCR204-10)     RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.
Applies the solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is deposited in a landfill, incinerator, or waste-to-energy facility, and applies the surcharge to waste that is shipped out of state for disposal.     EEP, FIN

HB 2643, HD1     (HSCR303-10)     RELATING TO CLEAN ENERGY BONDS.
Establishes a clean energy bond loan program for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvements on residential and commercial properties, and authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance the program.     EEP, FIN

HB 2631, HD1     (HSCR320-10)     RELATING TO ENERGY INDUSTRY REPORTING.
Repeals the petroleum industry information reporting requirements, the petroleum industry monitoring, analysis, and reporting program, and the PIMAR special fund.     EEP, CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 2421, HD1     (HSCR340-10)     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
Establishes various initiatives, and appropriates funds to promote economic development for local food and energy businesses, ensures Hawaii is energy and food self-sufficient and sustainable to the maximum extent feasible, and help Hawaii's natural resources and humankind adapt and be resilient to the inevitable challenges brought on by climate change.  Provides a fuel tax exemption for commercial air transportation providers.  Increases and changes the name of the environmental response tax.     EEP/AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

5:00 pm
A G E N D A #  5

HB 2962     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily defers deductions against a taxpayer's net income tax liability for claims under the Technology Infrastructure Renovation Tax Credit and High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013.     FIN

HB 1947     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals applicability of state income tax to rollovers made by employees of state and county agencies and tax exempt organizations from qualifying annuity plans and qualifying deferred compensation plans to eligible retirement plans or individual retirement accounts.     FIN

HB 2153     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Assesses a surcharge tax on all soft drinks sold in the State.     FIN

HB 2736     RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Requires at least eighty per cent of workers on public works and construction contracts to be Hawaii residents.     FIN


HB 2741     RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Requires the DLNR to issue a commercial permit to the owner of a commercial vessel with a mooring permit under certain conditions.     FIN

HB 2739     RELATING TO DAMS AND RESERVOIRS.
Establishes standards for the permitting, inspection, and maintenance of dams, reservoirs, and their appurtenant structures.  Establishes the dam rehabilitation loan revolving fund and loan program.  Authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds to fund the dam rehabilitation loan program.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 pm will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (08:55:58:19)
o     3/1/10      Mon          8:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     3/2/10      Tue         12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS Part 1: Tapes 1 - 3)
o     3/3/10      Wed        12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS Part 2: Tapes 4 - 5)

Agenda:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2598     RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Suspends for three years, from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, the distribution of transient accommodations tax revenues to the counties.     FIN

HB 2542     RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
Addresses the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget shortfall by transferring to the general fund a total of $10,000,000 in excess balances from certain special funds.     FIN

HB 2737     RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF PUBLIC LANDS.
Directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources to fund the general fund by disposing of public lands.  Also directs the Department to dispose of public lands leased to not-for-profit organizations meeting certain criteria.     FIN

HB 2887     RELATING TO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT MONEYS.
Transfers temporarily to the general fund the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund designated for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Requires interest and earnings of the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be deposited into the general fund.  Reduces the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be transferred to the tobacco enforcement special fund.  Encourages the nonprofit entity responsible for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund to increase its annual expenditures to assist in revitalizing the economy.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010, and sunsets on 06/30/2015.     FIN

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 40     RELATING TO STATE BONDS.
Short form bill relating to state bonds.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

1:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2850     RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX.
Temporarily increases the liquor tax rates during the period of 7/1/10 to 6/30/15.     FIN

HB 2853     RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY TAX.
Increases the public service company tax rate applicable to public utilities.  Takes effect on 07/01/10, and sunsets on 06/30/15.     FIN

HB 2872     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the tax rate for banks and other financial corporations.  Repeals requirement that $2,000,000 of tax revenues from banks and other financial corporations be deposited into the compliance resolution fund.  Authorizes the commissioner of financial institutions to expedite the imposition of fees on banks and other financial corporations.  Takes effect on 07/01/10 and sunsets on 12/31/15.  Applies change to entire net income received for calendar year preceding 1/1/11 or fiscal year in which 1/1/11 occurs.     FIN

HB 2851     RELATING TO INSURANCE.
Increases the insurance premium tax rates.  Repeals the ceiling on insurance premium taxes payable by a captive insurance company.  Takes effect on 7/1/10 and sunsets on 06/30/15.     FIN

HB 2852     RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.
Temporarily makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes a medical and health promotion tax credit.  Authorizes the insurance commissioner to adjust any inadequate rates for the managed care plans of mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.     FIN

HB 2885     RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
Temporarily suspends the distribution of a portion of the conveyance tax to the land conservation fund and rental housing trust fund.  Reduces distribution to the natural area reserve fund.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 p.m.
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2867     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals various income tax credits and deductions.  Takes effect upon approval and sunsets on 12/31/2015.     FIN

HB 2866     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Adjusts income tax rates for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009 and ending before January 1, 2016.     FIN


HB 2991     RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE.
Creates higher income tax brackets and rates for high-income individual taxpayers.  Eliminates certain corporate tax exemptions.  Provides for taxation of capital gains as ordinary income.  Creates commission to provide a more equitable and progressive tax system.  Also provides a means to fund public education and other high priority programs.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2878     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals certain exemptions under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes.  The Act takes effect on July 1, 2010 and sunsets on June 30, 2015.     FIN

HB 2877     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Proposed HD 1:  Temporarily suspends the exemption for certain amounts of gross income or proceeds from the general excise tax and requires the payment of the tax at a one-half per cent rate.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.     FIN

HB 2876     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily increases the general excise and use tax rates from 4% to 5%, the capital goods excise tax credit rate from 4% to 5%, and the refundable food/excise tax credit by $10 per exemption.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.     FIN

HB 2880     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the "wholesale" rates under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes to one per cent from one-half per cent.  Effective 7/1/10; repealed 6/30/15.     FIN

Copies of the proposed HD1 are available in room 306 and on the Legislature's Web site:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, February 19, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:19:19:05)

o     2/23/10 Tue       3:40 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/25/10 Thu       12:30 pm           Channel 53

Agenda:

GM 241
    
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, ROBERT M. BROWNING, for a term to expire in ten years.
     JGO
GM 240
    
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Intermediate Court of Appeals as Associate Judge, Gubernatorial Nominee, LISA M. GINOZA, for a term of ten years.
     JGO
         

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 1:45 p.m. followed by the

Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) at 2:15 p.m. and the

Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Informational Briefing at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:44:38:00)

o     2/24/10 Wed     12:00 am           Channel 54 (HITS)
o     2/26/10 Fri        12:30 pm           Channel 53

Agenda:
1:45 pm

SB 2341     RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS.
Prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee or applicant for employment based upon the employee's or the applicant's status as a victim of domestic violence.     HMS/LBR

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.

2:15 pm

SB 2473     RELATING TO HOUSING.
Allows grandchildren of elderly housing project residents to temporarily reside with the residents in certain family crisis situations.  Affords residents evicted for raising grandchildren-in-crisis in their housing project units, priority status to return to project housing.     HMS/EDH

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.

2:45 pm

This Informational Briefing was on the status of the Department of Human Services' proposal to delay  payments to QUEST and QUEST Expanded health plans in the near future; and THE Department of Health's plan to transfer behavioral health clients insurance coverage to QUEST and QUEST Expanded health plans in April 2010 to the Department of Human Services.

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2022     (HSCR24-10)     RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
Repeals obsolete provisions relating to annual motor vehicle registration.     TRN, FIN

HB 2752, HD2     (HSCR402-10)     RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.
Enacts the recommendations of the Ignition Interlock Implementation Task Force made pursuant to Act 171, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008.  Effective January 1, 2011.     TRN, JUD, FIN

HB 2370, HD1     (HSCR201-10)     RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
Raises rental motor vehicle customer facility charge from $1/day to $4.50/day.  Appropriates funds out of the Rental Motor Vehicle Customer Facility Charge Special Fund for multiple purposes.     TRN, FIN

HB 2301, HD1     (HSCR272-10)     RELATING TO TRANSFER OF STATE HIGHWAYS.
Creates a pilot project to transfer jurisdiction of the maintenance of state highways in Maui county from the state department of transportation to the Maui department of public works.     TRN, FIN

HB 2603, HD2     (HSCR360-10)     RELATING TO COST SHARING IN THE RELOCATION AND UNDERGROUNDING OF UTILITY FACILITIES.

Requires utility entities to provide their share of the funds in a timely manner in any contract involving not only state or county funds, but supplemental funds from utility entities to ensure sufficient funds are available to cover the amount required by the contract.  Effective July 1, 2050.     TRN, CPC, FIN

HB 2604, HD1     (HSCR316-10)     RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Extends the term of a commercial driver's license (CDL) for persons 21 years through 71 years of age, from six years to eight years to prepare for the REAL ID Act.  Includes as an exception to the expiration of the CDL if the licensee is 72 year of age or older, the suspension or cancellation of the CDL.  Appropriates $8,000 out of the State Highway Fund to implement the extension.     TRN, FIN

HB 2605     (HSCR260-10)     RELATING TO SAFETY INSPECTION OF MOTOR CARRIER VEHICLES.
Conform sections 286-207 and 286-209, HRS to be compatible to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and avoid any type of sanctions levied by the FMCSA.     TRN, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

11:30 am
A G E N D A #  2

HB 1852, HD1     (HSCR13-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Repeals the School-level Minor Repair and Maintenance Account.     EDN, FIN

HB 1854     (HSCR12-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Removes unnecessary restrictions on the use of food distribution program revolving funds.  Allows the use of food distribution program revolving funds to support the administration and operation of the food distribution program pursuant to 7 Code of Federal Regulations section 250.15.     EDN, FIN

HB 2074, HD1     (HSCR36-10)     RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF PRINCIPALS AND VICE-PRINCIPALS.
Requires DOE to establish alternative routes to certification for principals and vice-principals.  Allows DOE to, on a case-by-case basis, waive certification requirements until the alternative routes to certification are established.     EDN/LAB, FIN

HB 2740     (HSCR288-10)     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
Directs the department of education to enter into a financing agreement for the planning and design of the Royal Kunia Elementary School II using certificates of participation.     EDN, FIN

HB 2076, HD1     (HSCR152-10)     RELATING TO RESEARCH.
Requires the Department of Education, University of Hawaii, and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to share data to support research that will improve educational and workforce outcomes and meet the longitudinal data requirements of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.     EDN/HED/LAB, FIN

HB 2267     (HSCR287-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires the Department of Education to provide an early and equitable distribution of grant moneys received to the Hawaii Charter School Administrative Office when charter school enrollment numbers were used to secure federal grants.     EDN, FIN

HB 2486, HD1     (HSCR314-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Establishes a minimum number of instructional hours per school year for each grade beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.     EDN/LAB, FIN

HB 2376, HD2     (HSCR349-10)     PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Amends the Hawaii Constitution to provide for a Board of Education to be appointed by the Governor, as provided by law.  Effective December 21, 2058.     EDN, JUD, FIN

HB 2377, HD2     (HSCR403-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires Board of Education members to be nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed by the Governor from lists of qualified candidates presented to the Governor by the Board of Education Selection Advisory Council.  Effective December 21, 2058.     EDN, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

1:30 pm
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2170, HD1     (HSCR226-10)     RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
Requires the department of health to provide each county's real property assessment division a monthly list of death records at no charge.  Effective July 1, 2020.     HLT, FIN

HB 2171     (HSCR127-10)     RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
Requires the director of taxation to provide the administrator of each county's real property assessment division with an image of all certificates of conveyances filed with the bureau of conveyances.     WLO, FIN

HB 2583     (HSCR322-10)     RELATING TO IMPOUNDED VESSELS.
Clarifies that all costs and expenses associated with the disposal of an impounded unauthorized vessel by the Department of Land and Natural Resources shall be borne by the vessel owner.     WLO, JUD, FIN

HB 2449, HD1     (HSCR253-10)     RELATING TO COUNTY BOARDS OF WATER SUPPLY.
Allow officials other than a County Auditor to issue warrants to disburse funds for a Board of Water Supply.  Allows a Board of Water Supply to prescribe powers and duties for a Manager and Chief Engineer to disburse funds.     WLO, FIN

HB 2689, HD1     (HSCR254-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER SYSTEMS.
Exempts conveyances of agricultural water systems to Board of Agriculture from subdivision requirements; requires notice of conveyance to applicable county.  Effective July 1, 2020.
WLO/AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

3:00 pm
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2833     (HSCR128-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
Authorizes the board of land and natural resources to extend a lease of public lands for commercial, hotel, resort, or industrial uses for 55 years upon a development agreement to improve the land.     WLO, FIN

HB 2923, HD1     (HSCR165-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
Authorizes the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to extend leases of Hawaiian home lands for commercial or industrial uses for 34 years upon a development agreement to improve the leased land.     WLO/TCI, FIN

HB 2845     (HSCR313-10)     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
Exempts the fee simple resale of individual dwelling units acquired by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation pursuant to foreclosure or a buyback provision from legislative approval requirements.     WLO/HSG, FIN

HB 2561     (HSCR273-10)     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
Restores the law with regard to non-ceded lands controlled by the State, to what it was prior to the passage of Act 176, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009.     WLO, FIN

HB 1808, HD2     (HSCR205-10)     RELATING TO COASTAL AREAS.
Requires maintenance of public beach accesses by adjacent landowners and imposes penalties for noncompliance.  Establishes shoreline access as a policy of the Coastal Zone Management Program.  Effective November 1, 2010.     WLO, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

4:30 pm
A G E N D A #  5

HB 1287, HD1     (HSCR363)     RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.
Proposed HD2:  Extends the enabling law for the voluntary employees' beneficiary association trust from 07/01/10 to 12/31/10 in order to provide for a better transition to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund.  Appropriates funds for more staff for the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund.     LAB, FIN

Copies of the proposed HD2 are available in room 306 and on the Legislature's Web site:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

HB 2835     (HSCR252-10)     RELATING TO THE BUREAU OF CONVEYANCES.
Requires registrar to provide adjoining landowner, upon request, any information of record relating to the management, control, and title of any public highway, waterway, or water course.
WLO, FIN

HB 2829, HD1     (HSCR351-10)     RELATING TO HEALTH.
Requires hospitals to disclose infection rates; protects patient privacy rights.  Effective December 21, 2058.     HLT, JUD, FIN

HB 2667, HD1     (HSCR321-10)     RELATING TO FERRIES.
Requires the Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing a statewide ferry system and the Hawaii State Ferry System Authority for the operation of a ferry system between the islands.     TRN, FIN

HB 2983, HD1     (HSCR387-10)     RELATING TO PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION.
Prohibits the Department of Human Services from imposing any restriction or limitation on the coverage for, or a recipient's access, to psychotropic medication prescribed by a naturopathic physician licensed in the state.  Requires annual reports to include the cost and impact of naturopathic physicians  prescribing medications that are not part of the existing formulary.  Effective January 1, 2050.     HUS/HLT, FIN

HB 2186     RELATING TO IMPROPER PAYMENTS ELIMINATION AND RECOVERY.
Mandates a financial management improvement program and additional reporting requirements for state agencies consistent with department of finance guidance.     FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

February 22, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.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:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2488, HD1     (HSCR343-10)     RELATING TO THE HOMELESS.
Increases by 15% the conveyance tax on the sale of homes valued at $1,200,000 and more to finance the purchase and maintenance of parks under the jurisdiction of the counties to serve the homeless.  Requires the counties to provide matching funds.     HSG/WLO, FIN

HB 2318, HD1     (HSCR381-10)     RELATING TO THE HOMELESS.
Establishes a 5-year housing first pilot program developed by the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, to assist chronically homeless individuals.  Increases the conveyance tax by fifteen percent on homes valued at $1,200,000 and over to fund the parks for homeless special fund.     HSG, FIN

HB 2280, HD1     (HSCR400-10)     RELATING TO THE HOMELESS.
Assists the homeless in reuniting with their families.  Creates the parks for homeless special fund. Increases the conveyance tax by fifteen percent on homes valued at $1,200,000 and more to be deposited into the parks for homeless special fund     HSG, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

11:00 am
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2347, HD1     (HSCR67-10)     RELATING TO THE MAXIMUM TERM OF COMMERCIAL USE AND OPERATOR PERMITS FOR THRILL CRAFT AND PARASAILING.
Removes the twenty-year limit for state parasailing and thrill craft permits, and makes those permits renewable annually.  Directs DLNR to offer for public auction permits that have been revoked for cause.     WLO, FIN

HB 2582     (HSCR251-10)     RELATING TO VESSELS AT ALA WAI AND KEEHI BOAT HARBORS.
Authorizes moorage for commercial vessels and commercial vessel activities in the Ala Wai and Keehi Boat Harbors and adjusts fees for permittees of vessels that are used for a place of principal habitation in state small boat harbors.     WLO, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

12:30 pm
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2639, HD1     (HSCR318-10)     RELATING TO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.
Includes amateur mixed martial arts under the regulation of mixed martial arts by the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Defines or redefines terms.  Removes or lowers the event fees charged to a promoter.  Removes the additional surcharge fees charged for a promoter's license renewal.  Effective upon approval.     CPC, FIN

HB 2251, HD1     (HSCR213-10)     RELATING TO GAMING.
Establishes a gaming commission to oversee casino gaming.  Allows the gaming commission to issue one 5-year license to a casino gaming operation in a county with a population of more than 500,000.  Limits casino gaming to persons over 21.  Creates a wagering tax on casino gaming.     JUD/CPC, FIN

HB 2902, HD2     (HSCR386-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC EDUCATION GOVERNMENT TELEVISION.
Requires the auditor to analyze the allocation of cable operator franchise fees.  Requires a financial review or audit of Olelo Community Television.  Appropriates unspecified funds.
LMG, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


February 23, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Floor Session on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 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:

3rd Reading

February 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Floor Session on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

Third Reading

February 24, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Thursday, February 25, 2010, convening 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:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2277, HD1     (HSCR214-10)  RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST KAIMUKI CHRISTIAN SCHOOL.
Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds for Kaimuki Christian School.
EDN, FIN

HB 2094     (HSCR186-10)  RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HAWAII PACIFIC HEALTH.
Authorizes the issuance of SPRBs to assist Hawaii Pacific Health in financing, refinancing, and/or reimbursing costs related to the acquisition or construction of health care facilities.
HLT, FIN

HB 2708     (HSCR277-10)  RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
Requires the Department of Transportation to establish a public involvement process when developing the statewide transportation plan.     TRN, FIN

HB 2283, HD1     (HSCR295-10)  RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Requires government purchasers and private entities offering goods and services for sale to government purchasers to follow ethical principles in matters relating to procurement.
EBM, FIN

HB 1921, HD1     (HSCR212-10)  RELATING TO A CONTROLLING INTEREST TRANSFER TAX.
Establishes a controlling interest transfer tax imposed at the rate set under the conveyance tax, to be administered by the director of taxation on any transfer of interest of more than 50 percent in an entity holding real property in the state.     EBM, FIN

HB 2698, HD1     (HSCR395-10)  RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.
Creates the Hawaii broadband commission and the Hawaii broadband commissioner to promote and maximize availability of broadband services in the state.  Effective July 1, 2112.
EBM/CPC, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

11:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2775, HD1     (HSCR370-10)  RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes fees for permits, letters, and the registration of plants, animals, and microorganisms allowed entry into the state.  (HB2775 HD1)     AGR, FIN

HB 823, HD2     (HSCR330-10)  RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.
Mandates health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening based on the recommendations of the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force.  Requires health insurance providers in Hawaii to provide their insured with information about the risks of undiagnosed colorectal cancer and encourage their insured to consult with their physician about screening options.  (HB823 HD2)     HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 2670, HD1     (HSCR150-10)  RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Increases to $5,000,000 the cap on the amount of expenditures that the UH Board of Regents can authorize from the UH Tuition and Fees Special Fund for the promotion of alumni relations and generation of private donations.  Effective July 1, 2050.  (HB2670 HD1)     HED, FIN

HB 2937, HD1     (HSCR359-10)  RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
Clarifies that EUTF contributions are a topic of negotiation in collective bargaining.  Stipulates that the arbitration panel shall render a final and binding decision on contributions to the EUTF.
LAB, FIN

HB 1205     (HSCR280-10)  PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 12 AND 13, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII RELATING TO TAX INCREMENT BONDS.
Proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to expressly provide that the legislature may authorize the counties to issue tax increment bonds.     JUD, FIN

HB 2248, HD1     (HSCR171-10)  RELATING TO THE UNIFORM ADULT GUARDIANSHIP AND PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS JURISDICTION ACT.
Establishes rules to determine which state has jurisdiction in guardianship and conservatorship cases where person has contacts with more than one state.  Effective December 21, 2058.
JUD, FIN

HB 2250, HD1     (HSCR323-10)  RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CHILD ABDUCTION PREVENTION ACT.
Establishes comprehensive child abduction prevention law.  Lists factors to determine risk of abduction, and establishes measures courts may include in order to prevent abduction both before and after issuance of child custody decrees.  Effective 01/01/2050.     HUS, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

12:30 a.m.
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2306, HD1     (HSCR289-10)  RELATING TO SALARIES.
Adjusts the salary caps of the Superintendent of Education and State Librarian.     EDN/LAB, FIN

HB 2429     (HSCR173-10)  RELATING TO SEPARATION INCENTIVES.
Authorizes the state executive branch to offer a voluntary severance or a special retirement incentive benefit to state employees who elect to voluntarily separate from service when their positions are identified for abolishment or when they are directly affected by a reduction-in-force or workforce restructuring plan; extends to other jurisdictions the option to provide a special retirement incentive to their respective employees under a reduction-in-force or a workforce restructuring plan.     LAB, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

February 24, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Public Safety (PBS) and the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Informational Briefing on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the Re-Entry Program with:

- Community Alliance on Prisons
- Department of Public Safety
- Hina Mauka
- Maui Economic Opportunity's BEST Reintegration Program
- Ohana Ho'opakele
- TJ Mahoney's Ka Hale Hoala Hou o Na Wahine
- Victory Ohana Prison Ministries


There will be no testimony accepted from the public.
 

February 25, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, February 22, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times below.

Rebroadcasts (06:20:30:01)
o     2/27/10    Sat          12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/3/10      Wed          9:00 am  FOCUS 49

Agenda:
10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2688   (HSCR225-10 )   RELATING TO HEALTH.
Changes the name of the environmental health education fund to the sanitation and environmental health fund and allows the fund to be used for sanitation program activities.  Increases threshold for deposit of excess fund into general fund.

HB 2152   (HSCR185-10)  RELATING TO BUILDING DESIGN FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.
Allows the disability and communication access board to charge a fee to defray expenses of review of construction plans to ensure compliance with law.  Establishes temporary fees until the board adopts permanent fees.

HB 1859, HD1   (HSCR267-10)   RELATING TO FUNDING FOR PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.
Increases the annual vehicle registration fee by $1, which will be deposited into the Disability and Communication Access Board Special Fund to cover the costs of administering parking for persons with disabilities.  Repeals the deposit of application fees for the credentialing of interpreters into the Special Fund, and the use of Special Fund monies to cover the costs of administering the program for their credentialing.

HB 2085   (HSCR284-10)   RELATING TO HEALTH.
Establishes limits on requests for proposals from health and human services providers for QUEST contracts that exceed $100,000,000 and commence after the term of the agency director expires.

HB2084   (HSCR27-10)   RELATING TO THE FEDERAL DISPROPORTIONATE SHARE HOSPITAL FUNDS.
Appropriates moneys for fiscal year 2010-2011 to match the federal disproportionate share hospital allowance allocated to the State; authorizes some appropriated funds to be used to obtain matching federal disproportionate share hospital allowance for prior fiscal year expenditures by the State.

HB 1902, HD1   (HSCR337-10)   RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
Delays interim and final reports of the long term care commission on the development of a 5-year plan and proposed system reforms from 2/28/2010 and 9/30/2010 to 1/19/2011 and 1/18/2012, respectively.  Extends term of commission to the adjournment sine die of the regular session of the 2012 legislature.

HB2774, HD1   (HSCR221-10)   RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.
Directs the Department of Human Services to replace its QUEST program with the predecessor public assistance programs including the State Health Insurance Program.  Effective January 1, 2050.

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

11:30 a.m.
A G E N D A #  2

HB 2533   (HSCR306-10)   RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM RETIRANTS.
Establishes the conditions under which state and county retirees may be reemployed while still receiving employees' retirement system benefits; and requires reimbursement of retirement allowances and payment of contributions for retirees reemployed in violation of the conditions for reemployment.

HB 2538   (HSCR307-10)   RELATING TO THE PAYMENT OF EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS.
Provides for the payment of state retirement system benefits on a monthly basis by direct deposit to a financial institution account.

HB 2855, HD1   (HSCR312-10)   RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Requires the board of trustees of the employees' retirement system to study and recommend a plan to fully amortize the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of the system over a 30-year period.

HB 1904   (HSCR88-10)   RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
Requires the set aside from the general excise tax revenues of an amount equivalent to the unfunded accrued liability contribution by the State for state employees.  Takes effect on 07/01/11.

HB 1905    (HSCR305-10)  RELATING TO STATE PAYMENTS.
Remits general excise tax funds to pay fringe benefit contributions and tax refunds not paid in previous fiscal years to balance the state budget.  Act takes effect on 07/01/2011.

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

1:00 p.m.
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2702    RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.
Proposed HD1:  Requires the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to conduct a study on the cost and feasibility of changing from annual to semi-annual the contribution rate schedules for unemployment contributions. Provides for fixed reserve ratios for calendar years 2010 and 2011 for employers commencing operations in 2010 and employers currently in operation who hire new employees or rehire employees that were laid-off prior to January 1, 2010.  Requires the department of labor and industrial relations to review the auditor's study conducted in 1982 regarding the financing mechanisms of the unemployment compensation fund.  Requires reports.

HB 2257, HD1  (HSCR176-10)   RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Authorizes an individual that is attached to a regular employer who is not offering work to still receive unemployment insurance benefits even if that individual voluntarily or involuntarily separates from part-time employment, with or without good cause.

HB 2964, HD1   (HSCR177-10)   RELATING TO SALARIES.
Increases the salary reduction for the governor, the lieutenant governor, the justices and judges of all state courts, the administrative director of the State or an equivalent position, the department heads or executive officers and the deputies or assistants of various state departments, and legislators from 5% to 8.07% for the second half of the 2009-2010 fiscal biennium.

HB 2163   (HSCR44-10)   RELATING TO SALARY AND PENSION PAYMENTS.
Requires all employees hired prior to July 1, 1998, and who have not designated a financial account into which the State is authorized to deposit the employee's pay, to designate an account no later than a date to be determined.

HB 2637   (HSCR304-10)   RELATING TO MEDICAL AND REHABILITATION BENEFITS.
Clarifies that a physician or surgeon may conduct diagnostic testing or engage in a one-time consultation for a subspecialty diagnostic evaluation and treatment recommendations from a board certified or licensed specialist.

HB 2935, HD2   (HSCR324-10) RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
Makes it an unlawful practice for any employer or labor organization to bar or discharge from employment, withhold pay from, or demote an employee because the employee legitimately uses accrued and available negotiated sick leave in accordance with an employer's attendant  and negotiated sick leave policies, except for abuse of sick leave.  Provides exceptions for essential job functions or requirements.  Effective December 21, 2058.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOWED

2:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2784, HD1   (HSCR382-10)   RELATING TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.
Increases the monetary limit of claims that may be filed in small claims court.  Effective December 21, 2058.

HB 2508, HD1   (HSCR180-10)   MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, and its employees.

HB 1991, HD1   (HSCR179-10)   RELATING TO TRAFFIC ABSTRACT FEE.
Increases the fee for a traffic abstract from $7 to $10 and increases the amount of the fee deposited into the general fund from $5 to $8.  Effective December 21, 2058.

HB 59, HD2   (HSCR178-10)   PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to require candidates for the state senate or house of representatives to be residents of the senatorial or representative district from which they seek to be elected for at least twelve consecutive months prior to a general election.  Effective December 21, 2058.

HB 2003, HD1   (HSCR404-10)   RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCING.
Updates, organizes, and clarifies current campaign financing laws.

HB 2004, HD1   (HSCR405-10)    RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCING.
Amends law relating to ballot issue committees.  Defines automated phone call and requires certain information to be stated at the beginning of such phone calls.  Amends the definition of advertisement.  Repeals the campaign spending commission's authority to adopt a code of fair campaign practices as part of its rules.  Requires advertising notices and disclaimers to be included on every web page that contains an advertisement.

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

4:00 p.m.
A G E N D A #  5

HB 2594, HD1   (HSCR414-10)   RELATING TO CONFORMITY OF THE HAWAII INCOME TAX LAW TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.
Conforming amendments to the Hawaii income tax law based upon amendments to the Internal Revenue Code for calendar year 2009.

HB 40, HD1   (HSCR429-10)   RELATING TO STATE BONDS.
Repeals Act 112, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, which authorized the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Carbon Diversion Inc.

HB 2919   (HSCR174-10)   RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Amends the definition of "sewer worker" for purposes of the Employees' Retirement System to include sewer maintenance working supervisors, wastewater collection system inspection supervisors, wastewater collection system district supervisors, and wastewater collection system field services supervisors.

HB 2291, HD1   (HSCR52-10)   RELATING TO MEASUREMENT STANDARDS.
Establishes the Weights and Measurements Special Fund.  Requires the Board of Agriculture to adopt or amend rules to impose or increase fees authorized to be charged under Chapter 486, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to cover the cost of the Measurement Standards Program.  Effective January 20, 2020.

HB 2783, HD1   (HSCR329-10)   RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
Repeals the sunset provisions with respect to general excise tax exemptions for condominium submanagers, suboperators, and timeshare associations.  Specifies that the $400,000 cap is based on the taxable amount due and not the gross receipts.

HB 2801, HD1   (HSCR266-10)   MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION FOR OPERATIONAL COSTS.
Appropriates emergency funding to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to ensure the continuous delivery of critical health care services and for the payment of HHSC's operational costs, and establish the Big Island Rural Interdisciplinary Program in the East Hawaii region.

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

4:30 p.m.
A G E N D A #  6

NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 1:

HB 2598   RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Suspends for three years, from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013, the distribution of transient accommodations tax revenues to the counties.

HB 2542   RELATING TO NON-GENERAL FUNDS.
Addresses the fiscal year 2009-2010 budget shortfall by transferring to the general fund a total of $10,000,000 in excess balances from certain special funds.

HB 2737   RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF PUBLIC LANDS.
Directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources to fund the general fund by disposing of public lands.  Also directs the Department to dispose of public lands leased to not-for-profit organizations meeting certain criteria.

HB 2887   RELATING TO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT MONEYS.
Transfers temporarily to the general fund the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund designated for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Requires interest and earnings of the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be deposited into the general fund.  Reduces the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be transferred to the tobacco enforcement special fund.  Encourages the nonprofit entity responsible for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund to increase its annual expenditures to assist in revitalizing the economy.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010, and sunsets on 06/30/2015.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 2:

HB 2850   RELATING TO THE LIQUOR TAX.
Temporarily increases the liquor tax rates during the period of 7/1/10 to 6/30/15.

HB 2853   RELATING TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY TAX.
Increases the public service company tax rate applicable to public utilities.  Takes effect on 07/01/10, and sunsets on 06/30/15.

HB 2872   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the tax rate for banks and other financial corporations.  Repeals requirement that $2,000,000 of tax revenues from banks and other financial corporations be deposited into the compliance resolution fund.  Authorizes the commissioner of financial institutions to expedite the imposition of fees on banks and other financial corporations.  Takes effect on 07/01/10 and sunsets on 12/31/15.  Applies change to entire net income received for calendar year preceding 1/1/11 or fiscal year in which 1/1/11 occurs.

HB 2851   RELATING TO INSURANCE.
Increases the insurance premium tax rates.  Repeals the ceiling on insurance premium taxes payable by a captive insurance company.  Takes effect on 7/1/10 and sunsets on 06/30/15.

HB 2852    RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.
Temporarily makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes a medical and health promotion tax credit.  Authorizes the insurance commissioner to adjust any inadequate rates for the managed care plans of mutual benefit societies and health maintenance organizations.

HB 2885   RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.
Temporarily suspends the distribution of a portion of the conveyance tax to the land conservation fund and rental housing trust fund.  Reduces distribution to the natural area reserve fund.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 3:

HB 2867   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals various income tax credits and deductions.  Takes effect upon approval and sunsets on 12/31/2015.

HB 2866    RELATING TO TAXATION.
Adjusts income tax rates for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2009 and ending before January 1, 2016.

HB 2991   RELATING TO PUBLIC FINANCE.
Creates higher income tax brackets and rates for high-income individual taxpayers.  Eliminates certain corporate tax exemptions.  Provides for taxation of capital gains as ordinary income.  Creates commission to provide a more equitable and progressive tax system.  Also provides a means to fund public education and other high priority programs.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Agenda # 4:

HB 2878   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Repeals certain exemptions under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes.  The Act takes effect on July 1, 2010 and sunsets on June 30, 2015.

HB 2877   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Proposed HD 1:  Temporarily suspends the exemption for certain amounts of gross income or proceeds from the general excise tax and requires the payment of the tax at a one-half per cent rate.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.

HB 2876   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily increases the general excise and use tax rates from 4% to 5%, the capital goods excise tax credit rate from 4% to 5%, and the refundable food/excise tax credit by $10 per exemption.  Takes effect on 07/01/2010 and is repealed on 06/30/2015.

HB 2880   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Increases the "wholesale" rates under the general excise, use, and public service company taxes to one per cent from one-half per cent.  Effective 7/1/10; repealed 6/30/15.

4:32 p.m.
A G E N D A #  7

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, February 18, 2010, Agenda # 2:

HB 2945, HD1   (HSCR258-10)   RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Amends State Private Investment Fund to establish a managing board; authorize insurance company tax credits to be used as a fund guarantee; establish investment limits; require investments in successful venture capital firms with experienced managers and an ability to mentor entrepreneurs; set a target of 30% of investments in Hawaii-based businesses; direct that returns exceeding fund expenses, debts, and investor equity interests be deposited into the general fund.

HB 1926, HD1   (HSCR377-10)   RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.
Establishes the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Operation Special Fund for the operation of the department.  Imposes a surcharge on the fees charged by certain departments for certain business- and commerce-related authorizations and services.  Requires the deposit of the surcharge revenues, as well as $2 million annually from the Compliance Resolution Fund, into the special fund.  Takes effect on July 1, 2010, and sunsets on June 30, 2015.
The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, February 18, 2010, Agenda # 4:

HB 2644, HD1   (HSCR204-10)   RELATING TO SOLID WASTE.
Applies the solid waste disposal surcharge to waste that is deposited in a landfill, incinerator, or waste-to-energy facility, and applies the surcharge to waste that is shipped out of state for disposal.

HB 2421, HD1   (HSCR340-10)   RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.
Establishes various initiatives, and appropriates funds to promote economic development for local food and energy businesses, ensures Hawaii is energy and food self-sufficient and sustainable to the maximum extent feasible, and help Hawaii's natural resources and humankind adapt and be resilient to the inevitable challenges brought on by climate change.  Provides a fuel tax exemption for commercial air transportation providers.  Increases and changes the name of the environmental response tax.
The following measure(s) were previously heard on Thursday, February 18, 2010, Agenda # 5:

HB 2962   RELATING TO TAXATION.
Temporarily defers deductions against a taxpayer's net income tax liability for claims under the Technology Infrastructure Renovation Tax Credit and High Technology Business Investment Tax Credit between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2013.

HB 2736   RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Requires at least eighty per cent of workers on public works and construction contracts to be Hawaii residents.

4:35 pm
A G E N D A  # 8

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, February 19, 2010, Agenda # 1:

HB 2157, HD1     (HSCR220-10)     RELATING TO EXPANDED ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES.
Increases capacity from two to three nursing facility level residents in Type I Expanded Adult Residential Care Homes.  Effective January 1, 2050.     HUS/HLT, FIN

HB 2091     (HSCR71-10)     RELATING TO MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY.
Requires the department of human services to provide medicaid presumptive eligibility to patients who have been waitlisted for long-term care; and conduct a study of a computerized medicaid applications system; requires reports to the legislature.     HUS/HLT, FIN

HB 2061, HD1     (HSCR388-10)     RELATING TO CHILDREN.
Statutorily establishes a process by which the Family Court can resolve matters regarding custody and visitation for service members of the United States armed forces, armed forces reserves, and National Guard whose military duties require temporary absences.  Effective July 1, 2050.     HUS, FIN

HB 744, HD1     (HSCR323)     RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.
Creates and implements a silver alert program to be operated concurrently with the Maile Amber Alert program.     HUS, FIN
The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, February 19, 2010, Agenda # 2:

HB 2706     (HSCR167-10)     RELATING TO THE PERMITTED TRANSFERS IN TRUST ACT.
Creates the Permitted Transfers in Trust Act to govern transfers of currency, bonds, and securities from a transferor to a trustee by means of an irrevocable trust instrument.  Specifies that the rule against perpetuities does not apply to transfers pursuant to the Permitted Transfers in Trust Act.     CPC, FIN

HB 2642     (HSCR162-10)     RELATING TO UTILITIES REGULATION.
Appropriates moneys for the reorganization of the PUC and the division of consumer advocacy.
CPC, FIN

HB 2302, HD1     (HSCR262-10)     RELATING TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
Transfers responsibilities for developing and implementing statewide technology policies from the Department of Accounting and General Services to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.  Creates the position of Chief Information Officer.  Creates and funds the shared services technology special fund.     CPC, FIN

HB 2029, HD1     (HSCR292-10)     RELATING TO PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.
Repeals the regulatory programs for barbers and cosmetologists, marriage and family therapists, athlete agents, hearing aid dealers and fitters, and electrologists.     CPC, FIN

HB 1927, HD1     (HSCR261-10)     RELATING TO OWNER-BUILDERS.
Amends the Owner-Builder Law by:  (1) Allowing an exemption for the sale or lease of a property by an owner builder prior to the expiration of the one-year prohibition period in the event of hardship; (2) Defining when a construction or improvement is completed; (3) Exempting improvements pursuant to an approved building permit where the estimated valuation as reflected in the building permit is less than $10,000; (4) Establishing fines for the failure of an owner-builder to comply with the requirements set forth in the disclosure statement provided to the owner-builder by the county.  Effective January 1, 2011.     CPC, FIN

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, February 19, 2010, Agenda # 3:

HB 2051     (HSCR30-10)     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Allows the University of Hawaii board of regents to assess fees for campus parking at an open meeting subject to chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes, but exempt from rule-making public notice, public hearing, and gubernatorial approval requirements of chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes.     HED/JUD, FIN

HB 2052     (HSCR4-10)     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Repeals the sunset provision in Act 106, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008, to allow the University of Hawaii to continue transferring funds, other than general funds and University of Hawaii tuition and fees special funds, into the University of Hawaii commercial enterprises revolving fund to finance the establishment of new commercial enterprises, with certain exceptions, beyond June 30, 2011.     HED, FIN

HB 2053     (HSCR5-10)     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM PROJECT ASSESSMENT SPECIAL FUND.
Establishes the University of Hawaii capital improvements program project assessment special fund.     HED, FIN

HB 2054     (HSCR6-10)     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
Gives the University of Hawaii fiscal autonomy from the comptroller beyond June 30, 2011.  Removes the time limit on the authority of the University of Hawaii to install a different accounting system.  Extends the comptroller's authority to request the University of Hawaii to provide information for the preparation of income and expenditure statements.  Extends the University of Hawaii's authority to submit proposed new forms or changes to forms for only uniform business and accounting forms for review and approval.  Extends the University of Hawaii's chief financial officer's authority to approve assignment of moneys to assignees.  Extends beyond June 30, 2011 the requirement for the University of Hawaii to report to the comptroller transactions involving moneys held outside of the state treasury by the University of Hawaii.     HED, FIN

HB 2641     (HSCR138-10)     RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PROJECTS.
Extends the sunset provision in Act 138, Session Laws of Hawaii 2005, relating to providing funding to the University of Hawaii to construct or renovate housing units.     HED, FIN
The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, February 19, 2010, Agenda # 4:

HB 1818, HD1     (HSCR373-10)     RELATING TO COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING.
Requires the Department of Public Safety to ensure that reentry/reintegration programs in Hawaii's correctional facilities combine cognitive behavioral theory with native Hawaiian holistic interventions that address domestic violence, addictions, self mastery through identity, and community connections for successful transitions back into the community.     PBS, HAW, FIN

HB 2266     (HSCR397-10)     RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.
Requires the department of public safety to address sexual assault in prison.  Requires the department to provide annual data regarding acts of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.  Requires the department to report to the legislature on any implementation of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.     PBS, FIN

HB 2657     (HSCR355-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Requires the department of public safety to plan for a model wellness center to be built in East Hawaii.  Report to legislature in 2011.     PBS, FIN

HB 2092     (HSCR243-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Establishes the Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes Program Special Fund and authorizes the establishment of staff positions for the state fire council to accomplish its duties and responsibilities.     PBS, FIN

HB 2692     (HSCR244-10)     RELATING TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANNING.
Requires the director of civil defense to prepare a disaster preparedness plan for the 44th and 45th House of Representatives districts and to report to the legislature in 2011.     PBS, FIN

HB 2344, HD1     (HSCR159-10)     RELATING TO UNIFORM MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE.
Repeals the uniform maintenance allowance for enlisted personnel.  Effective July 1, 2112.     EBM, FIN
The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, February 19, 2010, Agenda # 5:

HB 1961, HD1     (HSCR275-10)     RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE REHABILITATION TRUST FUND.
Imposes a surcharge on customers of ocean recreational activity tours at Molokini island, including the reefs and reef lands off the shore of the island, to be deposited in the Kaho'olawe rehabilitation trust fund.  Takes effect on July 1, 2020.     HAW/WLO, FIN

HB 2676, HD1     (HSCR345-10)     RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION.
Exempts contracts made by the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission for the procurement of food or fuel products from the state procurement code.  Effective January 1, 2112.     HAW, EBM, FIN

HB 2832     RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.
Directs the department of agriculture to seek funding for projects that increase the cultivation and use of non-GMO Hawaiian taro.  Repealed on 06/30/2015.     FIN


February 25, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the

Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

SCR 72     REQUESTING AUTHORIZATION TO ENTER INTO A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF KEEHI INDUSTRIAL LOTS, ISLAND OF OAHU.
WTL/TIA, WAM

SCR 73     REQUESTING AUTHORIZATION TO ENTER INTO A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GENERAL AVIATION LOTS AT THE KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT KEAHOLE, ISLAND OF HAWAII.     WTL/TIA, WAM


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.



February 25, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 23, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (08:13:32:29)
o     3/4/10      Thu           2:35 am  VIEW 54 (HITS Part 1: Tapes 1 - 2)
o     3/5/10      Fri             1:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS Part 2: Tapes 3 - 5)
o     3/4/10      Thu           8:00 am  FOCUS 49

Agenda:

10:00 a.m.
A G E N D A #  1

HB 2022     (HSCR24-10)     RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.
Repeals obsolete provisions relating to annual motor vehicle registration.     TRN, FIN

HB 2752, HD2     (HSCR402-10)     RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.
Enacts the recommendations of the Ignition Interlock Implementation Task Force made pursuant to Act 171, Session Laws of Hawaii 2008.  Effective January 1, 2011.     TRN, JUD, FIN

HB 2370, HD1     (HSCR201-10)     RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
Raises rental motor vehicle customer facility charge from $1/day to $4.50/day.  Appropriates funds out of the Rental Motor Vehicle Customer Facility Charge Special Fund for multiple purposes.     TRN, FIN

HB 2301, HD1     (HSCR272-10)     RELATING TO TRANSFER OF STATE HIGHWAYS.
Creates a pilot project to transfer jurisdiction of the maintenance of state highways in Maui county from the state department of transportation to the Maui department of public works.     TRN, FIN

HB 2603, HD2     (HSCR360-10)     RELATING TO COST SHARING IN THE RELOCATION AND UNDERGROUNDING OF UTILITY FACILITIES.

Requires utility entities to provide their share of the funds in a timely manner in any contract involving not only state or county funds, but supplemental funds from utility entities to ensure sufficient funds are available to cover the amount required by the contract.  Effective July 1, 2050.     TRN, CPC, FIN

HB 2604, HD1     (HSCR316-10)     RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Extends the term of a commercial driver's license (CDL) for persons 21 years through 71 years of age, from six years to eight years to prepare for the REAL ID Act.  Includes as an exception to the expiration of the CDL if the licensee is 72 year of age or older, the suspension or cancellation of the CDL.  Appropriates $8,000 out of the State Highway Fund to implement the extension.     TRN, FIN

HB 2605     (HSCR260-10)     RELATING TO SAFETY INSPECTION OF MOTOR CARRIER VEHICLES.
Conform sections 286-207 and 286-209, HRS to be compatible to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR) and avoid any type of sanctions levied by the FMCSA.     TRN, FIN

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

11:30 am
A G E N D A #  2

HB 1852, HD1     (HSCR13-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Repeals the School-level Minor Repair and Maintenance Account.     EDN, FIN

HB 1854     (HSCR12-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Removes unnecessary restrictions on the use of food distribution program revolving funds.  Allows the use of food distribution program revolving funds to support the administration and operation of the food distribution program pursuant to 7 Code of Federal Regulations section 250.15.     EDN, FIN

HB 2074, HD1     (HSCR36-10)     RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF PRINCIPALS AND VICE-PRINCIPALS.
Requires DOE to establish alternative routes to certification for principals and vice-principals.  Allows DOE to, on a case-by-case basis, waive certification requirements until the alternative routes to certification are established.     EDN/LAB, FIN

HB 2740     (HSCR288-10)     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
Directs the department of education to enter into a financing agreement for the planning and design of the Royal Kunia Elementary School II using certificates of participation.     EDN, FIN

HB 2076, HD1     (HSCR152-10)     RELATING TO RESEARCH.
Requires the Department of Education, University of Hawaii, and Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to share data to support research that will improve educational and workforce outcomes and meet the longitudinal data requirements of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.     EDN/HED/LAB, FIN

HB 2267     (HSCR287-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.
Requires the Department of Education to provide an early and equitable distribution of grant moneys received to the Hawaii Charter School Administrative Office when charter school enrollment numbers were used to secure federal grants.     EDN, FIN

HB 2486, HD1     (HSCR314-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Establishes a minimum number of instructional hours per school year for each grade beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.     EDN/LAB, FIN

HB 2376, HD2     (HSCR349-10)     PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Amends the Hawaii Constitution to provide for a Board of Education to be appointed by the Governor, as provided by law.  Effective December 21, 2058.     EDN, JUD, FIN

HB 2377, HD2     (HSCR403-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires Board of Education members to be nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed by the Governor from lists of qualified candidates presented to the Governor by the Board of Education Selection Advisory Council.  Effective December 21, 2058.     EDN, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

1:30 pm
A G E N D A #  3

HB 2170, HD1     (HSCR226-10)     RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.
Requires the department of health to provide each county's real property assessment division a monthly list of death records at no charge.  Effective July 1, 2020.     HLT, FIN

HB 2171     (HSCR127-10)     RELATING TO CONVEYANCE TAX.
Requires the director of taxation to provide the administrator of each county's real property assessment division with an image of all certificates of conveyances filed with the bureau of conveyances.     WLO, FIN

HB 2583     (HSCR322-10)     RELATING TO IMPOUNDED VESSELS.
Clarifies that all costs and expenses associated with the disposal of an impounded unauthorized vessel by the Department of Land and Natural Resources shall be borne by the vessel owner.     WLO, JUD, FIN

HB 2449, HD1     (HSCR253-10)     RELATING TO COUNTY BOARDS OF WATER SUPPLY.
Allow officials other than a County Auditor to issue warrants to disburse funds for a Board of Water Supply.  Allows a Board of Water Supply to prescribe powers and duties for a Manager and Chief Engineer to disburse funds.     WLO, FIN

HB 2689, HD1     (HSCR254-10)     RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER SYSTEMS.
Exempts conveyances of agricultural water systems to Board of Agriculture from subdivision requirements; requires notice of conveyance to applicable county.  Effective July 1, 2020.
WLO/AGR, FIN

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED


3:00 pm
A G E N D A #  4

HB 2833     (HSCR128-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
Authorizes the board of land and natural resources to extend a lease of public lands for commercial, hotel, resort, or industrial uses for 55 years upon a development agreement to improve the land.     WLO, FIN

HB 2923, HD1     (HSCR165-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
Authorizes the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to extend leases of Hawaiian home lands for commercial or industrial uses for 34 years upon a development agreement to improve the leased land.     WLO/TCI, FIN

HB 2845     (HSCR313-10)     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
Exempts the fee simple resale of individual dwelling units acquired by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation pursuant to foreclosure or a buyback provision from legislative approval requirements.     WLO/HSG, FIN

HB 2561     (HSCR273-10)     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
Restores the law with regard to non-ceded lands controlled by the State, to what it was prior to the passage of Act 176, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009.     WLO, FIN

HB 1808, HD2     (HSCR205-10)     RELATING TO COASTAL AREAS.
Requires maintenance of public beach accesses by adjacent landowners and imposes penalties for noncompliance.  Establishes shoreline access as a policy of the Coastal Zone Management Program.  Effective November 1, 2010.     WLO, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED

4:30 pm
A G E N D A #  5

HB 1287, HD1     (HSCR363)     RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.
Proposed HD2:  Extends the enabling law for the voluntary employees' beneficiary association trust from 07/01/10 to 12/31/10 in order to provide for a better transition to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund.  Appropriates funds for more staff for the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund.     LAB, FIN

Copies of the proposed HD2 are available in room 306 and on the Legislature's Web site:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

HB 2835     (HSCR252-10)     RELATING TO THE BUREAU OF CONVEYANCES.
Requires registrar to provide adjoining landowner, upon request, any information of record relating to the management, control, and title of any public highway, waterway, or water course.
WLO, FIN

HB 2829, HD1     (HSCR351-10)     RELATING TO HEALTH.
Requires hospitals to disclose infection rates; protects patient privacy rights.  Effective December 21, 2058.     HLT, JUD, FIN

HB 2667, HD1     (HSCR321-10)     RELATING TO FERRIES.
Requires the Department of Transportation to conduct a study on the feasibility of establishing a statewide ferry system and the Hawaii State Ferry System Authority for the operation of a ferry system between the islands.     TRN, FIN

HB 2983, HD1     (HSCR387-10)     RELATING TO PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION.
Prohibits the Department of Human Services from imposing any restriction or limitation on the coverage for, or a recipient's access, to psychotropic medication prescribed by a naturopathic physician licensed in the state.  Requires annual reports to include the cost and impact of naturopathic physicians  prescribing medications that are not part of the existing formulary.  Effective January 1, 2050.     HUS/HLT, FIN

HB 2186     RELATING TO IMPROPER PAYMENTS ELIMINATION AND RECOVERY.
Mandates a financial management improvement program and additional reporting requirements for state agencies consistent with department of finance guidance.     FIN

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED


February 25, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Housing (HSG) and the House Committee on Water, Land, and Ocean Resources (WLO) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. followed by

The
House Committee on Housing (HSG) at 9:05 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:05:27:10)
o     3/4/10      Thu         12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/4/10      Thu           9:00 pm  FOCUS 49

Agenda:

9:00 a.m.
RECONSIDERATION OF PRIOR DECISION MAKING
The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

HB 2435     RELATING TO HOUSING.
Granting temporary relief from county housing requirements as recommended by the construction industry task force to stimulate housing construction statewide.     HSG/WLO

9:05 a.m.
RECONSIDER OF PRIOR DECISION MAKING
The following measure(s) were previously heard on February 3, 2010.

HB 2568     (HSCR190-10)     RELATING TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
Reduces the quorum requirement for the board of directors of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.     HSG

9:10 a.m.
RE-HEARING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE

HB 2311     RELATING TO PLANNED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS.
Allows for the use of flag poles to display the flag of the United States or of the State on the premises of single-family residential dwellings or townhouses that are part of a planned community.  Allows reasonable restrictions on the use of flag poles for aesthetic purposes.
HSG, JUD/CPC

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED