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March 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (Rev.1)

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operation (JGO) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

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


Rebroadcasts (15:40:49:26)
o     3/5/09   Thu       1:00 am           Channel 49
o     3/6/09   Fri        12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS) - Tapes 1 - 3
o     3/7/09   Sat       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS) - Tapes 4 - 6
o     3/10/09 Tue       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS) - Tapes 7 - 8
March 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  Rebroadcast Schedule (REV2)

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

GM 254     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, ROBERT D. HAUFF, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 435     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, PAULA J. HEGELE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 438     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, Gubernatorial Nominee, WESLEY OTANI, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.
WTL

SB 239, SD1     RELATING TO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS.     ENE, WTL
(SSCR193)
Requires the department of agriculture to notify the public of the location of field tests and the production of genetically engineered plants.  (SD1)

SB 367, SD1     RELATING TO OCEAN RECREATION AND COASTAL AREAS PROGRAMS.     EDT, WTL
(SSCR426)
Deletes the twenty year maximum period for issuance of permit for commercial thrill craft and parasailing activities.  (SD1)

SB 645, SD1     RELATING TO KAKAAKO.                         EDH, WTL
(SSCR183)
Increases the reserved housing requirement for a planned development to twenty-five per cent of floor space in the Kakaako community development district, mauka area for lots 80,000 square feet or more in size.  (SD1)


Rebroadcasts (02:22:41:00)

o     3/3/09      Tue        2:34 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/6/09      Fri        11:30 am  Channel 49
March 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV1)

     The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services has been requested to provide a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community will commence thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

    
Rebroadcasts (02:09:49:10)

o     3/3/09      Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/4/09      Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (REV2)

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services has been requested to provide a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community will commence thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

    
Rebroadcasts (02:09:49:10)

o     3/3/09      Tue           5:30 am  Channel 52
o     3/4/09      Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs (TCI) hearing on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 9:15 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to provide the committee with an update of HTA's marketing and non-marketing initiatives including the status of the Pro Bowl.  It will also provide the committee with a follow up of HTA's audit and other tourism related issues.


No public testimony will be accepted.

March 2, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

HB 123, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, FIN
(HSCR7)
Authorizes the UH Board of Regents to issue an additional $150,000,000 in revenue bonds for the purpose of financing the costs of construction or costs of maintenance of university projects.  Extends the lapse date of the appropriation of $100,000,000 in revenue bond proceeds authorized by Act 161, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, to June 30, 2013.  Authorizes the UH Board of Regents to issue an additional $150,000,000 in revenue bonds, and appropriating the same amount in revenue bond proceeds to lapse on June 30, 2015, for the same purpose.

HB 124, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION. HED, HLT, FIN
(HSCR507)
Appropriates funds to support the Hawaii Quentin Burdick Rural Health Interdisciplinary Training Program.

HB 347, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, FIN
(HSCR168)
Exempts UH and the UH Board of Regents from most of the requirements of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, but requires UH and the UH Board of Regents to be subject to Part X of Chapter 103D and Chapter 104.

HB 1057, HD1     RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM.     HED, FIN    
(HSCR87)
Supports investment in a child's future by allowing family members and friends to contribute to State-established HI529 college savings accounts that currently only account owners can contribute to.

HB 1546, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, FIN
(HSCR88)
Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for the construction of an information technology building at the University of Hawaii.  (HB1546 HD1)

HB 1174, HD2     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, JUD, FIN
(HSCR437)
Allows UH to adopt administrative rules to regulate activities at and within the Mauna Kea lands, or the lands UH leases from the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  Allows UH to provide for procedures to enforce these rules, and to assess and collect administrative fines for violations of these rules.  Establishes the Mauna Kea Management Special Fund.

HB 984, HD3     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.               EBM, CPC, FIN
(HSCR610)
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii Broadband Task Force by establishing the Hawaii Communications Commission (HCC) and the Hawaii Communications Commissioner in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the Public Utilities Commission to HCC and to cable services from DCCA to HCC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the Legislature.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 954     RELATING TO A MAJOR DISASTER RESERVE TRUST FUND. PBS, FIN
(HSCR489)
Establishes the major disaster reserve trust fund.

HB 990     RELATING TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS.     PBS, FIN
(HSCR496)
Establishes the Office of the Director of Disaster Preparedness and a Disaster Preparedness Commission to develop a disaster preparedness plan for Hawaii that includes the identification of hazards and hazard impact zones, disaster mitigation policies, requirements, and incentives, and best responses.  Appropriates funds.  Effective 7/1/09.

HB 1051, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.
(HSCR434)     PBS/EEP, CPC/JUD, FIN
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 1568     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.
(HSCR497)     PBS, FIN
Makes an appropriation to the state department of defense to assist the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter, with needed capital improvement projects.

HB 1014, HD2 RELATING TO ENHANCED 911 SERVICES.     PBS, CPC, FIN
(HSCR608)
Reduces monthly surcharge on cellular telephone accounts for enhanced 911 service from 66 cents to 46 cents.  Imposes monthly surcharge of 46 cents on landline, VoIP, and any other communication service able to contact 911 call center.  Repeals provision that surcharge funds are not general funds of the State.  Repeals requirement that expenses related to overhead, staffing, and other day-to-day expenses of operating 911 call centers be paid through the general funding of the respective counties.  Repeals provision reserving two-thirds of surcharge funds for reimbursement of 911 call centers and one-third for wireless service providers.  Renames Wireless Enhanced 911 Board the Enhanced 911 Board.  Adds representatives of the Public Utilities Commission, voice over Internet protocol providers,  and local exchange carriers to Board.  Increases authority of Board to spend surcharge funds not just to reimburse costs of implementing wireless enhanced 911 service but to fund operation of enhanced 911 system generally.  Reinstates proxy voting repealed by Act 22, SLH 2008.  Prohibits conflicts of interest for third-party accounting firm, consultant, or other third parties hired to perform administrative duties for Board.  Effective 1/1/2020.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 111     RELATING TO STATE SALARIES.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR36)
Establishes a two year statute of limitations for recovering indebtedness to State through withholding of state salary.

HB 1125, HD1 RELATING TO CERTAIN FUNDS UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.     LAB, FIN
(HSCR358)
Clarifies the classification of certain special funds as trust funds and appropriates $5,000,000 from the special fund for disability benefits for automation of the disability compensation division.

HB 1279     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.     LAB, FIN
(HSCR398)
Requires the employer to continue medical services to an injured employee despite disputes over whether treatment should be continued, until the director of labor and industrial relations decides whether treatment should be continued.

HB 1390, HD1     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.     LAB, CPC, FIN
(HSCR542)
Increases the fee schedule of compensation for medical care in workers' compensation cases from 110% to       of the Medicare Resource Based Relative Value Scale system applicable to Hawaii as prepared by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

HB 602     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.     LAB, EBM, FIN
(HSCR596)
Excludes services performed by an individual who is a member of a limited liability company or a partner of a limited liability partnership who has a distributional interest in the company or partnership of at least 50%, a partner of a partnership, and a sole proprietor from the definition of "employment" under the workers' compensation law.

HB 442     RELATING TO THE LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS APPEALS BOARD.     LAB, FIN
(HSCR152)
Authorizes the labor and industrial relations appeals board (appeal board) to utilize a hearings officer and allow that hearings officer to hold a hearing, in order for the appeal board to expedite hearings on certain workers' compensation matters.

HB 987, HD1     RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR356)
Creates the state comprehensive employment training program providing subsidized employment for work with a public purpose. Prohibits direct replacement of current employees.  Appropriates funds.

HB 982, HD2     RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.               LAB, HED/LMG, FIN
(HSCR291)
Establishes a new data collection system for family leave.  Appropriates funds.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 1289, HD1     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR192)
Requires all offerors and subcontractors for construction contracts subject to the state public procurement code, to maintain or participate in a bona fide, state-approved apprenticeship program at the time of general bidding for a period of not less than 6 months.

HB 826, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR355)
Establishes requirements for contractors who bid on state construction projects.  Establishes penalties for non-compliance with such requirements.

HB 643, HD2     RELATING TO CONTRACTORS.               LAB, JUD, FIN
(HSCR377)
Authorizes the Contractors License Board to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a contractor's license for employing a worker on a public work project who is ineligible to work in the United States under federal law.

HB 1676     RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR360)
Requires that the collective bargaining agreement be submitted to the director of labor and industrial relations in order for the terms in the agreement to dictate the prevailing wages with regard to a project financed through the issuance of a special purpose revenue bond.

HB 1479, HD1     RELATING TO LABOR.                    LAB, FIN
(HSCR362)
Requires a certified copy of a fringe benefit reporting form supplied by the department of labor and industrial relations to be submitted weekly to the governmental contracting agency for review on public works projects. Requires an an itemized list of fringe benefit costs paid for each employee by the general contractor or subcontractor to laborers and mechanics on public works projects.

HB 952     RELATING TO LABOR.                    LAB, FIN
(HSCR143)
Certifies entities as exclusive representatives absent an election where no other representatives are certified as the exclusive bargaining representatives.  Requires immediate collective bargaining between parties once entities are certified as exclusive representatives.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 29, HD1     RELATING TO DEAD HUMAN BODIES.          HLT, JUD, FIN
(HSCR375)
Prohibits the commercial display of dead human bodies without a permit from the department of health.

HB 28, HD1     RELATING TO DEAD HUMAN BODIES.          HLT, JUD, FIN
(HSCR374)
Adds to the prohibition against buying dead human bodies, the selling of dead human bodies.  Defines the term "dead human body" to include plastinated bodies and body parts.  Increases the fine for buying or selling a dead human body to up to $5,000.

HB 36          RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, EEP, FIN
(HSCR473)
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.

HB 1362, HD1     RELATING TO GENETIC COUNSELORS.          HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR523)
Establishes the Genetic Counseling Licensure Program within Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Requires licensure in order to use the title of "licensed genetic counselor."  Provides exemptions from licensure requirements.

HB 989     RELATING TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE.     HLT/HUS, FIN
(HSCR177)
Amends the Act 236, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, which established the Hawaii children's health care program, to extend the program for three more years and require that participants receive primary health care services at federally qualified health centers.

HB 1373, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT/HUS, FIN
(HSCR210)
Appropriates funds to provide health care for uninsured Hawaii residents through nonprofit community-based health care providers.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 991, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HLT, HED, FIN
(HSCR230)
Establishes the Hawaii Medical Doctor Loan Repayment Program for University of Hawaii medical school graduates and medical school graduates with training from Hawaii based medical program working in rural areas of the state.

HB 1782, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE. HLT, FIN
(HSCR470)
Creates an office of state coordinator of health information exchange within the department of health and creates a health information exchange program.  Makes appropriations.  Effective Date of July 1, 2020.

HB 317     RELATING TO MOBILE MEDICAL CARE.          HLT/PBS, FIN
(HSCR449)
Authorizes the use of federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds to provide the people of the southern portion of the island of Hawaii with increased access to suitable emergency and clinical medical care.

HB 343, HD1     RELATING TO RURAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TRAINING.
(HSCR52)     HLT, FIN
Appropriates funds to:  (1) Develop a statewide Rural Primary Health Care Training Program; and (2) Support the Family Medicine Residency Program of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  Effective 7/1/2020.

HB 814, HD2     RELATING TO NURSE AIDES.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR310)
Specifies the renewal period for the recertification of nurse aides and the number of continuing education hours for their recertification.  Effective 07/01/2020.

HB 811, HD2     RELATING TO REGISTERED NURSES.          HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR543)
Removes, for a foreign nursing school graduate applying for licensure by examination for registered nurses in Hawaii, the requirement to obtain certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.  Requires the Board of Nursing to adopt rules requiring submission of the Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs form and a certified school transcript.

HB 1378, HD1     RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
(HSCR541)     HLT, CPC, FIN
Requires insurers, mutual and fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to recognize advanced practice registered nurses as primary care providers.  Grants increased signature authority and prescriptive rights.  Amends definition of advanced practice registered nurse.

HB 814, HD2     RELATING TO NURSE AIDES.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR310)
Specifies the renewal period for the recertification of nurse aides and the number of continuing education hours for their recertification.  Effective 07/01/2020.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 1096, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          HUS, FIN
(HSCR329)
Amends section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding definitions of "work eligible household" and "other work eligible household" and repealing the definition of "exempt household" to be consistent with recent changes in federal regulations.  Also amends section 346-53(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to be consistent with the new definitions.

HB 1354, HD1     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HUS, FIN
(HSCR512)
Appropriates temporary assistance for needy families funds and general revenue funds for the healthy start and enhanced healthy start programs, to maintain current services, to hire additional staff and for provider training.

HB 739, HD1     RELATING TO TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES.
(HSCR256)     HUS, FIN
Details how the legislature will spend TANF funds, emphasizing child care services, job training and related support services, the prevention of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, the purchase of service contracts for child welfare services, information system maintenance, and administration costs.  Transfers portions of TANF funds to the social services block grant and child care development fund.

HB 1284     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HUS/HLT, FIN
(HSCR511)
Appropriates funds in each year of the 2009-2011 fiscal biennium to increase the payments for physician services provided by QUEST and medicare fee-for-service providers up to 100 per cent of the current medicare rate.  Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to report to the Legislature prior to the 2010 Regular Session with (1) the amount of baseline medicaid and additional funds needed for fiscal year 2010-2011, and (2) the amount of funding required to continue increased payments for physician services and to increase reimbursements for all fee-for-service providers.  Requires DHS to seek an appropriation in an amount equal to at least the amount appropriated in 2009-2010 for additional payments for physician services.

HB 1103     RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.          HUS, FIN
(HSCR326)
Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living.

HB 1094, HD1     RELATING TO PERMANENCY HEARINGS.     HUS, JUD, FIN
(HSCR436)
Amends the Child Protective Act to ensure compliance with federal Title IV-E hearing requirements.

HB 704     RELATING TO HOME CARE AGENCIES.          HUS/HLT, FIN
(HSCR252)
Requires the department of health to license home care agencies.  Sunsets 6/30/2014.  Makes appropriation.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 586, HD1     RELATING TO THE KANEOHE BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL. WLO, FIN
(HSCR165)
Sunsets the Kaneohe Bay Regional Council but retains their plans, programs, and policies.

HB 980, HD1     RELATING TO RECREATIONAL RENAISSANCE.     WLO, FIN
(HSCR538)
Fortifies the recreational renaissance program of the department of land and natural resources through various amendments to state law.

HB 1766, HD1     RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.          WLO, FIN
(HSCR579)
Permits BLNR to lease submerged lands, in accordance with Chapter 190D, HRS, by public auction, RFP, or negotiation, in a state boating facility and permits DLNR to provide an RFP for a public-private partnership to develop Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.  Permits commercial use permits to be issued for vessels assigned moorings in Ala Wai and Keehi Boat Harbors.  Provides for future mooring fees to be established by appraisal.

HB 271     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               WLO, JUD, FIN
(HSCR563)
Permits the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to accept electronic documents with electronic signatures for recording.

HB 1145     RELATING TO REMNANT LANDS.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR421)
Repeals the consolidation and use requirements for the sale of a state land remnant, and requires the proceeds from the sale of a state land remnant to be deposited into the Land Conservation Fund.

HB 1552, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR423)
Authorizes DLNR to issue long-term residential leases to qualified persons in state living parks.  Establishes living park planning councils to develop state living park master plans to ensure the living park achieves its purpose and goals.

HB 1712, HD1     RELATING TO FISHING.                    WLO, FIN
(HSCR424)
Requires DLNR to gather and use all available data to support the adoption of any rules to regulate the taking of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio, and to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects of any rules adopted.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 1171     RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.               FIN
Extends the sunset date of Act 2, Second Special Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, from the forty-fifth day following adjournment sine die of the Regular Session of 2009 to the forty-fifth day following adjournment sine die of the Regular Session of 2010.

HB 142     RELATING TO INTRA-STATE AVIATION.          TRN, FIN
(HSCR287)
Exempts the general excise and use taxes on fuel sold from a foreign-trade zone to common carriers for use in interisland air transportation.

HB 1166     RELATING TO THE PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE SPECIAL FUND.
(HSCR558)     TRN, FIN
To provide the Airports Division, Department of Transportation with additional financing options utilizing its Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) revenues to construct airports capital improvement projects (CIP) and to provide the statutory framework to permit the execution of these financial options.

HB 145, HD1     RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.               TRN, FIN
(HSCR48)
Establishes the photo red light imaging detector system program.  Authorizes counties to implement the program.  Requires fines collected to be paid directly to the county in which the fine occurred.  Increases the time to mail a citation to the owner of the vehicle that used a high occupancy lane illegally.

HB 553, HD2     RELATING TO MEDICAL ENTERPRISE ZONES.     RELATING TO MEDICAL ENTERPRISE ZONES.     EBM, HLT, FIN
(HSCR459)
Establishes medical enterprise zones in the State to encourage the development of medical and research services.  Creates a 7-year pilot medical enterprise zone in West Maui.

HB 1617     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO.     HED, FIN
(HSCR89)
Establishes the office of the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 1471, HD1     RELATING TO FARMS.                    TCI/AGR, FIN
(HSCR525)
Establishes a pilot program within the Department of Agriculture to develop safe food certification for farms that form agricultural cooperatives and establish purchasing agreements with hotels and restaurants.  Establishes the Food Certification Pilot Program Special Fund.

HB 963, HD1     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.     TCI, FIN
(HSCR247)
Allows expenditures from the Works of Art Special Fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

HB 243, HD1     RELATING TO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.          AGR, FIN
(HSCR347)
Appropriates funds for the repair and maintenance of irrigation systems.  Renames the existing irrigation repair and maintenance special fund as the agricultural infrastructure improvement special fund and allows the special fund to be used for agricultural water and land planning.

HB 975     RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER SYSTEMS. AGR/WLO, FIN
(HSCR385)
Authorizes the Agribusiness Development Corporation to acquire agricultural water systems to provide water for irrigation of agricultural lands.  Exempts agricultural water systems from the subdivision requirements of county ordinances.  Provides that, if a description of the system sufficient to identify the property being acquired, including a map, description of metes and bounds, and other information required by the conveyance law is provided by the owner, the system may be conveyed without subdivision.

HB 1525, HD1     RELATING TO MEDICAID.                    HUS/HLT, FIN
(HSCR149)
Requires the department of human services to award medicaid contracts to nonprofit insurance entities only.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
March 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Public Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

GM 367     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, ANITA  DIMAURO, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA

GM 368     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Harbors Modernization Group, Gubernatorial Nominee, EDWARD W. ENOS JR., for a term to expire 6-30-2010.     TIA

GM 369     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Commission on Transportation, Gubernatorial Nominee, OWEN  MIYAMOTO, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA

GM 370     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawai'i Sister State Committee, Gubernatorial Nominee, ANITA MAE K. NAONE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA

GM 371     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Harbors Modernization Group, Gubernatorial Nominee, GARY J. NORTH, for a term to expire 6-30-2012.     TIA

GM 431     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, EVAN K. CHING, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

GM 432     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, CHARLES M. HIRATA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

GM 433     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, GEORGE L. KEKUNA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

GM 434     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the State Highway Safety Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, MITCHELL S. NAKAGAWA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     TIA     (Measure added on 02-20-09)

SB 241, SD1     RELATING TO ENERGY.                    ENE/EDH, TIA
(SSCR66)
Establishes specific performance standards and mandates the use of cool roofs on all new residential and commercial construction in Hawaii beginning in 2011.  (SD1)

SB 440, SD1     RELATING TO COUNTIES.               EDH, TIA
(SSCR114)
Requires counties to accept or reject a public infrastructure dedication, under specified conditions, as part of an affordable housing project, or the infrastructure is deemed dedicated.  (SD1)

SB 552          RELATING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT VEHICLES.     ENE, TIA
(SSCR368)
Requires all newly purchased or leased light-duty vehicles to have fuel economy of at least 18 miles per gallon.

SB 564, SD1     RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION.          PSM, TIA
(SSCR274)
Makes discretionary, rather than mandatory, fire inspections conducted by the county fire chiefs.  Provides that frequency of inspections of buildings other than public schools shall be an unspecified number of years as deemed practicable or necessary rather than every 2 years.  (SD1)

SB 936          RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CERTIFICATES. HTH, TIA
(SSCR305)
Repeals the requirement for a sanitation certificate to be issued for county business licenses for the operation of a lodging or tenement house, group home, group residence, group living arrangement, hotel, or boarding house.  The City and County of Honolulu no longer requires business licenses for these facilities because of Act 35, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, so the sanitation certificate is unnecessary for Oahu.  The counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii never required a sanitation certificate for these types of businesses.

SB 1268, SD1     RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.     WTL/EDH, TIA
(SSCR119)
Permits the department of Hawaiian home lands to assign or transfer county affordable housing credits.  (SD1)

SB 295          RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.          ENE, TIA
(SSCR366)
Provides that high occupancy vehicle lanes may be used by hybrid and other energy-efficient vehicles, regardless of the number of occupants.

Rebroadcasts (00:54:25:13)

o     3/11/09    Wed        12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)


March 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs (TCI) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Saturday, February 2, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HB 135 
RELATING TO THE STATE INSECT.
Designates the Kamehameha butterfly as the state insect.

HB 813 
RELATING TO LANGUAGE ACCESS.
Designates the month of September as "language access month" to promote awareness of language access for government services and to emphasize the importance of and the need for language access in Hawaii.


Rebroadcasts (00:35:30:00)

o     3/11/09    Wed        12:57 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

March 3, 2009

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 Monday, March 2, 2009, at 2:45 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the House Committee on Human Services (HUS), and the House Committee on Health (HLT) Briefing at 4:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HTH/HMS

This joint legislative informational briefing updated the Committee on Health and Committee on Human Services on the reduction in services to people with serious and persistent mental illness by the Department of Health.  Invited participates included the Department of Health, Mental Health America of Hawai`i, Queens Medical Center, as well as various other mental health agencies throughout the state to participate and provide insight on the subject matter.

HMS/HTH/HUS/HLT

This informational briefing discussed the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Federal Stimulus Package) on Health and Human Services.

Rebroadcasts (03:21:51:11)

o     3/10/09    Tue           3:28 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Tourism, Culture & International Affairs (TCI) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 9:15 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

This informational briefing provided the committee with an update of HTA's marketing and non-marketing initiatives including the status of the Pro Bowl.  It also provided the committee with a follow up of HTA's audit and other tourism related issues.


Rebroadcasts (01:36:06:15)
o     3/7/09      Sat           8:30 am  Channel 53
o     3/11/09    Wed         1:32 am  Channel 54 (HITS)

March 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) hearing on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 9:00 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:

HB 1663     RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.               HAW, AGR
(HSCR573)
Prohibits the development, testing, propagation, release, importation, planting, or growing of genetically modified taro in the State of Hawaii.

HB 1226     RELATING TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANT ORGANISMS. AGR
Preempts certain state administrative regulatory actions and county regulatory actions relating to genetically modified plant organisms.  Excepts from the preemption any county ordinance that took effect before 01/01/09 and made unlawful certain actions relating to particular species of genetically modified plant organisms.  Excepts also from the preemption any state administrative regulatory action or county regulatory action that bans, restricts, or otherwise regulates the growing of genetically modified taro.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
March 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

HB 1504     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    FIN
Creates the Hawaii Health Authority to develop a comprehensive plan to provide universal health care in Hawaii.

HB 690, HD2     RELATING TO INSURANCE.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR292)
Requires insurers that offer health care coverage to the regular employees of any group or association to offer the same coverage to part-time employees working a certain amount of hours per week and for a minimum length of time, if a minimum percentage of the part-time employees agree to purchase coverage.  Requires the Insurance Commissioner to submit a cost-benefit report to the Legislature.  Effective 07/01/2020.

HB 1526, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, FIN
(HSCR61)
Requires a franchise retail food establishment to include nutritional information about each standard menu item.

HB 1538     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE PRODUCTS.
(HSCR458)     HLT/EDN, FIN
Requires public schools to use environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products.  Directs the department of health to establish guidelines and specifications for the products.  Requires the state procurement office to maintain a list of vendors who produce, manufacture, or sell environmentally-sensitive products.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 1470     RELATING TO HAWAII PUBLIC PROCUREMENT CODE. EBM, FIN
(HSCR407)
Exempts GSA-approved sole source vendors on procurements involving federal matching funds from certain sole source procurement provisions.

HB 1692, HD1     RELATING TO HOUSING.                    HSG, FIN
(HSCR43)
Restricts state low-income housing leases in certain cases, to no more than 5 years.

HB 311     RELATING TO LIQUOR.                    CPC/JUD, FIN
(HSCR96)
Makes various administrative, technical amendments to the liquor license and liquor tax laws.

HB 645, HD1     RELATING TO KAENA POINT.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR167)
Establishes a pilot program to issue annual passes to Hawaii residents to fish overnight at Kaena Point State Park Reserve.

HB 1693     RELATING TO WEST OAHU.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR426)
Requires the Office of Planning to review the City & County of Honolulu's revised Ewa Development Plan to ensure the infrastructural needs of the rapidly developing area are adequately met.

HB 899     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR574)
Clarifies and strengthens the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' bond authority.

HB 1665     RELATING TO HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS.          HAW, FIN
(HSCR227)
Prohibits the sale of public lands on which government-owned Hawaiian fishponds are located.

HB 1666, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR576)
Requires that all state and county letterheads, emblems, and symbols, when newly created, replaced, reprinted, or otherwise revised, contain the accurate, appropriate, and authentic Hawaiian names and language.

HB 1015     RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TRUST FUND.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR575)
Enables the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to begin construction on affordable housing projects without having the full and final amount of the capital costs on hand at the beginning of the project.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 949     RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
(HSCR577)     HAW/WLO, FIN
Authorizes the department of Hawaiian home lands to issue long term commercial leases.

HB 1809, HD1     RELATING TO RECYCLING.                    EEP/EBM, FIN
(HSCR103)
Establishes a television recycling and recovery program.

HB 268, HD1     RELATING TO LAND COURT.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR439)
Requires the assistant registrar of the land court to provide, within 10 days and free of charge, an image and index of all instruments that contain real property transactions each week to the administrator of the city and county of Honolulu's real property assessment division.

HB 269, HD1     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR591)
Requires the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to provide, within 10 days after the end of each week and free of charge, the administrator of the real property assessment division of the City and County of Honolulu an image and index of all instruments and documents that have been recorded in the registrar's office that week relating to land in all the counties.  Requires the real property assessment administrator of the City and County of Honolulu to provide copies of the images, without charge, to the real property assessment administrators of the other counties.

HB 447, HD1     RELATING TO PAYDAY LENDING.               CPC, FIN
(HSCR480)
Requires check cashing (deferred deposit) businesses to post and provide consumers with rate, fee, and other information, provides for payment plans; eliminates exemption from law of retailers who occasionally cash checks.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 1439, HD1     RELATING TO INSURANCE.               CPC, FIN
(HSCR492)
Makes various clarifying and technical amendments, and corrects inadvertent errors, in the Life Settlements Model Act, chapter 431E, HRS, which establishes consumer protections in life settlement transactions.  Effective 01/01/2020.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

HB 901, HD1     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR616)
Amends the law to provide for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to receive a portion of the income and proceeds from land in the public land trust.

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

RECONSIDERATION OF PRIOR DECISION
The following measure was previously heard on Thursday, February 26, Agenda # 3:

HB 1749     RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.     FIN
Makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies, fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes medical workforce promotion, health workforce education, or an indigent health care program tax credit.
March 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) informational briefing on Thursday, March 5, 2009, 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:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to acquaint the Committee on:

(1) the hotel industry's and island food producers' coordinated plan to establish a Hawai'i hotel industry agriculture support initiative and to increase the market potential of the socially disadvantaged produce growers in Hawai'i by reducing on-farm food safety risks and

(2) the selection process and criteria for the Hawai'i Tourism Authority President and CEO.
March 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Floor Session on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

March 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Floor Session on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 9:00 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.

March 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) informational briefing on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is for the Committee to assess and discuss the ramifications of the Hawaii State Auditor's Report entitled "Management and Financial Audit of Hawai'i Tourism Authority's Major Contracts"








    
March 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

     The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing on Friday, March 13, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

This joint legislative informational briefing is a follow up to the March 2, 2009 agenda with the Committee on Health and Committee on Human Services regarding the reduction in services to people with serious and persistent mental illness by the Department of Health.  The committee will hear testimony from the Department of Health in response to the questions posed at the first informational briefing and will also take comments from invited organizations, individuals, and stakeholders.


No Public Testimony will be accepted
March 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (15:25:43:08)
o     3/17/09 Tue       1:00 am            Channel 53
o     3/18/09 Wed     12:30 am           Channel 54 (HITS overnight - Tapes 1 - 3)
o     3/20/09 Fri       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS overnight - Tapes 4 - 6)
o     3/21/09 Sat      12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS overnight - Tapes 7 - 8)

Agenda:

HB 123, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, FIN
(HSCR7)
Authorizes the UH Board of Regents to issue an additional $150,000,000 in revenue bonds for the purpose of financing the costs of construction or costs of maintenance of university projects.  Extends the lapse date of the appropriation of $100,000,000 in revenue bond proceeds authorized by Act 161, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, to June 30, 2013.  Authorizes the UH Board of Regents to issue an additional $150,000,000 in revenue bonds, and appropriating the same amount in revenue bond proceeds to lapse on June 30, 2015, for the same purpose.

HB 124, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION. HED, HLT, FIN
(HSCR507)
Appropriates funds to support the Hawaii Quentin Burdick Rural Health Interdisciplinary Training Program.

HB 347, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, FIN
(HSCR168)
Exempts UH and the UH Board of Regents from most of the requirements of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, but requires UH and the UH Board of Regents to be subject to Part X of Chapter 103D and Chapter 104.

HB 1057, HD1     RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM.     HED, FIN    
(HSCR87)
Supports investment in a child's future by allowing family members and friends to contribute to State-established HI529 college savings accounts that currently only account owners can contribute to.

HB 1546, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, FIN
(HSCR88)
Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for the construction of an information technology building at the University of Hawaii.  (HB1546 HD1)

HB 1174, HD2     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HED, JUD, FIN
(HSCR437)
Allows UH to adopt administrative rules to regulate activities at and within the Mauna Kea lands, or the lands UH leases from the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  Allows UH to provide for procedures to enforce these rules, and to assess and collect administrative fines for violations of these rules.  Establishes the Mauna Kea Management Special Fund.

HB 984, HD3     RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.               EBM, CPC, FIN
(HSCR610)
Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii Broadband Task Force by establishing the Hawaii Communications Commission (HCC) and the Hawaii Communications Commissioner in the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA).  Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the Public Utilities Commission to HCC and to cable services from DCCA to HCC.  Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the Legislature.

HB 954     RELATING TO A MAJOR DISASTER RESERVE TRUST FUND. PBS, FIN
(HSCR489)
Establishes the major disaster reserve trust fund.

HB 990     RELATING TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS.     PBS, FIN
(HSCR496)
Establishes the Office of the Director of Disaster Preparedness and a Disaster Preparedness Commission to develop a disaster preparedness plan for Hawaii that includes the identification of hazards and hazard impact zones, disaster mitigation policies, requirements, and incentives, and best responses.  Appropriates funds.  Effective 7/1/09.

HB 1051, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.
(HSCR434)     PBS/EEP, CPC/JUD, FIN
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 1568     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.
(HSCR497)     PBS, FIN
Makes an appropriation to the state department of defense to assist the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter, with needed capital improvement projects.

HB 1014, HD2 RELATING TO ENHANCED 911 SERVICES.     PBS, CPC, FIN
(HSCR608)
Reduces monthly surcharge on cellular telephone accounts for enhanced 911 service from 66 cents to 46 cents.  Imposes monthly surcharge of 46 cents on landline, VoIP, and any other communication service able to contact 911 call center.  Repeals provision that surcharge funds are not general funds of the State.  Repeals requirement that expenses related to overhead, staffing, and other day-to-day expenses of operating 911 call centers be paid through the general funding of the respective counties.  Repeals provision reserving two-thirds of surcharge funds for reimbursement of 911 call centers and one-third for wireless service providers.  Renames Wireless Enhanced 911 Board the Enhanced 911 Board.  Adds representatives of the Public Utilities Commission, voice over Internet protocol providers,  and local exchange carriers to Board.  Increases authority of Board to spend surcharge funds not just to reimburse costs of implementing wireless enhanced 911 service but to fund operation of enhanced 911 system generally.  Reinstates proxy voting repealed by Act 22, SLH 2008.  Prohibits conflicts of interest for third-party accounting firm, consultant, or other third parties hired to perform administrative duties for Board.  Effective 1/1/2020.

HB 111     RELATING TO STATE SALARIES.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR36)
Establishes a two year statute of limitations for recovering indebtedness to State through withholding of state salary.

HB 1125, HD1 RELATING TO CERTAIN FUNDS UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.     LAB, FIN
(HSCR358)
Clarifies the classification of certain special funds as trust funds and appropriates $5,000,000 from the special fund for disability benefits for automation of the disability compensation division.

HB 1279     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.     LAB, FIN
(HSCR398)
Requires the employer to continue medical services to an injured employee despite disputes over whether treatment should be continued, until the director of labor and industrial relations decides whether treatment should be continued.

HB 1390, HD1     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.     LAB, CPC, FIN
(HSCR542)
Increases the fee schedule of compensation for medical care in workers' compensation cases from 110% to       of the Medicare Resource Based Relative Value Scale system applicable to Hawaii as prepared by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

HB 602     RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.     LAB, EBM, FIN
(HSCR596)
Excludes services performed by an individual who is a member of a limited liability company or a partner of a limited liability partnership who has a distributional interest in the company or partnership of at least 50%, a partner of a partnership, and a sole proprietor from the definition of "employment" under the workers' compensation law.

HB 442     RELATING TO THE LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS APPEALS BOARD.     LAB, FIN
(HSCR152)
Authorizes the labor and industrial relations appeals board (appeal board) to utilize a hearings officer and allow that hearings officer to hold a hearing, in order for the appeal board to expedite hearings on certain workers' compensation matters.

HB 987, HD1     RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR356)
Creates the state comprehensive employment training program providing subsidized employment for work with a public purpose. Prohibits direct replacement of current employees.  Appropriates funds.

HB 982, HD2     RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.               LAB, HED/LMG, FIN
(HSCR291)
Establishes a new data collection system for family leave.  Appropriates funds.

HB 1289, HD1     RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR192)
Requires all offerors and subcontractors for construction contracts subject to the state public procurement code, to maintain or participate in a bona fide, state-approved apprenticeship program at the time of general bidding for a period of not less than 6 months.

HB 826, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR355)
Establishes requirements for contractors who bid on state construction projects.  Establishes penalties for non-compliance with such requirements.

HB 643, HD2     RELATING TO CONTRACTORS.               LAB, JUD, FIN
(HSCR377)
Authorizes the Contractors License Board to suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a contractor's license for employing a worker on a public work project who is ineligible to work in the United States under federal law.

HB 1676     RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.               LAB, FIN
(HSCR360)
Requires that the collective bargaining agreement be submitted to the director of labor and industrial relations in order for the terms in the agreement to dictate the prevailing wages with regard to a project financed through the issuance of a special purpose revenue bond.

HB 1479, HD1     RELATING TO LABOR.                    LAB, FIN
(HSCR362)
Requires a certified copy of a fringe benefit reporting form supplied by the department of labor and industrial relations to be submitted weekly to the governmental contracting agency for review on public works projects. Requires an an itemized list of fringe benefit costs paid for each employee by the general contractor or subcontractor to laborers and mechanics on public works projects.

HB 952     RELATING TO LABOR.                    LAB, FIN
(HSCR143)
Certifies entities as exclusive representatives absent an election where no other representatives are certified as the exclusive bargaining representatives.  Requires immediate collective bargaining between parties once entities are certified as exclusive representatives.

HB 29, HD1     RELATING TO DEAD HUMAN BODIES.          HLT, JUD, FIN
(HSCR375)
Prohibits the commercial display of dead human bodies without a permit from the department of health.

HB 28, HD1     RELATING TO DEAD HUMAN BODIES.          HLT, JUD, FIN
(HSCR374)
Adds to the prohibition against buying dead human bodies, the selling of dead human bodies.  Defines the term "dead human body" to include plastinated bodies and body parts.  Increases the fine for buying or selling a dead human body to up to $5,000.

HB 36          RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, EEP, FIN
(HSCR473)
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.

HB 1362, HD1     RELATING TO GENETIC COUNSELORS.          HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR523)
Establishes the Genetic Counseling Licensure Program within Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Requires licensure in order to use the title of "licensed genetic counselor".  Provides exemptions from licensure requirements.

HB 989     RELATING TO CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE.     HLT/HUS, FIN
(HSCR177)
Amends the Act 236, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, which established the Hawaii children's health care program, to extend the program for three more years and require that participants receive primary health care services at federally qualified health centers.

HB 1373, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT/HUS, FIN
(HSCR210)
Appropriates funds to provide health care for uninsured Hawaii residents through nonprofit community-based health care providers.

HB 991, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HLT, HED, FIN
(HSCR230)
Establishes the Hawaii Medical Doctor Loan Repayment Program for University of Hawaii medical school graduates and medical school graduates with training from Hawaii based medical program working in rural areas of the state.

HB 1782, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH INFORMATION EXCHANGE. HLT, FIN
(HSCR470)
Creates an office of state coordinator of health information exchange within the department of health and creates a health information exchange program.  Makes appropriations.  Effective Date of July 1, 2020.

HB 317     RELATING TO MOBILE MEDICAL CARE.          HLT/PBS, FIN
(HSCR449)
Authorizes the use of federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds to provide the people of the southern portion of the island of Hawaii with increased access to suitable emergency and clinical medical care.

HB 343, HD1     RELATING TO RURAL PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TRAINING.
(HSCR52)     HLT, FIN
Appropriates funds to:  (1) Develop a statewide Rural Primary Health Care Training Program; and (2) Support the Family Medicine Residency Program of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  Effective 7/1/2020.

HB 814, HD2     RELATING TO NURSE AIDES.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR310)
Specifies the renewal period for the recertification of nurse aides and the number of continuing education hours for their recertification.  Effective 07/01/2020.

HB 811, HD2     RELATING TO REGISTERED NURSES.          HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR543)
Removes, for a foreign nursing school graduate applying for licensure by examination for registered nurses in Hawaii, the requirement to obtain certification from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.  Requires the Board of Nursing to adopt rules requiring submission of the Breakdown of Educational Program for International Nursing Programs form and a certified school transcript.

HB 1378, HD1     RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.
(HSCR541)     HLT, CPC, FIN
Requires insurers, mutual and fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to recognize advanced practice registered nurses as primary care providers.  Grants increased signature authority and prescriptive rights.  Amends definition of advanced practice registered nurse.

HB 814, HD2     RELATING TO NURSE AIDES.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR310)
Specifies the renewal period for the recertification of nurse aides and the number of continuing education hours for their recertification.  Effective 07/01/2020.

HB 1096, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          HUS, FIN
(HSCR329)
Amends section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding definitions of "work eligible household" and "other work eligible household" and repealing the definition of "exempt household" to be consistent with recent changes in federal regulations.  Also amends section 346-53(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to be consistent with the new definitions.

HB 1354, HD1     RELATING TO CHILDREN.                    HUS, FIN
(HSCR512)
Appropriates temporary assistance for needy families funds and general revenue funds for the healthy start and enhanced healthy start programs, to maintain current services, to hire additional staff and for provider training.

HB 739, HD1     RELATING TO TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES.
(HSCR256)     HUS, FIN
Details how the legislature will spend TANF funds, emphasizing child care services, job training and related support services, the prevention of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, the purchase of service contracts for child welfare services, information system maintenance, and administration costs.  Transfers portions of TANF funds to the social services block grant and child care development fund.

HB 1284     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HUS/HLT, FIN
(HSCR511)
Appropriates funds in each year of the 2009-2011 fiscal biennium to increase the payments for physician services provided by QUEST and medicare fee-for-service providers up to 100 per cent of the current medicare rate.  Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to report to the Legislature prior to the 2010 Regular Session with (1) the amount of baseline medicaid and additional funds needed for fiscal year 2010-2011, and (2) the amount of funding required to continue increased payments for physician services and to increase reimbursements for all fee-for-service providers.  Requires DHS to seek an appropriation in an amount equal to at least the amount appropriated in 2009-2010 for additional payments for physician services.

HB 1103     RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.          HUS, FIN
(HSCR326)
Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living.

HB 1094, HD1     RELATING TO PERMANENCY HEARINGS.     HUS, JUD, FIN
(HSCR436)
Amends the Child Protective Act to ensure compliance with federal Title IV-E hearing requirements.

HB 704     RELATING TO HOME CARE AGENCIES.          HUS/HLT, FIN
(HSCR252)
Requires the department of health to license home care agencies.  Sunsets 6/30/2014.  Makes appropriation.

HB 586, HD1     RELATING TO THE KANEOHE BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL. WLO, FIN
(HSCR165)
Sunsets the Kaneohe Bay Regional Council but retains their plans, programs, and policies.

HB 980, HD1     RELATING TO RECREATIONAL RENAISSANCE.     WLO, FIN
(HSCR538)
Fortifies the recreational renaissance program of the department of land and natural resources through various amendments to state law.

HB 1766, HD1     RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.          WLO, FIN
(HSCR579)
Permits BLNR to lease submerged lands, in accordance with Chapter 190D, HRS, by public auction, RFP, or negotiation, in a state boating facility and permits DLNR to provide an RFP for a public-private partnership to develop Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor.  Permits commercial use permits to be issued for vessels assigned moorings in Ala Wai and Keehi Boat Harbors.  Provides for future mooring fees to be established by appraisal.

HB 271     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               WLO, JUD, FIN
(HSCR563)
Permits the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to accept electronic documents with electronic signatures for recording.

HB 1145     RELATING TO REMNANT LANDS.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR421)
Repeals the consolidation and use requirements for the sale of a state land remnant, and requires the proceeds from the sale of a state land remnant to be deposited into the Land Conservation Fund.

HB 1552, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR423)
Authorizes DLNR to issue long-term residential leases to qualified persons in state living parks.  Establishes living park planning councils to develop state living park master plans to ensure the living park achieves its purpose and goals.

HB 1712, HD1     RELATING TO FISHING.                    WLO, FIN
(HSCR424)
Requires DLNR to gather and use all available data to support the adoption of any rules to regulate the taking of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio, and to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects of any rules adopted.

HB 1171     RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.               FIN
Extends the sunset date of Act 2, Second Special Session Laws of Hawaii 2007, from the forty-fifth day following adjournment sine die of the Regular Session of 2009 to the forty-fifth day following adjournment sine die of the Regular Session of 2010.

HB 142     RELATING TO INTRA-STATE AVIATION.          TRN, FIN
(HSCR287)
Exempts the general excise and use taxes on fuel sold from a foreign-trade zone to common carriers for use in interisland air transportation.

HB 1166     RELATING TO THE PASSENGER FACILITY CHARGE SPECIAL FUND.
(HSCR558)     TRN, FIN
To provide the Airports Division, Department of Transportation with additional financing options utilizing its Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) revenues to construct airports capital improvement projects (CIP) and to provide the statutory framework to permit the execution of these financial options.

HB 145, HD1     RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.               TRN, FIN
(HSCR48)
Establishes the photo red light imaging detector system program.  Authorizes counties to implement the program.  Requires fines collected to be paid directly to the county in which the fine occurred.  Increases the time to mail a citation to the owner of the vehicle that used a high occupancy lane illegally.

HB 553, HD2     RELATING TO MEDICAL ENTERPRISE ZONES.     RELATING TO MEDICAL ENTERPRISE ZONES.     EBM, HLT, FIN
(HSCR459)
Establishes medical enterprise zones in the State to encourage the development of medical and research services.  Creates a 7-year pilot medical enterprise zone in West Maui.

HB 1617     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO.     HED, FIN
(HSCR89)
Establishes the office of the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

HB 1471, HD1     RELATING TO FARMS.                    TCI/AGR, FIN
(HSCR525)
Establishes a pilot program within the Department of Agriculture to develop safe food certification for farms that form agricultural cooperatives and establish purchasing agreements with hotels and restaurants.  Establishes the Food Certification Pilot Program Special Fund.

HB 963, HD1     RELATING TO WORKS OF ART SPECIAL FUND.     TCI, FIN
(HSCR247)
Allows expenditures from the Works of Art Special Fund for acquisition of works of art for the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace.

HB 243, HD1     RELATING TO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.          AGR, FIN
(HSCR347)
Appropriates funds for the repair and maintenance of irrigation systems.  Renames the existing irrigation repair and maintenance special fund as the agricultural infrastructure improvement special fund and allows the special fund to be used for agricultural water and land planning.

HB 975     RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER SYSTEMS. AGR/WLO, FIN
(HSCR385)
Authorizes the Agribusiness Development Corporation to acquire agricultural water systems to provide water for irrigation of agricultural lands.  Exempts agricultural water systems from the subdivision requirements of county ordinances.  Provides that, if a description of the system sufficient to identify the property being acquired, including a map, description of metes and bounds, and other information required by the conveyance law is provided by the owner, the system may be conveyed without subdivision.

HB 1525, HD1     RELATING TO MEDICAID.                    HUS/HLT, FIN
(HSCR149)
Requires the department of human services to award medicaid contracts to nonprofit insurance entities only.
March 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HB 1663     RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.               HAW, AGR
(HSCR573)
Prohibits the development, testing, propagation, release, importation, planting, or growing of genetically modified taro in the State of Hawaii.

HB 1226     RELATING TO GENETICALLY MODIFIED PLANT ORGANISMS. AGR
Preempts certain state administrative regulatory actions and county regulatory actions relating to genetically modified plant organisms.  Excepts from the preemption any county ordinance that took effect before 01/01/09 and made unlawful certain actions relating to particular species of genetically modified plant organisms.  Excepts also from the preemption any state administrative regulatory action or county regulatory action that bans, restricts, or otherwise regulates the growing of genetically modified taro.

Rebroadcasts (05:42:27:07)
o     3/11/09 Wed     8:30 am            Channel 53
o     3/13/09 Fri        12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (06:48:50:04)
o     3/11/09 Wed       9:00 am           Channel 49
o     3/14/09 Sat       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

HB 1504     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    FIN
Creates the Hawaii Health Authority to develop a comprehensive plan to provide universal health care in Hawaii.

HB 690, HD2     RELATING TO INSURANCE.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR292)
Requires insurers that offer health care coverage to the regular employees of any group or association to offer the same coverage to part-time employees working a certain amount of hours per week and for a minimum length of time, if a minimum percentage of the part-time employees agree to purchase coverage.  Requires the Insurance Commissioner to submit a cost-benefit report to the Legislature.  Effective 07/01/2020.

HB 1526, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, FIN
(HSCR61)
Requires a franchise retail food establishment to include nutritional information about each standard menu item.

HB 1538     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE PRODUCTS.
(HSCR458)     HLT/EDN, FIN
Requires public schools to use environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products.  Directs the department of health to establish guidelines and specifications for the products.  Requires the state procurement office to maintain a list of vendors who produce, manufacture, or sell environmentally-sensitive products.

HB 1470     RELATING TO HAWAII PUBLIC PROCUREMENT CODE. EBM, FIN
(HSCR407)
Exempts GSA-approved sole source vendors on procurements involving federal matching funds from certain sole source procurement provisions.

HB 1692, HD1     RELATING TO HOUSING.                    HSG, FIN
(HSCR43)
Restricts state low-income housing leases in certain cases, to no more than 5 years.

HB 311     RELATING TO LIQUOR.                    CPC/JUD, FIN
(HSCR96)
Makes various administrative, technical amendments to the liquor license and liquor tax laws.

HB 645, HD1     RELATING TO KAENA POINT.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR167)
Establishes a pilot program to issue annual passes to Hawaii residents to fish overnight at Kaena Point State Park Reserve.

HB 1693     RELATING TO WEST OAHU.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR426)
Requires the Office of Planning to review the City & County of Honolulu's revised Ewa Development Plan to ensure the infrastructural needs of the rapidly developing area are adequately met.

HB 899     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR574)
Clarifies and strengthens the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' bond authority.

HB 1665     RELATING TO HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS.          HAW, FIN
(HSCR227)
Prohibits the sale of public lands on which government-owned Hawaiian fishponds are located.

HB 1666, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR576)
Requires that all state and county letterheads, emblems, and symbols, when newly created, replaced, reprinted, or otherwise revised, contain the accurate, appropriate, and authentic Hawaiian names and language.

HB 1015     RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TRUST FUND.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR575)
Enables the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to begin construction on affordable housing projects without having the full and final amount of the capital costs on hand at the beginning of the project.

HB 949     RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
(HSCR577)     HAW/WLO, FIN
Authorizes the department of Hawaiian home lands to issue long term commercial leases.

HB 1809, HD1     RELATING TO RECYCLING.                    EEP/EBM, FIN
(HSCR103)
Establishes a television recycling and recovery program.

HB 268, HD1     RELATING TO LAND COURT.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR439)
Requires the assistant registrar of the land court to provide, within 10 days and free of charge, an image and index of all instruments that contain real property transactions each week to the administrator of the city and county of Honolulu's real property assessment division.

HB 269, HD1     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR591)
Requires the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to provide, within 10 days after the end of each week and free of charge, the administrator of the real property assessment division of the City and County of Honolulu an image and index of all instruments and documents that have been recorded in the registrar's office that week relating to land in all the counties.  Requires the real property assessment administrator of the City and County of Honolulu to provide copies of the images, without charge, to the real property assessment administrators of the other counties.

HB 447, HD1     RELATING TO PAYDAY LENDING.               CPC, FIN
(HSCR480)
Requires check cashing (deferred deposit) businesses to post and provide consumers with rate, fee, and other information, provides for payment plans; eliminates exemption from law of retailers who occasionally cash checks.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 1439, HD1     RELATING TO INSURANCE.               CPC, FIN
(HSCR492)
Makes various clarifying and technical amendments, and corrects inadvertent errors, in the Life Settlements Model Act, chapter 431E, HRS, which establishes consumer protections in life settlement transactions.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 901, HD1     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR616)
Amends the law to provide for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to receive a portion of the income and proceeds from land in the public land trust.

RECONSIDERATION OF PRIOR DECISION
The following measure was previously heard on Thursday, February 26, Agenda # 3:

HB 1749     RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.     FIN
Makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies, fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes medical workforce promotion, health workforce education, or an indigent health care program tax credit.
March 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 5, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

This informational briefing acquainted the Committee on:

(1) the hotel industry's and island food producers' coordinated plan to establish a Hawai'i hotel industry agriculture support initiative and to increase the market potential of the socially disadvantaged produce growers in Hawai'i by reducing on-farm food safety risks and

(2) the selection process and criteria for the Hawai'i Tourism Authority President and CEO.

Rebroadcasts (01:26:54:00)

o     3/11/09    Wed          2:30 pm  Channel 53
o     3/17/09    Tue         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 9, 2009

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 Friday, March 6, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

Community Health Centers in Hawaii are the front lines for meeting many of the emerging needs for high quality, accessible healthcare in underserved areas and communities with significant numbers of people who are underserved by virtue of lack of health insurance or economic, cultural, or geographic barriers.  The 14 Community Health Centers located on the six major islands collectively care for more than 100,000 people.

The Hawaii Primary Care Association provided the committee with an update on its Community Health Centers, and shared insights on the challenges and opportunities of serving rural areas, emerging trends and the future direction of healthcare, workforce development and physician shortages, and the critical and strategic role that community health centers can play in strengthening safety-net services.

Rebroadcasts (01:19:56:00)

o     3/12/09    Thu           9:30 am  Channel 53
o     3/17/09    Tue           2:55 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

March 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, March 6, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

GM 439     Submitting for consideration and confirmation as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, MARK E. RECKTENWALD, for a term of ten years.
JGO

SB 619, SD1     RELATING TO VOTING.                    PSM, JGO
(SSCR275)
Allows incarcerated persons who were Hawaii residents at the time of their arrest to vote only by absentee ballot in Hawaii's elections.  (SD1)

SB 846          RELATING TO POST CONVICTION PROCEEDINGS.     JGO
Establishes a time limitation for filing habeas corpus complaints and post-conviction judicial proceedings.  Limits successive complaints.
[Measure added on 3/05/09]

Rebroadcasts (01:26:04:00)

o     3/12/09    Thu           8:00 am  Channel 53
o     3/17/09    Tue           1:26 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (Rev. 1)

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (06:48:50:04)

o     3/14/09 Sat       12:03 am           Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/19/09 Thu        1:00 am         Channel 52

Agenda:

HB 1504     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    FIN
Creates the Hawaii Health Authority to develop a comprehensive plan to provide universal health care in Hawaii.

HB 690, HD2     RELATING TO INSURANCE.               HLT, CPC, FIN
(HSCR292)
Requires insurers that offer health care coverage to the regular employees of any group or association to offer the same coverage to part-time employees working a certain amount of hours per week and for a minimum length of time, if a minimum percentage of the part-time employees agree to purchase coverage.  Requires the Insurance Commissioner to submit a cost-benefit report to the Legislature.  Effective 07/01/2020.

HB 1526, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    HLT, FIN
(HSCR61)
Requires a franchise retail food establishment to include nutritional information about each standard menu item.

HB 1538     RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE PRODUCTS.
(HSCR458)     HLT/EDN, FIN
Requires public schools to use environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products.  Directs the department of health to establish guidelines and specifications for the products.  Requires the state procurement office to maintain a list of vendors who produce, manufacture, or sell environmentally-sensitive products.

HB 1470     RELATING TO HAWAII PUBLIC PROCUREMENT CODE. EBM, FIN
(HSCR407)
Exempts GSA-approved sole source vendors on procurements involving federal matching funds from certain sole source procurement provisions.

HB 1692, HD1     RELATING TO HOUSING.                    HSG, FIN
(HSCR43)
Restricts state low-income housing leases in certain cases, to no more than 5 years.

HB 311     RELATING TO LIQUOR.                    CPC/JUD, FIN
(HSCR96)
Makes various administrative, technical amendments to the liquor license and liquor tax laws.

HB 645, HD1     RELATING TO KAENA POINT.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR167)
Establishes a pilot program to issue annual passes to Hawaii residents to fish overnight at Kaena Point State Park Reserve.

HB 1693     RELATING TO WEST OAHU.               WLO, FIN
(HSCR426)
Requires the Office of Planning to review the City & County of Honolulu's revised Ewa Development Plan to ensure the infrastructural needs of the rapidly developing area are adequately met.

HB 899     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR574)
Clarifies and strengthens the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' bond authority.

HB 1665     RELATING TO HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS.          HAW, FIN
(HSCR227)
Prohibits the sale of public lands on which government-owned Hawaiian fishponds are located.

HB 1666, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR576)
Requires that all state and county letterheads, emblems, and symbols, when newly created, replaced, reprinted, or otherwise revised, contain the accurate, appropriate, and authentic Hawaiian names and language.

HB 1015     RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TRUST FUND.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR575)
Enables the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to begin construction on affordable housing projects without having the full and final amount of the capital costs on hand at the beginning of the project.

HB 949     RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT.
(HSCR577)     HAW/WLO, FIN
Authorizes the department of Hawaiian home lands to issue long term commercial leases.

HB 1809, HD1     RELATING TO RECYCLING.                    EEP/EBM, FIN
(HSCR103)
Establishes a television recycling and recovery program.

HB 268, HD1     RELATING TO LAND COURT.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR439)
Requires the assistant registrar of the land court to provide, within 10 days and free of charge, an image and index of all instruments that contain real property transactions each week to the administrator of the city and county of Honolulu's real property assessment division.

HB 269, HD1     RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR591)
Requires the registrar of the bureau of conveyances to provide, within 10 days after the end of each week and free of charge, the administrator of the real property assessment division of the City and County of Honolulu an image and index of all instruments and documents that have been recorded in the registrar's office that week relating to land in all the counties.  Requires the real property assessment administrator of the City and County of Honolulu to provide copies of the images, without charge, to the real property assessment administrators of the other counties.

HB 447, HD1     RELATING TO PAYDAY LENDING.               CPC, FIN
(HSCR480)
Requires check cashing (deferred deposit) businesses to post and provide consumers with rate, fee, and other information, provides for payment plans; eliminates exemption from law of retailers who occasionally cash checks.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 1439, HD1     RELATING TO INSURANCE.               CPC, FIN
(HSCR492)
Makes various clarifying and technical amendments, and corrects inadvertent errors, in the Life Settlements Model Act, chapter 431E, HRS, which establishes consumer protections in life settlement transactions.  Effective 01/01/2020.

HB 901, HD1     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR616)
Amends the law to provide for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to receive a portion of the income and proceeds from land in the public land trust.

RECONSIDERATION OF PRIOR DECISION
The following measure was previously heard on Thursday, February 26, Agenda # 3:

HB 1749     RELATING TO THE INSURANCE PREMIUM TAX.     FIN
Makes the insurance premium tax applicable to mutual benefit societies, fraternal benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations.  Establishes medical workforce promotion, health workforce education, or an indigent health care program tax credit.
March 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at 11:00 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 900, HD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR479)
Appropriates funds for the operating and capital improvement budget of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

HB 300     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR567)
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for fiscal biennium 2009-2010

HB 200     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.          FIN
Relating to the state budget.


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW
March 11, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to review impending significant reductions necessary to address the state's fiscal shortfall.  The House Committee on Human Services will be working with the Administration to remain committed to positive outcomes for children and youth in low-income households, ensuring more children are enrolled in no-cost or low-cost human service programs, better linking the needs of the state's seniors and persons with disabilities with the appropriate services, protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and addressing the growing number of unemployed with employment training programs.

The subject of layoffs, reduction in work days, and wage reduction of DHS employees will be discussed. 

The following organizations have been invited to participate:

Debbie Shimizu from PHOCUSED; and

Mike Gleason from the Arc of Hilo and Easter Seals Hawaii; and

Ellen Ching from the Arc of Kauai; and

Anna Keller Collins from the Medicaid Waivers Providers Association; and

A representative from Legal Aid Society; and

The Director of the Department of Human Services or her designee.
March 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (09:12:12:01)

o     3/18/09    Wed          6:00 am  Channel 53
o     3/25/09    Wed        12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight - Part 1)
o     3/26/09    Thu         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight - Part 2)
March 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.


Rebroadcasts (04:16:57:13)

o     3/13/09    Fri             9:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/24/09    Tue         12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Finance (FIN) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:

HB 900, HD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     HAW, FIN
(HSCR479)
Appropriates funds for the operating and capital improvement budget of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

HB 300     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.               JUD, FIN
(HSCR567)
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for fiscal biennium 2009-2010

HB 200     RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.          FIN
Relating to the state budget.


Rebroadcasts (01:46:52:20)

o     3/12/09    Thu         11:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/21/09    Sat           3:16 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
March 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Joint House and Senate Session on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 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.

Agenda:

50th Anniversary of Statehood Commemoration
March 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:17:45:00)

o     3/17/09    Tue           9:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/25/09    Wed          3:37 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

This informational briefing reviewed impending significant reductions necessary to address the state's fiscal shortfall.  The House Committee on Human Services will be working with the Administration to remain committed to positive outcomes for children and youth in low-income households, ensuring more children are enrolled in no-cost or low-cost human service programs, better linking the needs of the state's seniors and persons with disabilities with the appropriate services, protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and addressing the growing number of unemployed with employment training programs.

The subject of layoffs, reduction in work days, and wage reduction of DHS employees was discussed. 

The following organizations have been invited to participate:

Debbie Shimizu from PHOCUSED; and

Mike Gleason from the Arc of Hilo and Easter Seals Hawaii; and

Ellen Ching from the Arc of Kauai; and

Anna Keller Collins from the Medicaid Waivers Providers Association; and

A representative from Legal Aid Society; and

The Director of the Department of Human Services or her designee.
March 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -  Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed.

Rebroadcasts (01:16:29:15)

o     3/17/09    Tue         11:30 am  Channel 49
o     3/24/09    Tue           5:13 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

The Committee assessed and discussed the ramifications of the Hawaii State Auditor's Report entitled "Management and Financial Audit of Hawai'i Tourism Authority's Major Contracts"
March 16, 2009

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 Friday, March 13, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:30:17:02)

o     3/18/09    Wed          8:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/27/09    Fri           12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

This joint legislative informational briefing is a follow up to the March 2, 2009, agenda with the Committee on Health and Committee on Human Services regarding the reduction in services to people with serious and persistent mental illness by the Department of Health.  The committee heard testimony from the Department of Health in response to the questions posed at the first informational briefing and also took comments from invited organizations, individuals, and stakeholders.


March 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) public hearing on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

GM 306     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, MICHAEL A. DAHILIG, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     HRE

GM 307     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, RAMON S. DE LA PENA PHD, for a term to expire 6-30-2012.     HRE

GM 308     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, MARK H. FUKUNAGA, for a term to expire 6-30-2011.     HRE

GM 309     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, CHUCK YIM GEE, for a term to expire 6-30-2010.    

GM 310     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, ERIC K. MARTINSON, for a term to expire 6-30-2009.     HRE

GM 313     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, GRANT TUCK SUN TEICHMAN, for a term to expire 6-30-2010.     HRE


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) public hearing on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) at 1:15 p.m. and the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) at 1:30 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 p.m.

HB 317, HD1     RELATING TO MOBILE MEDICAL CARE.          HTH/PSM, WAM
(HSCR905)
Authorizes the use of federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds to provide the people of the southern portion of the island of Hawaii with increased access to suitable emergency and clinical medical care.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB317 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:15 p.m.

HB 1051, HD1 RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. PSM/ENE, JGO
(HSCR916)
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.  (HB1051 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:30 p.m.

HB 954, HD1     RELATING TO A MAJOR DISASTER RESERVE TRUST FUND.
(HSCR877)     PSM, WAM
Establishes the major disaster reserve trust fund.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB954 HD1)

HB 1713, HD2 RELATING TO HAZARDS.               PSM, JGO    
(HSCR815)
Allows Civil Defense, when no emergency exists, to enter on private property to mitigate hazardous situations after giving the landowner notice.  May seek recovery and reimbursement of costs and expenses.  (HB1713 HD2)

HB 1568, HD1 MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.
(HSCR880)     PSM, WAM
Makes an appropriation to the state department of defense to assist the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter, with needed capital improvement projects.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1568 HD1)

HB 358, HD1     RELATING TO DRUG TREATMENT.          PSM, JGO
(HSCR914)
Authorizes placement of certain offenders in secure drug treatment facilities. (HB358 HD1)

HB 413, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, WAM
(HSCR914)
Establishes a state residential drug abuse program with an in-community component to help inmates' reentry into the community upon their release from prison. Expands number of transition beds in module nineteen at the Oahu community correctional center. Effective 07/01/2020. (HB413 HD1)

HB 519, HD1     RELATING TO INMATES.                    PSM, WAM
(HSCR915)
Requires return of all out-of-state inmates in private prisons by 12/31/2015. Requires the public safety department to plan, design, and construct sufficient facilities to house inmates in Hawaii by 12/31/2015.

HB 1152, HD1 RELATING TO COMMITTED PERSONS' ACCOUNTS.     PSM, WAM
(HSCR917)
Amends section 353-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to permit the Director of Public Safety to direct the department to have one or more accounts for committed persons. Also states that the accounts are non-interest bearing and that no interest can be paid to committed persons on the individual accounts. Effective July 1, 2025 (HB1152 HD1)

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) public hearing on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

HB 754, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.     TSM
(HSCR865)
Removes from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Board the Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, Director of Transportation, Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, and Executive Director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and places them in an advisory group to HTA.  (HB754 HD1)

HB 960, HD2     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.     TSM, WAM
(HSCR870)
Broadens the scope of a "tourism emergency" to include a regional or worldwide economic crisis.  (HB960 HD2)

HB 1204, HD2     RELATING TO TOURISM.                         TSM, WAM
(HSCR871)
Requires, for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 only, an additional distribution of not more than an unspecified amount of funds in Transient Accommodations Tax revenues to the Tourism Special Fund.  (HB1204 HD2)

HB 1763, HD2     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.     TSM, WAM
(HSCR873)
Repeals the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Establishes the Department of Tourism.  Transfers the Convention Center Enterprise Special Fund, Tourism Special Fund, and Tourism Emergency Trust Fund to the Department of Tourism.  Renames the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Department of Business and Economic Development.  (HB1763 HD2)


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
March 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 1:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:13:04:07)

o     3/24/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/27/09    Fri             3:46 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

GM 306     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, MICHAEL A. DAHILIG, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     HRE

GM 307     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, RAMON S. DE LA PENA PHD, for a term to expire 6-30-2012.     HRE

GM 308     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, MARK H. FUKUNAGA, for a term to expire 6-30-2011.     HRE

GM 309     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, CHUCK YIM GEE, for a term to expire 6-30-2010.    

GM 310     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, ERIC K. MARTINSON, for a term to expire 6-30-2009.     HRE

GM 313     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, GRANT TUCK SUN TEICHMAN, for a term to expire 6-30-2010.     HRE



March 19, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) public hearing on Friday, March 20, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:45 p.m.

HB 901, HD2     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS. WTL/JGO, WAM
(HSCR968)
Amends the law to provide for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to receive a portion of the income and proceeds from land in the Public Land Trust.  (HB901 HD2)
Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

HB 899, HD1     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     WTL, WAM
Clarifies and strengthens the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' bond authority.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB899 HD1)
No testimony will be accepted.

3:00 p.m.

GM 388                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Koke'e State Park Advisory Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, LAURA K. MISSION, for a term to expire 6-30-2010.

GM 420                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Aloha Tower Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, JASON T. OKUHAMA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

GM 436                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Gubernatorial Nominee, JERRY EDLAO, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

GM 437                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Gubernatorial Nominee, SAMUEL M. GON III, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

GM 458                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Molokai Irrigation System Water Users Advisory Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, STEVEN L. ARCE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

HB 586, HD1     RELATING TO THE KANEOHE BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL.
(HSCR863)     WTL, WAM
Sunsets the Kaneohe Bay Regional Council but retains their plans, programs, and policies. (HB586 HD1)

HB 593, HD2     RELATING TO SHORELINE SETBACKS.               WTL
(HSCR954)
Allows DLNR to establish an interim construction moratorium along Kailua Beach to protect development from coastal hazards, to conserve and protect beaches, to preserve recreational uses of coastal resources, and to minimize future impacts to the coastal ecosystem.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB593 HD2)

HB 1471, HD2     RELATING TO FARMS.                         WTL, WAM
(HSCR872)
Establishes a pilot program within the Department of Agriculture to encourage farmers to form agricultural cooperatives, coordinate purchasing agreements between the agricultural cooperatives and hotels, restaurants, and other buyers in the visitor and hospitality industries, and develop and implement safe food certification for products under the program.  Establishes the Food Certification Pilot Program Special Fund and appropriates funds for the program.  (HB1471 HD2)

HB 1712, HD2     RELATING TO FISHING.                         WTL, WAM
(HSCR924)
Requires DLNR to gather and use all available data to support the adoption of any rules to regulate the taking of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects of any rules adopted.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects that runoff, sedimentation, pollution, lack or profusion of fresh water intrusion into the marine ecosystem, and the introduction of invasive species have on the ecosystem that affects the habitat and forage of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  (HB1712 HD2)

HB 900, HD2     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     WTL, WAM
(HSCR985)
Appropriates funds for the operating budget of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  (HB900 HD2)

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) hearing on Monday, March 23, 2009, at 2:45 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) hearing at 3:15 p.m., the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) hearing at 3:45 p.m., and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) hearing at 4:15 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:

2:45 p.m.

SCR 72                                        WTL/PSM
REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO COLLABORATE AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO PREVENT INVASIVE SPECIES FROM ENTERING THE STATE OF HAWAII.

SR 43                                             WTL/PSM
REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO COLLABORATE AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO PREVENT INVASIVE SPECIES FROM ENTERING THE STATE OF HAWAII.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

3:15 p.m.

HB 1015, HD1     RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TRUST FUND.
(HSCR942)     WTL/EDH, WAM
Enables the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to begin construction on affordable housing projects without having the full and final amount of the capital costs on hand at the beginning of the project.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1015 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

3:45 p.m.

SCR 73                                        WTL/HRE
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO CONVENE MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO ADDRESS STEWARDSHIP ISSUES AND AFFIRM THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VARIED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY INTERESTED IN MAUNA KEA AND ITS UNIQUE SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, HISTORICAL, AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

SR 44                                             WTL/HRE
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO CONVENE MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO ADDRESS STEWARDSHIP ISSUES AND AFFIRM THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VARIED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY INTERESTED IN MAUNA KEA AND ITS UNIQUE SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, HISTORICAL, AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

HB 242, HD1     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.               WTL/HRE, WAM
(HSCR842)
Appropriates funds, matched dollar-for-dollar by federal funds, in cash, or by in-kind donations by the private sector, for the planning, repair, and modification of agricultural facilities at the former Del Monte operation on Oahu and at Maui Community College.  (HB242 HD1)

HB 1174, HD3     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HRE/WTL, WAM
(HSCR966)
Allows the UH Board of Regents to adopt administrative rules to regulate public and commercial activities at and within the Mauna Kea lands, or the lands UH leases from the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  Requires the BOR to establish procedures to enforce these rules.  Allows UH to assess and collect administrative fines for violations of these rules.  Establishes the Mauna Kea Management Special Fund for the deposit and use of these revenues.  (HB1174 HD3)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

4:15 p.m.

SCR 66                                        WTL
REQUESTING THAT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ISSUE A COMMEMORATIVE STAMP HONORING PRINCE JONAH KUHIO KALANIANAOLE.

SR 40                                             WTL
REQUESTING THAT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ISSUE A COMMEMORATIVE STAMP HONORING PRINCE JONAH KUHIO KALANIANAOLE.

HB 975, HD1     RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER SYSTEMS. WTL, WAM
(HSCR903)
Authorizes the Agribusiness Development Corporation to acquire agricultural water systems to provide water for irrigation of agricultural lands.  Exempts agricultural water systems from the subdivision requirements of county ordinances.  Provides that, if a description of the system sufficient to identify the property being acquired, including a map, description of metes and bounds, and other information required by the conveyance law is provided by the owner, the system may be conveyed without subdivision. Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB975 HD1)

HB 1611, HD2     RELATING TO LABELING OF MEAT AND FISH PRODUCTS.
(HSCR710)     WTL, CPN
Requires gas-treated meat and fish to be labeled as such.  (HB1611 HD2)

HB 1766, HD2     RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.          WTL, WAM
(HSCR935)
Permits Board of Land and Natural Resources to lease submerged lands, in accordance with Chapter 190D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by public auction, request for proposal, or negotiation, in a state boating facility; permits commercial permits in Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors; directs DLNR to provide an request for proposal for a public-private partnership to develop a portion of Ala Wai small boat harbor; permits commercial use permits to be issued for vessels assigned moorings in Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors; and provides for future mooring fees to be established by appraisal. (HB1766 HD2)

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), Senate Committee on Health (HTH), House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the House Committee on Health (HLT) informational briefing on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) hearings at 2:15 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

1:15 p.m.

The Department of Human Services has been requested to provide a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community will commence thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

2:15 p.m.

HB 1064, HD1     MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL.
(HSCR786)     HMS, WAM
Emergency appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund to replace general funds appropriated for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal year 2008-2009. Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1064 HD1)

HB 1065, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL.          HMS, WAM
(HSCR823)
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund in lieu of general funds for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal biennium 2009-2011.  (HB1065 HD1)

HB 1103     RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.
(HSCR825)     HMS, WAM
Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living.

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:30 p.m.

HB 1429, HD2     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE ABOUT FACE PROGRAM.
(HSCR780)     HMS/PSM, WAM
Appropriates TANF funds for Hawaii National Guard About Face family of programs for FY 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB1429 HD2)

HB 1776, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          PSM/HMS, WAM
(HSCR881)
Requires the Department of Public Safety to provide the Department of Human Services (DHS) with a monthly report listing newly admitted inmates.  Requires DHS to identify the status of each inmate on the monthly list with respect to the inmate's current receipt of public assistance. (HB1776 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

2:40 p.m.

HB 819, HD2     RELATING TO CRIME.                    HMS, JGO
(HSCR939)
Mandates minors aged 15-17 be tried as adults in cases of first and second degree murder.  Provides for discretionary remand of the minor in specified cases. (HB819 HD2)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
March 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 2:45 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (00:49:46:19)

o     3/25/09    Wed          8:00 am  Channel 49
o     3/27/09    Fri             5:58 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

HB 754, HD1     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.     TSM
(HSCR865)
Removes from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Board the Director of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, Director of Transportation, Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, and Executive Director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and places them in an advisory group to HTA.  (HB754 HD1)

HB 960, HD2     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.     TSM, WAM
(HSCR870)
Broadens the scope of a "tourism emergency" to include a regional or worldwide economic crisis.  (HB960 HD2)

HB 1204, HD2     RELATING TO TOURISM.                         TSM, WAM
(HSCR871)
Requires, for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 only, an additional distribution of not more than an unspecified amount of funds in Transient Accommodations Tax revenues to the Tourism Special Fund.  (HB1204 HD2)

HB 1763, HD2     RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.     TSM, WAM
(HSCR873)
Repeals the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Establishes the Department of Tourism.  Transfers the Convention Center Enterprise Special Fund, Tourism Special Fund, and Tourism Emergency Trust Fund to the Department of Tourism.  Renames the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Department of Business and Economic Development.  (HB1763 HD2)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
March 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, March 20, 2009, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:02:54:17)

o     3/24/09    Tue         10:30 am  Channel 49
o     3/28/09    Sat          12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

2:45 p.m.

HB 901, HD2     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS. WTL/JGO, WAM
(HSCR968)
Amends the law to provide for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to receive a portion of the income and proceeds from land in the Public Land Trust.  (HB901 HD2)
Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

HB 899, HD1     RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     WTL, WAM
Clarifies and strengthens the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' bond authority.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB899 HD1)
No testimony will be accepted.

3:00 p.m.

GM 388                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Koke'e State Park Advisory Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, LAURA K. MISSION, for a term to expire 6-30-2010.

GM 420                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Aloha Tower Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, JASON T. OKUHAMA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

GM 436                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Gubernatorial Nominee, JERRY EDLAO, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

GM 437                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Gubernatorial Nominee, SAMUEL M. GON III, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.


GM 458                                             WTL
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Molokai Irrigation System Water Users Advisory Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, STEVEN L. ARCE, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.

HB 586, HD1     RELATING TO THE KANEOHE BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL.
(HSCR863)     WTL, WAM
Sunsets the Kaneohe Bay Regional Council but retains their plans, programs, and policies. (HB586 HD1)

HB 593, HD2     RELATING TO SHORELINE SETBACKS.               WTL
(HSCR954)
Allows DLNR to establish an interim construction moratorium along Kailua Beach to protect development from coastal hazards, to conserve and protect beaches, to preserve recreational uses of coastal resources, and to minimize future impacts to the coastal ecosystem.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB593 HD2)

HB 1471, HD2     RELATING TO FARMS.                         WTL, WAM
(HSCR872)
Establishes a pilot program within the Department of Agriculture to encourage farmers to form agricultural cooperatives, coordinate purchasing agreements between the agricultural cooperatives and hotels, restaurants, and other buyers in the visitor and hospitality industries, and develop and implement safe food certification for products under the program.  Establishes the Food Certification Pilot Program Special Fund and appropriates funds for the program.  (HB1471 HD2)

HB 1712, HD2     RELATING TO FISHING.                         WTL, WAM
(HSCR924)
Requires DLNR to gather and use all available data to support the adoption of any rules to regulate the taking of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects of any rules adopted.  Requires DLNR to develop a monitoring and evaluation program to determine the effects that runoff, sedimentation, pollution, lack or profusion of fresh water intrusion into the marine ecosystem, and the introduction of invasive species have on the ecosystem that affects the habitat and forage of uhu, weke/moana kali, and ulua/papio.  (HB1712 HD2)

HB 900, HD2     RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.     WTL, WAM
(HSCR985)
Appropriates funds for the operating budget of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  (HB900 HD2)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
March 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) hearing at 1:15 p.m., along the HRE decision making 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:

HB 1617, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO. HRE/EDT, WAM
(HSCR907)
Establishes the office of the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1617 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, March 19, 2009)

HB 347, HD2     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HRE, JGO
Exempts UH and the UH Board of Regents from the requirements of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, with certain exceptions. (HB347 HD2)

HB 1057, HD1     RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM.     HRE, WAM
Supports investment in a child's future by allowing family members and friends to contribute to State-established HI529 college savings accounts that currently only account owners can contribute to.  (HB1057 HD1)

No testimony will be accepted.
March 23, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL), the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) hearing at 2:45 p.m. and the ENE decision making at 2:45 p.m., followed by the ENE hearing at 2:55 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:

HB 1271, HD3     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.               WTL/ENE/EDT, WAM
(HSCR931)
Establishes the Hawaii economic development task force to address Hawaii's energy and food security needs.  Increases the tax collected on each barrel of petroleum product sold by a distributor.  Allocates portions of the taxes collected to various funds, including the general fund.  Suspends for 36 months the requirement that gasoline sold in the State for use in motor vehicles contain 10% ethanol by volume.  (HB1271 HD3)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, March 19, 2009)

HB 1051, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. PSM/ENE, JGO
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.  (HB1051 HD1)

HB 36, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    ENE, WAM
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.  (HB36 HD1)

HB 1663, HD1     RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.               ENE, WTL
Prohibits the development, testing, propagation, release, importation, planting, or growing of genetically modified Hawaiian taro in the state.  Prohibits certain activities related to genetically modified non-Hawaiian taro. (HB1663 HD1)

No testimony will be accepted.

2:55 p.m.

HB 1144, HD1     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.
(HSCR682)     ENE, WTL
Authorizes the development and use of programmatic safe harbor agreements and programmatic habitat conservation plans that cover multiple landowners or a class of landowners or extend over a wide area or region. (HB1144 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

March 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Floor Session on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

March 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) informational briefing on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 9:15 a.m., followed by a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

9:15 a.m.
This informational briefing is to provide the committee on Ways and Means an update by Georgina Kawamura of the Department of Budget and Finance on the Administration's updated budget and financial plan based on the new Council of Revenue projections from March 12, 2009.

9:30 a.m.

HB 993, HD2     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF PROJECTED EXCESS REVENUES.
(HSCR971)     WAM, JGO
Requires that portions of estimated increases in general fund revenues be returned to taxpayers as a tax refund or tax credit and be deposited into the emergency and budget reserve fund.  Sets 7% estimated increase for two consecutive years as the threshold for the disposition.  (HB993 HD2)

HB 1364, HD1     RELATING TO THE BUDGET.                    WAM
(HSCR789)
Requires the governor or the director of finance to report restrictions of appropriations to the legislature. (HB1364 HD1)

HB 1583, HD1     RELATING TO TAXATION.                         WAM
Proposed SD1     (HSCR759)
Reduces tax credits allowed under chapters 235, 239, 241, and 431, HRS, by 75 percent for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2009, and ending before January 1, 2011.  Suspends the use of tax credit carryovers generated from taxable years beginning before January 1, 2009, until January 1, 2011.  Changes certain tax credits from refundable to non-refundable tax credits.  Repeals the technology infrastructure renovation tax credit allowed under section 235-110.51 HRS. (SD1 Proposed)

HB 1744, HD1     RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX. WAM
(HSCR742)
Suspends for 6 years from 07/01/2009 to 06/30/2015 the distribution of transient accommodations tax revenues to the counties.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB1744 HD1)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.
March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Joint House and Senate Session, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at 12:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:29:43:00)

o     3/31/09    Tue         12:56 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/31/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 49

Agenda:

50th Anniversary of Statehood Commemoration
March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) public hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) at 1:15 p.m. and the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) at 1:30 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:54:07:17)

o     3/31/09    Tue           2:28 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/31/09    Tue         10:00 am  Channel 49

Agenda:

HB 317, HD1     RELATING TO MOBILE MEDICAL CARE.          HTH/PSM, WAM
(HSCR905)
Authorizes the use of federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds to provide the people of the southern portion of the island of Hawaii with increased access to suitable emergency and clinical medical care.  Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB317 HD1)

HB 1051, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. PSM/ENE, JGO
(HSCR916)
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.  (HB1051 HD1)

HB 954, HD1     RELATING TO A MAJOR DISASTER RESERVE TRUST FUND.
(HSCR877)     PSM, WAM
Establishes the major disaster reserve trust fund.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB954 HD1)

HB 1713, HD2     RELATING TO HAZARDS.                    PSM, JGO    
(HSCR815)
Allows Civil Defense, when no emergency exists, to enter on private property to mitigate hazardous situations after giving the landowner notice.  May seek recovery and reimbursement of costs and expenses.  (HB1713 HD2)

HB 1568, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.
(HSCR880)     PSM, WAM
Makes an appropriation to the state department of defense to assist the American Red Cross, Hawaii Chapter, with needed capital improvement projects.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1568 HD1)

HB 358, HD1     RELATING TO DRUG TREATMENT.          PSM, JGO
(HSCR914)
Authorizes placement of certain offenders in secure drug treatment facilities. (HB358 HD1)

HB 413, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.               PSM, WAM
(HSCR914)
Establishes a state residential drug abuse program with an in-community component to help inmates' reentry into the community upon their release from prison. Expands number of transition beds in module nineteen at the Oahu community correctional center. Effective 07/01/2020. (HB413 HD1)

HB 519, HD1     RELATING TO INMATES.                    PSM, WAM
(HSCR915)
Requires return of all out-of-state inmates in private prisons by 12/31/2015. Requires the public safety department to plan, design, and construct sufficient facilities to house inmates in Hawaii by 12/31/2015.

HB 1152, HD1     RELATING TO COMMITTED PERSONS' ACCOUNTS.     PSM, WAM
(HSCR917)
Amends section 353-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to permit the Director of Public Safety to direct the department to have one or more accounts for committed persons. Also states that the accounts are non-interest bearing and that no interest can be paid to committed persons on the individual accounts. Effective July 1, 2025 (HB1152 HD1)

March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, March 23, 2009, at 2:45 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) hearing at 3:15 p.m., the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) hearing at 3:45 p.m., and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, & Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) hearing at 4:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (07:12:11:11)

o     4/1/09     Wed          2:50 am   Channel 54 (HITS overnight Pt 1 - TRT: 3:32:55)
o     4/2/09      Thu         12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight Pt 2 - TRT: 3:39:15)
o     4/1/09     Wed           8:00 am  Channel 53

Agenda:

SCR 72                                        WTL/PSM
REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO COLLABORATE AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO PREVENT INVASIVE SPECIES FROM ENTERING THE STATE OF HAWAII.

SR 43                                             WTL/PSM
REQUESTING THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY TO COLLABORATE AND SHARE INFORMATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO PREVENT INVASIVE SPECIES FROM ENTERING THE STATE OF HAWAII.

HB 1015, HD1     RELATING TO OBLIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TRUST FUND.
(HSCR942)     WTL/EDH, WAM
Enables the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to begin construction on affordable housing projects without having the full and final amount of the capital costs on hand at the beginning of the project.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1015 HD1)

SCR 73                                        WTL/HRE
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO CONVENE MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO ADDRESS STEWARDSHIP ISSUES AND AFFIRM THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VARIED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY INTERESTED IN MAUNA KEA AND ITS UNIQUE SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, HISTORICAL, AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

SR 44                                             WTL/HRE
URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES AND THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TO CONVENE MEETINGS WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO ADDRESS STEWARDSHIP ISSUES AND AFFIRM THE STATE'S COMMITMENT TO A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE VARIED MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY INTERESTED IN MAUNA KEA AND ITS UNIQUE SPIRITUAL, CULTURAL, HISTORICAL, AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

HB 242, HD1     RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.               WTL/HRE, WAM
(HSCR842)
Appropriates funds, matched dollar-for-dollar by federal funds, in cash, or by in-kind donations by the private sector, for the planning, repair, and modification of agricultural facilities at the former Del Monte operation on Oahu and at Maui Community College.  (HB242 HD1)

HB 1174, HD3     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HRE/WTL, WAM
(HSCR966)
Allows the UH Board of Regents to adopt administrative rules to regulate public and commercial activities at and within the Mauna Kea lands, or the lands UH leases from the Board of Land and Natural Resources.  Requires the BOR to establish procedures to enforce these rules.  Allows UH to assess and collect administrative fines for violations of these rules.  Establishes the Mauna Kea Management Special Fund for the deposit and use of these revenues.  (HB1174 HD3)

SCR 66                                        WTL
REQUESTING THAT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ISSUE A COMMEMORATIVE STAMP HONORING PRINCE JONAH KUHIO KALANIANAOLE.

SR 40                                             WTL
REQUESTING THAT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE ISSUE A COMMEMORATIVE STAMP HONORING PRINCE JONAH KUHIO KALANIANAOLE.

HB 975, HD1     RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL WATER SYSTEMS. WTL, WAM
(HSCR903)
Authorizes the Agribusiness Development Corporation to acquire agricultural water systems to provide water for irrigation of agricultural lands.  Exempts agricultural water systems from the subdivision requirements of county ordinances.  Provides that, if a description of the system sufficient to identify the property being acquired, including a map, description of metes and bounds, and other information required by the conveyance law is provided by the owner, the system may be conveyed without subdivision. Effective 07/01/2020.  (HB975 HD1)

HB 1611, HD2     RELATING TO LABELING OF MEAT AND FISH PRODUCTS.
(HSCR710)     WTL, CPN
Requires gas-treated meat and fish to be labeled as such.  (HB1611 HD2)

HB 1766, HD2     RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.          WTL, WAM
(HSCR935)
Permits Board of Land and Natural Resources to lease submerged lands, in accordance with Chapter 190D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by public auction, request for proposal, or negotiation, in a state boating facility; permits commercial permits in Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors; directs DLNR to provide an request for proposal for a public-private partnership to develop a portion of Ala Wai small boat harbor; permits commercial use permits to be issued for vessels assigned moorings in Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors; and provides for future mooring fees to be established by appraisal. (HB1766 HD2)

March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:15 p.m., along with the HRE decision making will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (00:39:54:00)

o     3/31/09    Tue           5:59 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/31/09    Tue           3:00 pm  Channel 49

Agenda:

HB 1617, HD1     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO. HRE/EDT, WAM
(HSCR907)
Establishes the office of the vice chancellor for research and economic development at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1617 HD1)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, March 19, 2009)

HB 347, HD2     RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.     HRE, JGO
Exempts UH and the UH Board of Regents from the requirements of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, with certain exceptions. (HB347 HD2)

HB 1057, HD1     RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM.     HRE, WAM
Supports investment in a child's future by allowing family members and friends to contribute to State-established HI529 college savings accounts that currently only account owners can contribute to.  (HB1057 HD1)

March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL), the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 24 at 2:45 p.m. and the ENE decision making at 2:45 p.m., followed by the ENE hearing at 2:55 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Rebroadcasts (01:56:44:02)

o     3/30/09    Mon          8:00 am  Channel 53
o     4/1/09      Wed        12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

HB 1271, HD3     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.               WTL/ENE/EDT, WAM
(HSCR931)
Establishes the Hawaii economic development task force to address Hawaii's energy and food security needs.  Increases the tax collected on each barrel of petroleum product sold by a distributor.  Allocates portions of the taxes collected to various funds, including the general fund.  Suspends for 36 months the requirement that gasoline sold in the State for use in motor vehicles contain 10% ethanol by volume.  (HB1271 HD3)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, March 19, 2009)

HB 1051, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. PSM/ENE, JGO
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.  (HB1051 HD1)

HB 36, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    ENE, WAM
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.  (HB36 HD1)

HB 1663, HD1     RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.               ENE, WTL
Prohibits the development, testing, propagation, release, importation, planting, or growing of genetically modified Hawaiian taro in the state.  Prohibits certain activities related to genetically modified non-Hawaiian taro. (HB1663 HD1)

HB 1144, HD1     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.
(HSCR682)     ENE, WTL
Authorizes the development and use of programmatic safe harbor agreements and programmatic habitat conservation plans that cover multiple landowners or a class of landowners or extend over a wide area or region. (HB1144 HD1)

March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 11:30 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:22:54:15)

o     3/31/09    Tue           4:28 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/31/09    Tue         12:00 pm  Channel 49
March 27, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) hearing on Monday, March 30, 2009, at 8:30 a.m., followed by informational briefings at 8:45 a.m. and 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:

8:30 a.m.

HR 214 / HCR 246
REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO DEVELOP, AND FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO IMPLEMENT A POLICY AGAINST TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE.
HUS, EDN

HR 270 / HCR 298
(Recommendation is to "Gut and Replace" HR270 and HCR298.  Proposed HD1 for HR270 and HCR298 is available in Room 436)
URGING THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT AND SENATORS AND CONGRESS MEMBERS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION OF CERTAIN FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II.
HUS, EBM

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

8:45 a.m.

The purpose of this informational briefing is to review suggestions from faith based organizations and survivors of domestic violence on how the State of Hawaii can improve its domestic violence services. The faith based organizations will discuss potential educational and awareness campaigns that will provide possible options to better address domestic violence in our communities.  The Human Services Committee will discuss ways in which the domestic violence safety net can be improved and how faith-organizations can network to better address gaps in services for victims of domestic violence.

The Committee will also discuss how a continuum of religious freedom is critical to faith based organizations and charitable individuals who provide human services.

The following organizations/individuals have been invited to participate:

Kenneth Copeland Ministries; and

Believers Stand United; and

The Executive Director of GirlFest Hawaii; and

Aya Sato; and

A Domestic Violence Survivor; and

Diamond Badajos the relative of Janel Tupuola; and

A member from Royal Kaukani's family; (Tentative) and

Other Organizations for Domestic Violence Victims.

No public testimony will be accepted.

10:30 a.m.

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the concerns with services to the clients and payments to the providers of Ohana Care and Ever Care. The briefing will discuss options to more effectively address the healthcare needs of the clients under such programs and seek corrective action on either late payments or failure to pay healthcare providers of these programs.

The following organizations and/or individuals have been invited to participate:

Dr. Kenneth S. Fink, Administrator of the Med-Quest Division at the Department of Human Services; and

Ohana Care; and

Ever Care; and

Healthcare Association of Hawaii; and

Hawaii Coalition of Caregivers Association:

Lani Akee, President Foster Homes

Miriyam Tabaniag, President Adult Residential Care Homes; and

Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE);

Reverend Bob Nakata; and

Bev Harbin; and

Aloha Care - Paula Arcena; and

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center; and

Dr. Imam Raman; and

Dr. Galindo via telephone.

No public testimony will be accepted.
March 30, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule (Rev.1)

The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL), the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 24 at 2:45 p.m. and the ENE decision making at 2:45 p.m., followed by the ENE hearing at 2:55 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
    
Rebroadcasts (01:56:44:02)

o     3/31/09    Tue           8:00 am  Channel 53
o     4/1/09      Wed        12:03 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

HB 1271, HD3     RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.               WTL/ENE/EDT, WAM
(HSCR931)
Establishes the Hawaii economic development task force to address Hawaii's energy and food security needs.  Increases the tax collected on each barrel of petroleum product sold by a distributor.  Allocates portions of the taxes collected to various funds, including the general fund.  Suspends for 36 months the requirement that gasoline sold in the State for use in motor vehicles contain 10% ethanol by volume.  (HB1271 HD3)

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
(Deferred from Thursday, March 19, 2009)

HB 1051, HD1     RELATING TO ENERGY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS. PSM/ENE, JGO
Comprehensively addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's energy emergency preparedness statutes; Provides up-to-date policy guidance needed for consistency with current federal and state energy emergency and overall emergency management policies and plans, and to provide definitive guidance on critical energy data analyses functions.  Effective 01/01/2020.  (HB1051 HD1)

HB 36, HD1     RELATING TO HEALTH.                    ENE, WAM
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.  (HB36 HD1)

HB 1663, HD1     RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.               ENE, WTL
Prohibits the development, testing, propagation, release, importation, planting, or growing of genetically modified Hawaiian taro in the state.  Prohibits certain activities related to genetically modified non-Hawaiian taro. (HB1663 HD1)

HB 1144, HD1     RELATING TO CONSERVATION OF THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES.
(HSCR682)     ENE, WTL
Authorizes the development and use of programmatic safe harbor agreements and programmatic habitat conservation plans that cover multiple landowners or a class of landowners or extend over a wide area or region. (HB1144 HD1)

March 30, 2009


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 9:15 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:48:46:20)

o     4/1/09      Wed          3:30 pm  Channel 54
o     4/2/09      Thu           3:42 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

This informational briefing provided the committee on Ways and Means an update by Georgina Kawamura of the Department of Budget and Finance on the Administration's updated budget and financial plan based on the new Council of Revenue projections from March 12, 2009.

HB 993, HD2     PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, RELATING TO THE DISPOSITION OF PROJECTED EXCESS REVENUES.
(HSCR971)     WAM, JGO
Requires that portions of estimated increases in general fund revenues be returned to taxpayers as a tax refund or tax credit and be deposited into the emergency and budget reserve fund.  Sets 7% estimated increase for two consecutive years as the threshold for the disposition.  (HB993 HD2)

March 30, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii State House of Representatives will convene in a special joint session in the Senate Chambers at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2009, to recognize military service members who have given their lives in the line of duty.  The families of fallen service members will receive the Hawaii Medal of Honor on behalf of their loved ones.  

The joint session will be broadcast live on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.   Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when that information becomes available. 

March 31, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), Senate Committee on Health (HTH), House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the House Committee on Health (HLT) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 1:15 p.m., followed by the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) hearings at 2:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:51:21:00)

o     4/2/09      Thu           8:00 am  Channel 49
o     4/4/09      Sat          12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

The Department of Human Services provided a status update on the implementation of the Quest Expanded Program. A roundtable discussion involving the legislators, the DHS, health plans and the broader community commenced thereafter. This is a follow-up briefing.

HB 1064, HD1     MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL.
(HSCR786)     HMS, WAM
Emergency appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund to replace general funds appropriated for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal year 2008-2009. Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1064 HD1)

HB 1065, HD1     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET SHORTFALL.          HMS, WAM
(HSCR823)
Fiscal Year 2009-2010 appropriation from the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund in lieu of general funds for the health care payments program (HMS 401) to address the budget shortfall in fiscal biennium 2009-2011.  (HB1065 HD1)

HB 1103     RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.
(HSCR825)     HMS, WAM
Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living.

HB 1429, HD2     MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE ABOUT FACE PROGRAM.
(HSCR780)     HMS/PSM, WAM
Appropriates TANF funds for Hawaii National Guard About Face family of programs for FY 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB1429 HD2)

HB 1776, HD1     RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.          PSM/HMS, WAM
(HSCR881)
Requires the Department of Public Safety to provide the Department of Human Services (DHS) with a monthly report listing newly admitted inmates.  Requires DHS to identify the status of each inmate on the monthly list with respect to the inmate's current receipt of public assistance. (HB1776 HD1)

HB 819, HD2     RELATING TO CRIME.                    HMS, JGO
(HSCR939)
Mandates minors aged 15-17 be tried as adults in cases of first and second degree murder.  Provides for discretionary remand of the minor in specified cases. (HB819 HD2)



March 31, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) hearing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, March 30, 2009, at 8:30 a.m., followed by informational briefings at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (04:43:13:26)

o     4/3/09      Fri           12:00 am  Channel 54 (HITS overnight)
o     4/7/09      Wed          8:00 am  Channel 49

Agenda:

8:30 a.m.

HR 214 / HCR 246
REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TO DEVELOP, AND FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO IMPLEMENT A POLICY AGAINST TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE.
HUS, EDN

HR 270 / HCR 298
(Recommendation is to "Gut and Replace" HR270 and HCR298.  Proposed HD1 for HR270 and HCR298 is available in Room 436)
URGING THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT AND SENATORS AND CONGRESS MEMBERS TO ENACT LEGISLATION TO EXPEDITE IMMIGRANT VISAS FOR FAMILY REUNIFICATION OF CERTAIN FILIPINO VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II.
HUS, EBM

8:45 a.m.
The purpose of this informational briefing is to review suggestions from faith based organizations and survivors of domestic violence on how the State of Hawaii can improve its domestic violence services.  The faith based organizations discussed potential educational and awareness campaigns that will provide possible options to better address domestic violence in our communities.  The Human Services Committee discussed ways in which the domestic violence safety net can be improved and how faith-organizations can network to better address gaps in services for victims of domestic violence.

The Committee also discussed how a continuum of religious freedom is critical to faith based organizations and charitable individuals who provide human services.

The following organizations/individuals have been invited to participate:

Kenneth Copeland Ministries; and

Believers Stand United; and

The Executive Director of GirlFest Hawaii; and

Aya Sato; and

A Domestic Violence Survivor; and

Diamond Badajos the relative of Janel Tupuola; and

A member from Royal Kaukani's family; (Tentative) and

Other Organizations for Domestic Violence Victims.

10:30 a.m.
The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the concerns with services to the clients and payments to the providers of Ohana Care and Ever Care. The briefing discussed options to more effectively address the healthcare needs of the clients under such programs and seek corrective action on either late payments or failure to pay healthcare providers of these programs.

The following organizations and/or individuals have been invited to participate:

Dr. Kenneth S. Fink, Administrator of the Med-Quest Division at the Department of Human Services; and

Ohana Care; and

Ever Care; and

Healthcare Association of Hawaii; and

Hawaii Coalition of Caregivers Association:

Lani Akee, President Foster Homes

Miriyam Tabaniag, President Adult Residential Care Homes; and

Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE);

Reverend Bob Nakata; and

Bev Harbin; and

Aloha Care - Paula Arcena; and

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Center; and

Dr. Imam Raman; and

Dr. Galindo via telephone.

March 31, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) hearing on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW