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March 2, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, convening at 1:30 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 2000, HD1            (HSCR326-10)            RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for FY 2010-2011.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2000 HD1)    JUD, FIN
 
HB 2200          RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
To adjust and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2009-11 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs.
FIN
 
 
DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


March 2, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 8:30 a.m., followed by
the

House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) at 9:30 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:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to provide a status update on the recent change in the Department of Human Services' (DHS) Child Care Subsidy Program.

This briefing will allow DHS representatives to present preliminary information on the implementation of the new sliding scale child care subsidy.  Further, the briefing will also allow preschools and affected parents and community members the opportunity to share their thoughts on the subsidy reclassification.

Second Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to receive input on the Department of Human Services' (DHS) efforts to streamline the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD), Med-Quest Division (MQD), and other functions of the department and address the impact that these changes may have on the State of Hawaii.


The following have been invited to participate:

o     The Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director of HGEA and/or their designee; and
o     All former and current employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS); and
o     All providers of services; and
o     PHOCUSED; and
o     Any other individual or organization that may be impacted by these proposed changes.


March 3, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Public Safety (PBS) Informational Briefing on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 9:15 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of this information briefing is to provide additional information to the Committee on Public Safety concerning the automated victim information and notification:

-Crime Victim Compensation Commission - Executive Director, Pamela Ferguson-Brey
-Hawaii Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification (SAVIN) System - Statewide      Victim Services           Coordinator, Lacene Terri
-Department of Public Safety - Director, Clayton Frank


There will be no testimony accepted from the public.



March 3, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, February 24, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (07:22:36:11)
o     3/8/10   Mon      8:00 am            FOCUS 49
o     3/10/10 Wed     3:25 am            VIEW (HITS #1 - Tape 1)
o     3/11/10 Thu       12:30 am           VIEW (HITS #2 - Tapes 2 - 4)

Agenda:

A G E N D A #  1

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

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

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


A G E N D A #  2

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


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

A G E N D A #  3

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

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

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

DECISION MAKING FOLLOWED



March 3, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Public Safety (PBS) and the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Informational Briefing, which was  originally broadcast on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 9:45 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:55:02:30)
o     3/5/10      Fri             9:00 pm  VIEW 54
o     3/10/10    Wed        12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

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

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


March 3, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing on Thursday, March 4, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

Decision-making on the following bills:

HB 2000, HD1     RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for FY 2010-2011.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2000 HD1)     JUD, FIN

HB 2200          RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
To adjust and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2009-11 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs.     FIN


March 4, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Legislative Management (LMG) Hearing on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 2:10 p.m., followed by an Informational Briefing, 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:

2:10 p.m.

HCR 61  (HSCR420-10)
HR 21  (HSCR419-10)
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO PERFORM A FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT AUDIT OF THE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.     HUS, LMG, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


2:15 p.m.

This purpose of this informational briefing is to get specific information on the fiscal, procedural and logistical impacts regarding the special election for Congressional District 1.

State Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago will be in attendance.

Invited participants include:

Attorney General Mark Bennett
Comptroller Russ Saito
County Clerk of Hawaii Kenneth Goodenow
City Clerk of Honolulu Bernice Mau
County Clerk of Kauai Peter Nakamura
Counter Clerk of Maui Jeffrey Kuwada

March 8, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 4, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts
  • 3/8/10   Mon      10:00 am           Channel 54
  • 3/12/10 Fri        2:48 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
 
 
Agenda:
 
Decision-making on the following bills:
 
 
RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
 
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for FY 2010-2011.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2000 HD1)
 
JUD, FIN
 
RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
 
To adjust and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2009-11 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs.
 
FIN
 


March 8, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, convening at 1:30 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts
  • 3/8/10   Mon      12:30 pm           Channel 53
  • 3/12/10 Fri        12:00 am           Channel 54 (HITS)
 
Agenda:
 
HB 2000, HD1            (HSCR326-10)            RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for FY 2010-2011.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2000 HD1)    JUD, FIN
 
HB 2200          RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
To adjust and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2009-11 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs.
FIN
 


March 8, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The Senate Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 9:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts
  • 3/9/10   Tue       8:00 am            Channel 49
  • 3/13/10 Sat       12:30 am           Channel 54 (HITS)
 
Agenda:
 
3rd Reading
 


March 8, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs (TIA) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at 2:45 p.m., followed by
 
The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing at 3:15 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts
  • 3/8/10   Mon      3:00 pm            Channel 53
  • 3/12/10 Fri        2:09 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
 
Agenda:
 
2:45 p.m.
 
SCR 72 REQUESTING AUTHORIZATION TO ENTER INTO A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF KEEHI INDUSTRIAL LOTS, ISLAND OF
WTL/TIA, WAM
 
SCR 73 REQUESTING AUTHORIZATION TO ENTER INTO A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GENERAL AVIATION LOTS AT THE KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AT KEAHOLE, ISLAND OF HAWAII.          WTL/TIA, WAM
 
3:15 p.m.
 
 
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FOLLOW-UP AUDIT OF THE MANAGEMENT OF STATE BOATING FACILITIES BY THE DIVISION OF BOATING AND OCEAN RECREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
 
WTL, WAM
 
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FOLLOW-UP AUDIT OF THE MANAGEMENT OF STATE BOATING FACILITIES BY THE DIVISION OF BOATING AND OCEAN RECREATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
 
WTL, WAM
 
APPROVING THE FEE SIMPLE SALE OF 1593 PAPAU STREET, KAPA'A, HAWAII.
 
WTL, WAM
 
APPROVING THE FEE SIMPLE SALE OF 1951 PAHOEHOE STREET, KOLOA, HAWAII.
 
WTL, WAM
 
AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF STATE LANDS AT HANAPEPE, WAIMEA, KAUAI, FOR RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.
 
WTL, WAM
 
APPROVING THE FEE SIMPLE SALE OF 1098 ONAHA STREET, WAILUKU, HAWAII.
 
WTL, WAM
 
APPROVING THE FEE SIMPLE SALE OF 1051 ONAHA STREET, WAILUKU, HAWAII.
 
WTL, WAM
 
APPROVING THE FEE SIMPLE SALE OF 2890 HANA HIGHWAY, HANA, HAWAII.
 
WTL, WAM
 
APPROVING THE FEE SIMPLE SALE OF TWO VACANT PARCELS IN HOKULELE, KANEOHE, HAWAII.
 
WTL, WAM
 
AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF STATE RECLAIMED LAND AT KAALAEA, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR PRIVATE PROPERTY PURPOSES.
 
WTL, WAM
 
AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF STATE RECLAIMED LANDS AT KANEOHE, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR BEACH ACCESS RIGHT-OF-WAY PURPOSES.
 
 
WTL, WAM
DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):
 
 
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Kahana Valley Living Park Planning Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, DANIELLE ULULANI BEIRNE-KEAWE, for a term to expire 6-30-2012.
 
WTL
 
Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Legacy Land Conservation Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, KAIWI NUI YOON, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.
 
WTL
 


March 8, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 8:30 a.m., followed by
the
 
House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) at 9:30 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts
  • 3/10/10 Wed     9:00 am            Channel 49
  • 3/16/10 Tue       12:30 am           Channel 54 (HITS)
 
Agenda:
 
The purpose of this informational briefing was to provide a status update on the recent change in the Department of Human Services' (DHS) Child Care Subsidy Program.
 
This briefing allowed DHS representatives to present preliminary information on the implementation of the new sliding scale child care subsidy.  Further, the briefing also allowed preschools and affected parents and community members the opportunity to share their thoughts on the subsidy reclassification.
 
Second Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing was to receive input on the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) efforts to streamline the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD), Med-Quest Division (MQD), and other functions of the department and address the impact that these changes may have on the State of Hawaii.
 
 
The following had been invited to participate:
 
·         The Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director of HGEA and/or their designee; and
·         All former and current employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS); and 
·         All providers of services; and
·          PHOCUSED; and 
·         Any other individual or organization that may be impacted by these proposed changes.


March 8, 2010
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rebroadcast Schedule
 
The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Thursday, March 4, 2010, convening at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.
 
Rebroadcasts
  • 3/11/10 Thu       8:00 pm            Channel 54
  • 3/12/10 Fri        2:48 am            Channel 54 (HITS)
 
 
Agenda:
 
Decision-making on the following bills:
 
 
RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.
 
Appropriates funds to the Judiciary for FY 2010-2011.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2000 HD1)
 
JUD, FIN
 
RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
 
To adjust and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2009-11 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs.
 
FIN
 



March 9, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by

the
Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH), the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, followed by

the
Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

1:15 p.m.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

HB 2381, HD2     (HSCR0568-10)     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Provides a temporary tax credit for residential construction and remodeling projects.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2381 HD2)     EDH, WAM

SCR 120     REQUESTING THAT FUNDS BE MADE AVAILABLE AND RELEASED TO ENABLE THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY TO IMPLEMENT A TENANT MONITOR PROGRAM.     EDH, WAM

HB 1854     (HSCR0574-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Removes unnecessary restrictions on the use of food distribution program revolving funds.  Allows the use of food distribution program revolving funds to support the administration and operation of the food distribution program pursuant to 7 Code of Federal Regulations section 250.15.     EDH, WAM

HB 2740, HD1     (HSCR0581-10)     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
Directs the department of education to enter into a financing agreement for the planning and design of Royal Kunia Elementary School II using certificates of participation.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2740 HD1)     EDH, WAM


HB 2306, HD2     (HSCR0657-10)     RELATING TO SALARIES.
Adjusts the salary caps of the Superintendent of Education and State Librarian.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2306 HD2)     EDH, WAM

HB 2376, HD3     (HSCR0579-10)     PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Amends the Hawaii Constitution to provide for a Board of Education whose members are to be appointed by the Governor, as provided by law.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2376 HD3)
EDH, JGO

HB 2377, HD3     (HSCR0645-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires the members of the Board of Education to be nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed by the Governor from lists of qualified candidates presented to the Governor by the Board of Education Selection Advisory Council.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2377 HD3)     EDH, WAM

No testimony will be accepted.


HB 2318, HD2     (HSCR660-10)     RELATING TO THE HOMELESS.
Establishes a 5-year housing first pilot program developed by the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, to assist chronically homeless individuals.  Increases the conveyance tax by an unspecified amount on properties valued at $1,200,000 and over to fund the housing first special fund.  (HB2318 HD2)
EDH/HMS/WTL, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


1:25 pm

HB 2845, HD1     (HSCR671-10)     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
Exempts the fee-simple resale of individual dwellings on public lands that are non-ceded lands that are repurchased or foreclosed on by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, from legislative approval requirements.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2845 HD1)
WTL/EDH

SCR 92     REQUESTING A REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE REVIEWING WORKFORCE HOUSING IN KAKAAKO MAUKA.     WTL/EDH

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 9, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 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 674, HD1     (HSCR487-10)  RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Amends the operating budget of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  Effective July 1, 2020. (HB674 HD1)

The Committee previously held public hearings on Senate bill(s) that are substantially similar to the following House bill(s).  Please focus your testimony on the differences, if any, between the House and Senate measure(s) listed.     WTL, WAM

HB 2832, HD1     (HSCR503-10)  RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.
Authorizes the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to seek funding for projects that increase the cultivation and use of taro.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2832 HD1)     WTL, WAM

HB 2582  (HSCR653-10)  RELATING TO VESSELS AT ALA WAI AND KEEHI BOAT HARBORS.
Authorizes moorage for commercial vessels and commercial vessel activities in the Ala Wai and Keehi Boat Harbors and adjusts fees for permittees of vessels that are used for a place of principal habitation in state small boat harbors.     WTL, WAM

HB 2741, HD1     (HSCR502-10)  RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Requires a permittee of certain commercial fishing vessels to pay a fee two times the moorage fee of a recreational vessel.  Allows a person to transfer stock or interest in a corporation or business entity operating a commercial fishing vessel while allowing the corporation or business entity to retain its mooring permit under certain circumstances.  Defines "commercial fishing activity."  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2741 HD1)     WTL, WAM

HB 1684, HD2     (HSCR198-10)  RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
Prevents and reduces the intentional introduction and spread of invasive species by establishing and revising penalties appropriate to the harm caused by the intentional introduction and spread of invasive species to the economy, natural environment, and the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people. (HB1684 HD2)     WTL, JGO

HB 2290, HD2     (HSCR559-10)  RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes the Agriculture Inspection and Certification Special Fund under the Department of Agriculture for the inspection, certification, weighing, or grading of agricultural commodities that are to be imported into, exported from, or shipped within the state.  Deposits all fees, civil penalties, and other moneys collected by DOA into the Special Fund.  Allows DOA to enter into agreements with government and private agencies to hire and pay inspectors to perform certification and audit services, maintain food safety, and establish and maintain an Internet food safety promotional and reporting system.  Repeals the Certification Services Revolving Fund.  Requires the establishment or increase of certain fees to cover the operation and maintenance costs of agriculture inspection and certification programs, and central services and departmental administrative expense assessments.  Appropriates funds for DOA's agriculture inspection and certification program.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2290 HD2)     WTL, WAM

HB 2775, HD2     (HSCR654-10)  RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes fees for processing of permits, letters, and the registration of plants, animals, and microorganisms allowed entry into the state.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2775 HD2)
WTL, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 9, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the
Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection (CPN) Hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by

the
Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Hearing at 1:25 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

1:15 pm

HB 1944     (HSCR543-10)     RELATING TO HEALTH CLUBS.
Allows military personnel deployed outside the State on federal active duty to cancel or suspend health club membership at any time during the contract term under certain conditions.
PSM/CPN, JGO

HB 2092, HD1     (HSCR620-10)     RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Establishes the Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes Program Special Fund, and authorizes the establishment of staff positions for the State Fire Council to accomplish its duties and responsibilities.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2092 HD1)     CPN/PSM, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:25 pm

HB 1987, HD2     (HSCR553-10)     RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
Establishes a cause of action to abate the illegal purchasing, selling, possession, setting off, igniting or discharging of fireworks.  Allows the court to order the closure of any place used in violation of the fireworks law.  Allows for the forfeiture of property used in violation of the fireworks law.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB1987 HD2)     PSM, JGO

HB 2271, HD1     (HSCR475-10)     RELATING TO EXPLOSIVES.
Prohibits dry ice bombs.  (HB2271 HD1)     PSM, JGO

HB 2692, HD1     (HSCR623-10)     RELATING TO DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLANNING.
Requires the director of civil defense to prepare a disaster preparedness plan for the 44th  and 45th  House of Representatives districts and report to the legislature in 2011.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2692 HD1)     PSM, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 9, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) Hearing on Thursday, March 11, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

HB 2417, HD2     (HSCR480-10)     RELATING TO ACTIVITY DESKS.
Establishes recordkeeping requirements for client trust accounts held by activity desks.  Requires activity desk registration numbers to be included on advertising and promotional material.  Prohibits an activity desk from failing to obtain full payment for activities later than three business days after the time activity reservations are booked or placed with the activity provider, unless direct payment to the provider is arranged.  Requires an activity desk to hold sums paid to an activity desk for activities furnished by an activity provider, in trust for the person making the payment and the activity provider.  Increases the maximum bond or letter of credit requirement for activity desks to $250,000.  Effective January 1, 2112.  (HB2417 HD2)
TSM, CPN

HB 2445, HD2     (HSCR625-10)  RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.
Authorizes the Hawaii Tourism Authority to maintain the confidentiality of competitively sensitive information.  Preserves certain autonomy provisions of Act 58, SLH 2004. Requires quarterly reports.  Effective January 1, 2112.  (HB2445 HD2)     TSM, JGO

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.




March 9, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing on Friday, March 12, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

HB 1901, HD2     (HSCR412-10)  RELATING TO PROCUREMENT OF VOTING SYSTEM EQUIPMENT.
Establishes an alternative public procurement process for the procurement of voting system equipment.  Effective upon approval and repealed on June 30, 2011.  (HB1901 HD2)     JGO, WAM

HB 2397, HD1     (HSCR238-10)  RELATING TO PRIMARY ELECTIONS.
Moves the date of the primary election to the second Saturday of August.  Requires nomination papers to be filed not later than 4:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday in June.  Effective January 1, 2011.  (HB2397 HD1)     JGO

HB 2508, HD2     (HSCR608-10)  MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, or its employees.  (HB2508 HD2)     JGO, WAM

HB 2595, HD1     (HSCR514-10)  RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
Precludes a taxpayer from using a general excise tax benefit, including exemptions, deductions, lower rates, or income splitting, unless the taxpayer follows all administrative requirements.  Creates trust fund liability for revenues collected by a business as a tax recovery.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB2595 HD1)     JGO, WAM

HB 1992, HD1     (HSCR193-10)  RELATING TO THE INTERMEDIATE APPELLATE COURT.
Extends intermediate appellate court judges' express authority to subpoena witnesses, compel the production of evidence, and administer oaths.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB1992 HD1)     JGO

HB 2721, HD1     (HSCR195-10)  RELATING TO COURT REPORTERS.
Authorizes certified shorthand reporters to administer oaths or affirmations and to perform the duties of a deposition officer.  Effective January 21, 2058.  (HB2721 HD1)
JGO

HB 2784, HD1     (HSCR606-10)  RELATING TO SMALL CLAIMS COURT.
Increases the monetary limit of claims that may be filed in small claims court.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2784 HD1)     JGO

HB 2724, HD1     (HSCR538-10)  RELATING TO OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ORDER.
Permits tethering of an unattended dog if the tether meets certain specifications and the dog is at least 2 months old.  Establishes mandatory fines.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2724 HD1)     JGO

HB 2725, HD1     (HSCR498-10)  RELATING TO ANIMALS.
Amends the definition of necessary sustenance to include a primary pet enclosure that provides shelter; safe construction to prevent injury; room to stand, sit, or lie down; and safe interactions with other animals.  Amends the definition of pet animal.  Defines primary pet enclosure.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (HB2725 HD1)     JGO


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 11, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the
Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by

the
Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Hearing at 1:25 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

1:15 pm
HB 1818, HD2     (HSCR619-10)  RELATING TO COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING.
Requires the Department of Public Safety to ensure that reentry/reintegration programs in Hawaii's correctional facilities offer cognitive behavioral theory with native Hawaiian holistic interventions to address domestic violence, addictions, self-mastery through identity, and community connections for successful transitions back into the community.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1818 HD2)     PSM/WTL, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:25 pm
HB 2266, HD1     (HSCR621-10)  RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.
Requires the Department of Public Safety to address sexual assault in prison.  Requires the department to provide annual data regarding acts of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.  Requires the department to report to the Legislature on any implementation of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2266 HD1)     PSM, WAM

HB 415, HD2     (HSCR490-10)  RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Directs the auditor to conduct a financial and management audit of the Department of Public Safety's contract with the Corrections Corporation of America and the federal detention center in Honolulu.  Effective December 21, 2020.  (HB415 HD2)     PSM, WAM

HB 2657, HD1     (HSCR622-10)  RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Requires the department of public safety to plan for a model wellness center on State land.  Report to legislature in 2011.  Effective July 1, 2020. (HB2657 HD1)     PSM, WAM

HB 2383, HD1     (HSCR470-10)  RELATING TO FLAGS.
Recognizes and allows the prisoner of war/missing in action flag to be flown with the U.S. and Hawaiian flags on specified days.  (HB2383 HD1)     PSM, JGO  [Measure added on 03-10-10)

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 11, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Legislative Management (LMG) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 2:10 p.m., followed by an Informational Briefing, will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:21:05:00)
o     3/12/10    Fri             3:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/17/10    Wed        10:30 pm  NATV 53

Agenda:

2:10 p.m.

HCR 61  (HSCR420-10)
HR 21  (HSCR419-10)
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO PERFORM A FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT AUDIT OF THE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.     HUS, LMG, FIN


2:15 p.m.

The purpose of this informational briefing was to get specific information on the fiscal, procedural and logistical impacts regarding the special election for Congressional District 1.

State Chief Elections Officer Scott Nago was in attendance.

Invited participants include:

Attorney General Mark Bennett
Comptroller Russ Saito
County Clerk of Hawaii Kenneth Goodenow
City Clerk of Honolulu Bernice Mau
County Clerk of Kauai Peter Nakamura
Counter Clerk of Maui Jeffrey Kuwada


March 12, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Floor Session, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 9:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (09:20:33:05)
o     3/16/10    Tue           8:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     3/18/10    Thu           3:02 am  VIEW 54 (HITS #1 - Tapes 1 - 3)
o     3/19/10    Fri           12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS #2 - Tapes 4 - 6)
o     3/20/10    Sat          12:30 am  VIEW 54 (HITS #3 - Tapes 7 - 8)

Agenda:

Third Reading


March 12, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by

the
Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH), the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, followed by

the
Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) and the Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) Hearing will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:27:36:00)
o     3/16/10    Tue           4:48 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)
o     3/18/10    Thu         10:30 pm  NATV 53

Agenda:

1:15 p.m.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

HB 2381, HD2     (HSCR0568-10)     RELATING TO TAXATION.
Provides a temporary tax credit for residential construction and remodeling projects.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2381 HD2)     EDH, WAM

SCR 120     REQUESTING THAT FUNDS BE MADE AVAILABLE AND RELEASED TO ENABLE THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY TO IMPLEMENT A TENANT MONITOR PROGRAM.     EDH, WAM

HB 1854     (HSCR0574-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Removes unnecessary restrictions on the use of food distribution program revolving funds.  Allows the use of food distribution program revolving funds to support the administration and operation of the food distribution program pursuant to 7 Code of Federal Regulations section 250.15.     EDH, WAM

HB 2740, HD1     (HSCR0581-10)     RELATING TO SCHOOLS.
Directs the department of education to enter into a financing agreement for the planning and design of Royal Kunia Elementary School II using certificates of participation.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2740 HD1)     EDH, WAM

HB 2306, HD2     (HSCR0657-10)     RELATING TO SALARIES.
Adjusts the salary caps of the Superintendent of Education and State Librarian.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2306 HD2)     EDH, WAM

HB 2376, HD3     (HSCR0579-10)     PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
Amends the Hawaii Constitution to provide for a Board of Education whose members are to be appointed by the Governor, as provided by law.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2376 HD3)
EDH, JGO

HB 2377, HD3     (HSCR0645-10)     RELATING TO EDUCATION.
Requires the members of the Board of Education to be nominated and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed by the Governor from lists of qualified candidates presented to the Governor by the Board of Education Selection Advisory Council.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2377 HD3)     EDH, WAM

No testimony was accepted.


HB 2318, HD2     (HSCR660-10)     RELATING TO THE HOMELESS.
Establishes a 5-year housing first pilot program developed by the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, in collaboration with the Department of Human Services, to assist chronically homeless individuals.  Increases the conveyance tax by an unspecified amount on properties valued at $1,200,000 and over to fund the housing first special fund.  (HB2318 HD2)
EDH/HMS/WTL, WAM

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.


1:25 pm

HB 2845, HD1     (HSCR671-10)     RELATING TO LANDS CONTROLLED BY THE STATE.
Exempts the fee-simple resale of individual dwellings on public lands that are non-ceded lands that are repurchased or foreclosed on by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, from legislative approval requirements.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2845 HD1)
WTL/EDH

SCR 92     REQUESTING A REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE REVIEWING WORKFORCE HOUSING IN KAKAAKO MAUKA.     WTL/EDH

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.


March 12, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:02:19:15)
o     3/17/10    Wed          9:00 am  FOCUS 49
o     3/18/10    Thu         12:00 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

HB 674, HD1     (HSCR487-10)  RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.
Amends the operating budget of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for fiscal years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.  Effective July 1, 2020. (HB674 HD1)

The Committee previously held public hearings on Senate bill(s) that are substantially similar to the following House bill(s).  Please focus your testimony on the differences, if any, between the House and Senate measure(s) listed.     WTL, WAM

HB 2832, HD1     (HSCR503-10)  RELATING TO TARO SECURITY.
Authorizes the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to seek funding for projects that increase the cultivation and use of taro.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2832 HD1)     WTL, WAM

HB 2582  (HSCR653-10)  RELATING TO VESSELS AT ALA WAI AND KEEHI BOAT HARBORS.
Authorizes moorage for commercial vessels and commercial vessel activities in the Ala Wai and Keehi Boat Harbors and adjusts fees for permittees of vessels that are used for a place of principal habitation in state small boat harbors.     WTL, WAM

HB 2741, HD1     (HSCR502-10)  RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Requires a permittee of certain commercial fishing vessels to pay a fee two times the moorage fee of a recreational vessel.  Allows a person to transfer stock or interest in a corporation or business entity operating a commercial fishing vessel while allowing the corporation or business entity to retain its mooring permit under certain circumstances.  Defines "commercial fishing activity."  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2741 HD1)     WTL, WAM

HB 1684, HD2     (HSCR198-10)  RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.
Prevents and reduces the intentional introduction and spread of invasive species by establishing and revising penalties appropriate to the harm caused by the intentional introduction and spread of invasive species to the economy, natural environment, and the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people. (HB1684 HD2)     WTL, JGO

HB 2290, HD2     (HSCR559-10)  RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes the Agriculture Inspection and Certification Special Fund under the Department of Agriculture for the inspection, certification, weighing, or grading of agricultural commodities that are to be imported into, exported from, or shipped within the state.  Deposits all fees, civil penalties, and other moneys collected by DOA into the Special Fund.  Allows DOA to enter into agreements with government and private agencies to hire and pay inspectors to perform certification and audit services, maintain food safety, and establish and maintain an Internet food safety promotional and reporting system.  Repeals the Certification Services Revolving Fund.  Requires the establishment or increase of certain fees to cover the operation and maintenance costs of agriculture inspection and certification programs, and central services and departmental administrative expense assessments.  Appropriates funds for DOA's agriculture inspection and certification program.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2290 HD2)     WTL, WAM

HB 2775, HD2     (HSCR654-10)  RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Establishes fees for processing of permits, letters, and the registration of plants, animals, and microorganisms allowed entry into the state.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2775 HD2)
WTL, WAM

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.


March 12, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 1:15 p.m., followed by

The
Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

1:15 pm
Adult Mental Health Division

This informational briefing is invited consumers, providers, and advocates to comment on the changes in services and programs that were made in the recent past by the Department of Health and that are under consideration and the impact these changes will have in the community.

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


3:00 pm
HB 2085, HD1     (HSCR599-10)  RELATING TO HEALTH.
Establishes limits on requests for proposals from health and human services providers for QUEST contracts that exceed $100,000,000 and commence after the term of the agency director expires.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB2085 HD1)  HMS/HTH, JGO

HB 2887, HD1     (HSCR527-10)  RELATING TO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT MONEYS.
Transfers temporarily to the general fund the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund designated for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Requires interest and earnings of the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be deposited into the general fund.  Reduces the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be transferred to the tobacco enforcement special fund.  Encourages the nonprofit entity responsible for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund to increase its annual expenditures to assist in revitalizing the economy.  Effective on July 1, 2010, and sunsets on June 30, 2015.  (HB2887 HD1)
HTH/HMS, WAM

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 16, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways and Means (WAM) Informational Briefing on Thursday, March 18, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

To hear from the Director of the Department of Budget and Finance on the following matters:

·         Update to the Governor's Financial Plan based on the Council on Revenues' 3/11/10 revised projection and any revisions to the Administration's proposed revenue generating measures;

·         The Administration's latest assessment of the Department of Human Service's Medicaid budget and any proposal to contain costs in response to the projected budget shortfall;

·         The Administration's latest assessment of both the employee and employer health insurance costs for both the active and retiree beneficiaries;

·         The Administrations' latest assessment for potential and likely increases to the State's general fund contribution rate for the Employees Retirement System;

·         The status of the Administration's effort to seek ARRA reimbursements to pay for the ARRA Coordinator, including discussion on the start date of the position, the establishment of the pay rate of the position, the total amount of non-ARRA funds used to pay for the position (prior to any reimbursement),  and the source or sources of funds used to pay for the position; and,

    * The Administration's apparent oversight in not accounting for the restoration of over $60 million in cuts to the University, Department of Education, and Charter School budget made possible on a one-time basis due to the State's offsetting receipt of ARRA - State Fiscal Stabilization Funds.

To hear from the Department of Education, Board of Education, and the Department of Human Resources Development Director on the status of negotiations with the unions on restoring furlough days.

To hear from the Department on Taxation Director on the Council on Revenues March 11, 2010 revised projection and its impact on the level of resources available to the general fund.  Also to hear from the Director on the status of any revisions to the projected impact of revenue measures proposed in the Administration's Financial Plan.

To hear from the Director of Human Services on the latest fiscal year 2010 through fiscal year 2015 projected cost estimates for the State's share of the Medicaid program, both with and without a two quarter extension of the enhanced federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) that Congress is currently considering approving.

To hear from the Department of Labor and the Department of Human Services on details of the Hawaii Premium Plus program, which reports indicate the Governor has offered $10 million to fund.


March 17, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii State House of Representatives will convene in a special joint session in the House Chambers at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 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 19, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 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:

GM 354     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, MARISSA SANDBLOM, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 355     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, STUART K. HANCHETT, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.
WTL

GM 338     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Land Use Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, DUANE KANUHA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     WTL

GM 339     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Land Use Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, KYLE JAMES KALEO CHOCK, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.
WTL

GM 340     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Land Use Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, RONALD I. HELLER, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     WTL


Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 19, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Finance (FIN) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Monday, March 15, 2010, convening at 2:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:05:01:24)
o     3/25/10  Thu           2:51 am  Ch. 54  (HITS)
o     3/29/10  Mon          9:30 am  Ch. 53

Agenda:

Corina Eckl, Fiscal Program Director, for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), provided an update of the:

·         Current fiscal conditions of all the states; and
·         Strategies being employed to meet budget shortfalls

From NCSL's "State Budget Update: November 2009":

     "The state revenue nightmare continues. Officials were hopeful that fiscal year (FY) 2009 would mark the bottom of the revenue plunge, but their hopes have been shattered. Not only have revenues continued to fall below expectations, they are projected to be anemic for years to come. This means another round of budget gaps, certainly in FY 2010, but even beyond in many states.

     State lawmakers closed a cumulative budget gap of $145.9 billion in their FY 2010 budgets. … Now, midway through FY 2010 for most states, new gaps have opened. And that will not be the end of it. The longest economic downturn in decades appears to be well entrenched and is manifesting itself in multi-year budget shortfalls….

     Ironically, a contributing factor to future state budget gaps is the end of federal stimulus funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Those additional funds supported state budgets in FY 2009 and, to an even greater extent, in FY 2010. That money recedes in FY 2011 and, when it is gone, will leave big holes in state budgets-what many state officials are calling the “cliff effect.”

Despite a growing consensus that the national recession-the principal cause of state fiscal problems-has ended, state finances will not recover in the near term. History shows that state budgets continue to struggle long after a recession ends. The information in this report is further evidence of that fact."


March 19, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) and the
Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by

the
Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) Hearing at 1:25 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (01:26:40:02)
o     3/25/10  Thu           3:56 am  Ch. 54  (HITS)
o     3/30/10  Tue           2:00 pm  Ch. 53

Agenda:

1:15 pm
HB 1818, HD2     (HSCR619-10)  RELATING TO COGNITIVE RESTRUCTURING.
Requires the Department of Public Safety to ensure that reentry/reintegration programs in Hawaii's correctional facilities offer cognitive behavioral theory with native Hawaiian holistic interventions to address domestic violence, addictions, self-mastery through identity, and community connections for successful transitions back into the community.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1818 HD2)     PSM/WTL, WAM
Decision Making followed, if time permitted.

1:25 pm
HB 2266, HD1     (HSCR621-10)  RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.
Requires the Department of Public Safety to address sexual assault in prison.  Requires the department to provide annual data regarding acts of sexual assault and sexual misconduct.  Requires the department to report to the Legislature on any implementation of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2266 HD1)     PSM, WAM
HB 415, HD2     (HSCR490-10)  RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Directs the auditor to conduct a financial and management audit of the Department of Public Safety's contract with the Corrections Corporation of America and the federal detention center in Honolulu.  Effective December 21, 2020.  (HB415 HD2)     PSM, WAM

HB 2657, HD1     (HSCR622-10)  RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
Requires the department of public safety to plan for a model wellness center on State land.  Report to legislature in 2011.  Effective July 1, 2020. (HB2657 HD1)     PSM, WAM
HB 2383, HD1     (HSCR470-10)  RELATING TO FLAGS.
Recognizes and allows the prisoner of war/missing in action flag to be flown with the U.S. and Hawaiian flags on specified days.  (HB2383 HD1)     PSM, JGO  [Measure added on 03-10-10)
Decision Making followed, if time permitted.


March 19, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Health (HTH) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at 1:15 p.m., followed by

The
Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (03:31:02:19)
o     3/26/10  Fri           12:00 am  Ch. 54  (HITS)
o     3/29/10  Mon        12:30 pm  Ch. 53

Agenda:

1:15 pm     Adult Mental Health Division
Consumers, providers, and advocates commented on the changes in services and programs that were made in the recent past by the Department of Health and that are under consideration and the impact these changes will have in the community.

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

3:00 pm
HB 2085, HD1     (HSCR599-10)  RELATING TO HEALTH.
Establishes limits on requests for proposals from health and human services providers for QUEST contracts that exceed $100,000,000 and commence after the term of the agency director expires.  Takes effect July 1, 2020.  (HB2085 HD1)  HMS/HTH, JGO

HB 2887, HD1     (HSCR527-10)  RELATING TO TOBACCO SETTLEMENT MONEYS.
Transfers temporarily to the general fund the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund designated for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Requires interest and earnings of the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be deposited into the general fund.  Reduces the portion of moneys from the Hawaii tobacco settlement special fund to be transferred to the tobacco enforcement special fund.  Encourages the nonprofit entity responsible for the Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund to increase its annual expenditures to assist in revitalizing the economy.  Effective on July 1, 2010, and sunsets on June 30, 2015.  (HB2887 HD1)     HTH/HMS, WAM

Decision Making followed, if time permitted.


March 23, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs (HAW) Hearing, which was originally broadcast on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (02:00:00:00)

o     3/24/10    Wed          7:30 pm  FOCUS 49
o     3/26/10    Fri             3:31 am  VIEW 54 (HITS overnight)

Agenda:

SB 2903, SD2     (HSCR701-10)  RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE COLLEGE.
Requires the department of education, the charter school administrative office, and the Hawaiian language college at the University of Hawaii at Hilo to enter into an agreement regarding the Hawaiian language college's functions related to Nawahiokalani'opu'u school and other laboratory schools.  Effective 7/1/50.  (SD2)     HED/EDN, HAW, FIN

SB 633, SD1, HD1  (HSCR1269)  RELATING TO WATER.
Increases the representation of homestead farmers on the Molokai irrigation system water users advisory board.  Adds a DHHL ex officio member.  Makes clarifying amendments.  (SB633 HD1)
WLO/AGR, HAW

HCR 103     EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR, AND URGING PARTICIPATION IN, THE 6TH HEALING OUR SPIRIT WORLDWIDE GATHERING.     HAW, TCI

HR 54          EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR, AND URGING PARTICIPATION IN, THE 6TH HEALING OUR SPIRIT WORLDWIDE GATHERING.     HAW, TCI

HCR 118     URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT NEW ADMINISTRATIVE RULES TO PROHIBIT A BENEFICIARY FROM APPLYING FOR A HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS LEASE IF THE PERSON ALREADY RECEIVED A LEASE AWARD AND SOLD, UNLESS THERE ARE COMPELLING OR PERSUASIVE REASONS FOR SELLING THE LEASE.     HAW, JUD

HR 66     URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT NEW ADMINISTRATIVE RULES TO PROHIBIT A BENEFICIARY FROM APPLYING FOR A HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS LEASE IF THE PERSON ALREADY RECEIVED A LEASE AWARD AND SOLD, UNLESS THERE ARE COMPELLING OR PERSUASIVE REASONS FOR SELLING THE LEASE.     HAW, JUD

HCR 244     REQUESTING THAT A LO'I BE ESTABLISHED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE STATE CAPITOL.     HAW, WLO, FIN

HR 172     REQUESTING THAT A LO'I BE ESTABLISHED ON THE GROUNDS OF THE STATE CAPITOL.     HAW, WLO, FIN

HCR 245     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, WLO, FIN

HR 173     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, WLO, FIN

HCR 324     URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO RATIFY AND ADOPT THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS.     HAW, JUD

HR 243     URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO RATIFY AND ADOPT THE UNITED NATIONS DECLARATION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS.     HAW, JUD

HCR 313     RECOGNIZING TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN TATTOOING AS AN ART FORM.
HAW, TCI

HR 227     RECOGNIZING TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN TATTOOING AS AN ART FORM.
HAW, TCI

HCR 327     URGING THE COUNTIES TO ADOPT NATIVE HAWAIIAN BUILDING CODES.
HAW, WLO

HR 246     URGING THE COUNTIES TO ADOPT NATIVE HAWAIIAN BUILDING CODES.
HAW, WLO

HCR 332     REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO REVISE ITS PRESENT POLICIES ON MATTERS OF SUCCESSORSHIP.     HAW, JUD

HR 251     REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO REVISE ITS PRESENT POLICIES ON MATTERS OF SUCCESSORSHIP.     HAW, JUD

HCR 335     URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO LEASE AVAILABLE LANDS FOR COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL USES TO NON-HAWAIIANS AT MARKET RATES.     HAW, FIN

HR 253     URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS TO LEASE AVAILABLE LANDS FOR COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL USES TO NON-HAWAIIANS AT MARKET RATES.     HAW, FIN


March 23, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations (JGO) Hearing on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 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:

HB 2003, HD3     (HSCR666-10)  RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCING.
Updates, organizes, and clarifies current campaign financing laws.  Effective November 3, 2010.  (HB2003 HD3)     JGO

HB 2283, HD2     (HSCR642-10)  RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.
Requires government purchasers and private entities offering goods and services for sale to government purchasers to follow ethical principles in matters relating to procurement.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB2283 HD2)     JGO

HB 2676, HD1     (HSCR589-10)  RELATING TO THE KAHO'OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION.
Exempts contracts made by the Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission for the procurement of food or fuel products from the state procurement code.  Effective January 1, 2112.  (HB2676 HD1)     JGO

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

The following measure(s) were previously heard by the respective Senate Committee(s):

HB 2061, HD1, SD1     (SSCR2695)  RELATING TO CHILDREN.
Statutorily establishes a process by which the Family Court can resolve matters regarding custody and visitation for service members of the United States armed forces, armed forces reserves, and National Guard whose military duties require temporary absences.  Effective July 1, 2050.  (SD1)     PSM/HMS, JGO

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

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

HB2132 SD1     (SSCR2780)  RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.
Requires foreclosing lenders to notify their mortgagors about credit counseling no later than thirty days prior to foreclosure; if promissory note and mortgage document are requested foreclosure is prohibited until they are provided; sets seventy per cent of fair market value of the property plus any senior liens or encumbrances as the fair and reasonable price for public auction of foreclosed property.  Effective January 1, 2050.  (SD1)     CPN, JGO

HB2575 SD1     (SSCR2766)  RELATING TO TRAUMA.
Amends the definitions of "peer review committee" and "quality assurance committee" to include committees established by the department of health; permits the department of health to establish peer review and quality assurance committees to examine trauma care and provides those committees with statutory protection from discovery.  Effective upon approval.  (SD1)
HTH, JGO

HB2661 SD1     (SSCR2767)  RELATING TO ANATOMICAL GIFTS.
Establishes that any response other than an express refusal by a person or persons authorized to amend or revoke a decision to make an anatomical gift will prohibit the amendment or revocation of the decision to make an anatomical gift.  Effective December 1, 2050.  (SD1)
HTH, JGO

HB1987 SD1     (SSCR2731)  RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
Establishes a cause of action to abate the illegal purchasing, selling, possession, setting off, igniting or discharging of fireworks.  Allows the court to order the closure of any place used in violation of the fireworks law.  Allows for the forfeiture of property used in violation of the fireworks law.  Effective December 21, 2058.  (SD1)     PSM, JGO

HB2383 SD1     (SSCR2752)  RELATING TO FLAGS.
Recognizes and allows the prisoner of war/missing in action flag to be flown with the U.S. and Hawaiian flags on specified days.  (SD1)     PSM, JGO

No testimony will be accepted.


March 23, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) and the House Committee on Education (EDN) Informational Briefing on Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at 2:15 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

The purpose of the Informational Briefing is to provide the Legislature with an update on KPMG's study, findings, and report to the Legislature pursuant to Senate Concurrent Resolution 115 (Session 2008) and as background to SCR140. The following have been invited to make short presentations prior to the Senate hearing on SCR140:

     1) Moanalua School Complex
     2) Castle Foundation/First Hawaiian Bank
     3) Hawaii Department of Education



March 23, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Hearing Canceled


The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) and the Senate Committee on Economic Development and Technology (EDT) Hearing on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 1:15 p.m. followed by

The
Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) and the Senate Committee on Health (HTH) Hearing at 1:25 p.m. followed by

The
Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) Hearing at 1:35 p.m. has been canceled.

Agenda:

1:15 pm

SCR 145     PROCLAIMING 2010 AS THE YEAR OF ETHNIC STUDIES IN HAWAII.
HRE/EDT

SR 66     PROCLAIMING 2010 AS THE YEAR OF ETHNIC STUDIES IN HAWAII.
HRE/EDT

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


1:25 pm

SCR 167     REQUESTING THE HAWAI'I STATE CENTER FOR NURSING TO EVALUATE THE NEED FOR AND RESOURCES REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH A CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR NURSES.     HRE/HTH, CPN
Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

1:35 p.m.
SCR 227     REQUESTING, FOR REVIEW BY THE LEGISLATURE AND THE AUDITOR, AN ACCOUNTING AND REPORT CONCERNING ITEMS OF VALUE, INCLUDING VIEWING TIME ON MAUNA KEA TELESCOPES, PROVIDED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AND ITS INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY FOR THE LEASE OR USE OF FACILITIES ON PUBLIC TRUST LANDS ON THE SUMMIT OF MAUNA KEA.     HRE, WAM

SR 118     REQUESTING, FOR REVIEW BY THE LEGISLATURE AND THE AUDITOR, AN ACCOUNTING AND REPORT CONCERNING ITEMS OF VALUE, INCLUDING VIEWING TIME ON MAUNA KEA TELESCOPES, PROVIDED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AND ITS INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY FOR THE LEASE OR USE OF FACILITIES ON PUBLIC TRUST LANDS ON THE SUMMIT OF MAUNA KEA.     HRE, WAM
Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 24, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) Hearing on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:45 p.m.

SB 2745, SD2, HD1 (HSCR873-10)  RELATING TO CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.
Makes Hawaii's controlled substance laws consistent with that of federal law and clarifies sections of chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes, relating to controlled substances.  Effective July 1, 2050.  (SB2745 HD1)     HLT, JUD

SB 2921, SD1, HD1 (HSCR799-10)  RELATING TO ESCROW DEPOSITORIES.
Requires any person operating as an escrow depository as to property located within this state to be a corporation licensed by the commissioner of financial institutions to do so.  (SB2921 HD1)     CPC, JUD

SB 2883, SD1, HD1 (HSCR802-10)  RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.
Makes it an unlawful practice for any employer or labor organization to bar or discharge from employment, withhold pay from, or demote an employee because the employee legitimately uses accrued and available sick leave.  (SB2883 HD1)     LAB, JUD

SB 2565, SD1 (HSCR781-10)  RELATING TO THE HAWAII CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION.
Extends the deadline for the Hawaii civil rights commission to adopt new rules regarding disability discrimination to allow for conformity with new federal rules.  (SD1)
LAB, JUD

SB 2409, HD2 (HSCR870-10)  RELATING TO MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICTS.
Requires that 90 days written notice be given of any changes in the conditions of permits issued for the taking of marine life, boating, and other activities in Marine Life Conservation Districts, unless permit conditions or the situation requires immediate modification or the imposition of new conditions to protect the conservation district.  (SB2409 HD2)     EBM, WLO, JUD

SB 2701, SD1 (HSCR757-10)  RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.
Updates regulation of prepaid legal services plans.  (SD1)     CPC, JUD

SB 2859, SD2, HD1 (HSCR883-10)  RELATING TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE INDUSTRY LICENSING ACT.
Increases the grounds for license revocations.      CPC, JUD

SB 358, SD1, HD1 (HSCR879-10)  RELATING TO FIREARMS.
Prohibits person or government entity from seizing any firearm or ammunition under civil defense, emergency, or disaster relief powers, or during any civil defense emergency period or any time of national emergency or crisis, from any individual who is lawfully permitted to carry or possess the firearm or ammunition under part I of chapter 134, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), and who carries, possesses, or uses the firearm or ammunition in a lawful manner.  Prohibits suspension or revocation, under emergency powers, of permits or licenses lawfully acquired and maintained under part I of chapter 134, HRS.  (SB358 HD1)     PBS, JUD

HCR 49 (HSCR418-10)  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENCE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE PERPETRATED BY WOMEN AGAINST MEN IN HAWAII.     HUS, JUD

HR 11 (HSCR417-10)  REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENCE OF DOMESTIC ABUSE PERPETRATED BY WOMEN AGAINST MEN IN HAWAII.     HUS, JUD

HCR 220 (HSCR807-10)  REQUESTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO FURTHER STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE SR 10 WORKING GROUP COMMITTEES.     HUS, JUD, FIN

HR 149 (HSCR806-10)  REQUESTING THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO FURTHER STUDY RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY THE SR 10 WORKING GROUP COMMITTEES.     HUS, JUD, FIN

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


DECISION MAKING ONLY:
The following 2 measures were previously heard on March 16, 2010 at 2:15 p.m..

SB 2726, SD2, HD1 (HSCR728-10)  RELATING TO TIME FRAMES TO REGAIN FITNESS TO PROCEED.
Establishes specific time frames for a commitment or release on conditions when unfit defendants are charged with non-violent petty misdemeanors (60 days) and non-violent misdemeanors (120 days).  Effective July 1, 2025.  (SB2726 HD1)     HLT, JUD

SB 2937, SD1 (SSCR2507)  RELATING TO INFORMATION PRACTICES.
Enacts an abuse of process law for vexatious requesters of public records.  Effective January 1, 2050.  (SD1)     JUD

3:45 p.m.

SB 2154, SD1 (SSCR2514)  RELATING TO ADULT PROBATION RECORDS.
Authorizes disclosure of probation drug test results to defendant's doctor when the results indicate substance abuse that may compromise medical care or treatment.  Effective 7/1/50.  (SD1)     JUD

SB 2754 (HSCR839-10)  RELATING TO COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSING.
Conform sections 286-240(g) and (h), HRS to the federal commercial driver licensing law to meet the requirements of 49 CFR Section 383.51(e) before September 4, 2010, as required by Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:  A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).     TRN, JUD

SB 2759 (HSCR840-10)  RELATING TO DRIVER LICENSING.
Differentiate category four motor vehicles from commercial motor vehicles to clarify that category four motor vehicles do not include commercial motor vehicles as defined in section 286-2, HRS.     TRN, JUD

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


March 24, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Higher Education (HRE) Hearing on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 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 203     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawai'i Commission for National and Community Service, Gubernatorial Nominee, FLORDELINE B. VILA, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.     HRE

GM 314     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Center for Nursing Advisory Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, CATHERINE A. ADAMS RN, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.
HRE

SCR 227     REQUESTING, FOR REVIEW BY THE LEGISLATURE AND THE AUDITOR, AN ACCOUNTING AND REPORT CONCERNING ITEMS OF VALUE, INCLUDING VIEWING TIME ON MAUNA KEA TELESCOPES, PROVIDED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AND ITS INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY FOR THE LEASE OR USE OF FACILITIES ON PUBLIC TRUST LANDS ON THE SUMMIT OF MAUNA KEA.     HRE, WAM
[Measure added on 03-24-10]

SR 118     REQUESTING, FOR REVIEW BY THE LEGISLATURE AND THE AUDITOR, AN ACCOUNTING AND REPORT CONCERNING ITEMS OF VALUE, INCLUDING VIEWING TIME ON MAUNA KEA TELESCOPES, PROVIDED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AND ITS INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY FOR THE LEASE OR USE OF FACILITIES ON PUBLIC TRUST LANDS ON THE SUMMIT OF MAUNA KEA.     HRE, WAM
[Measure added on 03-24-10]

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 24, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) and the Senate Committee on Tourism (TSM) Hearing on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 2:45 p.m. followed by

The
Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) Hearing at 3:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:45 p.m.

SCR 151     REQUESTING THE DEVELOPMENT AND AIRING OF PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON COMMERCIAL PASSENGER AIR FLIGHTS TO THE STATE ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CARING FOR THE STATE'S UNIQUE AND FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM.
ENE/TSM, TIA

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

3:00 p.m.

The following measure(s) were previously heard on March 11, 2010:

GM 256     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Kaua'i Aquatic Life and Wildlife Advisory Committee, Gubernatorial Nominee, LOIS FUJISHIGE, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     ENE

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


March 29, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) Hearing on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 2:30 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 54 (VIEWS) and tape delayed to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

SB 2020, HD1 (HSCR796-10)  RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.
Extends repeal date of Act 189, SLH 2009, to 6/30/2014.     EBM, JUD

SB 2169, SD2, HD2 (HSCR889-10)  RELATING TO SHARK FINS.
Prohibits the harvest, possession, sale, or distribution of a shark or shark parts unless landed whole and harvested under a commercial marine license.  Prohibits under Hawaii Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, possession or sale of shark fins.  Effective July 1, 2050.  (SB2169 HD2)
EBM, WLO, JUD

SB 2817, SD1 (HSCR754-10)  RELATING TO SOLAR ENERGY DEVICES.
Clarifies that the rules of a private homeowners association or entity shall not impose conditions or restrictions that render a solar energy device more than 25% less effective, increase the cost of installation, maintenance, and removal of a solar energy device, or require an encumbrance on title because of the placement of the solar energy device.  (SD1)     EEP/HSG, JUD

SB 107, HD1 (HSCR1150)  RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE REVOCATION.
Authorizes administrative director of the courts to permit administrative driver's license revocation hearings to be held in county other than county of arrest and to permit hearings by telephonic, video, or other electronic means.  (SB107 HD1)          TRN, JUD

HCR 312     REQUESTING ALL BRANCHES OF STATE GOVERNMENT AND ALL AGENCIES OF COUNTY GOVERNMENTS TO MAKE GOVERNMENT RECORDS AVAILABLE IN DIGITIZED FORM READABLE BY SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND TO PROVIDE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC WITH THE SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE NECESSARY TO DIGITIZE AND READ PUBLIC RECORDS.     JUD, FIN


DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW


March 29, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Education and Housing (EDH) and the Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 2:45 p.m., followed by

The
Senate Committee on Water, Land, Agriculture, and Hawaiian Affairs (WTL) Hearing at 3:00 p.m. & 3:15 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 54 (VIEWS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

2:45 p.m.

SCR 237     REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO CONSIDER LEASING OR RENTING PUBLIC SCHOOL CAFETERIAS TO VALUE-ADDED FOOD PROCESSORS TO PROMOTE THE USE OF LOCALLY-GROWN FRESH PRODUCE IN SCHOOL MEALS.     EDH/WTL

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


3:00 p.m.

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

GM355     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, STUART K. HANCHETT, for a term to expire 6-30-2013.
WTL

No testimony will be accepted.


3:15 p.m.

GM 373     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, DAVID G. RIETOW, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     WTL

GM 374     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Agriculture, Gubernatorial Nominee, JERRY L. ORNELLAS, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     WTL

GM 375     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Gubernatorial Nominee, DAVID C. GOODE, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     WTL

GM 372     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Board of Directors of the Agribusiness Development Corporation, Gubernatorial Nominee, DUANE C.K. LAU, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     WTL

GM 341     Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Land Use Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, RANSOM A.K. PILTZ, for a term to expire 6-30-2014.     WTL

GM 242     Submitting for consideration and confirmation as Chairman of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Gubernatorial Nominee, KAULANA PARK, for a term to expire 12-31-2010.     WTL

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.


March 31, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) Informational Briefing on Thursday, April 1, 2010, at 9:00 a.m., followed by

The
House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) Informational Briefing at 10:20 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:

9:00 a.m.

The purpose of this informational briefing is to report on the current system of care for Hawaii's elderly and find solutions to improve it.  Also, this informational briefing will review the current efforts to reduce or eliminate elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly.

10:20 a.m.

The purpose of this informational briefing is to address concerns about the Department of Human Services' (DHS) recent actions to eliminate 228 DHS employees from the Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD), Med-Quest Division (MQD), and other functions of the department without meaningful consultation with the affected employees and/or their union representatives.  This informational briefing will also discuss the essential services for the vulnerable population of Hawaii and the potential costs and/or savings associated with both implementing and not implementing the proposed EPOD plan.  Lastly, all viable solutions to address the impact that these changes may have on the State of Hawaii will be evaluated.

The following have been invited to participate:

The Executive Director and/or Deputy Executive Director of HGEA and/or their designee; and

All former and current employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS); and

All providers of services; and

PHOCUSED; and

Any other individual or organization that may be impacted by these proposed changes.