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Representative Richard Onishi serves State House District 2, Hilo, Hawai'i. He is currently a member on Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee (CPC), Transportation Committee (TRN), and Housing Committee (HSG).

Representative Onishi was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii with over 20 years working for the County of Hawaii. He would start off his long career by joining the United States Army before returning to Hilo. In 2013 Representative Onishi joined the house Hawaii State Legislature as a member of the House of Representatives.

June 2023

May 2023 - End of Session

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March 2023

March 2023 - Mid Session

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March 2020

2021 Newsletter - Mid Session

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May 2020

2020 Newsletter - End of Session

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March 2020

2020 Newsletter - Mid Session

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May 2019

2019 Newsletter - End of Session

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May 8, 2018 1

2018 End of Session Newsletter

With the end of the 2018 Session, Representative Onishi looks back on what was accomplished this year. Please read the newsletter to find out more of what has happened during the 2018 Legislative session at the Capitol. Click here to view newsletter
April 6, 2018

Join us at Art at the Capitol



Come by the Hawaii State Capitol and join us at Representative Onishi's office to see the art we have on display, open and free to the public to view the State owned artworks inside. While you are here, enjoy the local art on all levels of the Capitol Building. The event starts at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
March 22, 2018

Rep Onishi's 2018 Invocation: Live Performance by Alina Tassano.


March 19, 2018

Live at the Legislature 03/19/2018


Watch Representative Onishi on the Facebook page for ‘Ōlelo for this week's Live at the Legislature at link provided. Skip to 13:32 to see the Rep discuss issues pertaining to Tourism and Hawaii Island.
If the public has any questions on matters discussed in the video, please feel free to call the Representative's office. Click here to view the video
March 14, 2018

2018 Newsletter - Mid Session

With the start of the 2018 Session, Representative Onishi begins his second year as Tourism Chair looking to focus on redefining how the transient accommodations tax (TAT) is used for the betterment of the public and tourism impacted areas. Homelessness is on everyone's minds, and the TAT would enable the Hawaii Tourism Authority, in partnership with the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Authority and nonprofits from around the state, help address this with new initiatives. Please read the newsletter to find out more of what has happened so far at the Hawaii State Legislature. Click here to view newsletter
January 17, 2018

Welcome to the 2018 Legislative Session


Representative Onishi welcomes everyone to a new 2018 Session. We are looking forward to this 2nd biennial legislative year to pursue many of our goals to benefit the District 3 and State of Hawaii. The continued work of supporting the revitalization of the Banyan Drive area is a top priority, as well the procurement of funding to help facilitate better communications between the different enforcement and police agencies that help to combat crime. As the chair of the Tourism Committee there are many issues, including the continuing discussion on short term rentals.

The Representative welcomes all those who would like to voice the opinion to call, stop in, and be heard in this new legislative session.
January 10, 2018

2017 Newsletter - End Of Session



At the end of the 2017 Session, Representative Onishi focused on legislation relating to the state's visitor industry. At the end of the legislative process, the bill to improve Banyan Drive was recommitted to committee. Rep. Onishi will continue his support of the project and push for the passage of this important piece of legislation. The increasing number of unpermitted short term vacation rentals is an ongoing issue for our islands, but Rep. Onishi continues the conversations with the industry to look into viable solutions. Numerous road projects gained funding including the 4 Mile Creek Bridge and the Pana'ewa Stretch Improvements in Hilo. Representative Onishi strives to represent his constituents in the best way possible and is very grateful for your confidence and trust in expressing your concerns. Click here to view newsletter
January 10, 2018

2017 Mid Session Newsletter



With the start of the 2017 Session, Representative Onishi took on the new role of Chair of the Tourism Committee. Focusing on redevelopment and the improvement of Banyan Drive area in Hilo, the growing vacation rental discussion, helping Agriculture, invasive species, and a number of improvements to school facilities and state highways. Click here to view newsletter
 2023 Allowance Report
 Measures Introduced in 2023
Measure and Title
HB54 HD1
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB56
RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PARK LEASES.
HB57 HD1
RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.
HB58
RELATING TO COMPENSATION BENEFITS.
HB59
RELATING TO LIBRARIES AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
HB71 HD1
RELATED TO SUMMARY POSSESSION.
HB74 HD1 SD2
RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX.
HB147
RELATING TO VEHICLE WEIGHT TAXES.
HB149
RELATING TO TAX HAVEN ABUSE.
HB216
RELATING TO FIREWORKS.
HB264 SD1
RELATING TO CRIMES AGAINST SPORTS OFFICIALS.
HB265
RELATING TO CRIMES.
HB267
RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY'S ‘OLELO HAWAI‘I INITIATIVES.
HB272
RELATING TO THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
HB273
RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
HB305 HD1
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
HB306 HD2 SD1 CD1
RELATING TO ORNAMENTAL GINGER.
HB307 HD1 SD1 CD1
RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PARK LEASES.
HB309 HD1
RELATING TO IRRIGATION.
HB313 HD1 SD2
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
HB388 HD1 SD2 CD1
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB424
RELATING TO AN OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS.
HB440 HD1
RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.
HB458
RELATING TO WATER.
HB499 HD1
RELATING TO SPECIAL NUMBER PLATES.
HB501
RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
HB517 HD1
RELATING TO HEALTH DATA SHARING.
HB522 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
HB548
RELATING TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION EDUCATION.
HB551 HD1
RELATING TO HEALTH.
HB571 HD1
RELATING TO THE KAHO‘OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE COMMISSION.
HB593 HD1
RELATING TO POLICE REPORTS.
HB607 HD2 SD2
RELATING TO TAXATION.
HB615 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO RESTRICTIONS ON AGRICULTURAL USES AND ACTIVITIES.
HB616
RELATING TO THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING REVOLVING FUND.
HB648 HD1
RELATING TO KUPUNA HOUSING.
HB649
RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE HEALTH INSURANCE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.
HB650 HD2 SD1
RELATING TO HEALTH.
HB651
RELATING TO CARE FACILITY INSPECTIONS.
HB679 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO STATE FUNDS.
HB680 HD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
HB694 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.
HB794 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO DISABILITY AWARENESS.
HB831
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 4, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS.
HB852 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO STATE ENTERPRISE ZONES.
HB870 HD2 SD1 CD2
RELATING TO THE NEIGHBOR ISLANDS BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED SERVICE PILOT PROGRAM.
HB871 HD1
RELATING TO SERVICE ANIMALS.
HB872 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTHY AGING PARTNERSHIP.
HB948 HD2 SD2 CD1
RELATING TO CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH.
HB949 HD2
RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.
HB950 HD1 SD1 CD1
RELATING TO ASSISTED COMMUNITY TREATMENT ORDERS.
HB951 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO HOUSING.
HB952 HD1
RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.
HB953 HD1 SD1 CD1
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
HB954 HD2 SD2 CD1
RELATING TO TAXATION.
HB960 HD1 SD2 CD1
RELATING TO THE SCHOOL FACILITIES AUTHORITY.
HB961 HD1 SD2 CD1
RELATING TO EARLY LEARNING.
HB962
RELATING TO HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS.
HB965
RELATING TO HEALTH.
HB1179
RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
HB1180
RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
HB1182 HD2
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
HB1184 HD1 SD1 CD1
RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
HB1218
RELATING TO MEDICAL CANNABIS.
HB1241 HD2
RELATING TO RIGHT OF ENTRY FOR PROFESSIONAL SURVEYORS.
HB1243 HD1
RELATING TO THE EAST HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT.
HB1244 HD1
RELATING TO HOUSING.
HB1248 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.
HB1261 HD2
RELATING TO SPECIAL PURPOSE DIGITAL CURRENCY LICENSURE.
HB1263 HD2 SD2
RELATING TO THE HAWAII ABLE SAVINGS PROGRAM.
HB1265
RELATING TO PSYCHOLOGY.
HB1329 HD1 SD2 CD1
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB1331 HD1
RELATING TO EDUCATION.
HB1341 HD1
RELATING TO MEDICAID.
HB1343 HD1
RELATING TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE ACCESS.
HB1370 HD1
RELATING TO THE STATE ARCHIVES.
HB1372
RELATING TO THE TIP CREDIT.
HB1379
RELATING TO A STATEWIDE DATA HUB.
HB1380
RELATING TO CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE THIRD REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT.
HB1381
RELATING TO TOURISM GOVERNANCE.
HB1382 HD2 SD1 CD1
RELATING TO MEAT DONATION.
HB1383 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
HB1384 HD1 SD1
RELATING TO MANUFACTURING.
HB1385 HD2 SD2
RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
HB1386 HD1
RELATING TO THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
HB1387
RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
HB1388
RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
HB1423
RELATING TO ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES.
HB1427
RELATING TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE.
HB1428
RELATING TO HEALTH CARE.
HB1441
RELATING TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE.
HB1442 HD2 SD1
RELATING TO REHABILITATION.
HB1448 HD2
RELATING TO ASTHMA.
HB1449 HD1
RELATING TO LUNG CANCER.
HB1452
RELATING TO INSURANCE.
HB1506 HD1
RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF THE STATE OF HAWAII.
HCR16 HD1 SD1
AFFIRMING SUPPORT AND SOLIDARITY WITH THE FREE AND INDEPENDENT PEOPLE OF UKRAINE.
HCR28
DESIGNATING THE MONTH OF MARCH AS HAWAII KIDNEY AWARENESS MONTH.
HCR33
DESIGNATING NOVEMBER 22, 2023, AS "KIMCHI DAY" IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
HCR38
URGING THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO ISSUE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE GUS SCHUMACHER NUTRITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE STATE DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS PROGRAM TO ALL APPROVED SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RETAIL OUTLETS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
HCR39
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE EXISTING PROCEDURES FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE STATE BUILDING CODE.
HCR41 SD1
URGING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO OPEN A NEW PROCEEDING RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF ABANDONED OR DOUBLE UTILITY POLES, LINES, AND EQUIPMENT.
HCR43 HD1
URGING THE HAWAII INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TO DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR MANAGING THE ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET POPULATION.
HCR50
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES TO PROVIDE UPDATED STATISTICS AND FACTS RELATING TO THE DECLINE OF PALILA ON MAUNA KEA AND INVESTIGATE THE FACTORS CAUSING THE DECLINE OF THE PALILA POPULATION.
HCR66
REQUESTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HAWAII-TAIWAN FRIENDSHIP TASKFORCE TO EXPLORE WAYS TO STRENGTHEN, IMPROVE, AND EXPAND ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, AND EDUCATIONAL RELATIONS BETWEEN HAWAII AND TAIWAN.
HCR81
RECOGNIZING AUGUST 8, 2023, AS HAWAIIAN HONEYCREEPERS CELEBRATION DAY.
HCR86 HD1 SD1
REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO REPORT ON SYSTEMS OF FIREARMS INSURANCE AND OTHER FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO FIREARMS.
HCR88
REQUESTING THE JUDICIARY TO PREPARE A MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN, INCLUDING A CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT REQUEST, TO UPGRADE THE SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT COURT.
HCR95
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY EVALUATING THE FEASIBILITY OF CREATING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REGISTRY THAT WOULD BE USED SIMILARLY TO THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY.
HCR103 HD1
URGING ALL BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY OPERATING IN HAWAII TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES IN THEIR POLICIES TO REDUCE, TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, THE USE OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING PERFLUOROALKYL AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES.
HCR112 HD1
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSED MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR VARIOUS SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES.
HCR128
REQUESTING INCREASED INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO ASSIST AND DIVERT MORE INDIVIDUALS FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
HCR139 HD1
URGING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO AMEND TITLE IV-A OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO ALLOW TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES FUNDS TO BE USED BY STATES TO BUILD TRANSITIONAL SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING.
HCR147
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS THAT INCLUDE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS WITH PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
HCR155 HD1
REQUESTING THE HAWAI‘I TOBACCO QUITLINE TO MAKE PERMANENTLY VISIBLE ON EACH PAGE OF ITS WEBSITE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE AVAILABILITY OF INTERPRETATION SERVICES UPON REQUEST.
HCR160 HD1
URGING THE MAYORS AND COUNCILS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU, COUNTY OF MAUI, COUNTY OF HAWAII, AND COUNTY OF KAUAI TO ESTABLISH BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS AS SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.
HCR203
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES' MED-QUEST DIVISION TO TAKE STEPS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE PROVIDER RATES ARE ESTABLISHED FOR APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS SERVICES.
HCR204 HD1
REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE CENTER FOR NURSING TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO THE STATE OF JOINING THE MULTI-STATE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT.
HR9
ESTABLISHING THE HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON RED HILL TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATED TO THE RED HILL BULK FUEL STORAGE FACILITY, WATER CONTAMINATION AND REMEDIATION, AND ALL RELATED IMPACTS.
HR10
ESTABLISHING A LEGISLATIVE WORKING GROUP TO OVERSEE THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS' EXECUTION OF FUNDS APPROPRIATED PURSUANT TO ACT 279, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2022, TO ADDRESS THE BENEFICIARY WAITING LIST.
HR19 HD1
DESIGNATING FEBRUARY 24, 2023, AS "REMEMBER UKRAINE DAY IN HAWAII".
HR34
DESIGNATING NOVEMBER 22, 2023, AS "KIMCHI DAY" IN THE STATE OF HAWAII.
HR42
URGING THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO ISSUE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE GUS SCHUMACHER NUTRITION INCENTIVE PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MATCHING FUNDS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE STATE DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS PROGRAM TO ALL APPROVED SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM RETAIL OUTLETS THROUGHOUT THE STATE.
HR43 HD1
REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE EXISTING PROCEDURES FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE STATE BUILDING CODE.
HR45
URGING THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TO REEVALUATE AND ADOPT ADMINISTRATIVE RULES RELATING TO THE REMOVAL OF ABANDONED OR DOUBLE UTILITY POLES, LINES, AND EQUIPMENT.
HR86
RECOGNIZING AUGUST 8, 2023, AS HAWAIIAN HONEYCREEPERS CELEBRATION DAY.
HR93 HD1
REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO REPORT ON SYSTEMS OF FIREARMS INSURANCE AND OTHER FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS PERTAINING TO FIREARMS.
HR95
REQUESTING THE JUDICIARY TO PREPARE A MASTER DEVELOPMENT PLAN, INCLUDING A CAPITOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT REQUEST, TO UPGRADE THE SOUTH KOHALA DISTRICT COURT.
HR102
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO CONDUCT A STUDY EVALUATING THE FEASIBILITY OF CREATING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REGISTRY THAT WOULD BE USED SIMILARLY TO THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY.
HR109 HD1
URGING ALL BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY OPERATING IN HAWAII TO IMPLEMENT CHANGES IN THEIR POLICIES TO REDUCE, TO THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, THE USE OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING PERFLUOROALKYL AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES.
HR118 HD1
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A SOCIAL AND FINANCIAL ASSESSMENT OF PROPOSED MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR VARIOUS SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE SERVICES.
HR129
REQUESTING INCREASED INTERAGENCY COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO ASSIST AND DIVERT MORE INDIVIDUALS FROM THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
HR141 HD1
URGING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO INTRODUCE AND SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO AMEND TITLE IV-A OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT TO ALLOW TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES FUNDS TO BE USED BY STATES TO BUILD TRANSITIONAL SUPPORTIVE HOUSING AND AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING.
HR149
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO REPORT TO THE LEGISLATURE ON THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS THAT INCLUDE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS WITH PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES.
HR156 HD1
REQUESTING THE HAWAI‘I TOBACCO QUITLINE TO MAKE PERMANENTLY VISIBLE ON EACH PAGE OF ITS WEBSITE INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE AVAILABILITY OF INTERPRETATION SERVICES UPON REQUEST.
HR161 HD1
URGING THE MAYORS AND COUNCILS OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU, COUNTY OF MAUI, COUNTY OF HAWAII, AND COUNTY OF KAUAI TO ESTABLISH BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS AS SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS.
HR207
REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES' MED-QUEST DIVISION TO TAKE STEPS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE PROVIDER RATES ARE ESTABLISHED FOR APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS SERVICES.
HR208 HD1
REQUESTING THE HAWAII STATE CENTER FOR NURSING TO CONVENE A WORKING GROUP TO STUDY THE POTENTIAL IMPACTS TO THE STATE OF JOINING THE MULTI-STATE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT.