COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

2:00 p.m.

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss with the Department of Transportation concerns for the upcoming session and also historical background on fixed rail.

 

COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, ART AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & BUSINESS CONCERNS COMMITTEE ON TOURISM & CULTURE

Thursday, January 29, 2004

8:30 a.m.

State Capitol Auditorium

AGENDA:

STATE PRIVATE INVESTMENT FUND (SPIF)

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the proposed State Private Investment Fund (SPIF). This event is being sponsored by the Capitol Formation Coalition, a coalition of stakeholders in the technology, venture capital, and broader business communities. The following parties have been invited to participate:

Ann Chung, Hawaii Technology Trade Association

Bill Spencer, Hawaii Venture Capital Association

Rob Robinson, U.H. Angels

Mike Fitzgerald, Enterprise Honolulu

David Watumull, Hawaii Biotech

Dustin Shindo, Hoku Scientific

Pat Sullivan, Oceanit/Hoana Medical

John Garibaldi, SuperFerry

Robert Heard, U.S. Partnership for State Investment

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

Thursday, January 29, 2004

9:00 a.m.

Conference Room 329; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB1883

RELATING TO SMOKING IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

Prohibits smoking by public employees in public schools, on school transport, and at school-sponsored functions anywhere, except if at school function in an enclosed room not located on school premises and no student is present. Excludes smoking in public schools as a negotiable item for all public employees.

 

HLT/LAB, EDN, FIN

SB 1322

SD1

RELATING TO TAXATION OF PREMIUMS.

Eliminates the premium tax on health insurers. (SB1322 SD1)

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 1323

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Provides the insurance commissioner with discretionary authority to waive filing requirements for foreign health maintenance organizations.

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB1707

HAWAII MEDICAL EDUCATION SPECIAL FUND

Places the Hawaii Medical Education Special Fund under the control of University of Hawaii administration.

HLT, HED, FIN 

HB2018

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR A SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS PROGRAM

Makes appropriation for a pilot project establishing a program for sexual assault nurse examiners to be administered through the department of the attorney general and to be implemented through the county police departments.

HLT, JUD, FIN

 

HB2040

RELATING TO THE STATE VETERANS' HOME

Requires Hawaii health systems corporation to contract with private entity to manage day-to-day operation of the state veterans' home in Hilo.

HLT, PSM, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Thursday, January 29, 2004

9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 1903

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Establishes a 5% income tax credit for employers that hire members of the national guard. Establishes that the maximum tax credit per national guard/employee shall be $1,000.

PSM, FIN

HB 1904

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Increases the allowable income tax deduction for national guard members and reservists called up to active duty from $1,750 to $5,000.

PSM, FIN

HB 1936

RELATING TO THE MILITARY.

Allows active-duty reservists and National Guardsmen who desire to run for office to file nomination papers and take their oaths by mail.

PSM, JUD

HB 1937

RELATING TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

Requires the military representative serving on the board of education to be seated with the other members and to participate in discussions about board matters, including executive meetings.

PSM, EDN

Decision making to follow.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Thursday, January 29, 2004

9:00 a.m.

Conference Room 312; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 2049

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Increases the term limit of energy performance contracts from 15 to 18 years. Amends the definition of energy performance contract to include water saving technology retrofits.

EEP, CPC

HB 2048

RELATING TO NET ENERGY METERING.

Increases the capacity of an "eligible customer-generator" from 10 kilowatts to 50 kilowatts for the purposes of net energy metering.

EEP, EDB, CPC

HB 1692

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Provides for the organization of renewable energy cooperative corporations to generate, transmit, and sell electricity. Authorizes issuance of revenue bonds to finance costs related to constructing, upgrading, and acquiring transmission facilities. Exempts cooperatives from PUC oversight.

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2051

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

Authorizes the department of agriculture to charge user fees for the inspection, permitting and other services provided by the Department.

EEP, AGR, FIN

HB 2052

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS.

Clarifies that the accepting agency or authority for an environmental impact statement is not required to be the approving agency for the permit or approval. Requires an environmental assessment for proposed wastewater facilities, except individual wastewater systems, waste-to-energy facilities, landfills, oil refineries, and power-generating facilities.

EEP, CPC, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND ENIVORNMENTAL PROTECTION AND COMMITTEE ON WATER, LAND USE & HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

Thursday, January 29, 2004

10:00 a.m.

Conference Room 312; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 1743

RELATING TO LIGHT POLLUTION.

Prohibits residential properties within the coastal areas of the conservation district from shining lights onto the ocean.

EEP/WLH, JUD

HB 2034

RELATING TO BIOPROSPECTING.

Prohibits the sale or transfer of biological resources and biological diversity and establishes a temporary bioprospecting advisory commission to address issues related to bioprospecting, including equitable benefit sharing. Appropriates funds to enable the temporary bioprospecting advisory commission to develop a comprehensive plan for the bioprospecting on public lands. Provides that the commission shall cease to exist on June 30, 2007. Repeal 6/30/07.

EEP/WLH, EDB, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION AND COMMERCE

Thursday, January 29, 2004

2:00 p.m.

Conference Room 325; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 1808

RELATING TO UNCLAIMED PROPERTY.

Exempts member owned utility consumer cooperatives from unclaimed property law.

CPC, FIN

HB 2064

RELATING TO EXEMPTING ROTH INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS FROM ATTACHMENT OR SEIZURE.

Extends the same protection from creditor claims that regular IRAs have to Roth individual retirement accounts.

CPC

HB 1993

RELATING TO PAWNBROKERS AND SECONDHAND DEALERS.

Requires pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers to post pictures of merchandise received on a website developed and maintained by a computer specialist hired by the county police departments.

CPC, FIN

HB 1819

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE.

Requires certain military-related member owned reciprocal insurers and their wholly owned insurer subsidiaries in the motor vehicle insurance business to provide a complete sales and claims service office in the State but removes that duty from the commissioner's licensing oversight.

CPC

HB 1820

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE.

Shortens from 30 days to 15 days both the length of time that a motor vehicle insurer must continue coverage after the insurer cancels a motor vehicle insurance policy and the notice period that the insurer must provide an insured before the insurer may cancel the policy. Specifies that cancellations are for nonpayments of premiums.

CPC

HB 1821

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE INSURANCE.

Authorizes motor vehicle insurers to cancel or not renew any motor vehicle insurance policy that has been in effect for 60 days or less.

CPC

HB 1837

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Makes it an unfair practice to impose waiting periods of over a month under dental insurance policies.

CPC

HB 2029

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Establishes rate regulation for liability insurance that covers the construction industry and developers.

CPC, JUD

HB 2089

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

Extends time frame for health insurance companies to determine the outcome of appeals not classified as expedited from 45 days to 60 days.

CPC

Decision making to follow.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Thursday, January 29, 2004

2:00 p.m.

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 1907

 

 

 

RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE.

Makes a $1,000,000 appropriation for tuition assistance for national guard and military reservists enrolled in degree programs at the University of Hawaii.

HED, PSM, FIN

HB 1906

 

 

 

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Requires a full tuition refund for Hawaii national guard or military reservists who are ordered to active duty for more than 60 days during a school semester.

HED, PSM, FIN

HB 2037

RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TUITION AND FEE EXEMPTION.

Provides tuition and fee exemptions for children of law enforcement officers, firefighters, reserve police officers, emergency medical services personnel, disabled Hawaii veterans, and Hawaii veterans declared Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.

HED, FIN

HB 1710

 

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Establishes a student scholarship and support special fund within the University of Hawaii to administer financial assistance and obtain additional tuition and scholarship support and matching moneys from federal and private sources.

HED, FIN

HB 1747

RELATING TO UNIVERSITY PROJECTS AND PURPOSES.

Grants the UH Board of Regents increased flexibility to construct and maintain UH projects and other university purposes.

HED, FIN

HB 1706

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Allows the University of Hawaii to implement an optional retirement system in lieu of the State Employees' Retirement System and fixes the State's contribution at six percent. Clarifies that part-time or temporary employees are not eligible for the optional retirement system.

HED, LAB, FIN

HB 1709

RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Appropriates matching funds to the University of Hawaii for the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research grant application.

HED, FIN

HB 1708

RELATING TO THE CENTER FOR NURSING.

Places the Center for Nursing Special Fund under the control of UH administration.

HED, FIN

HB 1745

RELATING TO A CONSTRUCTION RESEARCH PROGRAM.

Establishes the construction research program within the University of Hawaii at Manoa, College of Engineering. Appropriates funds to be used for the center's programs and functions.

HED, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT

Friday, January 30, 2004

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

8:30 a.m. AGENDA:

HB 1759

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION INSURANCE.

Authorizes workers' compensation insurers to place surcharges on the costs of their policies under specified circumstances.

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 1787

RELATING TO PUBLIC CONTRACTS.

Prohibits state contractors and other recipients of state funds, and employers conducting business on state property from using those funds or state property for the purpose of assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing among its employees. Prohibits state contractors from assisting, promoting, or deterring union organizing among employees on a state-funded service contract.

LAB, JUD, FIN

HB 1816

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires the director of labor and industrial relations to establish a program that authorizes a private third-party workers' compensation drug card system that allows injured workers to receive prescription drugs promptly at no cost; program administrator to be selected pursuant to chapter 103D.

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 2025

RELATING TO EQUAL PAY.

Prohibits employers from discriminating between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to an employee at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to another employee of the opposite sex for the same or substantially similar work.

LAB, JUD, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

9:00 a.m. AGENDA:

HB 1919

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

Requires the proposed adjustments to compensation and benefit packages for excluded civil service employees to be at least equivalent to the adjustments provided within the employer's jurisdiction.

LAB, FIN

HB 2072

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

Includes a public employer's obligation to pay normal cost and accrued unfunded liability contributions to the Employees' Retirement System as part of the arbitration criteria used to determine whether the public employer has the ability to pay for proposed cost items.

LAB, FIN

HB 1777

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

Clarifies the terms by which the exclusive representative of a collective bargaining unit must reimburse a nonmember for regular dues collected.

LAB, FIN

HB 1778

RELATING TO WAGES.

Authorizes an employer to furnish to an employee an electronic record of an employee's total gross compensation, the amount and purpose of each deduction, total net compensation, date of payment, and pay period covered, in lieu of a printed, typewritten, or handwritten record, upon receipt of authorization from the employee.

LAB, FIN

HB 1779

RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.

Authorizes a permanent full-time public employee who is exempt from chapters 76 and 89 but not an "excluded employee" as defined in section 89C-1.5, HRS to use more than 10 days per calendar year of sick leave for family leave purposes if so authorized by a valid employment policy.

LAB, FIN

HB 1780

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT.

Limits paid leave for government employees who attend parent-teacher conferences to two (2) hours, and clarifies that government employees are eligible to receive paid leave to attend the parent-teacher conferences of adult children who are attending a public or private school in grades kindergarten through twelve.

LAB, FIN

HB 2090

RELATING TO EMPLOYEES.

Directs DLIR to adopt rules to clarify the definition of "eligible employee" for purposes of the prepaid health care law, as an employee who works 80 or more hours in a consecutive 4-week period, regardless of the number of hours worked in any one week of that period.

LAB, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON WATER, LAND USE & HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS AND COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES AND HOUSING

Friday, January 30, 2004

8:30 a.m.

Conference Room 312; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 1757

RELATING TO COUNTY LAND USE PLANNING.

Requires any chapter 201G housing project to conform to the general plan of the county in which the project is to be situated. Allows the legislative body of the county 75 days to approve or disapprove of a chapter 201G project. Allows counties to reclassify land areas of 50 acres or less, except conservation land.

WLH/HSH, FIN

H.B 1758

RELATING TO HOUSING PROJECTS.

Requires any chapter 201G housing project to conform to the general plan of the county in which the project is situated. Allows the legislative body of the county 75 days to approve or disapprove of a chapter 201G project.

WLH/HSH, FIN

HB 2026

RELATING TO TAXES.

Increases allocations from conveyance tax proceeds to rental housing trust fund and natural area reserve fund.

WLH/HSH, FIN

HB 1715

RELATING TO LAND USE COMMISSION.

Limits land use commission jurisdiction over district boundary amendments to those involving land areas greater than 50 acres except in the conservation district. Gives counties sole authority over district boundary amendments involving land areas less than 50 acres, except in conservation districts.

WLH, JUD

HB 1700

RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.

Repeals restriction restricting disposition when lack of access is sole reason.

WLH, JUD

HB 1748

RELATING TO PUBLIC PROPERTY.

Directs the attorney general and the department of land and natural resources to commence a special proceeding pursuant to section 101-52, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for the acquisition by the State of certain lands in Haiku, Oahu, Hawaii.

WLH, FIN

HB 1793

RELATING TO LAND EXCHANGE.

Directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources to enter into negotiations with the George Galbraith Estate for a land exchange of private agricultural lands situated north of Wahiawa, Oahu.

WLH, FIN

HB 2031

RELATING TO BED AND BREAKFAST HOMES.

Requires counties with a population of 500,000 or more to allow the operation of, and register bed and breakfast establishments that would not otherwise qualify for operation under county regulation; provided that the home is in existence as of 01/01/04; the home is registered with the county after 06/30/04, but before 10/01/04; and the owners of the homes acquire a GET license and a TAT certificate. The dedicated tax revenue would be used to assist the homeless.

WLH, JUD, FIN

HB 1946

RELATING TO BEACH RESTORATION AND PROTECTION.

Requires DLNR to adopt rules. Allows taxpayers whose state income tax refund for any taxable year is $2 or more to designate $1 of the same to be paid into the beach restoration special fund.

WLH, FIN

HB 2045

RELATING TO SUBMERGED LANDS.

Permits installation and maintenance of private residential noncommercial pier subject to state submerged land lease to be without lease rent; subject to administrative charge.

WLH, FIN

HB 1940

RELATING TO BOATING.

Limits the moorage fees based on a percentage of the gross revenues derived from the use of a commercial vessel to a maximum of 3% of gross revenues. Requires that certain fees relating to boating and established pursuant to rule be deposited in the boating special fund.

WLH, FIN

HB 1951

RELATING TO LAND CONSERVATION.

Establishes land conservation commission and land conservation trust fund. Requires one per cent of all state fund appropriations for capital improvements designated for the construction and renovation of state buildings to be deposited into the land conservation trust fund.

WLH, FIN

HB 1949

RELATING TO INJECTION WELLS.

Authorizes the department of health to disapprove the construction of any underground injection well or the disposal of any waste into an underground injection well if doing so will degrade the quality of coastal water.

WLH, EEP

HB 2056

RELATING TO COMMUNITY-BASED MARINE COMANAGEMENT.

Creates a framework for community-based marine comanagement. Authorizes the department of land and natural resources to designate community-based marine comanagement areas. Encourages the formation of community-based marine comanagement area councils and management plans. Provides for enforcement and penalties for violation of any rule or law applicable to any community-based marine comanagement area.

WLH, JUD, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY AND HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS

Friday, January 30, 2004

9:00 a.m.

Conference Room 229; State Capitol

AGENDA:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss:

1) Act 083, a study conducted on the feasibility of dividing the Department of Public Safety into a Department of Corrections and a Department of Law Enforcement.

2) The 10-Year Corrections Master Plan Update, Final Report, December 2003.

Requested to appear is:

John Peyton, Director, Department of Public Safety

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITTEE ON TOURISM AND CULTURE

Friday, January 30, 2004

9:00 a.m.

Conference Room 325; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 2063

RELATING TO THE STATE ART MUSEUM.

Provides statutory authority for the establishment of the state art museum and continuing operational funding; conforms chapter 9, HRS, with the duties of the state foundation on culture and the arts concerning the art in public places and relocatable works of art program and the state art museum.

TAC, FIN

HB 2059

RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.

Increases the percentage of tourism special funds that can be used by the Hawaii tourism authority for administrative expenses.

TAC, FIN

HB 2041

RELATING TO STATE PARKS.

Establishes the state parks repair and maintenance account which shall be used to eliminate the backlog of state parks repair and maintenance projects existing on 6/30/03. Establishes the state parks physical plant operations and maintenance account which shall be used for park repair and preventive maintenance projects existing after 6/30/04.

TAC, WLH, FIN

Decision making to follow.