COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION AND COMMERCE

Monday, January 31, 2005

1:30 p.m.

Conference Room 325; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 155

RELATING TO TIME SHARING.

Allows an escrow agent to release purchasers' funds to a developer prior to closing if the developer secures the funds with a bond or letter of credit.

CPC

HB 156

RELATING TO TIME SHARING.

Adds definitions of "master development" and "person" and amends the definitions of "blanket lien" and "project" in the Time Sharing Plans law.

CPC

HB 157

RELATING TO MORTGAGE BROKERS AND SOLICITORS.

Exempts the sales agent of a time share plan developer from mortgage broker and solicitor licensing laws, if the developer is a licensed mortgage broker.

CPC

HB 391

RELATING TO TIME SHARE PLANS.

Redefines "developer" in the time share law to exclude a person owning not more than 12 time share interests who did not create the plan and offers it for resale, and an association employing a third party to sell its time share interests acquired for non-payment of assessments.

CPC

HB 424

RELATING TO NATURAL DISASTERS.

Authorizes Hawaii hurricane relief fund moneys to be used for (1) other natural disasters such as flood, tsunami, and lava flow; and (2) grants to individuals who install wind resistive devices in their residences.

CPC, FIN

HB 641

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Requires allegations of Insurance Code violations to be filed and heard by the Insurance Commissioner. Allows the Commissioner to award restitution as a remedy through an administrative hearing.

CPC, JUD, FIN

HB 644

RELATING TO POOLED INSURANCE.

Repeals the provision that allows pooled insurance to be limited to constuction projects that are estimated to cost $50,000,000 or more.

CPC

HB 645

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Conforms certain insurance provision with federal law and national standards.

CPC, JUD

HB 649

RELATING TO SENTENCING OF REPEAT OFFENDERS.

This measure will toughen the penalties imposed upon those individuals who repeatedly commit felony crimes by specifying that anyone committing felony insurance fraud in motor vehicle insurance, private health insurance, health maintenance organization health insurance, and worker's compensation insurance lines will be subject to repeat offender increased sentencing guidelines for having previously committed the crime of felony insurance fraud.

CPC, JUD

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Monday, January 31, 2005

1:30 p.m.

Conference Room 308; State Capitol

AGENDA:

SB 543

(SSCR1)

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE AUDITOR, THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU, AND THE OMBUDSMAN.

Appropriates funds to provide for the expenses of the Legislature, the Auditor, the Legislative Reference Bureau, and the Ombudsman.

FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Monday, January 31, 2005

2:00 p.m.

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 444

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE TUITION SUBSIDIES FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN CHILDREN.

Provides early childhood education and care tuition subsidies for native Hawaiian children.

EDN, HUS/HAW, FIN

HB 449

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE PLAY-AND-LEARN MORNINGS AT EVERY NATIVE HAWAIIAN HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY.

Makes an appropriation to provide early childhood education and care play-and-learn mornings at every native Hawaiian homestead community.

EDN, HUS/HAW, FIN

HB 695

RELATING TO FEDERAL REVENUE MAXIMIZATION.

Requires the DOE to establish and implement a federal revenue maximization program for all medicaid-eligible claims for school health services.

EDN, HLT/HUS, FIN

HB 528

RELATING TO K-6 EDUCATION PARENTAL PARTICIPATION PROGRAM.

Allows individual schools to establish a K-6 education parental participation program to increase parental involvement in education.

EDN, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT AND COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

8:30 a.m. AGENDA:

HB 121

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING IN PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.

Creates a collective bargaining unit for substitute teachers of the Department of Education, including part-time substitute teachers working less than one-half of a full-time equivalent.

LAB/EDN, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

9:00 a.m. AGENDA:

HB 232

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.

Prohibits the unlawful employment practice of subjecting an employee to an abusive work environment. Provides a legal recourse for employees who have been psychologically, physically, or economically harmed by being deliberately subjected to abusive work environments.

LAB, JUD, FIN

HB 325

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.

Allows an employee to use for family leave purposes, Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) sick leave benefits in excess of minimum statutory TDI benefit requirements.

LAB, FIN

HB 629

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Allows the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System to settle or compromise claims or potential claims by members who detrimentally rely on erroneous information provided.

LAB, JUD, FIN

HB 631

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Clarifies and corrects existing language, conforms statutes to current practices and includes language previously omitted form prior legislation.

LAB, HED, FIN

HB 632

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Allows the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System to include the post retirement allowance as an actuarial assumption in determining the actuarial equivalency of benefit optioins to the maximum allowance.

LAB, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON TOURISM AND CULTURE AND COMMITTEE ON WATER, LAND & OCEAN RESOURCES

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

8:30 a.m.

Conference Room 325; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 6

RELATING TO STADIUMS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES.

Abolishes the stadium authority and transfers Aloha Stadium and Kapolei Recreational Sports Complex to UH and DLNR, respectively.

TAC/WLO, HED, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

 

COMMITTEE ON TOURISM AND CULTURE AND COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS CONCERNS

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

8:50 a.m.

Conference Room 325; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 532

RELATING TO HAWAII-BASED TELEVISION AND FILM PRODUCTION.

Provides Hawaii-based television or film production businesses with a 50% discount on its standard lease rent for use of the State's film facility.

TAC/EDB, WLO, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

9:00 a.m.

Conference Room 329; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HB 336

RELATING TO MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.

Requires DHS to annually identify employers of applicants for medical assistance programs and disclose them to the legislature. Requires report to include cost of medical assistance to these applicants. Requires DHS to make public these employers without identifying individual applicants.

HUS, JUD, FIN

HB 334

RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

Requires the department of human services to annually report on private sector employers with more than fifty employees who receive medical care or benefits from public assistance programs.

HUS, LAB, FIN

HB 537

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE KAPIOLANI CHILD AT-RISK EVALUATION PROGRAM.

Appropriates funds for Kapiolani Child At-Risk Evaluation program.

HUS, FIN

HB 360

RELATING TO FOSTER CHILDREN.

Establishes a Foster Children's Bill of Rights. Allows foster children to apply for a driver's license with the written consent of the Department of Human Services. Requires a foster child's natural parents to pay for the child's car insurance and provides for free insurance if the child's parents are unable to pay. Allows higher education board allowances to be paid directly to former foster children.

HUS, CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 357

RELATING TO THE EDUCATION OF FOSTER YOUTH.

Changes eligibility requirements to receive higher education board allowances for foster children attending college from a maximum age requirement (less than age 22) to a maximum time period (5 years). Prohibits the use of federal funds to pay for the allowance if the former foster child is 21 years old or older.

HUS, FIN

HB 239

RELATING TO INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNTS.

Extends the individual development account tax credit for five years. Authorizes financial institutions to claim the tax credit and use part of the private funds contributed for ministerial purposes. Raises contribution and tax credit ceiling from $1 million to $2 million.

HUS, FIN

HB 243

RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

Increases standard of need from the 1993 federal poverty level to an annually updated poverty level for the current year. Includes the general assistance (GA) and aged, blind, and disabled programs for the calculation. Removes limitation on making GA payments only from total appropriations made for GA.

HUS, FIN

HB 244

RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

Requires the Department of Human Services to recognize individuals who have not received a decision on their application for public assistance within 45 days to be presumptively eligible until an eligibility decision is made.

HUS, FIN

HB 356

RELATING TO YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

Requires OYS to obtain legislative approval before transferring any incarcerated juvenile from the HYCF to an out-of-state youth correctional facility; requires adequate notice to the incarcerated juvenile's parent or legal guardian.

HUS, JUD, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Conference Room 312; State Capitol

AGENDA:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to receive information from the State Department of Health regarding the implementation of Act 176, Session Laws of Hawaii 2002, otherwise known as the Hawaii Deposit Beverage Container Law.