COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Conference Room 308; State Capitol

2:00 p.m. AGENDA:

SB 1378

SD2

(HSCR1142)

RELATING TO THE PEARL HARBOR HISTORIC TRAIL.

Designates the path from Halawa landing to Waipahu as the Pearl Harbor historic trail.

WLO/PSM, FIN

SB 1747

SD2

(HSCR1230)

RELATING TO THE LYON ARBORETUM.

Appropriates $900,000 to the University of Hawaii for repair, maintenance, and operation of the Harold L. Lyon Arboretum.

HED, FIN

SB 935

SD1

(HSCR1218)

RELATING TO PUBLIC WORKS.

Requires any state funded construction project to establish certified payroll and comply with the Davis Bacon Act.

EDB/LAB, FIN

SB 962

SD2, HD1

(HSCR1264)

RELATING TO PREVAILING WAGES.

Provides for the manner in which the prevailing wages for laborers and mechanics on public work projects is to be established. Allows all individuals to bring suit for injunctive relief for violations of chapter 104.

EDB/LAB, FIN

SB 1843

SD1, HD1

(HSCR1031)

RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Amends public procurement code to prohibit a governmental body from requiring a contractor for construction design professional services to indemnify the governmental body for the acts or omissions of the governmental body, or of parties for whom the contractor is not legally liable. Allows the governmental body to require the contractor to indemnify the governmental body for the contractor's negligent or intentional acts and omissions.

EDB, FIN

SB 1877

HD1

(HSCR1109)

RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF PLANNING.

Clarifies that the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism has sole jurisdiction over land use and state planning functions and that the Office of Planning shall report to DBEDT and no other executive department. Requires that the Director of the Office of Planning be appointed with the advice and consent of the Senate.

EDB/WLO, FIN

SB 1702

SD1, HD1

(HSCR1045)

RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

Establishes the High Technology Innovation Corporation, a nonprofit corporation attached to the High Technology Development Corporation, to assist in attracting high technology development opportunities to the State.

EDN/LAB, FIN

SB 1729

SD2, HD1

(HSCR1102)

RELATING TO TOURISM.

Increases transient accommodations tax (TAT) allocations to the Tourism Special Fund and Convention Center Enterprise Special Fund; adds the Executive Director of the SFCA to the Board of HTA as an ex-officio nonvoting member; repeals TAT Trust Fund; allocates TAT revenue for Aloha Aina patrols and visitor assistance programs in each county; clarifies and amends HTA administration.

TAC, FIN

SB 817

SD2

(SSCR989)

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY LAW.

Improves the administration of unemployment taxes and eliminates the practice of "dumping" whereby some employers and financial advisors use acquisitions or restructuring schemes, including shifting of workforce and payroll, to pay lower state unemployment taxes.

LAB, JUD, FIN

SB 791

SD2, HD2

(HSCR1255)

RELATING TO A CONTINUUM OF HEALTH CARE SETTINGS.

Allows the DOH to license special treatment facilities and therapeutic living programs.

HLT/HUS, JUD, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

 

 

4:15 p.m. AGENDA:

SB 682

PROPOSED HD3

RELATING TO TOBACCO.

PROPOSED HD3: Requires businesses engaged in the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at the retail level to obtain a retail tobacco permit from the Department of Taxation. Appropriates revenues from retail tobacco permit fees to the John A. Burns School of Medicine and the Children's Health Insurance Program of the Department of Human Services. Provides criminal penalties for the retail sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products without a valid retail tobacco permit, and allows for seizure and forfeiture of cigarettes and other tobacco products sold, possessed, stored, acquired, distributed, or transported without a valid retail tobacco permit.

HLT, JUD, FIN

SB 212

PROPOSED HD2

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT.

PROPOSED HD2: Establishes incentives to develop additional redemption centers for the deposit beverage container redemption program, including a tax credit applicable to redemption centers in retail food stores and a grant program administered by the Department of Health.

WLO, FIN

SB 1394

PROPOSED HD2

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

PROPOSED HD2: Requires the Department of Education to establish and implement a federal revenue maximization program for all medicaid-eligible claims for school health services with the assistance of the Department of Human Services.

EDN/HED, FIN

SB 101

PROPOSED HD1

RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.

PROPOSED HD1: Appropriates money for the TANF program and all associated programs. Provides performance measures for programs and methodology for rewards and penalties. Prohibits the implementation of new programs related to TANF funding without the prior approval of the Legislature.

FIN

SB 1410

PROPOSED HD1

RELATING TO TAXATION.

PROPOSED HD1: Provides a refundable state earned income tax credit (EITC) equivalent to twenty percent of the federal EITC. Requires the refundable portion of the EITC to be reimbursed by federal TANF or state TANF MOE funds.

FIN

SB 751

PROPOSED HD2

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

PROPOSED HD2: Updates state insurance laws to conform to federal law and national standards. Enable Insurance Commissioner to prosecute workers compensation insurance fraud.

CPC/JUD, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

4:30 p.m. AGENDA:

Decision making only (heard on Tuesday, March 22, 2005; AGENDA #1):

SB 460

(SSCR664)

RELATING TO TAX REFUNDS.

Allows taxpayers to appeal a tax refund claim when the Department of Taxation fails to act on the claim within 180 days after the claim was filed.

FIN

SB 1685

SD2

(SSCR833)

RELATING TO TAX.

Allows the State to share taxpayer information with counties.

FIN

Decision making only (heard on March 30, 2005; AGENDA #3):

SB 982

SD2

(HSCR1100)

RELATING TO PUBLIC SHELTERS.

Appropriates $2,000,000 per year in Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund funds for the 2005-2006 biennium to retrofit public buildings to serve as emergency public shelters.

PSM, FIN

SB 1745

SD1

(HSCR1135)

RELATING TO RELIEF FOR MANOA FLOOD VICTIMS.

Provides a one-time non-refundable tax credit to victims of the Manoa flood of October 2004.

PSM, FIN

 

 

Decision making only (heard on March 31, 2005; AGENDA #1):

SB 959

SD2

(HSCR1047)

RELATING TO CABLE TELEVISION.

Requires cable operator serving Maui county to pay access operating fees collected from subscribers to Maui community college, DOE, Maui County, and Maui's PEG access entity.

CPC, FIN

Decision making only (heard on March 31, 2005; AGENDA #2):

SB 1721

SD2, HD1

(HSCR1229)

RELATING TO A STATE CULTURAL PUBLIC MARKET.

Promotes cultural awareness, education, and diversity of the Hawaiian culture and that of other ethnic groups throughout the islands through the establishment of a permanent venue for the vendors and artists to showcase their products and their talents.

EDB, FIN

Decision making only (heard on April 1, 2005; AGENDA #1):

SB 807

SD1, HD1

(HSCR1184)

RELATING TO SALARIES.

Adjusts the salaries of certain department head positions, including: the auditor, legislative reference bureau, Hawaii labor relations board, ombudsman, state procurement office, the stadium authority, civil defense, commission on water resource management, the housing and community development corporation of Hawaii, the public utilities commission, the Hawaii paroling authority, the labor and industrial relations appeals board, commissioner of financial institutions and the office of the state public defender, the office of solid waste management, the executive office on aging, the office of veterans' services, and the office of community services.

LAB, FIN

5:00 p.m. AGENDA:

SB 1190

SD1, HD1

(HSCR1242)

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Provides police officers represented by collective bargaining unit 12 an income tax exemption equal to an unspecified percentage of their salary and wages.

PSM/LAB, FIN

Decision making to follow.

 

5:15 p.m. AGENDA:

Decision making only (heard on March 31, 2005; AGENDA #3):

SB 179

SD3, HD1

(HSCR1214)

RELATING TO HOUSING.

Creates more affordable rental housing. Establishes homeless programs. Allows more individuals to qualify for lower cost housing. Makes administrative changes to various state housing programs. Establishes a legislative Affordable Rental Housing and Homeless Task Force.

HSG, FIN

Decision making only (heard on April 1, 2005; AGENDA #1):

SB 813

SD2, HD1

(HSCR1221)

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.

Appropriates $20 million in Reed Act funds for services of the unemployment insurance and workforce development divisions. Provides additional funding to the local workforce investment boards for employer outreach and services, labor force pool expansion and capacity building.

LAB, FIN

COMMITTEE ON HEALTH

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Conference Room 329; State Capitol

9:00 a.m. AGENDA:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the potential health risks to Hawaii of avian flu, a strain of influenza that is carried by birds and can infect humans. There have been outbreaks of avian flu in poultry in Asia, and thirty-four human cases reported in the last year.

Dr. Chiyome Fukino

Director, Hawaii State Department of Health

 

Paul V. Effler, M.D.

Chief, Disease Outbreak Control Division, Hawaii State Department of Health

 

 

 

10:30 a.m. AGENDA:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the current status and future of sexual violence programs in Hawai'i.

Adriana Ramelli

Executive Director, Sex Abuse Treatment Center

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children

Evie Yanigada, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Sex Abuse Treatment Center

Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children

 

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Thursday, April 7, 2005

9:00 a.m.

Conference Room 309; State Capitol

AGENDA:

HCR 252

REQUESTING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO WAIVE COMBAT INCOME WHEN CONSIDERING THE ELIGIBILITY OF MILITARY DEPENDENTS FOR INCOME-BASED SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAMS.

H. D. 1 PROPOSED REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A REVIEW OF THE LAWS OF OTHER JURISDICTIONS REGARDING TAX BENEFITS, RETIREMENT SYSTEM CONTRIBUTIONS, HEALTH FUND CONTRIBUTIONS, AND OTHER BENEFITS PROVIDED TO POLICE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES.

PSM

Decision making to follow.