HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2008

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Robert N. Herkes, Chair

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Josh Green, M.D.

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Hermina M. Morita

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Alex M. Sonson

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Monday, February 4, 2008

TIME:

2:00 pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 96, HD1

(HSCR25-08)

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

Requires county examiners or inspection stations to conduct random drug and alcohol tests of commercial driver's licensees. Bars licensees who fail the test. (HB96 HD1)

 

CPC, TRN, JUD

HB 2257

RELATING TO PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY.

Requires peer review as a condition for the renewal of a permit to practice public accountancy. Applies to both persons and firms. Exempts certain firms from the requirements.

 

CPC

HB 2258

RELATING TO PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY.

Authorizes out-of-state certified public accountants to practice temporarily in the State without a license.

 

CPC

HB 94, HD1

(HSCR24-08)

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Enacts the Life Settlements Model Act, which establishes consumer protections in life settlement transactions where the owner of a life insurance policy transfers the death benefit for compensation that is less than the expected death benefit, but more than the surrender value of the policy. (HB94 HD1)

 

CPC, FIN

HB 3089

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Allows the Insurance Division to include a 3-month reserve in the calculation of Compliance Resolution Fund (CRF) assessments in order to ensure continued operations of the Division at the end of the fiscal year.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2016, HD1

(HSCR4-08)

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

Requires health insurance plans to include methods of oral chemotherapy treatment as a medical benefit and not as a drug benefit.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1969, HD1

(HSCR23-08)

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Excludes services for a limited liability company (LLC) or limited liability partnership (LLP)from the definition of "employment" in the workers' compensation law if the person performing services has a 50 percent or higher transferable interest in the LLC or LLP. Effective 07/01/2059. (HB1969 HD1)

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 3091

RELATING TO LOSS MITIGATION.

Repeals and replaces the loss mitigation grant program with a wind resistive devices tax credit.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2699

RELATING TO THE UNIFORM PROBATE CODE.

Clarifies applicability of probate laws to payable-on-death accounts and requirements for providing copies and notice of supplementary inventory or appraisement. Allows courts to modify kokua kanawai duties and service requirements for orders appointing a guardian or conservator. Authorizes disclosure of kokua kanawai reports and professional evaluations to certain parties.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 3382

RELATING TO BANKRUPTCY.

Provides procedures to allow assignments for the benefit of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 3275

RELATING TO OWNER-BUILDER PERMITS.

Increases period prohibiting sale or lease by owner-builder from 1 to 2 years, and requires that an exemption from licensing requirements is given no more than once in 3 years.

 

CPC, JUD

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

DECISION MAKING ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING BILLS:

(No public testimony will be accepted.)

 

HB 1970

RELATING TO PREPAID CALLING CARDS.

Requires companies selling prepaid calling cards to disclose the terms and services of the cards. Makes a violation of disclosure requirement an unfair or deceptive act or practice.

(Deferred from Thursday 01-24-08 hearing.)

CPC

HB 2256

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Clarifies that it is not an unfair method of competition or an unfair or deceptive act or practice for an insurer with a less than 10% market share to refuse to issue or renew a policy with a prospective insured unless the prospective insured contracts for another class or an additional policy of the same class of insurance with the same insurer.

(Deferred from Monday 01-28-08 hearing.)

CPC, JUD, FIN

HB 2553

RELATING TO PAWNBROKERS AND SECONDHAND DEALERS.

Changes the method used to record the daily transactions of pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers, from a manual system to an electronic system.

(Deferred from 01-28-08 hearing.)

CPC, JUD

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Rep. Robert N. Herkes

Chair