HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2008

 

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES & HOUSING

Rep. Maile S. L. Shimabukuro, Chair

Rep. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Karen Leinani Awana

Rep. Josh Green, M.D.

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. John Mizuno

Rep. Joe Bertram, III

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla

Rep. Gene Ward, Ph.D.

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

January 31, 2008

TIME:

8:40am

PLACE:

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

AMENDED AGENDA

 

Please note the following bills have been deleted from this agenda: HB 2433, HB 3363, HB 2394, HB 2514, HB 2598, HB 2657, HB 2733, HB 3107, HB 3236, and HB 3385.

 

HB 2433

RELATING TO ADULT RESIDENTIAL CARE HOMES.

Requires a type II adult residential care home in a residential area applying for a license to give notice of its application. Requires applicant to notify DOH if also applying for county permits. Requires DOH to hold a hearing in the district where the proposed home is to be located and invite county attendance.

 

HSH/HLT, JUD, FIN

HB 2042

RELATING TO FAMILY COURT.

Amends custody and visitation criteria and procedures to specify what factors the courts shall consider in determining the best interest of the child.

 

HSH, JUD

HB 3055

RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT.

Changes the law relating to Child Support Enforcement Agency notification in some circumstances to custodial parents; establishes a CSEA Assistant Administrator; clarifies rules relating to some CSEA hearings and related matters.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 2935

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Establishes a reward program for reporting of fraudulent claims made to Department of Human Services assistance programs. Increases penalties for committing fraud under assistance programs.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3009

RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Establishes mandatory minimum and maximum fines for abuse of a family or household member. Requires fines to be deposited into domestic violence and sexual assault special fund. Allows funds to be expended on programs for batterers.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3127

RELATING TO ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

Expands authority to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3128

RELATING TO ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

Expands the list of persons mandated to report known or suspected abuse of vulnerable adults to include caregivers and the entity or agency designated by the governor to provide advocacy services to persons with developmental disabilities and mental illness.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3129

RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMS.

Authorizes the Department of Human Services or its designee to conduct criminal history record checks for those providing services to vulnerable adults and children

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3135

RELATING TO FEDERAL REVENUE MAXIMIZATION IN THE JUDICIARY.

Requires the District and Family Courts to report to the Governor and the Legislature on the reasons for not establishing and implementing a federal revenue maximization program for all services they provide to children in their care that may be eligible for federal financial participation and the Family Court's plan to do so in the future.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3137

RELATING TO INVESTIGATORS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES.

Allows the Department of Human Services to appoint and commission an administrative investigator for the Office of Youth Services, pursuant to a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3139

RELATING TO THE FIRST-TO-WORK PROGRAM.

Conforms state law to current federal law by deleting references to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children and Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Act and replaces it with the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families law.

 

HSH, LAB, FIN

HB 3321

RELATING TO CHAPTER 580, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.

Allows annulment, divorce, and separation proceedings under chapter 580 to be held at Circuit Court at 777 Punchbowl Street unless the parties agree to have proceedings held at different court.

 

HSH, JUD, FIN

HB 3363

RELATING TO JUVENILE COURT RECORDS.

Allows limited disclosure of information from family court records on minors under family court jurisdiction pursuant to section 571(1); requires family court to notify public or private school officials registered with court of adjudication of minors for offenses for which court records become public; requires family court to notify public or private school officials of petitions filed with the court for minors accused of offenses that would be serious crimes under penal code; requires that disclosed information remain confidential.

 

HSH, EDN, JUD

HB 2394

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Provides for an additional county surcharge on state tax of up to 1% for counties with populations that exceed 500,000. The tax replaces the real property tax collected by participating counties. Reduces rental rates in participating counties to offset reduction in the real property taxes paid by landlords.

 

HSH, LAB, FIN

HB 2514

RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX.

Extends the sunset date for the allocation of 50% of the conveyance tax to the rental housing trust fund from 6/30/08 to 6/30/13.

 

HSH, WLH, FIN

HB 2598

RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

Requires the HHFDC to focus on developing affordable housing in urban cores.

 

HSH, WLH

HB 2657

RELATING TO TENANT SCREENING AGENCIES.

Regulates tenant screening agencies.

 

HSH, CPC, FIN

HB 2733

RELATING TO HOUSING.

Prohibits public housing policies that deny rent supplement benefits based on the number of persons sharing a bedroom in an apartment or whether tenants reside in Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidized housing. Assesses a graduated anti-speculation tax on the capital gains realized on real property held for less than 24 months before sold. Provides lessees under a long-term residential lease the right to purchase the fee simple title to the leased land. Directs the HPHA to expand the eligibility requirements for the family self-sufficiency program and appropriates funds therefor.

 

HSH, CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 3107

RELATING TO OWNER-BUILDER PERMITS.

Requires sellers to disclose whether a building or structure was built or improved under an owner-builder permit, clarifies that owner builders must use licensed subcontractors, and establishes penalties for owner-builders who fail to comply with the owner-builder permit requirements.

 

HSH, CPC, JUD

HB 3236

RELATING TO COUNTY ZONING.

Requires a prior public informational hearing be held in the affected community before a county agency may issue any permit for group living in facilities with five or more unrelated persons.

 

HSH, WLH, JUD

HB 3385

RELATING TO HOUSING.

Provides an expedited process for county review and decision on planning, zoning, and construction exemptions sought by a developer of an affordable rental project. Provides, if the county fails or refuses to take action on the proposed project, the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation may review and make a decision on the proposed project. Makes the provisions applicable only to a county with at least 750,000 residents. Appropriates funds sunsets on December 31, 2013.

 

HSH, WLH, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Maile Shimabukuro

Chair