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:

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

TIME:

2:00 pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2301, HD1

(HSCR443-08)

Status

RELATING TO DENTISTRY.

Prohibits interference in the practice of dentistry by an unlicensed person or entity. Prohibits the practice of dentistry in a commercial or mercantile establishment. (HB2301 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 3109

(HSCR457-08)

Status

RELATING TO DISPENSING OPTICIANS.

Specifies that a dispensing optician's license is required for the dispensing and fitting, upon written prescription, of non-corrective contact lenses and for the sale of or offer to sell non-corrective contact lenses.

 

HLT, CPC

HB 509, HD2

(HSCR475-08)

Status

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Prohibits a towing company from charging the owner of a vehicle targeted for towing if the owner of the vehicle appears on the scene. (HB509 HD2)

 

TRN, CPC

HB 2954

(HSCR85-08)

Status

RELATED TO TOWING.

Allows towing companies to charge overtime fees during certain hours of operations. Requires tow companies operating in a county with a population of 500,000 or more to offer consumer service 24 hours a day.

 

TRN, CPC

HB 2550, HD1

(HSCR604-08)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Requires the public utilities commission to ensure that a percentage of the total rated generating capacity produced by eligible customer-generators be reserved for electricity produced by eligible residential or small commercial customer-generators. Allows public utilities commission to define maximum capacity for eligible residential or small commercial customer-generators. (HB2550 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

HB 2492

(HSCR625-08)

Status

RELATING TO PLANNED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS.

Requires the inclusion of property restrictions or conditions of use in a seller's disclosure statement.

 

HSH, CPC

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

 

DECISION MAKING ONLY ON THE FOLLOWING:

(No public testimony will be accepted.)

 

HB 937, HD2

(HSCR941)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRICAL AND PLUMBING TRADES.

Specifies educational requirements for the electrician trade. Effective July 1, 2020. (HB937 HD2)

(Deferred from Wednesday, February 20, 2008 hearing.)

 

LAB, CPC

HB 2408

Status

RELATING TO MORTGAGE BROKERS.

Revises the law regulating mortgage brokers.

(Deferred from Wednesday, January 30, 2008 hearing.)

 

CPC

HB 2591

Status

RELATING TO GIFT CERTIFICATES.

Requires retailers to pay out in cash the balance of any gift card worth less than $5, if requested by the consumer.

(Deferred from Monday, January 28, 2008 hearing.)

 

CPC

HB 2810

(HSCR196-08)

Status

RELATING TO WATER RATES.

Establishes a process for just and reasonable water rates for farming operations with PUC oversight, but excludes the water supplier from the definition of a "public utility."

(Deferred from Monday, February 11, 2008 hearing.)

 

AGR/WLH, CPC

HB 2894

Status

RELATING TO PLANNED COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS.

Allows for the restatement of planned community association documents.

(Deferred from Wednesday, February 6, 2008 hearing.)

 

CPC

HB 2920

Status

RELATING TO FRAUD PREVENTION.

Requires notary public to place seal over a succinct phrase describing document being notarized and to separately record a description of the document. Authorizes attorney general to adopt rules to prevent fraudulent use of notarized documents.

(Deferred from Wednesday, January 30, 2008 hearing.)

CPC

Pending Re-Referral

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee the comments are directed to;

     The date and time of the hearing;

     Measure number; and

     The number of copies the Committee is requesting.

 

While every effort will be made to copy, organize, and collate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed to the incorrect office, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 5 copies (including an original) to CPC Vice Chair, Room 315, in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to CPC Vice Chair at 586-6161(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands); or

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to CPCtestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the Legislative Web site after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the Web site should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the CPC Committee Clerk at 586-6172 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

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Rep. Robert N. Herkes

Chair