HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2008

 

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY & MILITARY AFFAIRS

Rep. Cindy Evans, Chair

Rep. Sharon E. Har, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Marilyn B. Lee

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Dwight Y. Takamine

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Roy M. Takumi

Rep. Bob Nakasone

Rep. Lynn Finnegan

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine

Rep. Alex M. Sonson

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, January 31, 2008

TIME:

8:30 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 309

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

 

A G E N D A

 

 

 

 

HB 1062 RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE PSM, HED, FIN

. Broadens the scope of the law that provides tuition assistance

to Hawaii national guard members attending the

University of Hawaii and appropriates funds for that purpose.

 

HB 2588 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII. PSM, HED, FIN

Grants resident status to veterans for tuition purposes at the

University of Hawaii system.

 

HB 741 RELATING TO SUBPOENAS. PSM, JUD, FIN

Entitles a police officer to overtime compensation when the officer

testifies or is compelled to be available as a state witness under a

subpoena when off-duty. Requires the State to reimburse the counties

for 50% of overtime compensation paid.

 

HB 2212 RELATING TO FIREWORKS PSM, JUD

Prohibits a county from enacting any ordinances or adopting

any rules regulating Fireworks or articles pyrotechnic that are

less restrictive than the regulations established by state law.

 

HB 2376 RELATING TO THE STATE FIRE COUNCIL. PSM, FIN

Requires the State Fire Council to develop a statewide

brushfire mitigation plan and appropriates funds.

 

HB 2464 RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION. PSM, WLH, FIN

Requires a forestry and wildlife manager to declare hazardous

fire areas during fire danger periods and impose restrictions

on the use of certain land that the department of land and

natural resources has direct fire responsibility. Establishes

a task force to develop a statewide hazardous fire area program.

 

HB 2465 RELATING TO THE STATE FIRE CODE PSM, JUD

Makes state fire code, and any updates adopted as rules by

the state fire council, immediately effective upon transmission

by the state fire council to the county councils without

the need for counties to enact ordinances.

 

HB 2466 RELATING TO WILDFIRE MANAGEMENT PSM, JUD

Proposed HD1 Allows counties to enact ordinance granting county's

(Copies available in Fire Chief the authority to declare a fireworks prohibited

Rm. 313) zone for a designated period of time. (HD1)

 

HB 2467 RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION. PSM, WLH

Amends the state fire code to include road and sign standards,

minimum private water supply reserves, fuel breaks, and green belts

to improve fire protection.

 

HB 2485 RELATING TO FIRES. PSM, WLH, FIN

Establishes the firewise Hawaii program in the department of land

and natural resources to address the growing fire danger in

wildland-urban interface areas. Creates the firewise Hawaii special

fund. Makes an appropriation.

 

HB 2463 RELATING TO DISASTER RELIEF. PSM, FIN

Authorizes the director of disaster relief to utilize inmate

labor to assist with disaster relief efforts. Establishes the

inmate disaster relief labor program within the department

of public safety.

 

HB 2007 RELATING TO CORRECTIONS. PSM, LMG, FIN

Requires the auditor to conduct a financial and management audit

of each commissary located in a Hawaii correctional facility, as

well as commissaries located at out-of-state contracted correctional

facilities where Hawaii inmates are confined.

 

HB 2147 RELATING TO PAROLE. PSM, JUD, FIN

Establishes an earned-time program that provides incentives for

inmate rehabilitation by allowing inmates to become eligible

for parole when they make consistent progress in completing

programs while incarcerated. Appropriates funds.

 

HB 3186 RELATING TO PRISON LITIGATION. PSM, JUD, FIN

Requires inmates to pay for the civil lawsuit they file

in State court and requires inmates who have three lawsuits deemed

\ "frivolous" to pay the filing fees prior to filing another lawsuit.

 

 

HB 2148 RELATING TO THE AUDITOR. PSM, LMG, FIN

Requires the auditor to conduct performance audits of private

prisons on the mainland that house Hawaii prisoners.

Makes appropriation.

 

HB 2608 RELATING TO PRISONS PSM, HLT, FIN

Creates separate forensic treatment facilities within all community

correctional centers. Ends practice of housing mentally ill

prisoners in solitary confinement and with general prison population.

 

HB 2609 RELATING TO CONSERVATION PSM, WLH, FIN

Establishes an inmate conservation corps program within the

Department of Land and Natural Resources. Authorizes the

Department to enter into agreements with other state or federal

Agencies to implement the program. Appropriates funds.

 

HB 2024 RELATING TO CRIMINAL PROCEDURE. PSM, JUD, FIN

Requires electronic monitoring of probationers and parolees

convicted of offenses related to criminal street gangs.

 

HB 2824 RELATING TO SENTENCING PSM, JUD, FIN

Authorizes the court to sentence certain persons convicted

of sexual assault in the first degree to wear a global positioning

system transmitter for up to 10 years after the person's release

from prison.

 

HB 2968 RELATING TO PRETRIAL RELEASE PSM, JUD, FIN

Allows court to order that defendants on pretrial release be

subject to electronic and monitoring at the defendant's

own expense.

 

HB 3367 RELATING TO WIRELESS ENHANCED 911 PSM, CPC/JUD, FIN

Suspends $0.66 per month surcharge on wireless telephone

accounts for deployment of system to locate wireless 911 callers.

Requires wireless enhanced 911 board to present a 2-year plan to

the 2009 legislature including expenditures for fiscal years 2010

and 2011, the level of surcharge necessary to support those

expenditures, and return of surcharge funds in excess of those

needed for fiscal years 2010 and 2011.

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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;

     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 Room 313 in the State Capitol; or

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

FAX: For comments fax to Vice Chairs office at 586-8504.

 

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 Committee Clerk at 586-6400 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. Cindy Evans

Chair