HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2009

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Robert N. Herkes, Chair

Rep. Glenn Wakai, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. John M. Mizuno

Rep. Rida Cabanilla

Rep. Hermina M. Morita

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Jon Riki Karamatsu

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

TIME:

2:00 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 690, HD1

(HSCR58)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Requires insurers that offer health care coverage to the regular employees of any group or association to offer the same coverage to part-time employees working at least 15 hours per week. Requires the Insurance Commissioner to report to submit a cost-benefit report to the Legislature. (HB690 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1439

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Makes various clarifying and technical amendments, and corrects inadvertent errors, in the Life Settlements Model Act, chapter 431E, HRS, which establishes consumer protections in life settlement transactions.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 1060

Status

RELATING TO PUBLICATION OF HEARING NOTICES.

Saves money by allowing the Public Utility Commission to provide hearing notices to only the island(s) affected by a public utility proposal for change in utility rates and ratemaking procedures. Hearing notices will continue to be sent to those directly impacted by any proposed changes.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 1062

Status

RELATING TO GAS PIPELINE SYSTEMS.

Repeals the Public Utilities Commission's responsibility for pipeline safety and inspection functions in Hawaii because this has been the responsibility of the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety since 1993.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 371, HD1

(HSCR66)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Repeals the sunset provision relating to the one cent tax on naphtha fuel used in a power-generating facility. (HB371 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1464, HD1

(HSCR71)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY RESOURCES.

Clarifies solar water heater variance request procedures and authority and provides guidance with respect to solar water heater system standards. (HB1464 HD1)

 

EEP/HSG, CPC, FIN

HB 814, HD1

(HSCR59)

Status

RELATING TO NURSE AIDES.

Specifies the renewal period for the recertification of certified nurse aides and the number of continuing education hours for their recertification. (HB814 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1359

Status

RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Prohibits the Office of Consumer Protection from making consumer complaints publicly available in cases where the complaint was resolved in favor of the business against which the complaint was filed.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 1068

Status

RELATING TO BUSINESS REGISTRATION.

Proposes housekeeping amendments to clarify and streamline business registration laws.

 

CPC, JUD

 

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; 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: 1 (one) copy to CPC Vice Chair, Room 316 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to CPC Vice Chair at 586-6221 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands); or

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to CPC Vice Chair at 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 586-6196 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