THE SENATE

THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2009

 

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

Senator Donna Mercado Kim, Chair

Senator Shan S. Tsutsui, Vice Chair

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING

 

 

DATE:

Thursday February 26, 2009

TIME:

9:00 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 211

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

EDT

 

 

SB 294, SD1

(SSCR412)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO STATE DEPARTMENTS.

Clarifies the role of the department of business, economic development, and tourism with respect to making recommendations to other state departments. Makes the recommendations and actions subject to legislative review. (SD1)

 

EDT, WAM

SB 523, SD1

(SSCR91)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

Clarifies the operation of the high technology research and development loan and grant program to allow the State to catch up to increased federal award amounts. Provides that the High Technology Development Corporation shall provide a grant to any small business in Hawaii that receives federal small business innovative research or technology transfer awards. (SD1)

 

EDT, WAM

SB 830, SD1

(SSCR250)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT SHARED SERVICES TECHNOLOGY.

Establishes the shared services technology special fund to allow departments and agencies to pool resources for common technology systems, hardware, and software. (SD1)

 

EDT, WAM

SB 1299, SD1

(SSCR212)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO ADVANCED FLIGHT SIMULATOR TRAINING.

Adds businesses engaged in advanced flight simulator training for pilots, dispatchers, mechanics, or air traffic controllers to the definition of "qualified business" under the state enterprise zone law. (SD1)

 

EDT, WAM

SB 1678, SD1

(SSCR210)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Adopts amendments to Hawaii tax laws to implement the streamlined sales and use tax agreement. (SD1)

 

EDT, WAM

SB 1680, SD1

(SSCR353)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.

Implements key recommendations of the Hawaii broadband task force by establishing the Hawaii broadband commissioner (HBC) in the department of commerce and consumer affairs (DCCA). Transfers functions relating to telecommunications from the public utilities commission to the HBC and functions relating to cable services from DCCA to the HBC. Establishes a work group to develop procedures to streamline state and county broadband regulation, franchising, and permitting and report to the legislature. (SD1)

 

EDT/CPN, WAM

ENE

 

 

SB 32, SD1

(SSCR360)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO FUEL.

Repeals the sunset date of the tax exemption on gross income or proceeds from the sale of alcohol fuels. (SD1)

 

ENE, WAM

SB 553, SD1

(SSCR151)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHTING.

Requires use of compact fluorescent light bulbs, light-emitting diode lighting products, and advanced energy-efficient incandescent light bulbs in state buildings. (SD1)

 

ENE/JGO, WAM

HMS

 

 

SB 914, SD1

(SSCR87)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

Amends section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding definitions of "non-work eligible household", "work eligible household", and "other work eligible household" and repealing the definition of "exempt household" to be consistent with recent changes in federal regulations. Also amends section 346‑53(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to be consistent with the new definitions. (SD1)

 

HMS, WAM

SB 921, SD1

(SSCR280)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES AND CENTERS.

Repeals section 348-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that establishes the Statewide Council on Independent Living. (SD1)

 

HMS, WAM

SB 39

(SSCR60)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO REPORTS ON THE HAWAII CANCER RESEARCH SPECIAL FUND.

Beginning 01/01/2010, requires the University of Hawaii to report semi-annually on the moneys in the Hawaii cancer research special fund, including deposits, expenditures, and other transactions.

 

HRE/HTH, WAM

HTH

 

 

SB 427

(SSCR307)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO GENERAL EXCISE TAXATION.

Excludes from the general excise tax, amounts received by a managed care support contractor of the TRICARE program for the actual cost or advancement to third party health care providers pursuant to a contract with the United States.

 

HTH, WAM

SB 528, SD1

(SSCR225)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO TOBACCO.

Makes permanent the retail tobacco permit law. (SD1)

 

HTH, WAM

JGO

 

 

SB 111

(SSCR61)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.

Establishes the payment priority of the DNA analysis fee over other fees and fines assessed against a defendant by the court.

 

JGO, WAM

SB 522, SD1

(SSCR214)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO LAND COURT.

Requires the assistant registrar of the land court to provide, within 10 days, or as soon thereafter in case of computer malfunction, and free of charge, an image and index of all instruments that contain real property transactions each week to the administrator of the city and county of Honolulu's real property assessment division. (SD1)

 

JGO/CPN, WAM

SB 1103, SD1

(SSCR197)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO EFFECTIVE LEGISLATION.

Creates commission on effective legislation within the office of the ombudsman and chaired by the ombudsman. Sets membership to include representatives from 6 executive departments, to be appointed by the senate president and house speaker; the counties; and University of Hawaii. Requires commission to examine existing laws within the Hawaii Revised Statutes referred by legislators, state and county agencies, and the public that may be obsolete, redundant, conflicting, or ambiguous. Requires ombudsman to report to legislature biennially. (SD1)

 

JGO, WAM

SB 1343, SD1

(SSCR195)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO FEES AND OTHER ASSESSMENTS.

Removes administrative agencies' authority to establish fees and replaces administratively established fees with statutory fees. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

JGO, WAM

LBR

 

 

SB 690, SD1

(SSCR200)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO INTERGOVERNMENTAL MOVEMENTS.

Allows for the exchange or movement of civil service employees between the State and any county, between counties, between the federal government and the State, or between the federal government and any county; provided certain conditions are met. (SD1)

 

LBR/TIA, WAM

SB 876, SD1

(SSCR123)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Clarifies retirement date for ordinary disability retirement, payment of attorney's fees and costs in disability retirement and accidental death cases, forfeiture date for noncontributory service credit, and benefits for reemployed retirants. (SD1)

 

LBR, WAM

SB 905, SD1

(SSCR407)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES.

Transfers the Office of Community Services from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to the Department of Human Services. (SD1)

 

LBR/HMS, WAM

SB 947, SD1

(SSCR154)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT CONTRIBUTION RATES.

Intended to conform Hawaii's unemployment insurance law to federal law to ensure uniform application to all state unemployment insurance experience rating transfers for employers. (SD1)

 

LBR, WAM

SB 1664, SD1

(SSCR147)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT SECURITY.

Adds definitions relating to partial unemployment and sets out claimants' eligibility, claims filing, and registration requirements, and employers' reporting requirements for partial unemployment. (SD1)

 

LBR, WAM

PSM

 

 

SB 546, SD1

(SSCR145)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO CORRECTIONS.

Requires the department of public safety to establish a pilot program on Oahu that electronically monitors committed persons who are permitted to live and work in the community in lieu of continued incarceration. Appropriates funds. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

PSM, WAM

SB 970, SD1

(SSCR146)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO COMMITTED PERSONS' ACCOUNTS.

Amends section 353-20, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to permit the Director of Public Safety to direct the department to have one or more accounts for committed persons. Also states that the accounts are non-interest bearing and that no interest can be paid to committed persons on the individual accounts. (SD1)

 

PSM, WAM

SB 1060

(SSCR270)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO FIREWORKS.

Increases the permit fees associated with using and importing fireworks.

 

PSM, WAM

TIA

 

 

SB 1224, SD1

(SSCR321)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO AIRPORT CONCESSIONS.

Requires the department of transportation to periodically review airport concession leases. Allows the DOT to adjust the lease rent to what is reasonable and affordable for the concession. Sunsets 7/1/2014. (SD1)

 

TIA, WAM

WTL

 

 

SB 560, SD1

(SSCR120)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Establishes a task force to study the disparate treatment of native Hawaiians and other ethnic groups in the State's criminal justice system. (SD1)

 

WTL/PSM, WAM

 

 

 

CPN

 

 

SB 877, SD1

(SSCR243)

Testimony

Status

RELATING TO THE ONE CALL CENTER.

Protects Hawaii's underground infrastructure by making the One Call Center pilot program permanent. Since 2004, the Center has become the central database for utility operators, contractors, and excavators attempting to locate underground gas, electric, telecommunication, cable, water, and sewer lines. (SD1)

 

CPN, WAM

 

Decision making meeting only, no public testimony will be accepted.

 

Persons wishing to comment should submit their comments in one of the following ways:

 

         By Email: Comments may be emailed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Committee at WAMTestimony@Capitol.hawaii.gov . Please indicate the measure, date and time of the hearing. Email sent to individual offices or any other Senate office will not be accepted.

 

         By Web: Comments may be submitted online if less than 4MB in size, at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailtestimony.

 

         In person: 1 copy of their Comments to the committee clerk, Room 210, State Capitol.

 

         By fax: Comments may be faxed if less than 5 pages in length, to the Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Office at 586-6659 or 1-800-586-6659 (toll free for neighbor islands), at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. When faxing, please indicate to which committee the comments is being submitted and the date and time of the hearing.

 

FOR AMENDED HEARING NOTICES: If the notice is an amended notice, measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored. If there is a measure that is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

 

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Senator Donna Mercado Kim

Chair