HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2011

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Robert N. Herkes, Chair

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Blake K. Oshiro

Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Corinne W.L. Ching

Rep. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Sylvia Luke

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Monday, March 21, 2011

TIME:

2:00 pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 298, SD3, HD1

(HSCR992)

Status

RELATING TO BUSINESS REGULATION.

Establishes an organizational and regulatory framework for sustainable benefits corporations. Effective July 1, 2112. (SB298 HD1)

 

ERB, CPC, FIN

SB 1161, SD1, HD1

(HSCR990)

Status

RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Exempts certain broadband infrastructure improvements from state and county permitting requirements. Exempts a person or entity from any requirement to upgrade or replace existing utility poles when using that pole to install new or improve existing telecommunications cables, under certain conditions. Establishes requirements for utilities in cases where access to a utility pole is denied. Effective July 1, 2112. (SB1161 HD1)

 

ERB, CPC, FIN

SB 1506, SD2, HD1

(HSCR979)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Establishes the Childhood Obesity Pilot Program and requires insurers to cover childhood obesity as a billable provider visit for services rendered by participating health care providers. Requires the Department of Health to work with Hawaii Primary Care Association to develop parameters and implementation guidelines for the program. Requires the Childhood Obesity Pilot Program provider participants to submit a report to the Department of Health and the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the 2015 Regular Session. Effective July 1, 2040. (SB1506 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 591, SD2, HD1

(HSCR984)

Status

RELATING TO PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANIES.

Requires registration of and regulates practices of pharmacy benefit management companies. Effective July 1, 2050. (SB591 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 1453, SD2, HD1

(HSCR977)

Status

RELATING TO PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.

Authorizes a working group composed of stakeholders and convened by the Healthcare Association of Hawaii to consider issues relating to prior authorization for prescription medication and to make recommendations for future legislation. Effective July 1, 2050. (SB1453 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 1348, SD2, HD1

(HSCR976)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE.

Establishes the Hawaii health connector to create a health insurance exchange pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010; creates Hawaii Health Insurance Exchange Council under a board of directors; creates board of directors; creates task force to recommend policies and procedures to implement the governance of the health insurance exchange. Effective July 1, 2040. (SB1348 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

DECISION MAKING ONLY

 

The following measures were heard on Monday, March 14, 2011. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

SB 99, SD2

(SSCR756)

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Establishes notice and fact-finding requirements for the issuance of certificates of public convenience and necessity for water carriers; expands the composition of the PUC to five members with a representative from each county plus one at-large member; creates specialized subject-matter panels within the PUC; mandates the hiring of sufficient staff; creates the position of executive officer; requires electronic posting of information in connection with applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity; bars interim or temporary orders for certificates of public convenience and necessity except in state-declared emergencies. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD2)

 

CPC, FIN

SB 154, SD1

(SSCR550)

Status

RELATING TO BROKER PRICE OPINIONS.

Permits a licensed real estate broker or real estate sales person to prepare broker price opinions for use in real estate transactions where an appraisal is not required by law or otherwise; clarifies that recovery from the real estate recovery fund is not available for complaints regarding broker price opinions. (SD1)

 

CPC, JUD

 

 

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 (including an original) to Room 320 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-8404 (for Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islanders without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web);

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

WEB: For comments less than 4MB in size, transmit from the Web page at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailtestimony.

 

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 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