HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2012

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Robert N. Herkes, Chair

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Denny Coffman

Rep. Corinne W.L. Ching

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Sylvia Luke

 

 

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Chair

Rep. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla

Rep. Joseph M. Souki

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Denny Coffman

Rep. George R. Fontaine

Rep. Robert N. Herkes

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Sylvia Luke

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

TIME:

2:00pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2107

Status

RELATING TO COPPER REDEMPTION.

Requires that scrap metal dealers only purchase copper from licensed contractors.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 2033

Status

RELATING TO MORTGAGE COLLECTIONS.

Prohibits mortgage collection firms from certain acts, such as knowingly breaching a bona fide mortgage modification agreement. Provides penalties.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 2018

Status

RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.

Repeals the provision automatically making all violations of the mortgage foreclosure law an unfair or deceptive act or practice, in favor of determinations made on a case-by-case basis. Establishes a time limit for filing actions to void title transfers of foreclosed property. Specifies a mortgagor's right to claim that a violation of the mortgage foreclosure law constitutes an unfair or deceptive act or practice. Provides that a mortgagee's failure to demonstrate rights of a holder in due course is prima facie evidence of an unfair or deceptive act or practice. Following the expiration of the mortgage foreclosure dispute resolution program in 2014, specifies certain foreclosure violations as unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and limits the types of violations that may void a title transfer of foreclosed property.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 2019

Status

RELATING TO MORTGAGES.

Prohibits deficiency judgments to recover the remaining balance on mortgage loans for certain residential property sold in a foreclosure action or short sale.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 2020

Status

RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURES.

Repeals part I of chapter 667, HRS, relating to foreclosure by action or foreclosure by power of sale.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 1875

Status

RELATING TO FORECLOSURES.

Implements the 2011 recommendations of the mortgage foreclosure task force to address various issues relating to the mortgage foreclosures law and related issues affecting homeowner association liens and the collection of unpaid assessments.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

HB 1881

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Requires that an economic impact analysis be submitted with any application to the PUC that has a fiscal impact. Allows for submission of analyses in contravention and rebuttal of the original. Requires the PUC to provide a final analysis with any decision and order. Establishes requirements for the analysis.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 1882

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Increases the membership of the public utilities commission from three to five; temporarily creates two subject matter panels within the public utilities commission; authorizes the employment of an executive officer; provides for transition to five-member composition; requires report to the legislature on panel structure; makes appropriation from the public utilities commission special fund.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 1868

Status

RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Limits to retail basic exchange services the services for which a telecommunications carrier must obtain approval from the PUC to charge a rate higher than the filed tariff rate.

 

CPC

HB 1879

Status

RELATING TO THE ONE CALL CENTER.

Repeals the June 30, 2012, sunset provision in section 5 of Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, which makes permanent the exclusion of pest control operators' activities from the definition of "excavation".

 

CPC, FIN

 

 

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: 3 copies (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/submittestimony.aspx.

 

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.

 

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Rep. Gilbert Keith-Agaran

Chair

 

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Rep. Robert N. Herkes

Chair