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

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

TIME:

2:00 pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 1840, HD1

(HSCR52-12)

Status

RELATING TO STATE-OWNED BANK.

Establishes a task force to review, investigate, and study the feasibility and cost of establishing a state-owned bank. Requires a report to the Legislature. Effective July 1, 2112. (HB1840 HD1)

 

ERB, CPC, FIN

HB 2380, HD1

(HSCR61-12)

Status

RELATING TO SHIPPING.

Establishes a working group to explore options for reducing the shipping time and costs for transporting goods from Molokai and Lanai to Oahu. Effective July 1, 2057. (HB2380 HD1)

 

TRN/ERB, CPC, FIN

HB 1945, HD1

(HSCR63-12)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Authorizes public utilities to propose preferential rates for public utility services provided to ratepayers engaged in agricultural activities in agricultural districts. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB1945 HD1)

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 2490, HD1

(HSCR66-12)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC UTILITIES.

Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to allow electric utility companies to recover power purchase costs and costs arising from power purchase agreements that have been approved by the public utilities commission through an adjustable surcharge, thus mitigating associated imputed debt or debt equivalence. Effective July 1, 2012. (HB2490 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2525, HD1

(HSCR65-12)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRICITY.

Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to develop, adopt, and enforce reliability standards for electric systems, and to oversee electric grid access; authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to contract for the performance of related duties with a party to be designated as the Hawaii Electricity Reliability Administrator. Effective July 1, 2012. (HB2525 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2035, HD1

(HSCR73-12)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

Prohibits an insurer from requiring a doctor's referral for covered annual screening mammograms. Effective July 1, 2012. (HB2035 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1736, HD1

(HSCR72-12)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE.

Specifies that the Hawaii Health Connector shall establish a separate program and risk pool to serve the individual market and a separate program and risk pool to serve the small group market. Establishes staggered terms for board members. Clarifies qualifications of and restrictions on navigators. Clarifies the role of the Department of Human Services in determining medicaid eligibility. Effective July 1, 2012. (HB1736 HD1)

 

HLT, 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: 2 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 10MB in size, transmit from 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.

 

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