HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2013

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Chris Lee

Rep. Rida T.R. Cabanilla

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Mele Carroll

Rep. Bob McDermott

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Sharon E. Har

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Monday, February 25, 2013

TIME:

2:30 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 453, HD1

(HSCR450)

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Excludes from the definition of "public utility", persons who install renewable energy systems on their property and provide, sell, or transmit the power therefrom to an electric utility or lessee/tenant of the property. (HB453 HD1)

 

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1405, HD1

(HSCR462)

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Requires the public utilities commission to include a summary of the power purchase agreements in effect during the fiscal year in its annual report to the Governor. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB1405 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

HB 810, HD1

(HSCR240)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC SYSTEMS.

Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to consider the value of implementing advanced grid modernization technology in the State. (HB810 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

HB 813

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRICITY PRODUCERS.

Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to examine all documents and other information and data deemed necessary for the review of power purchase agreements before the Commission, including financial records, projections, cost reports, and other material of third-party electricity producers seeking to sell power to a public utility under a power purchase agreement.

 

CPC

HB 815, HD1

(HSCR282)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.

Directs the Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Consumer Advocacy to specifically consider the ownership structure and interests of an electric cooperative; and authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to waive or exempt an electric cooperative operating in the State from compliance with the provisions of chapter 269, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as well as any other applicable charters, franchises, rules, decisions, orders, or any other laws. (HB815 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

HB 1256

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Changes net-metering compensation system for consumers that generate electricity that is fed onto the grid by providing for feed-in tariff for electricity sold to the electric utility and retail rate for electricity supplied to customer-generators. Effective July 1, 2013.

 

CPC

HB 656, HD1

(HSCR370)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATIVE UNIFORMITY.

Exempts collaboration among health care and insurance providers and government agencies to adopt uniform administrative procedures from state antitrust laws under specified conditions. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB656 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 1098

(HSCR53)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH EDUCATION.

Requires the Auditor to conduct a sunrise analysis of the regulation of health educators. Effective July 1, 2013.

 

HLT, CPC

HB 79, HD1

(HSCR501)

Status

RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.

Changes the degree requirement for advanced practice registered nurse recognition from a master's degree in nursing to a graduate degree in nursing. (HB79 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 654, HD1

(HSCR502)

Status

RELATING TO NURSING.

Requires the department of commerce and consumer affairs professional and vocational licensing division to collaborate with the center for nursing to enable the center to obtain nursing-related data. Provides that the workforce data may be obtained through online survey or other means. (HB654 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 847, HD1

(HSCR151)

Status

RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO IMPROVE PATIENT SAFETY.

Authorizes the Hawaii Medical Board to summarily suspend a license and order a licensee to submit to a physical and mental examination under specific circumstances. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB847 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 1482, HD1

(HSCR372)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires the department of health to classify and recognize qualified hospitals and health care facilities that provide care to stroke patients. Allows hospitals and health care facilities to publicly advertise their recognition. Requires hospitals and health care facilities to report data to the department. Requires the department to create guidelines for pre-hospital stroke-triage assessment and maintain a statewide stroke database. Takes effect on July 1, 2050. (HB1482 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 999, HD1

(HSCR351)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Clarifies requirements for reinsurance credits for risk retention groups. Requires assessment and reporting of risk retention groups to determine compliance with this Act. Effective 07/01/13. (HD1)

 

CPC

HB 842, HD1

(HSCR371)

Status

RELATING TO DENTAL SERVICE CORPORATIONS.

Establishes licensing and financial solvency requirements for dental service corporations and repeals chapters 423 and 448D, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB842 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

HB 1189, HD1

(HSCR469)

Status

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Clarifies the prohibition on the modification of the exhaust system of a moped that amplifies or increases the noise emitted by the muffler originally installed on the moped. Effective January 1, 2014. (HB1189 HD1)

 

TRN, CPC

HB 1126, HD1

(HSCR278)

Status

RELATING TO ADVERTISING AND MARKETING.

Requires beers sold or distributed in the State whose labels convey the impression that the beers were produced in Hawaii to indicate otherwise if not produced in the State. Effective January 20, 2020. (HB1126 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC

HB 1314

(HSCR281)

Status

RELATING TO LIQUOR.

Establishes new class of Liquor Commission licensees for distillery pubs.

 

EDB, CPC

HB 457

Status

RELATING TO ACT 326, SESSION LAWS OF HAWAII 2012, REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

Requires any operator of a transient accommodation to furnish "relevant information" concerning the operator. Modifies the duties of nongovernment entities regarding "relevant information" pertaining to operators of transient accommodations.

 

CPC

HB 846, HD1

(HSCR516)

Status

RELATING TO THE OWNER-BUILDER EXEMPTION.

Sets forth specific responsibilities of and protections for owner-builders exempted under contractor licensing laws. Establishes a filing fee to fund the processing of applications and field investigations regarding the owner-builder scheme. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB846 HD1)

 

WAL/AGR, CPC

HB 671

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Prohibits a general engineering and general building contractor from doing any work that requires it to act as a specialty contractor in an area the general contractor is not licensed to operate.

 

CPC

HB 695

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRICIANS AND CONTRACTORS.

Exempts out-of-state electricians performing high-voltage electrical work for a public utility from licensing laws for electricians and from quotas governing contractors on construction sites who employ individuals performing electrical work.

 

CPC

HB 1154

Status

RELATING TO PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.

Authorizes the board of electricians and plumbers to regulate plumber air conditioning and refrigeration pipefitters and plumber fire sprinkler pipefitters. Redefines "master plumber." Excludes certain work from the owner-builder licensing exemption. Increases the percentage of licensed individuals on a job necessary to perform certain work. Effective 07/01/2015.

 

CPC

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Chair