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, March 25, 2013

TIME:

3:00 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 1075

(HSCR1053)

Status

RELATING TO PHYSICAL THERAPY.

Amends chapter 461J, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by mandating that physical therapists practicing in the State of Hawaii shall submit evidence of continuing competence at each renewal period.

 

HLT, CPC

SB 400, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1164)

Status

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Requires child care facilities that care for children younger than one or younger to implement and maintain safe sleep policies to prevent sudden unexpected infant deaths and sudden infant death syndrome in accordance with rules adopted by the Department of Human Services. (SB400 HB1)

 

HUS, CPC

SB 423

(HSCR1045)

Status

RELATING TO IN VITRO FERTILIZATION INSURANCE COVERAGE.

Amends references to the "American College of Obstetric and Gynecology" to "American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists".

 

HLT, CPC

SB 1073, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1211)

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requirements for dental service corporations and repeals chapters 423 and 448D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, containing superseded provisions. Effective July 1, 2112. (SB1073 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC

SB 470, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1120)

Status

RELATING TO CREDIT CARDS.

Prohibits retailers from imposing credit card surcharges in certain instances on cardholders electing to make payment by credit card. Effective January 20, 2050. (SB470 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC

SB 682, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1192)

Status

RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION.

Clarifies the authority of the county fire chiefs to examine building plans and documentation to ensure that they are in compliance with the county's adopted fire code. Requires the issuance of permits before work may begin. Effective July 1, 2013. (SB682 HD1)

 

PBS, CPC

SB 482, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1064)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Clarifies the maximum number of gallons of honey that can be sold by a certified honey house or food processing establishment without obtaining a permit from the Department of Health. Exempts from the permit requirement sales of honey directly to retail stores that in turn sell the honey directly to consumers. Requires honey producers to include certain wording on labels of each container of honey, take a food safety class, and make records available to the Department of Health. Exempts the State and counties from liability. (SB482 HD1)

 

AGR, CPC

SB 319, HD1

(HSCR1036)

Status

RELATING TO THRILL CRAFT.

Allows thrill craft to be used to conduct ocean cleanup activities. Requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to adopt rules to implement such use of thrill craft. (SB319 HD1)

 

EEP/OMH, CPC

SB 15, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1181)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Establishes a task force to examine changing the 10 percent ethanol requirement for gasoline to a locally-produced biofuels and biodiesel requirement. Establishes Biofuels Production Income Tax Credit. Repeals Ethanol Facility Tax Credit. (SB15 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

SB 987, SD1

(HSCR1155)

Status

RELATING TO IMPACT FEES.

Requires the assessment of impact fees prior to issuance of a water meter and requires that impact fees be collected in full before or upon issuance of the water meter. Effective 07/01/50. (SD1)

 

WAL, CPC

SB 19, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1184)

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Exempts landlords and lessors who install renewable energy systems on their property and provide, sell, or transmit the power generated therefrom to electric utilities and tenants or lessees on the same property from the definition of "public utility". (SB19 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

SB 1040

(HSCR1132)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC SYSTEMS.

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

 

EEP, CPC

SB 1045, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1182)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES.

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. (SB1045 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC

SB 120, SD1

(HSCR1041)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Authorizes the public utilities commission to establish a policy to implement economic incentives and cost recovery regulatory mechanisms to induce and accelerate electric utilities' cost reduction efforts, encourage greater utilization of renewable energy, accelerate the retirement of utility fossil generation, and increase investments to modernize the State's electrical grids. (SD1)

 

EEP, CPC

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Testimony should indicate:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

     The date and time of the hearing; and

     Measure number.

 

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PAPER: 3 copies (including an original) to Room 314 in the State Capitol;

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Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the website 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 586-6160 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. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Chair