THE SENATE
THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2013

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Senator David Y. Ige, Chair
Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Vice-Chair

MEASURES DEFERRED TO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

DATE:

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

TIME:

9:00 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 211
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

HB2
(SSCR925)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
Requests the executive office on aging of the department of health to conduct an education and awareness campaign on long term care and have the campaign independently evaluated. Appropriates funds.

HMS, WAM

HB656 SD1
(SSCR924)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATIVE UNIFORMITY.
Establishes the health care transformation program within the office of the Governor. Requires a progress and final report to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Sessions of 2014 and 2015, respectively. Effective July 1, 2013. (SD1)

HTH/CPN, WAM

HB775 SD1
(SSCR962)

Status and Testimony

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.
Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, and its employees. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB919
(SSCR959)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO STATE EMPLOYMENT.
Clarifies exemptions from civil service for federally funded work experience programs and temporary public service employment; allows persons with criminal conviction of a controlled-substance-related offense to participate in such programs provided reasonable safeguards are in place.

JDL, WAM

HB921
(SSCR961)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS APPEALS BOARD.
Affirms the authority of the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board to issue orders or take other appropriate action to enforce its rules and orders and allows parties to electronically file appeals to the appellate court.

JDL, WAM

HB924 SD1
(SSCR963)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
Requires the Hawaii labor relations board to provide written notice of a hearing to all parties by first class mail at least fifteen days before the scheduled hearing. Makes housekeeping amendments to the law relating to the scope of negotiations between the public employer and the exclusive representative to conform to existing law. Effective 07/01/50. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB925
(SSCR960)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY APPEALS REFEREE'S OFFICE.
Modifies the notice period for unemployment appeal hearings from fifteen days to twelve days and authorizes notices and correspondence to be sent electronically in lieu of notice by mail.

JDL, WAM

HB927
(SSCR954)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING FUND.
Strengthens the use of the Employment and Training Fund to assist local small businesses through training programs identified in the State's economic development strategy as identified by the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism and local Workforce Investment Boards.

JDL, WAM

HB1412 SD1
(SSCR945)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Requires DLNR to accommodate mooring of native Hawaiian canoes owned by nonprofit entities and used for educational purposes in small boat harbors. (SD1)

WTL/THA, WAM

HB487 SD1
(SSCR971)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Expands livestock feed subsidy to include feed for goats, sheep, lambs, fish and crustaceans. Creates a subsidy for qualified feed developers. Appropriates funds. Authorizes the DOA to dispose of lands to and negotiate and enter into leases with the ADC. Exempts non-agricultural park lands disposed of to the ADC from section 166E-8(b)(2) and (5), HRS. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

AGL, WAM

HB747 SD1
(SSCR973)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.
Leaves unspecified the agribusiness development corporation's limit on investments in qualified securities of any one enterprise. Makes an appropriation for the agribusiness development corporation to purchase agricultural land. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

AGL, WAM

HB1263 SD1
(SSCR933)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO IRRIGATION.
Appropriates funds and authorizes the Director of Finance to issue general obligation bonds to finance improvements to various irrigation systems. Effective July 1, 2030. (SD1)

AGL/WTL, WAM

HB144 SD1
(SSCR927)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYER ORGANIZATIONS.
Repeals chapter 373K, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Clarifies professional employer organization responsibilities with respect to meeting the statutory requirements of the repealed chapter 373K, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and the nexus between the registration of professional employer organizations and qualification for the state general excise tax exemption. Requires professional employer organizations to obtain a bond, or a letter of credit equivalent to the required bond amount, on a sliding scale that is based on total payroll amount. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

CPN, WAM

HB841 SD1
(SSCR894)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO INSURANCE.
Updates the Insurance Code by streamlining and improving the operations of the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and ensuring that the Insurance Division retains its accreditation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. (SD1)

CPN, WAM

HB865 SD1
(SSCR928)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL REDEVELOPMENT.
Establishes a three-year pilot program to generate revenue through the lease of public school lands for public purposes. Establishes the school facilities special fund within chapter 302A, HRS. Repeals the schools facilities special fund in chapter 171C, HRS. Requires the lieutenant governor to submit a report to the legislature. Makes an appropriation for the pilot program. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

EDU, WAM

HB120 SD1
(SSCR900)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO HEALTH.
Requires the department of health to post on its website reports of all inspections at state-licensed care facilities occurring on or after 1/1/15; provided that any report that includes a violation be removed from the website after three years. Establishes a working group to develop a new inspection form to be posted online with information that is fair to the care home operators and useful to the public. Appropriates funds for equipment, website and database development, and staff support. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

HMS/HTH, WAM

HB385 HD2
(SSCR918)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.
Establishes a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit. Requires the Department of Human Services to offer financial education to applicants for and recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Appropriates funds. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB385 HD2)

HMS, WAM

HB1119 HD1
(SSCR919)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.
Appropriates unspecified amounts of funds to the HPHA to leverage funds for the redevelopment of the Mayor Wright homes. Requires dollar-for-dollar matching with private or federal funds before appropriations may be expended. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB1119 HD1)

HMS, WAM

HB1430 SD1
(SSCR923)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.
Appropriates funds to establish and operate a comprehensive service center for deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind individuals. Effective July 1, 2030. (SD1)

HMS, WAM

HB395 SD1
(SSCR930)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO YOUTH.
Requires the Office of Youth Services to coordinate a Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program to coordinate a network that youth may access for safety and where they may obtain advice, guidance, programs, and services. Appropriates funds. Provides that in awarding custody and visitation of a minor child, the court shall consider the preference that custody be awarded to both parents to ensure maximum continuing physical, emotional, and meaningful contact with both parents. Effective July 1, 2030. (SD1)

HMS, WAM

HB546 SD1
(SSCR964)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.
Establishes the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund task force within the department of budget and finance to examine the unfunded liability of the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund. Makes an appropriation for the task force. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB696 HD1
(SSCR958)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.
Authorizes the payment of an allowance for expenses to a lieutenant governor whose legal residence is on an island other than Oahu who is required to remain away from the island of the lieutenant governor's legal residence but within the State overnight or longer while on official business. (HB696 HD1)

JDL, WAM

HB833 HD1
(SSCR955)

Status and Testimony

MAKING EMERGENCY APPROPRIATIONS FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COST ITEMS.
Provides fund authorizations and appropriations for all collective bargaining cost items for salary increases and other wage related costs in the arbitrated settlement for Unit (10) and its excluded counterparts for fiscal biennium 2011-2013. (HB833 HD1)

JDL, WAM

HB928 SD1
(SSCR968)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO CERTAIN FUNDS UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.
Clarifies the classification of certain special funds under the department of labor and industrial relations as trust funds as recommended by the legislative auditor. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB218 SD1
(SSCR944)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE CORRECTIONS POPULATION MANAGEMENT COMMISSION.
Adds the OHA administrator and a member of the public, who is knowledgeable about issues relating to the criminal justice system and has substantial experience or expertise in traditional Native Hawaiian practices, to the corrections population management commission. (SD1)

PSM/THA, WAM

HB527 HD1
(SSCR940)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO UNIFORM MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE.
Repeals the uniform maintenance allowance for enlisted personnel of the Hawaii National Guard. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB527 HD1)

PSM, WAM

HB1103 SD1
(SSCR942)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO IMPACT FEES.
Requires the assessment and collection of impact fees prior to the issuance of a water meter and requires that impact fees be collected in full before or upon issuance of the water meter. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

PSM, WAM

HB1136 HD2
(SSCR939)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO CIVIL AIR PATROL.
Appropriates unspecified sums to the DOD for the civil air patrol. Effective 07/01/2050. (HD2)

PSM, WAM

HB977 SD1
(SSCR947)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.
Conforms state law to the most recent federal regulations to ensure that the Hawaii laws parallel the federal regulations relating to commercial driver licensing. Effective July 1, 2013. (SD1)

TIA/PSM, WAM

HB980 SD1
(SSCR948)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY.
Prohibits the use of mobile electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle in the State and establishes monetary penalties. Effective July 1, 2013. (SD1)

TIA/JDL, WAM

HB266 SD1
(SSCR998)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO LANGUAGE ACCESS.
Establishes and provides appropriations for a Statewide Language Access Resource Center and Multilingual Website Pilot Project to be administered by the Office of Language Access. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

HMS, WAM

HB378 SD1
(SSCR982)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO BEACH NOURISHMENT.
Appropriates an unspecified amount of funds for the environmental impact statement associated with the planned beach nourishment project at Kaanapali beach on the island of Maui; provided that no funds shall be expended unless matched dollar-for-dollar with private funds. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

THA/WTL, WAM

HB800 SD1
(SSCR976)

Status and Testimony

MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM FROM THE ENERGY SECURITY SPECIAL FUND.
Makes an emergency appropriation in an unspecified amount from the Energy Security Special Fund to staff and support the Hawaii Refinery Task Force. (SD1)

EGH/ENE, WAM

HB1068 SD1
(SSCR1010)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
Requires certain establishments to post in a conspicuous place a poster that provides specified information relating to human trafficking and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. Establishes penalties for violations of the poster requirement. Allows the department of labor and industrial relations to obtain assistance from other state or county agencies for the purposes of implementing and enforcing this Act. (SD1)

HMS/JDL, WAM

HB1137 SD1
(SSCR1009)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO FAMILY COURT.
Clarifies the appointment requirements and qualifications for child custody evaluators. Requires the Judiciary to establish a referral process regarding a child custody evaluator appointed by the court. (SD1)

HMS/JDL, WAM

HB1130 SD1
(SSCR988)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
Makes the five regional chief executive officers on the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) Board, ex-officio, nonvoting members. Adds five regional system board members appointed by the governor to serve as voting members on the HHSC Board. (SD1)

HTH, WAM

HB1483 SD1
(SSCR987)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.
Establishes a task force to study, among other things, the feasibility of allowing the operations of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation regional systems and their facilities to transition to public-private partnership status. Requires report to the Legislature prior to the 2014 Regular Session. Task force ceases to exist on June 30, 2015. (SD1)

HTH, WAM

HB808 HD1
(SSCR1011)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Amends provisions governing the public employee pension and retirement system, to preserve the tax-qualified status of the Employees' Retirement System and to clarify the application of chapter 88 to civil unions. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB808 HD1)

JDL, WAM

HB358 HD1
(SSCR996)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO VIDEOCONFERENCING.
Requires both chambers of the Legislature to implement rules to enable the Legislature to receive live oral testimony from the neighbor islands through audio or audiovisual technology. Requires each chamber to seek out agency sites that have audio or audiovisual capability that could be used for live testimony. Appropriates funds to establish audiovisual systems throughout the State. (HB358 HD1)

TEC, WAM

HB762 HD2
(SSCR997)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO WASHINGTON PLACE.
Designates the Department of Accounting and General Services as the entity responsible for management and operations of Washington Place and establishes a trust fund for its operations. Effective 7/1/2030. (HD2)

TEC, WAM

HB726 SD1
(SSCR977)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Extends the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit from 01/01/2016 to 01/01/2023. Increases the credit ceiling to $12,000,000 per qualified production. Changes the credit amount from 15% to an unspecified amount in a county with a population over 700,000, and from 20% to an unspecified amount in a county with a population of 700,000 or less. Creates a tax credit for media infrastructure projects in West Oahu or the most populous island in a county with a population of 100,000 to 175,000, from 07/01/13 to 01/01/16. Provides for recapture of the media infrastructure project tax credit. Establishes a special fund for management of media infrastructure project tax credits and related programs. Requires analysis and reporting by DOTAX on the effectiveness of the media infrastructure project tax credit. Effective 07/01/2050. (SD1)

EGH/TEC, WAM

HB858 HD1
(SSCR978)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HI GROWTH INITIATIVE.
Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation for the HI Growth Initiative, an investment program to develop an ecosystem to support high-growth entrepreneurial companies in the State. Appropriation. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB858 HD1)

EGH, WAM

HB899 SD1
(SSCR981)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO RECYCLING.
Restores the exemption from the central services fee deduction for the deposit beverage container deposit special fund. (SD1)

ENE, WAM

HB903 SD1
(SSCR1031)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO WATER POLLUTION.
Establishes a separate Water Pollution Control account and authorizes the Director of Health to prescribe fees to help fund the operations of the Department of Health in managing pollution from nonpoint sources and individual wastewater systems. (SD1)

ENE/HTH, WAM

HB1149 SD1
(SSCR1018)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO WIND ENERGY FACILITIES.
Requires a wind energy facility owner to be responsible for facility decommissioning and to provide evidence of financial security unless the owner has an existing lease or other agreement that provides for decommissioning. (SD1)

ENE/CPN, WAM

HB1 SD1
(SSCR1004)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO LONG TERM CARE.
Requires the Director of the Executive Office on Aging to contract for the performance of a feasibility study and an actuarial analysis for a limited, mandatory, public long term care insurance program for the State's working population. Appropriates funds. Effective July 1, 2030. (SD1)

HMS/CPN, WAM

HB536 SD1
(SSCR950)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO PUBLIC HOUSING.
Authorizes the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to disqualify any applicant or tenant from state low-income housing if the applicant, tenant, or a household member owns or acquires a home within the State. Effective July 1, 2030. (SD1)

HMS, WAM

HB888 SD1
(SSCR1008)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY ON PUBLIC HOUSING PROPERTIES.
Establishes a process whereby the Hawaii Public Housing Authority may dispose of abandoned or seized property that it has acquired on state low-income housing projects. (SD1)

HMS/JDL, WAM

HB1392 HD1
(SSCR1019)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE PRESERVATION OF HAWAII'S MOVING IMAGES.
Appropriates funds for the Uluulu: The Henry Kuualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaii to support the activities of the moving image archive. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB1392 HD1)

HRE/TEC, WAM

HB908 HD2
(SSCR990)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOME VISITING PROGRAM.
Establishes the Hawaii Home Visiting Program, a statewide hospital-based early identification and home visiting system. Appropriates funds. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB908 HD2)

HTH, WAM

HB321 SD1
(SSCR1012)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO ELECTIONS.
Provides a process for voter registration at absentee polling places. Effective 07/01/50. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB805 SD1
(SSCR1013)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO FEDERAL TAX QUALIFICATION OF THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Amends the employees' retirement system laws to comply with Internal Revenue Code requirements and vesting rules in order to maintain the system's status as a tax-qualified retirement plan. Effective 07/01/30. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB918 SD1
(SSCR967)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING FUND.
Allows employment and training fund moneys collected for the purpose of paying interest assessments on loans to the unemployment trust fund to be used for a period of one year for costs to administer, manage, report, and oversee Title I programs funded under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB1147 SD1
(SSCR1014)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.
Requires noncandidate committees to identify certain top contributors in advertisements. Amends reporting requirements for persons and organizations. Repeals section requiring reporting by corporations. Effective 11/05/14. (SD1)

JDL, WAM

HB1419 HD2
(SSCR1046)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS.
Appropriates an unspecified amount in general funds to PISCES. Requires report to the Legislature by September 1, 2013. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB1419 HD2)

PSM/EGH, WAM

HB1328 SD1
(SSCR1039)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE KAHOOLAWE ISLAND RESERVE.
Makes permanent the exemption for the procurement of food or fuel products necessary for the Kahoolawe island reserve commission. Effective June 30, 2013. (SD1)

WTL/EGH, WAM

HB1396 SD1
(SSCR1041)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE JAPANESE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN HAWAII.
Appropriates funds for the planning, design, and construction of the Nisei Veterans Legacy Center and a Honouliuli Internment Camp Educational Center, subject to matching funds. Requires reports to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2014. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

TEC/WTL, WAM

No testimony will be accepted.

FOR AMENDED NOTICES: Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored. If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

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