HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2014

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Chris Lee

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Mark M. Nakashima

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro

Rep. Richard Creagan

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Bob McDermott

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

TIME:

2:10 PM

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2271

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Adopts revisions to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' model laws on Credit for Reinsurance Model Act, Standard Valuation Law, Standard Nonforfeiture for Life Insurance, and Insurance Holding Company System Regulatory Act.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2587

Status

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Clarifies the Public Utilities Commission's authority concerning standard administrative practices, including operational expenditures and the hiring of personnel.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2260

Status

RELATING TO UTILITIES REGULATION.

Amends portions of Hawaii's utility ratemaking laws so as to allow utilities in the State the opportunity to earn a fair return on utility property that is "used and useful" for public utility purposes.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2275

Status

RELATING TO MORTGAGE RESCUE FRAUD.

Clarifies definition of "distressed property consultant" and specifies that attorneys must be licensed by, and engaged in the practice of law in, the State of Hawaii in order to fall within the class of exceptions to the definition of "distressed property consultant".

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2485

Status

RELATING TO ASSOCIATION ALTERNATIVE POWER OF SALE FORECLOSURE PROCESS.

Clarifies the parties that a homeowners association can serve through publication, after a hearing before a judge, in a nonjudicial foreclosure proceeding.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2272

Status

RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS FOR REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS.

Authorizes criminal background checks for real estate appraisers as required by federal law.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2643

Status

RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Prohibits persons licensed pursuant to chapters 453 and 463E, HRS, from prescribing more than a thirty-day supply of certain types of drugs. Prohibits the automatic refill of certain types of drugs.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2244

Status

RELATING TO CHARITABLE SOLICITATION.

Requires certain disclosures on collection bins for donated clothing and household items by for profit and non profit organizations; clarifies registration requirement for Hawaii domiciled charitable organizations and by nonprofits covered by an IRS Group Exemption Ruling; authorizes the Attorney General to require electronic financial reporting by professional solicitors, imposes a late fee for late financial reports by professional solicitors; clarifies that commercial co-venturers must provide a final accounting within thirty days; clarifies exemptions from registration requirements; and makes other technical and housekeeping amendments to chapter 467B, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2245

Status

RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF CHARITABLE ASSETS.

Enacts section 3 of the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act that provides that the Attorney General has charitable oversight over charitable assets regardless of the form in which they are held; authorizes the Attorney General to enforce the application of the charitable asset and prevent or remedy breaches of fiduciary or other duty or the diversion or waste of a charitable assets.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2332

Status

RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.

Updates Chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), to make it consistent with amendments in federal law on controlled substances. Amends sections 329-14 and 329-20, HRS, to add new controlled substances federally scheduled as required under section 329-11, HRS.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2484

Status

RELATING TO LIQUOR LICENSE CLASSES.

Removes requirement that a class 14 brewpub licensee manufacture not more than thirty thousand barrels of malt beverages on the licensee's premises during the license year. Establishes a new class 18 liquor license class for small craft producer pubs. Makes conforming amendments relating to liquor license classes.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2483

Status

RELATING TO LIQUOR TAX LAW.

Defines "barrel", "small brewery or brewpub", "small winery", and "small manufacturer". Establishes a tax rate of 23 cents per wine gallon on draft beer and beer other than draft beer that are brewed or produced by a small brewery or brewpub. Establishes a tax rate of 59 cents per wine gallon on still wine and sparkling wine produced by a small winery. Establishes a tax rate of $2.57 per wine gallon on distilled spirits produced by a small manufacturer.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2403

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Requires an insurer in a first party insurance claim to pay the claimant a fair amount within thirty days of a demand for payment of insurance benefits.

 

CPC, JUD

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony no later than 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.

 

While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing. Those wishing to provide oral testimony will be limited to two minutes.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 20 copies (including an original) to Room 314 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-8437 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web); or

WEB: For testimony less than 10MB in size, transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.

 

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