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:

Monday, February 10, 2014

TIME:

2:45 PM

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A M E N D E D A G E N D A

 

The following measure(s) has been ADDED to the agenda: HB1878

 

HB 1943, HD1

(HSCR211-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE MODERNIZATION OF THE HAWAII ELECTRIC SYSTEM.

Requires the public utilities commission to adopt rules for improved accessibility to connect to the Hawaii electric system. Requires the commission to initiate a proceeding no later than July 1, 2014, to discuss upgrades to the Hawaii electric system for anticipated growth of customer generation. Appropriates funds to cover costs of the proceeding. (HB1943 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2618, HD1

(HSCR226-14)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE.

Establishes an income tax credit for each grid-connected energy storage property that is installed and placed in service in the State during the taxable year beginning December 31, 2014; provided that this tax credit shall not be available for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2025. The tax credit may be claimed as either an investment credit or utilization credit. Effective July 1, 2014. (HB2618 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1878

Status

RELATING TO INTERCONNECTION FEES.

Requires the PUC to create an interconnection fee schedule for solar energy generating facilities that provides reduced fees for facilities that have a battery back-up system.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 1999, HD1

(HSCR210-14)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRIC UTILITIES.

Establishes the Legislative Utility Oversight Task Force to review franchises held by investor-owned electric utilities. Requires a report to the Legislature, commencing in 2015 and every five years thereafter. Effective July 4, 2014. (HB1999 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1940

Status

RELATING TO SOLAR ENERGY DEVICES.

Requires award of reasonable attorney's fees and costs to prevailing plaintiff in action against condominium association for preventing solar energy device installation. If common element roof is covered by roof warranty, requires warranty from solar contractor for roof penetration needed for solar energy device installation.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2147, HD1

(HSCR78-14)

Status

RELATING TO CONCESSIONS.

Exempts the airport operation of concessions for wireless and communication services and for advertising from the public concession bidding process. (HB2147 HD1)

 

TRN, CPC

HB 2447

Status

RELATING TO CHECK CASHING.

Requires check cashers to provide specific additional information relating to deferred deposit transactions. Limits the cumulative fees charged by check cashers. Requires or authorizes specific types of payment plans with customers. Removes retailers from the exemption to the check cashing law.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2261

Status

RELATING TO THE ONE CALL CENTER.

Allows for more flexible use of the State's One Call Center funding collected from civil penalties by amending section 269E‑6(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2497

Status

RELATING TO LIABILITY.

Eliminates corporate successor liability except under specified conditions.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 2400

(HSCR109-14)

Status

RELATING TO TEMPORARY DISABILITY BENEFITS.

Provides temporary disability benefits to employees who suffer disabilities as a result of donating organs.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 1961, HD1

(HSCR173-14)

Status

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires independent medical examinations and permanent impairment rating examinations for workers' compensation claims to be performed by physicians mutually agreed upon by employers and employees. Allows for the use of an out-of-state physician under certain conditions. Repeals on June 30, 2018. (HB1961 HD1)

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

HB 2052

(HSCR72-14)

Status

RELATING TO PROVIDER ORDERS FOR LIFE-SUSTAINING TREATMENT.

Increases access to POLST by updating references from "physician orders for life-sustaining treatment" to "provider orders for life-sustaining treatment" throughout chapter 327K, HRS; expanding health care provider signatory authority to include advanced practice registered nurses; and correcting inconsistencies over terms used to describe who may sign a POLST form on behalf of a patient.

 

HLT, CPC, JUD

HB 2224, HD1

(HSCR238-14)

Status

RELATING TO GROUP HOMES.

Establishes a registry for clean and sober homes within the Department of Health. Appropriates funds. Amends the county zoning statute to better align functions of state and county jurisdictions to comply with federal law. Excludes clean and sober homes from the Residential Landlord-Tenant Code. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB2224 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1633

Status

RELATING TO THE STATE BUILDING CODE.

Modifies the composition of the Hawaii state building code council. Requires the council to report annually to the governor on its activities. Allows for the staggering of the code adoption time frame. Defines and clarifies terminology. Requires that the Hawaii state building codes do not conflict with the laws governing building contractors. Appropriates funds for FY 2014-2015 for the operations of the council.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 1726

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Amends the corporation income tax by taxing real estate investment trusts without regard to the federal deduction for dividends paid.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 772

(HSCR147-14)

Status

RELATING TO LAND USE.

Allows for overnight accommodations for bona fide farming operations. Defines bona fide farming operations.

 

AGR/TOU, CPC, FIN

HB 2487

Proposed HD1

Status

RELATING TO LIQUOR.

Proposed HD1: Places the county liquor commissions and county liquor control adjudication boards under the offices of the respective mayors of the counties. Deposits revenues into county general funds. Requires approval from the mayors for expenditures. Requires itemization of costs and expenditures in reports to the mayor. Effective July, 1 2016.

 

CPC, FIN

Copies of the proposed HD1 are available in room 320 and on the Legislature's Web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

 

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.

 

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Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Chair