HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2014

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi

Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Kaniela Ing

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Jo Jordan

Rep. Justin H. Woodson

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Rep. Dee Morikawa

Rep. Gene Ward

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TIME:

11:15 A.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A #  2

 

HB 2581, HD2

(HSCR521-14)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Establishes and appropriates funds for the state innovation waiver task force to develop a plan for applying for a state innovation waiver under the PPACA.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

 

CPC, FIN

HB 2277, HD1

(HSCR476-14)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH CARE TRANSFORMATION.

Establishes the Office of Health Care Transformation within the State Health Planning and Development Agency, and changes the agency's name to the Hawaii Health Care Planning and Policy Authority.  Establishes the Health Care Transformation Special Fund.  Extends from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2017, the Health Care Transformation Program, which is temporarily placed within the Office of the Governor, and effective July 1, 2017, transfers the Health Care Transformation Program to the Hawaii Health Care Planning and Policy Authority.  Appropriates funds.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 2525, HD2

(HSCR483-14)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE RATES.

Requires individual health insurance plans and small group plans to establish rates based upon community rating.  Creates a temporary premium subsidy program to offset certain rate increases for qualified plans purchased through the Hawaii Health Connector.  Effective 07/01/2112.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 2529, HD2

(HSCR526-14)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Reduces the membership of the Connector board of directors from fifteen to twelve members and changes the composition and voting status of the board.  Creates the consumer, patient, business, and health care advisory group; health insurers advisory group; and the insurance producers advisory group to advise the Connector board of directors.  Creates the Connector legislative oversight committee to review the financial and operational plans of the Connector.  Establishes a sustainability fee to support operations of the Connector and establishes a special fund.  Effective 07/01/2112.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 2370

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Amends section 231-27, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to require that a partial payment of taxes be credited in equal amounts to interest, penalties, and principal.

 

FIN

HB 2371, HD1

(HSCR533-14)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Amends the amount and threshold of the refundable food/excise tax credit and income tax credit for low-income household renters.  Creates a new low-income tax credit and earned income tax credit.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

HUS, FIN

HB 2293, HD1

(HSCR360-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Continues the Hospital Sustainability Program by extending the sunset date of the Act to June 30, 2015, updating the referral dates in the statute, and revising the funding amount for the Hospital Sustainability Program for fiscal year 2014-2015.  Exempts the Hospital Sustainability Program Special Fund from the central service assessment.  Effective June 29, 2014.

 

HUS/HLT, FIN

HB 2177, HD1

(HSCR340-14)

Status

RELATING TO COMMUNITY FOOD FORESTS.

Establishes a community food forest program in the Department of Land and Natural Resources that shall work collaboratively with local government and community organizations to provide sources of healthy food statewide.  Appropriate funds.  Effective July 1, 2014.

 

WAL, FIN

HB 1684

(HSCR16-14)

Status

RELATING TO MANTA RAYS.

Requires DLNR to enact rules limiting visitor capacity at manta ray aggregation sites.

 

 

OMH, FIN

HB 1795, HD1

(HSCR22-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE KEIKI, ‘OPIO, AND KUPUNA TRUST FUND.

Establishes an ecotourism program for individuals to purchase native or food-bearing trees to be planted on government-owned lands. Establishes the keiki, ‘opio, and kupuna trust fund to collect funds received by the ecotourism program and to support the program.   After ten years, requires the annual interest earned on the trust corpus to be used for programs supporting children, youth, and the elderly.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (HB1795 HD1)

 

OMH/WAL, FIN

HB 2101

(HSCR17-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE KAHO‘OLAWE ISLAND RESERVE.

Specifies that 10% of conveyance tax revenue shall be paid each year into the Kaho‘olawe rehabilitation trust fund, up to a maximum of $3.5 million.  Provides for repeal on June 26, 2026 or upon the recognition of a sovereign Native Hawaiian governing entity, whichever occurs sooner.

 

OMH/WAL, FIN

HB 2622, HD1

(HSCR288-14)

Status

RELATING TO MARINE RESOURCES.

Establishes a special fund for the marine life conservation program within the department of land and natural resources.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

OMH, FIN

HB 709, HD2

(HSCR384-14)

Status

RELATING TO OCEAN RESOURCES.

Establishes a task force to assist the DLNR in developing rules that regulate activities within and that are applicable to all coastal areas and nearshore waters.  Requires reports to the Legislature in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  Prohibits DLNR from adopting any such rules affecting coastal areas and nearshore waters of Niihau until the task force submits a final report.  Appropriates funds for the DLNR to conduct public outreach meetings to adopt rules applicable to all coastal areas and nearshore waters.  Effective July 1, 2014.

 

OMH, FIN

HB 1553

(HSCR57-14)

Status

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE AHA MOKU ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

Appropriates funds for the administrative and operational expenses of the Aha Moku Advisory Committee.  Appropriates funds for the community education on the administrative structure regarding the aha moku system and on natural and cultural resource management.

 

OMH/WAL, FIN

HB 2357

(HSCR497-14)

Status

RELATING TO HAWAIIAN KONOHIKI MANAGEMENT.

Authorizes the Aha Moku Advisory Committee to provide advice on establishing and applying traditional konohiki management practices to restore fishery food stocks and environmental well-being, in consultation with fishery communities.

 

OMH, AGR, FIN

HB 1551

(HSCR293-14)

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Establishes the instructional office of Hawaiian studies for the purpose of providing instruction to public school students on Hawaiian history, culture, arts, and language.  Makes an appropriation for the instructional office of Hawaiian studies.

 

OMH, EDN, FIN

HB 2288

(HSCR191-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.

Amends the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to permit the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to dispose of department-owned or department-controlled improvements, or space within an improvement, on Hawaiian home lands through direct negotiations.

 

OMH/WAL, FIN

HB 1618

(HSCR45-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

Requires that at least one member of the board of land and natural resources, other than the member appointed for having a background in conservation and natural resources, have demonstrated expertise in native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices.

 

WAL/OMH, FIN

HB 1616

(HSCR420-14)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH PLANNING.

Adds to the Hawaii State Planning Act's objectives and policies for health the identification of social determinants of health to reduce health disparities among Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and Filipinos.

 

OMH/HLT, EDB, FIN

HB 2218, HD1

(HSCR437-14)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT.

Converts certain public employment positions to civil service status effective July 1, 2016.  Requires current and accurate job descriptions for all converted positions and for all new exempt positions created after July 1, 2015.  Limits exemption for positions created after July 1, 2014, to five years.  Effective July 1, 2300.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 502, HD1

(HSCR122)

Status

RELATING TO FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

Appropriates moneys to the DOA to create positions within the department to monitor local food production.  Requires the issuance of an RFP for the establishment of a food sufficiency baseline that determines the percentage of food locally produced and consumed.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1184, HD1

(HSCR325)

Status

RELATING TO FOOD SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

Requires the Department of Agriculture to develop a food sustainability standard to promote local food production to help diversify the local economy.  Appropriates funds.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2011

(HSCR440-14)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.

Creates special fund administered by the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC).  Authorizes ADC to subdivide agricultural lands and requires establishment of an agriculture subdivision code.  Authorizes ADC to issue revenue bonds to acquire certain agricultural lands.  Appropriation.  Effective July 1, 2014. 

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1994

(HSCR56-14)

Status

RELATING TO CIVIL LIABILITY FOR THE INTRASTATE TRANSPORT OF INVASIVE SPECIES.

Establishes an affirmative responsibility on the consignor of any landscape material or products, agricultural goods, construction materials, equipment, vehicles, soil, or sand to prevent the movement of invasive species in Hawaii.  Appropriates funds to the department of agriculture to enforce restrictions on intrastate movement of invasive species.  Establishes and appropriates funds for an invasive species task force to address the continued movement of invasive plants, plant pests, and vertebrate pests between islands.

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair