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:

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

TIME:

2:00 P.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A #  1

 

SB 2829, SD1

(SSCR2472)

Status

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND.

Makes a general fund appropriation of an unspecified sum for fiscal year 2014‑2015 to recapitalize the emergency and budget reserve fund.

 

FIN

SB 3026, SD2

(HSCR1043-14)

Status

AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR THE WAIMEA-PAAUILO WATERSHED PROJECT.

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriates funds for design, plans, and construction of the Waimea-Paauilo watershed project.  Effective 7/1/2050.

 

WAL, FIN

SB 3036, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1127-14)

Status

RELATING TO BEACH MANAGEMENT FOR THE NORTH SHORE OF OAHU.

Appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program to create a North Shore Beach Management Plan for the north shore of Oahu stretching from the Kawailoa to Waiale‘e ahupua‘a.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

OMH, HED, FIN

SB 2742, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1012-14)

Status

RELATING TO ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PACIFIC-ASIA INSTITUTE FOR RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY.

Establishes the Pacific-Asia institute for resilience and sustainability to provide the structure and opportunity for a new generation of leaders to emerge who possess the ability to address Hawaii and the Pacific-Asia region's risks from natural and man-made hazards and to develop solutions for sustainable economic growth within the region's unique physical and cultural diversity.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

VMI, FIN

 

 

SB 2589, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1074-14)

Status

RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Transfers the law enforcement functions, except the state harbors civil violations system, of the harbors division of the department of transportation to the department of public safety as of July 1, 2016.  Effective July 1, 2014.

 

TRN/PBS, FIN

SB 2039, HD1

(HSCR1065-14)

Status

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE.

Appropriates funds to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii for its cooperative extension service.  Effective July 1, 2525.

 

HED, FIN

SB 3023, SD2

(HSCR1070-14)

Status

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND MARKETING OF THE ULU BREADFRUIT.

Makes an appropriation for the research, development, and marketing of ‘ulu.  Effective 7/1/2050.

 

AGR/EDB, FIN

SB 2110, SD2, HD1

(HSCR967-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PESTICIDES.

Appropriates funds to facilitate increased pesticide education and regulation.  Effective 7/1/2050.

 

 

AGR, FIN

SB 2241, SD1, HD1

(HSCR966-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF TARO.

Prohibits the Board of Land and Natural Resources, in declaring residential development areas and acquiring lands therein, from disturbing wetland taro lands and infrastructure on undeveloped lands.  Establishes a fourth class--taro lands classification for public lands. Permits structure for lo‘i taro fields in the agricultural district.  Establishes growth and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian crops as a goal of the State Planning Act.  Authorizes BLNR, with the Taro Security and Purity Task Force, to create an inventory of taro lands.

 

AGR, FIN

SB 3122, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1157-14)

Status

RELATING TO HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

Authorizes residential development by OHA on specified parcels in Kakaako Makai subject to public hearing, HCDA approval, and association fees to fund services and projects.  Exempts development from public facilities dedication requirement.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

WAL, OMH, FIN

SB 2953, SD1, HD2

(HSCR1155-14)

Status

RELATING TO STATE RESOURCES ON HAWAIIAN HOME LANDS.

Specifies that 100 percent of royalties from geothermal resources on DHHL lands shall be paid to the DHHL.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

WAL, OMH, FIN

SB 2348, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1203-14)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Makes an appropriation to establish and fund two advanced life support ambulances based in Puna and Makalei on the island of Hawaii, including acquisition of vehicles, equipment, and personnel costs.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

HLT, FIN

SB 1233, HD1

(HSCR1138-14)

Status

RELATING TO LEAVES OF ABSENCE.

Requires certain private employers to allow employees to take leaves of absence for organ, bone marrow, or peripheral blood stem cell donation.  Unused sick leave, vacation, or paid time off, or unpaid time off, may be used for these leaves of absence.  Requires employers to restore an employee returning from leave to the same or equivalent position.  Establishes a private right of action for employees seeking enforcement of provisions.  Effective July 1, 2114.

 

HLT/LAB, FIN

SB 2472, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1216-14)

Status

RELATING TO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE.

Improves the regulation of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by establishing an occupational therapy program and licensing requirements for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.  Makes an appropriation.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 3064, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1207-14)

Status

RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.

Allows for the transition of the Hawaii health systems corporation, a regional system, to a new healthcare management system organized under the laws of the State as a nonprofit corporation or public benefit corporation registered to do business in the State.  Establishes a transition committee to assist the governor in implementing, reviewing, and negotiating the transitioning of the corporation, a regional system, or a combined regional system or two or more regional systems to a new healthcare management system.  Effective July 1, 2150.

 

HLT/LAB, FIN

SB 2820, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1214-14)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Conforms Title 24, HRS, to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and NAIC model laws.  Clarifies the authority of insurers with general casualty insurance authority.  Clarifies retention requirements.  Expands the authority of the Insurance Fraud Investigations Branch.  Includes long-term care insurance as part of limited benefit health insurance.  Makes housekeeping amendments to Title 24, HRS.  Effective July 1, 2112.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 2470, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1149-14)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR.

Establishes the Hawaii health connector as the State of Hawaii Health Insurance Exchange.  Establishes advisory groups and an oversight council to assist the Connector Board.  Amends the composition and duties of the Connector Board.  Establishes a special fund.  Appropriates funds.  Effective July 1, 2112.

 

HLT/CPC, FIN

SB 2496, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1137-14)

Status

RELATING TO TOBACCO PRODUCTS.

Imposes an excise tax equal to an unspecified percentage of the wholesale price of any tobacco product, other than large cigars, effective January 1, 2015.  Allocates funds collected to the Hawaii cancer research special fund and Hawaii tobacco prevention and control trust fund.  Effective July 1, 2150.

 

HLT, FIN

SB 2495, SD3, HD1

(HSCR978-14)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES.

Prohibits the use of electronic smoking devices in enclosed public areas and other specified locations under Chapter 328J, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

HLT, FIN

SB 2054, SD3, HD2

(HSCR1217-14)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for autism spectrum disorder treatments.  Requires an actuarial analysis to estimate the cost impact of providing autism spectrum disorder benefits.  Effective July 1, 2050.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair