HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2014

 

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Rep. Mele Carroll, Chair

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Dee Morikawa

Rep. Richard Creagan

Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro

Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Rep. Justin H. Woodson

Rep. Jo Jordan

Rep. Beth Fukumoto

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

TIME:

9:30AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 1889

Status

RELATING TO A HOMELESS PERSON'S BILL OF RIGHTS.

Establishes a homeless person's bill of rights.

 

HUS, FIN

HB 2115

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires Med-QUEST and Medicaid coverage for chiropractic care, limited to 24 visits per calendar year. Appropriates funds.

 

HUS, FIN

HB 2116

Status

RELATING TO SENTENCING FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS.

Establishes new factors to be considered in sentencing those convicted of an offense committed while under the age of 18, and a sentencing modification process for the same. Eliminates sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders. Requires the Hawaii Paroling Authority to establish guidelines for minimum term served before parole eligibility.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 2371

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

(1) Increases the amount and threshold of the refundable food/excise tax credit. (2) Increases the amount and threshold of the income tax credit for low-income household renters. (3) Reduces the tax liability for low-income taxpayers by creating a tax credit that will eliminate a taxpayer's income tax liability if their federal adjusted gross income falls below federal poverty guidelines. Reduces a taxpayer's income tax liability by 50% if the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income falls between 100-125% of federal poverty guidelines. (4) Establishes a state earned income tax credit.

 

HUS, FIN

HB 2395

Status

RELATING TO SENTENCING.

Establishes a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years for class A felony of first degree sexual assault of a minor who is less than fourteen years of age.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 2591

Status

RELATING TO THE HOMELESS.

Requires mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment without the possibility of parole for crimes that cause death or inflict serious or substantial bodily injury upon a homeless individual or family. Subjects crimes that inflict serious or substantial bodily injury upon a homeless person to extended terms of imprisonment if the defendant knew or reasonably should have known the person was homeless.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 2649

Status

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.

Defines "domestic or sexual violence victim" or "victim" to mean an individual who is the victim of domestic or sexual violence. Prohibits employer from discriminating based on domestic or sexual violence if the victim provides employer with a copy of the TRO or protective order, unless the employer reasonably believes that the restrained person could endanger other employees. Removes employers' liability for not making reasonable accommodations for an employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence.

 

HUS, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Mele Carroll

Chair