HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair

Rep. Justin H. Woodson, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Mark M. Nakashima

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro

Rep. Richard P. Creagan

Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami

Rep. Beth Fukumoto Chang

Rep. Chris Lee

Rep. Bob McDermott

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

TIME:

3:00pm

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: HB484

 

HB 484, HD1

(HSCR43)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs by no later than January 1, 2016, to allow more utility customers to participate in renewable energy production and use. Prohibits cost-shifting to non-participants. (HB484 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 265, HD1

(HSCR220)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY STORAGE.

Establishes an investment-or utilization-based income tax credit for grid-connected energy storage properties installed and placed in service after December 31, 2015. Expires in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2026. Appropriates funds to administer the tax credit. (HB265 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1505, HD1

(HSCR124)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from approving power purchase agreements that prohibit the sale of renewable energy to third parties or require utility consent to sell renewable energy to third parties, to the extent that such renewable energy will be converted from electrical energy to another form of energy such as chemical or thermal energy, or to the extent that such renewable energy will be stored for later provision to an electric utility company. Requires fair compensation to be paid to an electric utility company when curtailed renewable energy is sold by an independent power producer to a third party on the electrical grid. (HB1505 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 619, HD1

(HSCR187)

Status

RELATING TO THE MERGER, ACQUISITION, AND CONSOLIDATION OF ELECTRIC UTILITIES.

Strongly encourages the Public Utilities Commission and Division of Consumer Advocacy to apply certain standards and criteria and hold a public hearing to determine whether to approve a merger, acquisition, or consolidation of an electric utility. (HB619 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1512, HD1

(HSCR185)

Status

RELATING TO PERFORMANCE-BASED REGULATION.

Establishes performance-based regulation of electric utility companies by the Public Utilities Commission. (HB1512 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1504, HD1

(HSCR184)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to study electric utilities, including organizational models and the conversion process. Appropriates funds. (HB1504 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 1372

(HSCR83)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Amends the definition of "public utility" by excluding any person who provides water solely to bona fide agricultural activities. Defines bona fide agricultural activities.

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 1051

(HSCR80)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Authorizes the Department of Agriculture to adopt rules relating to the declaration of Hawaii origin for agricultural commodities.

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 1455, HD1

(HSCR232)

Status

RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA.

Increases the maximum number of qualifying patients that a primary caregiver may care for at any given time. Requires each primary caregiver upon registration to disclose to the Department of Health the number of qualifying patients and other patient information for whom the caregiver is responsible. Limits the number of marijuana plants that can be grown for medical marijuana use to 14 plants at a single property. (HB1455 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, JUD

HB 580, HD1

(HSCR120)

Status

RELATING TO THE LICENSURE OF DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS.

Establishes licensure requirement for durable medical equipment suppliers participating in the nationwide competitive bidding program through the Office of Health Care Assurance. Appropriates funds from the Office of Health Care Assurance Special Fund. (HB580 HD1)

 

HLT/HUS, CPC, FIN

HB 174, HD1

(HSCR116)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires health insurance coverage of orthodontic treatment for orofacial anomalies. (HB174 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 576, HD1

(HSCR117)

Status

RELATING TO THE STATE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT INNOVATION WAIVER.

Amends scope of the State Innovation Waiver Task Force consideration. Provides resources to develop a waiver from certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Appropriates funds. (HB576 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1467, HD1

(HSCR230)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR.

Enables the Hawaii health connector to offer large group coverage. Requires health insurers with greater than 20 percent share of the State's small group health insurance market to offer gold and silver level qualified health plans as a condition of participation in the individual market of the Hawaii Health Connector. Ends transitional renewal policies effective 1/1/2016. Amends state small market parameters to comport with federal law. Adds notification requirements. (HB1467 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 1482, HD1

(HSCR199)

Status

RELATING TO CROWDFUNDING.

Establishes a crowdfunding exemption for limited intrastate investments between Hawaii residents and Hawaii businesses, limited to no more than $1,000,000 raised over a twelve month period, and no more than $5,000 per investor. Includes disclaimer requirements. Effective January 1, 2016.

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

HB 33, HD1

(HSCR33)

Status

RELATING TO THE RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT CODE.

Allows a landlord, when processing an application to rent residential property to charge an application screening fee for the actual costs of screening the applicant, plus an additional administrative fee. Requires landlords to refund any unused amount of the application screening fee and provide a copy of any report obtained via the screening process to the applicant. (HB33 HD1)

 

HSG, CPC, FIN

HB 825, HD1

(HSCR72)

Status

RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS.

Establishes licensing requirements and enforcement provisions for transient vacation rentals to be administered by the department of commerce and consumer affairs. (HB825 HD1)

 

TOU, CPC, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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     The date and time of the hearing; and

     Measure number.

 

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Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Chair