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:

Monday, March 23, 2015

TIME:

2:45pm

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

Correction to reflect proper definition SB1095 SD1, Proposed HD1

 

SB 892, SD2, HD1

(HSCR957)

Status

RELATING TO OMNIBUS HAWAI‘I RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY.

Makes various appropriations for the Hawaii resilience and sustainability strategy.  (SB892 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

SB 1228, SD2, HD1

(HSCR958)

Status

RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Establishes a process for special innovative procurement and generates a framework for public-private partnership in Hawaii.  Appropriates funds for a temporary position to assist the Procurement Policy Board.  Appropriates funds for the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to procure services to develop a master plan for the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital and Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital.  (SB1228 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

SB 868, SD1, HD1

(HSCR955)

Status

RELATING TO LIQUOR COMMISSIONS.

Requires county liquor commissions to prescribe regulations on dancing in establishments licensed to serve alcohol through the adoption or amendment of administrative rules.  (SB868 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

SB 1154

(HSCR956)

Status

RELATING TO THE LIQUOR COMMISSION.

For counties with a population of five hundred thousand or more:  requires a public hearing before the liquor commission on an application for a liquor license to be held not less than thirty days after the first public notice for the hearing.

 

EDB, CPC, JUD

SB 1050, SD2, HD1

(HSCR963)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires PUC to establish community-based renewable energy tariff or tariffs to take effect by January 1, 2016.  Defines community-based renewable energy tariff.  Provides that projects up to one megawatt are subject to streamlined and standardized interconnection approval processes established by PUC and projects greater than one megawatt are subject to PUC's individualized review and approval.  (SB1050 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 488, SD2, HD1

(HSCR961)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires separate electricity utility metering of nonresidential and residential condominium units in all mixed-use condominium projects.  Authorizes condominium boards to also authorize separate metering of other utilities and up to half of the cost of installing the meters to be subsidized.  (SB488 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 1096, SD1, HD1

(HSCR962)

Status

RELATING TO ON-BILL PROGRAMS.

Exempts electric utilities acting as billing and collections agents for an on-bill program from various state taxes and state laws regulating financial institutions, escrow depositories, or collection agencies.  (SB1096 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

SB 1094, SD2

(SSCR900)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Makes various updates to title 24 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, relating to insurance, including:  making fees consistent for applications and services provided by the insurance division of the department of commerce and consumer affairs to purchasing groups, foreign risk retention groups, insurers subject to chapter 431, HRS, fraternal benefit societies, mutual benefit societies, health maintenance organizations, and dental insurers; enabling the insurance division to recover certain administrative costs associated with the applications process and services provided by the division; and making housekeeping amendments.  (SD2)

 

CPC, FIN

SB 1217, SD1, HD1

(HSCR978)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Requires insurers who provide health care coverage to provide coverage for medically necessary health care services covered by a health insurance policy when provided by licensed naturopathic physicians acting within their scope of practice.  Specifies that health care services provided by naturopathic physicians may be subject to certain limitations.  Specifies that limitations shall not direct treatment in a manner that unfairly discriminates against the practice of naturopathic medicine.  Permits insurers to require naturopathic physician services to be provided by a naturopathic physician under contract or covered as consistent with out-of-network provider reimbursement practices.  Including the federal nondiscrimination in health care provision of Section 2706(a) of the Affordable Care Act.  (SB1217 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, JUD

SB 1095, SD1

Proposed HD1

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

Proposed HD1:  Updates title 24 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, relating to insurance, by: specifying that rerating of rates approved by the insurance commissioner is prohibited; permitting the suspension, revocation, or denial of a mutual benefit society's certificate of authority under certain conditions; and making other conforming amendments. (SD1)

Defines the term "habilitative services" to mean health care services, including but not limited to physical and occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, speech and swallowing therapy, applied behavior analysis, medical equipment, orthotics, and prosthetics, that help a person keep, learn, or improve skills and functioning for daily living.  Effective 7/1/2112.  (HD1 Proposed)

 

CPC, FIN

SB 301, SD2, HD1

(HSCR984)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to post and update information on drug formularies on their websites for the benefit of insureds, potential insureds, and providers.  Establishes a formulary accessibility working group.  (SB301 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 40, SD3, HD1

(HSCR979)

Status

RELATING TO LICENSING.

Establishes the Behavior Analyst Program within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Requires the licensing of behavior analysts for the practice of behavior analysis.  Appropriates funds to implement the Behavior Analyst Program.  (SB40 HD1)

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 307, SD2, HD1

(HSCR981)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Establishes licensure requirement for durable medical equipment suppliers through an annual inspection by the office of health care assurance.  Appropriates funds to administer the durable medical equipment licensing program.  Exempts licensing provisions from sunrise review.  (SB307 HD1)

 

HLT/HUS, CPC, FIN

SB 729

(HSCR986)

Status

RELATING TO ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES.

Clarifies the role of advanced practice registered nurses in sections of the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to emergency hospital admission and involuntary hospitalization.

 

HLT, CPC, JUD

SB 725, SD2

(SSCR771)

Status

RELATING TO DENTISTRY.

Authorizes the board of dental examiners to summarily suspend a license.  Effective 1/7/2059.  (SD2)

 

CPC, JUD

SB 16, SD2, HD1

(HSCR965)

Status

RELATING TO TOWING.

Clarifies when a towing company must release a vehicle to its owner, if the owner arrives on the scene after the vehicle has been hooked up to the tow truck.  Includes renters and authorized borrowers of vehicles in existing consumer protection requirements for vehicle release, notification, and compensation.  (SB16 HD1)

 

TRN, CPC, FIN

SB 737, SD1

(SSCR579)

Status

RELATING TO CHECK CASHING.

Caps the total amount of fees charged for the deferred deposit of a personal check to an annual percentage rate of thirty-six per cent.  (SD1)

 

CPC, FIN

SB 1032, SD2

(SSCR681)

Status

RELATING TO CHAPTER 245, HAWAII REVISED STATUTES.

Expands the definition of "tobacco products".  Increases the license fee for persons engaged as a wholesaler or dealer of cigarettes or tobacco products.  Increases the retail tobacco permit fee for retailers engaged in the retail sale of cigarettes and tobacco products.  Effective 7/1/2053.  (SD2)

 

CPC, FIN

SB 193, SD2, HD1

(HSCR975)

Status

RELATING TO ENHANCED 911 SURCHARGES.

Establishes an unspecified prepaid wireless E911 surcharge per retail transaction of prepaid wireless telecommunications service at the point of sale.  Allows sellers to deduct and retain 3 per cent of the surcharge that is collected.  Requires the amounts collected by the enhanced 911 board to be placed in the enhanced 911 fund.  (SB193 HD1)

 

PBS, CPC, FIN

 

 

 

Copies of the proposed HD1 are available 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.  Persons submitting testimony on the day of the hearing MUST submit 22 copies at 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. 

 

While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER:  22 copies (including an original) to Room 304 in the State Capitol;

FAX:       For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-6211 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web); or

WEB:     For testimony less than 10MB in size, transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website.  This public posting of testimony on the website should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-6160 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements.  Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

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Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Chair