HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi

Rep. Lynn DeCoite

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Jo Jordan

Rep. Feki Pouha

Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 27, 2015

TIME:

11:00 A.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A # 1

 

HB 139

(HSCR364)

Status

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST ANAERGIA INC.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Anaergia Inc. with the development of facilities for renewable non-fossil fuel production on Maui.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 801, HD1

(HSCR377)

Status

AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS FOR SUNSTRONG LLC, A RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPER SERVING THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN PROVIDING ELECTRIC ENERGY.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to SunStrong LLC, a renewable energy developer, for the provision of electric energy and installation of renewable energy projects in Hawaii.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1040, HD1

(HSCR408)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Appropriates moneys to the HISC to contract with UHERO to establish an economic model formula to establish the impact and cost of mitigating the most significant invasive species in the State. Directs LRB, in coordination with HISC, to update its 2002 study to reflect costs and impact of mitigation efforts.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1286, HD1

(HSCR404)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Amends the State's objectives and policies relating to energy facility systems, including a policy of ensuring that fossil fuels such as liquefied natural gas be used only as a transitional, limited-term replacement of petroleum for electricity generation and not impede the development and use of renewable energy sources.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1296, HD1

(HSCR304)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Designates the State Hydrogen Implementation Coordinator. Establishes a Hydrogen Implementation Working Group. Requires the Hydrogen Investment Capital Special Fund to be used to provide funding for the implementation of hydrogen infrastructure.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1509, HD2

(HSCR477)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Requires UH to establish collective goal of becoming net-zero with respect to energy use by January 1, 2035. Establishes the University of Hawaii Net-zero Special Fund. Appropriates funds for capital improvement projects and for staff.

 

 

EEP, HED, FIN

HB 437, HD1

(HSCR500)

Status

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NATURAL RESOURCE GOALS OF THE ALOHA+ CHALLENGE.

Appropriates funds for the natural resource goals of the Aloha+ Challenge.

 

 

EEP/WAL, FIN

HB 1140, HD1

(HSCR530)

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Provides a temporary income tax credit for the cost of upgrading or converting a cesspool to a septic system or an aerobic treatment unit system, or connecting to a sewer system.

 

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1141, HD1

(HSCR495)

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Prohibits new installation of a cesspool and new construction served by a cesspool after December 31, 2016. Authorizes DOH to develop rules for exceptions.

 

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1440, HD1

(HSCR343)

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Appropriates funds for the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn program. Requires matching funds.

 

 

HLT, FIN

HB 847, HD1

(HSCR337)

Status

RELATING TO HAWAII HEALTH SYSTEMS CORPORATION.

Addresses primary care physician shortages by appropriating funds for the Interdisciplinary Hawaii Health Systems Corporation Primary Care Training Program at Hilo Medical Center.

 

 

HLT, FIN

HB 851, HD1

(HSCR344)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Appropriates funds to establish an advanced life support ambulance to be based in Puna on the island of Hawaii, including the acquisition of a vehicle and equipment and personnel costs for state-certified emergency medical services personnel.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 481, HD1

(HSCR255)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Makes an appropriation for one advanced life support ambulance to be based in Makalei on the island of Hawaii and to be used from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and to include a vehicle, equipment, and personnel costs.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 464, HD1

(HSCR459)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Appropriates funds for the purchase of one ambulance unit and operational costs for one ambulance unit to service the area of Kakaako.

 

 

HLT, FIN

HB 1063, HD1

(HSCR458)

Status

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE.

Appropriates moneys to operate an additional emergency medical services unit in the Moanalua, Aliamanu, Red Hill, Salt Lake, and Foster Village areas.

 

 

HLT, FIN

HB 581, HD1

(HSCR455)

Status

RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Continues the Hospital Sustainability Program for one year. Appropriates funds out of the Hospital Sustainability Program Special Fund for fiscal year 2015-2016.

 

 

HLT, FIN

HB 582, HD1

(HSCR345)

Status

RELATING TO THE NURSING FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Continues the Nursing Facility Sustainability Program for one additional year. Appropriates funds out of the Nursing Facility Sustainability Program Special Fund for Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 467, HD1

(HSCR484)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Requires birthing facilities to perform a pulse oximetry test or other medically accepted screening on newborns to screen for critical congenital heart defects. Requires birthing facilities to report certain critical congenital heart defect screening data to the Department of Health.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

HB 119, HD2

(HSCR516)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Establishes the Hawaii ABLE Savings Program by authorizing the Director of Finance to establish savings accounts that empower individuals with a disability and their families to save private funds to support the individual with a disability. Creates the Hawaii ABLE Savings Program Trust Fund.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 261, HD2

(HSCR422)

Status

RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Requires health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to post and update information on drugs formularies on their websites for the benefit of insureds, potential insureds, and providers.

 

HLT/CPC, FIN

HB 859, HD1

(HSCR512)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Authorizes the Department of Health (DOH) to maintain a forum on its website where specified state-licensed care facilities may post vacancy information. Requires DOH to convene a working group to discuss and provide feedback on the implementation and maintenance of the forum. Appropriates funds.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 1241, HD1

(HSCR518)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Appropriates funds for Department of Health lead poisoning prevention activities.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 578, HD2

(HSCR438)

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, requires a child to provide written documentation of a physical examination performed within the 12 months prior to attending seventh grade. Provides for provisional attendance if an exam is scheduled. Makes an appropriation.

 

HLT, EDN, FIN

HB 589, HD1

(HSCR513)

Status

RELATING TO STROKE CARE.

Establishes a stroke coalition and a stroke database in the Department of Health.

 

 

HLT, FIN

HB 782, HD1

(HSCR543)

Status

RELATING TO THE CYTOMEGALOVIRUS.

Requires the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a public education program to inform and educate pregnant women and women who may become pregnant about cytomegalovirus. Requires DOH to convene a working group comprising various stakeholders to participate in the development of the public education program. Appropriates funds.

 

HLT, FIN

HB 943

(HSCR340)

Status

RELATING TO THE CIVIL MONETARY PENALTY SPECIAL FUND.

A special fund is needed to deposit moneys from federal fines assessed against skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies during inspections conducted by the Department of Health on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. These moneys cannot be comingled with any other federal or state funds.

 

HLT, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair