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

 

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

TIME:

2:00 P.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A M E N D E D  A G E N D A #  1

 

Corrects current draft being heard for SB 143, SD1, HD1

 

SB 887, SD2, HD1

(HSCR954)

Status

RELATING TO HIGH TECHNOLOGY.

Defines "industrial park" to include broadband cable landing and connectivity infrastructure facility development.  Requires the board of directors of the high technology development corporation to establish advisory subcommittees to make recommendations to the board.  Requires a report to the governor and the legislature in 2016 regarding the formation of the sub-committees and their plans to develop industrial parks in conjunction with broadband cable landing and connectivity infrastructure facilities.

 

EDB, FIN

SB 1001, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1142)

Status

RELATING TO MANUFACTURING.

Establishes an income tax credit for taxpayers who incur certain expenses for manufacturing products in Hawaii.  Applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2015.  Sunsets January 1, 2023.

 

EDB, FIN

SB 892, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1204)

Status

RELATING TO OMNIBUS HAWAI‘I RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY.

Makes various appropriations for the Hawaii resilience and sustainability strategy.

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

SB 1228, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1190)

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.

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

SB 143, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1007)

Status

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE THRESHOLD VALUE IN CONTROVERSY REQUIREMENT FOR JURY TRIALS IN CIVIL CASES AT COMMON LAW FROM $5,000 TO $10,000.

Proposes an amendment to article I, section 13, of the Hawaii Constitution to increase the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law from $5,000 to $10,000.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 144, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1008)

Status

RELATING TO JURY TRIAL.

Increases the threshold value in controversy requirement for jury trials in civil cases at common law from $5,000 to $10,000.

 

 

JUD, FIN

SB 452, SD1, HD1

(HSCR948)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Requires that supplemental campaign spending reports be filed annually on January 31. 

 

 

JUD, FIN

SB 577, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1222)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires the deposit of any fees assessed by the campaign spending commission into the Hawaii election campaign fund.  Authorizes payment of the commission's operating expenses from the general fund and appropriates funds for operating expenses, including investigation expenses.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 654, SD1, HD1

(HSCR950)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGNS.

Reduces from less than $500 to less than $100, the aggregate contribution amount a candidate may receive from ten or more anonymous persons at the same political function.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 287, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1197)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Beginning with the primary election in 2016, requires the office of elections to implement election by mail in a county with a population of fewer than 100,000.  Beginning with the 2018 primary election, implement election by mail in each county with a population of fewer than 500,000.  Thereafter, election by mail is required for all elections.  Provides places of deposit for personal delivery of mail-in ballots and ensures a limited number of voter service centers in each county to remain open on the day of election to allow voters with special needs to vote and receive personal delivery of absentee, permanent absentee, and mail-in ballots.  Beginning on January 1, 2018, the voter service center shall enable the eligible voter to register to vote on the day of the election.  Makes conforming amendments for procedures to postpone elections and the disclosure of the election result in the event of a natural disaster; and the allocation of election expenses between the State and counties.  Appropriates funds for the implementation and administration of the election by mail program.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 440, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1085)

Status

RELATING TO VACANCIES.

Amends procedures for nominating and electing a U.S. senator to complete an unexpired term after a vacancy occurs.

 

 

JUD, FIN

SB 996, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1131)

Status

RELATING TO ETHICS.

Appropriates funds to the state ethics commission to design and develop a system that allows filers to electronically file required statements and reports with the state ethics commission.  Effective upon approval.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 286, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1084)

Status

RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF THE STATE INSPECTOR GENERAL.

Establishes the Office of the State Inspector General, to be headed by the State Inspector General to investigate complaints alleging fraud, waste, abuse, or corruption by a state agency or quasi-public agency, or by the officers or employees of a state agency or quasi-public agency.  Appropriation.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 1124, HD1

(HSCR1068)

Status

RELATING TO USE PERMITS FOR SMALL BOAT HARBORS.

Clarifies the requirements for obtaining a small boat harbor use permit to specify the documentary requirements to obtain a permit or to be placed on the permit waitlist.  Authorizes vessel inspections by the DLNR to satisfy permit requirments.

 

WAL, FIN

SB 504, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1066)

Status

RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

Appropriates funds to address historic residences.  Requires the state historic preservation division of the department of land and natural resources to conduct a survey on properties eligible for listing on the Hawaii register of historic places and to submit a report to the legislature.

 

WAL, FIN

SB 1009, SD1

(HSCR1149)

Status

RELATING TO SERVICE CHARGES.

Requires hotels to distribute porterage service charges to employees in full or disclose to customers that the charges are being used for other purposes.

 

TOU, LAB, FIN

SB 519, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1216)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Extends Act 326, SLH 2012, for one year.  Requires DOTAX to submit an annual report to the legislature on the implementation of Act 326, SLH 2012.  Authorizes DOTAX to enforce civil penalties for operators and plan managers who fail to display the certificate of registration and registration ID numbers for transient accommodations.  Authorizes fines to be deposited into the Tax Administration Special Fund.  Amends the definitions of "local contact" and "transient accommodations".

 

TOU, CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 1155, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1137)

Status

RELATING TO THE CREATIVE MEDIA INDUSTRY.

Assigns to the Hawaii Tourism Authority the responsibilities for film development and marketing.  Transfers the Film Industry Branch within the Creative Industries Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.  Appropriates general funds to the Film Development and Marketing Special Fund.

 

TOU, EDB, FIN

SB 118, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1144)

Status

RELATING TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS.

Requires, and appropriates funds for, DBEDT to study the impact of real estate investment trusts.  Requires a real estate investment trust to make an affirmative election to be taxed as a real estate investment trust and provide certain data as may be required by DBEDT for any report mandated by the Legislature.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 1093, SD2

(HSCR1003)

Status

RELATING TO MORTGAGE SERVICERS.

Clarifies mortgage servicer requirements under chapter 454M, Hawaii Revised Statutes, including licensing requirements, crediting of payments, escrows for payment of taxes and insurance, payoff statements, delinquencies and loss mitigation efforts, borrower complaints, fee disclosures, record maintenance, assignment of servicing rights, and prohibited activities.  Establishes bonding requirements.

 

CPC/JUD, FIN

SB 1094, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1207)

Status

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Makes various updates to title 24, HRS, 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; prohibiting rerating of rates approved by the insurance commissioner; permitting the suspension, revocation, or denial of a mutual benefit society's certificate of authority under certain conditions; and making other housekeeping and conforming amendments.

 

CPC, FIN

SB 1180, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1171)

Status

RELATING TO METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS.

Creates a new chapter in HRS relating to metropolitan planning organizations.  Requires an annual report.  Repeals chapter 279E, HRS.  Appropriates funds.

 

TRN, FIN

SB 1280, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1217)

Status

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES.

Requires the public utilities commission to regulate transportation network companies and transportation network company drivers.  Requires drivers to register as business entities with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Establishes insurance requirements and qualifications for persons who operate or serve as drivers for transportation network companies.  Appropriates funds to the PUC.

 

TRN, CPC/JUD, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to 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. 

 

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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 586-6200 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. Sylvia Luke

Chair