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:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

TIME:

2:30 P.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A # 3

 

SB 676, SD2

Proposed HD1

Status

RELATING TO THE CAPITAL INFRASTRUCTURE TAX CREDIT.

Proposed HD1: Includes structures, machinery, equipment, and capital assets in the definition of capital infrastructure costs. Sets a new maximum amount of capital infrastructure tax credits that may be issued in any taxable year per qualified infrastructure tenant. Specifies that excess tax credits may be carried forward.

 

FIN

SB 382, SD2, HD1

Proposed HD2

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Proposed HD2: Establishes within the Livestock Revitalization Program a grant program for qualified feed developers. Appropriates funds for the Feed Developer Grant Program, reimbursements to Qualified Producers for feed cost, and a survey of local feed ingredient sources. Appropriates funds for the Future Farmers of America program.

 

AGR, FIN

SB 1059, SD2, HD1

Proposed HD2

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Proposed HD2: Mandates the Department of Agriculture and the Hawaii Invasive Species Council to perform specified tasks to address the interisland spread of invasive species. Mandates the Department of Agriculture to establish a little fire ant Pesticide Treatment Coupon Pilot Project and site map. Requires annual reports.

 

AGR, FIN

SB 512, SD2

(HSCR1023)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes the Hawaii one plan steering committee. Appropriates funds to develop and operate the Hawaii one program to provide conservation plans online. Effective 7/1/2050.

 

AGR, FIN

SB 774, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1224)

Status

RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF TARO.

Requires the Board of Land and Natural Resources to create an inventory of taro lands, in conjunction with the Taro Security and Purity Task Force. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, WAL, FIN

SB 1072

(HSCR1129)

Status

MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

Makes an emergency appropriation to the Department of the Attorney General for retention of expert witnesses and specialized legal counsel in major litigation against the State of Hawaii.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 140, HD1

(HSCR1097)

Status

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

Requires agencies to exercise reasonable care in the maintenance of all government records under its control that are required to be made available for public inspection.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 364, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1195)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Establishes a process for the recounting of ballots cast in a contest. Authorizes that contests for cause challenging a contest result may also be based upon unlawful activity or force majeure.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 508, SD1, HD1

(HSCR949)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires noncandidate committee preliminary reports to be filed on October 1 of a general election year in addition to ten days prior to the general election.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 1208, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1010)

Status

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Authorizes the Employees' Retirement System Board of Trustees to hold a meeting closed to the public to discuss or decide upon certain matters.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 230, HD1

(HSCR1025)

Status

RELATING TO RESTITUTION FOR VICTIMS OF CRIME.

Clarifies that reimbursement to crime victims includes lost wages and mental health treatment, counseling, and therapy.

 

JUD, FIN

SB 213, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1125)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII PENAL CODE.

Requires the Department of Public Safety to send written notice to defendants with terms of imprisonment imposed prior to June 18, 2008, to notify these defendants that the department may recalculate their multiple terms of imprisonment and of their rights to have the court review their sentences.

 

PBS, JUD, FIN

SB 868, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1209)

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.

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

SB 1157, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1140)

Status

RELATING TO STARLIGHT RESERVE.

Extends the existence of the Starlight Reserve Advisory Committee until June 30, 2021. Amends the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' representative on the committee. Requires the Starlight Reserve Advisory Committee to report to the Legislature prior to the regular sessions of 2017 and 2019.

 

EDB, FIN

SB 1158, SD1

(HSCR1141)

Status

RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS SPECIAL FUND.

Establishes the Pacific international space center for exploration systems special fund for the operation, maintenance, and management of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems' projects, facilities, services, and publications. Effective 7/1/2050.

 

EDB, FIN

SB 1295, SD1, HD2

(HSCR1123)

Status

RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.

Provides Enterprise Zone incentives for qualified renewable energy technology business activity on real property owned by the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority.

 

EDB, EEP, FIN

SB 854, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1090)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL LANDS.

Requires public school lands that are leased to benefit public educational purposes rather than simply to be used for public purposes. Authorizes the DOE to enter into leaseback agreements.

 

EDN, WAL, FIN

SB 778, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1199)

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Requires, and appropriates funds for, the Department of Education to continue developing and administering annual non-translated assessments in the Hawaiian language of established statewide performance standards for students in the Hawaiian language immersion program. Requires a preliminary and final report to the Legislature.

 

OMH, EDN, FIN

SB 786, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1109)

Status

RELATING TO THE AHA MOKU ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

Appropriates funds for the administration and operation of the Aha Moku Advisory Committee and for community outreach.

 

 

OMH/WAL, FIN

SB 158, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1028)

Status

RELATING TO THE BUDGET DOCUMENTS.

Requires the six-year program and financial plan and budget to include information on pension and other post-employment benefit liabilities.

 

 

LAB, FIN

SB 1361, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1033)

Status

RELATING TO BUDGETING.

Requires inclusion of position ceilings in the executive budget and related documents and separate identification of the maximum number of permanent and temporary positions authorized. Prohibits the expenditure of funds on positions exceeding the applicable ceiling, with certain exceptions. Applies to Executive and Judicial Branch budgets and documents.

 

LAB, FIN

SB 1087, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1030)

Status

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Provides for vested death benefits for Hybrid members who become members of the Employees' Retirement System after June 30, 2015; extends period for mandatory refund of contributions to the Employees' Retirement System.

 

LAB, FIN

SB 1089, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1031)

Status

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Requires an employee receiving workers' compensation benefits to have retirement contributions deducted from those benefits. Establishes prospectively applicable, 1-year deadlines for claims for service credits and for commencement of payments. Provides for payment for acquisition based on actuarial cost.

 

LAB, FIN

SB 1324, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1155)

Status

RELATING TO DIVORCE.

Provides statutory authority for the ERS Administrator to make direct payment of benefits to a former spouse of a member pursuant to valid court judgment, order, or decree for divorce. Allows for the ERS Administrator to assess a ten per cent administrative fee.

 

LAB, FIN

SB 1122

(HSCR1152)

Status

RELATING TO WAGE AND HOUR LAW.

Increases the amount of guaranteed monthly compensation required to exempt an individual from minimum wage, overtime, and record keeping requirements under the Hawaii Wage and Hour Law by way of a formula.

 

LAB, FIN

SB 675, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1127)

Status

RELATING TO FIREFIGHTERS.

Establishes a rebuttable presumption that a firefighter who suffers from cancer, blood-borne infectious diseases, or conditions related to hazardous material exposure contracted it in the course of employment. Benefits include one-hundred per cent average weekly wages, disability indemnity, and death benefits.

 

LAB, JUD, FIN

 

 

 

Copies of the proposed House drafts are available in room 306 and on the Legislature's Web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair