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:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

TIME:

2:00 P.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A # 1

 

SB 544, SD1

Proposed HD1

Status

RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.

Proposed HD1: Establishes a four-year redevelopment pilot project for the Kanoelehua industrial area and surrounding areas in the district of south Hilo. Requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to review commercial leases and recommend changes to state leasing laws Makes an appropriation.

 

FIN

SB 1299

Proposed HD1

Status

RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF TAX REVENUES.

Proposed HD1: Establishes maximum dollar amounts that shall be distributed among certain non-general funds from the conveyance tax. Amends the list of non-general funds that receive distributions from the conveyance tax. Appropriates funds to programs removed from the distribution list.

 

FIN

SB 359, SD1

Proposed HD1

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX.

Proposed HD1: Removes the revenue distribution from the barrel tax to the environmental response revolving fund beginning July 1, 2015. Removes the sunset of various funds related to the barrel tax.

 

EEP,FIN

SB 768, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1180)

Status

RELATING TO IN VITRO FERTILIZATION INSURANCE COVERAGE.

Provides insurance coverage equality for women who are diagnosed with infertility by making available to them expanded treatment options, ensuring adequate and affordable health care services.

 

HLT, FIN

SB 1367, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1093)

Status

RELATING TO PROJECT KEALAHOU.

Appropriates funds for the continued funding of Project Kealahou within the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division of the Department of Health. Requires the Department of Health to submit an annual report on the program to the Legislature.

 

HLT, FIN

SB 1174, SD2, HD2

(HSCR1153)

Status

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Provides that an independent medical examination and permanent impairment rating examination shall be conducted by a qualified physician selected by the mutual agreement of the parties. Provides a process for appointment in the event that there is no mutual agreement.

 

HLT, LAB, FIN

SB 1028, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1231)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR.

Implements federal requirements for provider network adequacy through requiring insurer contracts with federally-qualified health centers. Authorizes generation of revenue through provision of benefits administration services.

 

HLT/CPC, FIN

SB 1338, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1230)

Status

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR.

Authorizes large group coverage under the Connector. Beginning 10/1/2016, ends authorization to renew or issue transitional renewal policies. Requires notice to group health plans offering COBRA coverage about options for affordable coverage under the Connector.

 

HLT/CPC, FIN

SB 791, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1214)

Status

RELATING TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS.

Requires health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment.

 

HLT, FIN

SB 40, SD3, HD2

(HSCR1202)

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.

 

HLT, CPC, FIN

SB 1095, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1210)

Status

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

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.

 

CPC, FIN

SB 1262, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1145)

Status

RELATING TO THE SECURE AND FAIR ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT.

Permits the Commissioner of Financial Institutions to make adjustments to the collection of fees for the Mortgage Loan Recovery Fund without regard to Chapter 91, HRS, to better maintain the intended $750,000 balance.

 

CPC, FIN

SB 737, SD1, HD1

(HSCR1219)

Status

RELATING TO CHECK CASHING.

Caps the total amount of fees charged for the deferred deposit of a personal check to an unspecified annual percentage rate. Beginning July 1, 2015, requires licensed businesses in the State to notify the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs at the end of each fiscal year if they conducted any deferred deposit transaction. Prohibits a check casher from entering into an agreement for deferred deposit with a customer within five days immediately following the end of the customer's earlier agreement for a deferred deposit. Increases the fine for a wilful violation of chapter 480F, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

CPC, FIN

SB 1032, SD2, HD1

(HSCR1221)

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.

 

CPC, 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

 

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