HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

 

COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair

Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Dee Morikawa

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Mark M. Nakashima

Rep. Richard P. Creagan

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Rep. Justin H. Woodson

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami

Rep. Bob McDermott

Rep. Chris Lee

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

TIME:

2:00 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 286, SD2

(SSCR711)

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. Makes an appropriation. Effective 1/7/2059. (SD2)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 140

(SSCR632)

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 143, SD1

(SSCR533)

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. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 144, SD1

(SSCR840)

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. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 230

(SSCR718)

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 287, SD2

(SSCR706)

Status

RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Requires the office of elections to implement elections by mail in a county with a population of less than 100,000, beginning with the 2016 primary election; and in each county with a population of less than 500,000, beginning with the 2018 primary election. Beginning in 2020, requires all federal, state, and county primary, special primary, general, special general, and special elections to be conducted by mail. 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. Makes conforming amendments. Requires annual reports on implementation. Appropriates funds for the implementation and administration of the election by mail program. (SD2)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 452, SD1

(SSCR539)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Requires that supplemental campaign spending reports be filed annually on January 31. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 508, SD1

(SSCR606)

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. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 654, SD1

(SSCR604)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGNS.

Amends provisions related to anonymous contributions to change the threshold at which the provisions shall not apply from amounts that aggregate to less than $500 that are received from ten or more persons at the same political function, to less than $100 received from ten or more persons at the same political function. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 657, SD1

(SSCR640)

Status

RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires legislators to file a supplemental report within thirty days of the conclusion of a special session of the full legislature if the next regularly scheduled report is due more than ninety calendar days after conclusion of that special session. Effective 01/07/2059. (SD1)

 

JUD, FIN

SB 779

(SSCR610)

Status

RELATING TO COURTS.

Raises the district courts' jurisdictional limit for civil actions involving specific performance.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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PAPER: 3 copies (including an original) to Room 305 in the State Capitol;

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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. Those wishing to provide oral testimony will be limited to two minutes.

 

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 586-6180or 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. Karl Rhoads

Chair