HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2016

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Lynn DeCoite

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Jo Jordan

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole

Rep. Feki Pouha

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

Rep. Gene Ward

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 25, 2016

TIME:

11:00 A.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A # 1

 

HB 2266, HD1

(HSCR317-16)

Status

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR EARLY LEARNING.

Makes appropriations to the Executive Office on Early Learning and Early Learning Advisory Board for staffing, travel, and attendance at relevant conferences, as applicable.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 1814, HD1

(HSCR316-16)

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Appropriates funds to provide training and track data on public school pupil punishment and use of restraints restrictions established by Act 206, Session Laws of Hawaii 2014. Requires report. Appropriates funds.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 2267, HD1

(HSCR171-16)

Status

RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY IN SCHOOLS.

Defines curricular materials to include both printed and digital material. Clarifies that moneys for curricular materials can be used for digital formats. Appropriates funds.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 2524, HD1

(HSCR315-16)

Status

RELATING TO TEACHER INCENTIVES.

Clarifies that funds for bonuses required by statute or collective bargaining shall not be paid out of a charter school's facilities funding or per-pupil funds. Appropriates funds for teacher bonuses for hard-to-fill placement incentives and National Board certified teacher incentives for charter school teachers.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 2269, HD1

(HSCR318-16)

Status

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Expands the national board certification incentive program to provide monetary incentives to school psychologists. Authorizes continuing bonuses for teachers and school psychologists in designated high-need schools that improve and become no longer designated as such.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 2453, HD1

(HSCR312-16)

Status

RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

Appropriates moneys for start-up grants for newly approved, pre-opening, public charter schools. (HB2453 HD1)

 

EDN, FIN

HB 1744, HD1

(HSCR313-16)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES.

Provides public charter schools with the right of first refusal for the use of DOE athletic facilities within the school complex area and on available dates. Requires DOE school principals to provide public charter schools with schedules of available dates for the use of athletic facilities.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 2205, HD1

(HSCR273-16)

Status

RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

Establishes requirements for public charter school board meetings. Exempts public charter school commission from certain public meeting requirements. Authorizes charter schools to assess fees and charges for co-curricular activities.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 2510, HD1

(HSCR314-16)

Status

RELATING TO HOUSING VOUCHERS.

Authorizes the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to establish a housing voucher program for full-time classroom teachers employed by the Department of Education, including classroom teachers at public charter schools.

 

EDN, FIN

HB 1982

(HSCR90-16)

Status

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST BIG ISLAND DAIRY, LLC.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Big Island Dairy, LLC, with the operation of its dairy farm in Ookala.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1997

(HSCR472-16)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Implements the recommendation of the Hawaii agriculture workforce advisory board to create an agriculture workforce development pipeline initiative to conduct training on all islands for teachers and school administrators in agricultural self-sufficiency.

 

AGR, LAB, FIN

HB 1996, HD1

(HSCR612-16)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes a two-year Agricultural Theft and Vandalism Pilot Project in the Department of Agriculture to focus on investigating and prosecuting agricultural theft and agricultural vandalism in the County of Hawaii. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, JUD, FIN

HB 2676, HD2

(HSCR523-16)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes, within CTAHR's agribusiness incubator program, a five-year energy independent farming community pilot project. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, HED, FIN

HB 1999, HD1

(HSCR307-16)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

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 costs, and a survey of local feed ingredient sources.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2424, HD1

(HSCR554-16)

Status

RELATING TO BIOSECURITY.

Requires DOA to establish or participate in private-public partnerships to enhance the biosecurity program and quarantine inspection process. Appropriates funds. Effective 7/1/2112.

 

AGR, CPC, FIN

HB 2542, HD1

(HSCR486-16)

Status

RELATING TO THE AUDITOR.

Directs the Auditor to audit the plant quarantine branch of the Department of Agriculture.

 

 

AGR, LMG, FIN

HB 1607

(HSCR302-16)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Mandates the Department of Agriculture to establish a Little Fire Ant Pesticide Treatment Coupon Pilot Project and site map. Requires the Department of Agriculture to report to the Legislature on project implementation. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2016, HD1

(HSCR111-16)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

Requires public retiree contributions to the EUTF to be paid through withholdings of retirement benefit amounts from the ERS. (HB2016 HD1)

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2186, HD1

(HSCR357-16)

Status

RELATING TO DISLOCATED SUGAR WORKERS.

Directs and appropriates funds for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to provide workforce development, worker training and retraining, and other dislocated worker assistance programs for workers affected by the cessation of sugar production on Maui.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2714, HD1

(HSCR349-16)

Status

RELATING TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

Appropriates funds for a basalt rebar market study.

 

 

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2473, HD1

(HSCR452-16)

Status

RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF WAGE LAWS.

Changes the penalties for government contractors who violate wages and hours laws. Increases penalties, in addition to the separate payment of back wages, to $1,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for the second offense.

 

LAB, JUD, FIN

HB 2477, HD1

(HSCR343-16)

Status

RELATING TO STATE EMPLOYEES.

Requires that the number of civil service exempt employees not exceed five percent in the executive branch excluding the Department of the Attorney General. Requires DHRD to report on the number exempt executive employees. Requires departments to reduce the number of exempt employees if the total exceeds five percent.

 

LAB, FIN

HB 2363, HD1

(HSCR645-16)

Status

RELATING TO LABOR.

Excludes employers from providing Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) coverage for themselves if they perform services for their own corporation, limited liability company (LLC), limited liability partnership (LLP), partnership, or sole proprietorship. Allows the Director to receive electronic reports of injuries and other workers' compensation required reports. Increases the penalties for not having TDI coverage, for failure to make correct or timely benefit payments, for terminating such benefits, for failure to file medical reports, for employer's failure to provide copies of requested medical reports, for not having Workers' Compensation coverage, and for the deduction of premium payment from employee wages.

 

LAB, CPC, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair