HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2017

 

COMMITTEE ON HUMAN SERVICES

Rep. Dee Morikawa, Chair

Rep. Chris Todd, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Andria P.L. Tupola

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

 

 

COMMITTEE ON INTRASTATE COMMERCE

Rep. Takashi Ohno, Chair

Rep. Isaac W. Choy, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Justin H. Woodson

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi

Rep. Gene Ward

 

AMENDED NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 3, 2017

TIME:

9:00 A.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A M E N D E D A G E N D A

 

The following measure(s) has been ADDED to the agenda: HB125, HB673

The following measure(s) has been DELETED from the agenda: HB1375

 

HB 431

Status

RELATING TO GERONTOLOGIST LICENSING.

Establishes requirements for gerontologist licensure beginning on 7/1/2018.

 

HUS/IAC, CPC, FIN

HB 1025

Status

RELATING TO INCOME WITHHOLDING FOR CHILD SUPPORT.

Amends the income withholding requirements to impose a fine against any employer who (a) discharges from employment, refuses to employ, or takes disciplinary action against any noncustodial parent subject to income withholding or (b) fails to withhold support from income or pay the amounts to the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

 

HUS, JUD, FIN

HB 1375

Status

RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.

Establishes a homeless care residence program to provide financial assistance to households providing temporary housing and care to a homeless relative. Requires that providers undergo certification and inspection by the department of human services and caps program participation at twelve months. Offers non-refundable income tax credit for providers.

 

HUS, HSG, FIN

HB 1281

Status

RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.

Establishes a three-year Work-for-a-Day Pilot Program that provides homeless individuals with work opportunities and connects them with service providers. Appropriates funds.

 

HUS, LAB, FIN

HB 1107

Status

RELATING TO AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER REFERRAL AGENCIES.

Regulates Interpreter Referral Agencies by requiring registration with the State of Hawaii. Includes sections about agency responsibilities, consumer rights, protections for those harmed by using an interpreter referral agency to obtain an interpreter.

 

HUS, CPC, FIN

HB 1106

Status

RELATING TO LICENSING OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS.

Requires an American Sign Language interpreter to be licensed to work in Hawaii. Appropriates funds to implement the American Sign Language English Interpreter Licensing Program.

 

HUS, FIN

HB 537

Status

RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

Requires parking placards for disabled persons to bear the disabled person's photograph and prominently display its expiration date. Establishes a penalty for using a placard after the death of the person to whom the placard was issued.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 646

Status

RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

Allows individuals who are blind or visually handicapped to apply for and obtain a removable windshield placard to use a parking space reserved for persons with disabilities.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 681

Status

RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Specifies that citizen complaints against a police officer that involve allegations of domestic abuse against a family or household member on the part of the police officer shall not be required to be in writing or sworn to by the complainant.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 679

Status

RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Requires any state or county agency to provide domestic abuse intervention training to their personnel whose job duties require or may require intervention in a domestic abuse situation.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 669

Status

RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Removes redundant investigating and reporting requirements of the Department of Human Services and the family courts in cases where temporary restraining orders are sought for alleged domestic abuse involving a family or household member who is a minor or incapacitated person.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 435

Status

RELATING TO GRANDPARENTS.

Allows the family court to award a grandparent, upon petition to the court, custody or visitation if it is in the best interest of the child and denial of such custody or visitation would cause significant harm to the child.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 983

Status

RELATING TO CHILD VISITATION.

Deletes duplicative provision of awarding grandparents reasonable visitation rights. Adds as prerequisites to awarding visitation that the court also find that awarding custody to a grandparent is in the best interest of the child and that denial of reasonable grandparent visitation rights would cause actual or potential harm to the child. Clarifies procedures for an order awarding reasonable visitation rights to grandparents and that a violation of the terms and conditions of such an order is subject to sanctions or contempt of court.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 844

Status

RELATING TO YOUTH.

Requires the Office of Youth Services to coordinate a two-year Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program in partnership with private organizations to coordinate a network that youth can access for safety and where youth can obtain advice, guidance, programs, and services. Establishes a Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program Coordinator position. Appropriates funds.

 

HUS, FIN

HB 1099

Status

RELATING TO REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE.

Adds sex trafficking to the definition of child abuse and neglect, along with a definition of sex trafficking, thereby updating the requirements of mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect to also report minor sex trafficking to the Department of Human Services. Additionally, clarifies that the department may retain expunged reports of child abuse and neglect for risk and safety assessment and replaces references to unsubstantiated reports of child abuse or neglect with not confirmed reports of child abuse or neglect. Also, clarifies that child abuse reports may proceed through the administrative procedure act or the family court.

 

HUS, JUD

HB 1287

Status

RELATING TO CHILD CARE.

Provides that any person violating the child care provisions of chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall be guilty of a class C felony. Increases the applicable fines.

 

HUS, JUD

 

 

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on February 1, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 125

Status

RELATING TO A SEX TRAFFICKING SPECIAL TREATMENT FACILITY.

Allows the Department of Human Services to contract with a victim service provider to operate and manage a sex trafficking special treatment facility. Provides for tax, fee, and other exemptions. Appropriates funds.

 

HUS, JUD, FIN

HB 673

Status

RELATING TO CHILD CARE FACILITIES.

Requires DHS to publish reports of child care facility inspections and complaint investigations on DHS's website. Creates an oversight committee for implementation of and compliance with publication requirements. Requires annual reporting to the Legislature. Makes an appropriation.

 

HUS, 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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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 586-6280 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. Takashi Ohno

Chair

 

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Rep. Dee Morikawa

Chair