HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2018

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Chris Lee, Chair

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Chris Todd

Rep. Sam Satoru Kong

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Bob McDermott

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

TIME:

8:30 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2107

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Establishes the Plastic Free Hawaii Initiative Program with the mission to eliminate plastic waste impacting native species and polluting the State's environment. Establishes the Plastic Free Hawaii Advisory Council to collect data regarding plastic pollution and provide recommendations to eliminate plastic waste. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 2718

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Requires the Department of Accounting and General Services to maintain a database of the cost to state departments and agencies of cleaning up and disposing of polystyrene products in each county. Beginning in 2020, requires each county to reimburse the general fund for costs to the State of cleaning up and disposing of polystyrene products in the county.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1803

Status

RELATING TO RESOURCE CONSERVATION.

Requires the PUC to adopt rules adopting federal energy efficiency and water conservation standards. Makes the rules effective if the federal government repeals current federal energy efficiency and water conservation standards.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 2219

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Makes eligible for membership on a county arborist advisory committee certified arborists, horticulturists with specialization in trees, and persons who have received a master's degree in botany.

 

EEP

HB 2276

Status

RELATING TO WATER QUALITY MONITORING.

Establishes an additional full-time Environmental Health Specialist IV position within the Department of Health to monitor water quality in East Hawaii. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 2026

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Requires LRB to update its 1985 study on environmental reorganization for Hawaii and assess the feasibility of implementing the findings and recommendations of the 1991 department of environmental protection task force. Makes an appropriation.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1715

Status

RELATING TO CLIMATE CHANGE.

Amends Act 32, SLH 2017, by changing the phrase "the greenhouse gas emissions statewide" to "greenhouse gas emissions."

 

EEP, FIN

HB 2182

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Makes permanent the carbon farming task force established by Act 33, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, and renames the task force the carbon sequestration task force. Aligns the State's clean energy and carbon sequestration efforts with climate initiative goals. Requires 1 of the members of the Carbon Sequestration Task Force to also be a member of the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission. Expands the mission of the Carbon Sequestration Task Force by requiring that the task force identify practices and policies to add trees or vegetation to expand the urban tree canopy. Makes an appropriation.

 

EEP, 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.

 

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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 586-9450 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. Chris Lee

Chair