HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2018

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Lynn DeCoite

Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura

Rep. Beth Fukumoto

Rep. Chris Todd

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Daniel Holt

Rep. Andria P.L. Tupola

Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 23, 2018

TIME:

2:00 P.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A # 3

 

HB 2043, HD1

(HSCR706-18)

Status

RELATING TO WASTEWATER.

Authorizes counties to inspect sewer laterals located on private property under certain conditions. Authorizes counties to compel property owners to inspect sewer laterals under certain conditions and to make repairs as necessary.

 

EEP, JUD, FIN

HB 2540, HD2

(HSCR650-18)

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Authorizes the Department of Health to coordinate with each county water department to establish a low interest loan program for the upgrade or conversion of cesspools in each county to septic systems, aerobic treatment unit systems, for connection to an existing sewer system, or other wastewater treatment system approved by the Department.

 

EEP, HHS, FIN

HB 2626, HD1

(HSCR564-18)

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Requires the Department of Health to hire a third-party consultant to conduct a study on the issues relating to the upgrade or conversion of cesspools. Establishes the cesspool conversion working group to assist the third-party consultant on the study.

 

EEP, HHS, FIN

HB 584, HD1

(HSCR661-18)

Status

RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Expands the types of business activity eligible for participation in Hawaii's enterprise zone program to include production of electricity from a biomass energy facility.

 

EEP/EDB, FIN

HB 2110, HD2

(HSCR542-18)

Status

RELATING TO RESILIENCY.

Directs the Public Utilities Commission to establish a microgrid services tariff to encourage and facilitate the development and use of energy resilient microgrids.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2460, HD2

(HSCR541-18)

Status

RELATING TO MICROGRIDS.

Authorizes the establishment of a Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) microgrid demonstration project for the generation, storage, and distribution of renewable energy on property controlled by NELHA.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2728, HD1

(HSCR662-18)

Status

RELATING TO CLEAN ENERGY TRANSPORTATION.

Establishes a Clean Transportation Initiative to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of fossil fuels in all public ground transportation by 2035, and in all ground transportation, with a near term 2025 target benchmark. Requires the Department of Transportation to collaborate with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to achieve the goals of the Clean Transportation Initiative. Clarifies that the transportation objectives of the State Planning Act include the reduction and ultimate elimination of the use of fossil fuels in all public ground transportation by 2035, and in all ground transportation thereafter. Repeals the Initiative on 1/31/2046.

 

EEP/TRN, FIN

HB 1805, HD1

(HSCR505-18)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY TRAINING.

Requires UH community colleges to establish energy systems and technology training courses for county officers and employees responsible for permitting, inspecting, licensing, and approving construction projects and an advisory committee of industry stakeholders and to submit a report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, HED, FIN

HB 1830, HD2

(HSCR627-18)

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Allows the deposit of funds appropriated by the Legislature into the University of Hawaii Green Special Fund (Fund). Requires notice to the Legislature for any expenditure from the Fund.

 

EEP, HED, FIN

HB 1801, HD1

(HSCR547-18)

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Amends the definition of "renewable portfolio standard" to more accurately reflect the percentage of renewable energy penetration in the State. Establishes renewable portfolio standards and targets for gas utility companies that mirrors those set for electric utility companies.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2545, HD1

(HSCR664-18)

Status

RELATING TO GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE.

Appropriates funds for the State Sustainability Coordinator to complete a comprehensive green infrastructure study and plan.

 

 

EEP/WAL, FIN

HB 2724, HD1

(HSCR617-18)

Status

RELATING TO STATE ENERGY AGENCIES.

Establishes the Office of Clean Energy to assume the duties of the energy resources coordinator, presently the director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Transfers the functions of the State Energy Office to the Office of Clean Energy. Appropriates moneys.

 

EEP/EDB, LAB, FIN

HB 2025, HD1

(HSCR698-18)

Status

RELATING TO RESOURCE RECOVERY.

Authorizes the Department of Education to issue grants to establish a composting grant pilot project in Department of Education schools. Authorizes a composting grant pilot project working group. Requires report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP, EDN, FIN

HB 1800, HD1

(HSCR437-18)

Status

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE TIRES.

Authorizes each county to establish a requirement for customers to provide an equal number of used motor vehicle tires to the tire retailer as the number of new motor vehicle tires purchased, or pay a fee that shall be refundable upon provision of the used tires.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2547, HD1

(HSCR639-18)

Status

RELATING TO SUSTAINABILITY.

Establishes the Hawaii Sustainability Act, including the Office of Sustainability and the State Sustainability Fund.

 

 

EEP, EDB, FIN

HB 2106, HD2

(HSCR576-18)

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Requires the Office of Environmental Quality Control to adopt and maintain rules requiring all environmental assessments and environmental impact statements prepared pursuant to chapter 343, HRS, to include consideration of sea level rise based on the best available scientific data regarding sea level rise.

 

EEP, OMH, FIN

HB 2182, HD1

(HSCR389-18)

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Makes permanent the Carbon Farming Task Force established by Act 33, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, and renames it the Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force. Aligns the State's clean energy and carbon sequestration efforts with climate initiative goals. Amends membership and duties of the Task Force. Establishes a zero-greenhouse gas emissions target for the State. Makes an appropriation.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1986, HD2

(HSCR552-18)

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Establishes a carbon credit revenue program under the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism that administers revenues realized from the sale of any carbon credits in any established carbon registry and uses the resulting proceeds to fund projects that improve the State's water infrastructure or mitigate threats to water sustainability efforts due to climate change.

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 2718, HD1

(HSCR449-18)

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

Requires the Department of Accounting and General Services to maintain a database of the costs to state departments and agencies of cleaning up and disposing of polystyrene products in each county that has not enacted an ordinance significantly restricting the use of polystyrene products. Beginning in 2020, requires each county that has not enacted an ordinance significantly restricting the use of polystyrene products to reimburse the general fund for costs to the State of cleaning up and disposing of polystyrene products in the county.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 2107, HD1

(HSCR391-18)

Status

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION.

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

 

EEP, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair