HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 127A-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
"(c) The [
may, from funds allotted therefor, employ technical, clerical, administrative,
and other personnel and make such expenditures as may be necessary.
(d) The [
shall coordinate the activities of the agency with all county emergency
management agencies, other state agencies, other states, or federal agencies
involved in emergency management activities, and all organizations for
emergency management within the State, whether public or private, and shall
maintain liaison and cooperate with all county emergency management agencies,
other state agencies, other states, or federal agencies involved in emergency
management activities as provided in this chapter."
SECTION 2. Section 127A-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (i) to read as follows:
"(i) Each county, under the mayor's direction,
shall coordinate, develop, and implement [
an] a comprehensive
emergency [ operation] management plan for the county[ .] and
submit annual reports to the administrator on the status and updates of the
SECTION 3. Section 127A-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§127A-6 Emergency management reserve
corps. (a) The [
may establish an emergency management reserve corps comprising trained
specialists to support state and county emergency [ or], disaster,
or day to day requirements. The
emergency management reserve corps may include:
(1) Any employee of the State or county;
(2) Any employee hired specifically for staffing during emergency, disaster, and day to day periods and exercises who shall be hired and compensated without regard to chapters 76, 78, and 88; and
(3) Any volunteer,
who shall be detailed in accordance with this chapter. Emergency reserve corps positions shall be authorized and managed by the agency and do not need the approval of the governor.
(b) The emergency management reserve corps
shall support state emergency or disaster requirements and, if requested by a
county emergency management agency, supplement the county emergency management
agency staff. The emergency management
reserve corps may be mobilized during, or in advance of, emergencies or disasters,
or for emergency management [
exercises and training events.] day to
day activities. Emergency management
reserve corps members shall attend a minimum of [ four days] forty
hours of paid [ training] activities per year."
SECTION 4. Section 127A-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§127A-16, Major disaster fund. (a) The director shall submit requests to the legislature to appropriate from the general revenues of the State sufficient moneys as may be necessary for expenditure by or under the direction of the governor for immediate relief in response to an emergency or disaster in any part of the State; provided that:
(1) The governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency;
(2) The governor may not expend in excess of [
$10,000,000 for immediate relief as a result of any single emergency or
(3) In addition to the funds in paragraph (2), an additional $5,000,000 may be made available solely for the purpose of matching federal disaster relief funds when these funds become available to the State following a presidential disaster declaration.
In expending the moneys, the governor
may allot any portion thereof to any agency, office, or employee of the State
or a county for the most efficient relief for the population. Notwithstanding this subsection, the only
exception to paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) is that the [
may use up to [ $100,000] $250,000 per year to support emergency management
reserve corps [ training].
(b) No later than [
one month] sixty
days after any allotment by the governor or the expenditure of any fund
moneys, the [ director] administrator shall report to the
legislature on the purpose of the allotment or expenditure.
(c) Except as provided in subsection (d), federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief shall be deemed to be trust moneys and may be deposited into a trust account with and under the control of the department of defense. These moneys and any interest earned thereon shall be used for the purpose identified in subsection (a) and shall not lapse to the general fund.
(d) In cases in which the department of education expends the funds appropriated to the department for purposes deemed to be reimbursable by federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief, the federal reimbursement moneys shall not lapse to the general fund and shall be credited directly to the department of education without regard to whether the original appropriation has lapsed. Such funds shall carry over in accordance with section 37-41.5(c)."
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
To improve and enhance the effectiveness of the State Emergency Management Program through modifications and additions to the Hawaii Revised Statute Chapter 127A.
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