HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2019

 

COMMITTEE ON CONSUMER PROTECTION & COMMERCE

Rep. Roy M. Takumi, Chair

Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Henry J.C. Aquino

Rep. Sam Satoru Kong

Rep. Della Au Belatti

Rep. John M. Mizuno

Rep. Rida Cabanilla Arakawa

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Lauren Matsumoto

Rep. Sharon E. Har

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

TIME:

2:00 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 329

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 112

(HSCR239)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Requires a tax clearance before a professional or vocational license may be issued or renewed. Applies to taxable years after 12/31/2020.

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB 1093, HD1

(HSCR163)

Status

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION NETWORK COMPANIES.

Establishes rules, regulations, and permitting procedures for transportation network companies operating in the State. Makes permanent insurance requirements for transportation network companies and transportation network drivers. Appropriates funds. (HB1093 HD1)

 

TRN, CPC, FIN

HB 1033, HD1

(HSCR117)

Status

RELATING TO MANDATORY VESSEL INSURANCE COVERAGE.

Requires owners of certain vessels that operate in and on state ocean waters to obtain marine insurance coverage of a specific type and amount. Provides a limited exemption for transient vessels. Authorizes the DLNR to adopt administrative rules concerning marine insurance. (HB1033 HD1)

 

WLH, CPC, FIN

HB 332, HD1

(HSCR216)

Status

RELATING TO CHECK CASHING.

Requires check cashers to be registered with DCCA and to offer a voluntary payment plan to customers under certain circumstances. Establishes the terms of voluntary payment plans. Clarifies that a customer may only have one outstanding deferred deposit transaction from any source. Amends notices to customers required of check cashers. Removes the exemption for persons engaged in the bona fide retail sale of goods or services. Requires the Auditor to conduct a sunrise analysis of the regulation of payday lenders and deferred deposit agreements in the State. (HB332 HD1)

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB 241, HD1

(HSCR162)

Status

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

Establishes a task force in DCCA to develop proposed legislation for the regulation of peer-to-peer motor vehicle sharing companies. (HB241 HD1)

 

TRN, CPC, FIN

HB 762, HD1

(HSCR36)

Status

RELATING TO SINGLE-USE PLASTIC STRAWS.

Prohibits a full-service restaurant from providing a single-use plastic straw to a consumer unless requested by the consumer. (HB762 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, JUD

HB 1585, HD1

(HSCR227)

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Requires the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism that provides rebates to persons who install a new electric vehicle charging system or upgrade an existing electric vehicle charging system. Creates, and appropriates moneys out of, the electric vehicle charging station rebate program special fund. Amends the uses funds from the energy security special fund may be used for. (HB1585 HD1)

 

EEP/TRN, CPC, FIN

HB 1564, HD1

(HSCR225)

Status

RELATING TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT.

Establishes the Hawaii Beach Preservation Revolving Fund within the State Treasury. Establishes a low-interest Contingent Mortgage Financing Pilot Program to encourage certain shoreline property owners to relocate mauka of expected sea level rise and erosion hazard zones. Amends coastal zone management laws to further protect against impacts of sea level rise and coastal erosion. Appropriates funds. (HB1564 HD1)

 

EEP/WLH, CPC, FIN

HB 546, HD1

(HSCR235)

Status

RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.

Permits a small craft producer pub licensee to manufacture not more than 125,000 barrels of malt beverages on the licensee's premises per year. Allows brewpub licensees and small craft producer pub licensees to conduct certain activities at satellite locations. Clarifies the definition of "growler". Allows brewpub licensees and small craft producer pub licensees who manufacture beer solely in the State to obtain a direct shipper permit. (HB546 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

HB 887, HD1

(HSCR172)

Status

RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR.

Includes certain spirits-based beverages in the definition of cooler beverage. Repeals the definition of draft beer. Applies the same tax rate to all beer. (HB887 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

HB 861, HD1

(HSCR118)

Status

RELATED TO LAND USE.

Requires the Office of Planning, in consultation with the Land Use Commission, Real Estate Commission, and the Department of Planning and Permitting, to study and report on deficiencies in the land subdivision and condominium property regime laws that may result in land being developed contrary to the legislative intent of those laws. (HB861 HD1)

 

WLH, CPC, FIN

HB 959, HD1

(HSCR166)

Status

RELATING TO HOMEOWNERSHIP.

Establishes revolving funds for the development of for-sale affordable homeownership housing projects. Provides interim construction financing to qualified nonprofit housing trust organizations. Provides loans to self-help housing organizations. (HB959 HD1)

 

HSG/EDB, CPC, FIN

HB 269, HD1

(HSCR217)

Status

RELATING TO SELF-SERVICE STORAGE.

Authorizes the sale of stored property insurance by self-service storage facility owners under certain conditions. Requires self-service storage facility owners to hold a limited lines license in order to sell, solicit, or offer coverage under a stored property insurance policy. (HB269 HD1)

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB 1407, HD1

(HSCR224)

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Expands the scope of the carbon offset program and authorizes six new positions within the program. Establishes a carbon offset revolving fund to assist in the fulfillment of the purposes of the carbon offset program. Appropriates funds. (HB1407 HD1)

 

EEP/WLH, CPC, FIN

HB 272, HD1

(HSCR241)

Status

RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Exempts public telecommunications utilities that provide basic exchange service to every county of the State from the regulatory jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission, including provisions governing financial reporting, rate regulation, issuance of securitized assets, disposal of property, and affiliate interests. (HB272 HD1)

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB 550, HD1

(HSCR125)

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Requires the Public Utilities Commission to study the feasibility of implementing renewable portfolio standards to encourage the use of renewable energy by gas utility companies. Amends the renewable portfolio standard interim goals for 2030 and 2040 to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. Appropriates funds. (HB550 HD1)

 

EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 452, HD1

(HSCR212)

Status

RELATING TO PREFERENTIAL ELECTRICITY RATES FOR PROTECTED AGRICULTURE.

Authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to establish preferential electricity rates for agricultural activities that utilize protected agriculture to produce fruits or vegetables for distribution. (HB452 HD1)

 

AGR/EEP, CPC, FIN

HB 475, HD1

(HSCR234)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS.

Disallows dividends paid deduction for real estate investment trusts. (HB475 HD1)

 

EDB, CPC, FIN

 

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 76

Status

RELATING TO NONJUDICIAL FORECLOSURES.

Provides an explicit grant of power of sale to condominium associations and planned community associations for the purposes of enforcing association liens under the power of sale procedures in state foreclosure law.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 811

Status

RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.

Revives for 1 year specified sections of repealed chapter 514A, HRS, to allow developers whose condominium property regimes were issued an effective date pursuant to sections 514A-40 and 514A-41, HRS, to update their public reports without revising any of the associated documents and have their public reports and disclosure abstracts treated as non-expiring developer's public reports under part IV of chapter 514B, HRS.

 

CPC, JUD

 

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. No public testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 62

Status

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIRS.

Prohibits vehicle insurers from charging insureds an additional fee for repairs made with original equipment manufacturer parts if the vehicle manufacturer recommends original equipment manufacturer parts.

 

CPC, FIN

HB 68

Status

RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Prohibits a merchant from adopting a warranty policy that requires a purchaser to pay an additional fee to obtain a repair, replacement, or refund for goods returned pursuant to the warranty.

 

CPC, JUD

HB 331

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Amends the excise tax rate on large cigars.

 

CPC, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Testimony should indicate:

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    The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

    The date and time of the hearing; and

    Measure number.

 

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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 586-6170 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. Roy M. Takumi

Chair