THE SENATE

THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2019

 

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair

Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

 

NOTICE OF DECISION MAKING

 

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

TIME:

10:00 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 211

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard in their respective subject matter committees:

 

SB 226, SD1

(SSCR189)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION.

Appropriates moneys for youth suicide early intervention, prevention, and education initiatives in Kauai, Hawaii, and Maui counties. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 366, SD1

(SSCR536)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Appropriates funds to the Executive Office on Aging for the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementia Services Coordinator position and to contract with the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawaii or hire a consultant to update the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias State Plan and devise strategies for service coordination. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 537, SD1

(SSCR371)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Transitions from lump sum deferred deposit transactions to installment-based small dollar loan transactions. Specifies various consumer protection requirements for small dollar loans. Beginning 1/1/2020, requires licensure for small dollar lenders that offer small dollar loans to consumers. Specifies licensing requirements for small dollar lenders. Authorizes the division of financial institutions to appoint 2.0 FTE examiner positions, funded via the compliance resolution fund, to carry out the purposes of the small dollar installment loan program. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 550, SD1

(SSCR374)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Allows public utilities commission members who are residents of a county other than the city and county of Honolulu to receive an allowance of $225 per day for expenses related to board, lodging, and incidental expenses, in addition to actual air travel expenses incurred in carrying out the members' duties. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 676, SD1

(SSCR101)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HEALTH.

Appropriates funds to establish one full-time equivalent position in the executive office on aging to coordinate the provision of public and private Alzheimer's disease and related dementia services and update the state plan on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 813, SD1

(SSCR95)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of the department of health, including funding for DOH general administration and attached agencies, behavioral health administration, and health resources administration. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 815, SD1

(SSCR112)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of the department of health. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 887, SD1

(SSCR544)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO TOBACCO TAXES.

Increases the cigarette and tobacco tax on cigarettes and little cigars by five cents beginning July 1, 2020. Allocates excise tax revenue generated at the increased rate to specified health improvement purposes beginning July 1, 2020. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 984, SD1

(SSCR510)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO SCHOOL BASED HEALTH SERVICES.

Includes advanced practice registered nurses with prescriptive authority in the list of health care professionals authorized to administer medication to public school students. Requires administration of the medication to be approved by the department of health or other on-campus, school based, health care provider pursuant to a written agreement with the department of education. (SD1)

 

CPH/EDU, WAM

SB 998, SD1

(SSCR503)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS FOR HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC.; MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITED; AND HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Maui Electric Company, Limited; and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., to fund multi-project capital improvement programs and assist utilities serving the general public in providing electric energy. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 1016, SD1

(SSCR452)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO SALES OF TOBACCO.

Prohibits a business from seeking a new retail tobacco permit or renewal of an existing permit if the place of business is located within 750 feet of a preschool, school, or public playground. Beginning January 1, 2020, prohibits the sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices by businesses that are located within 750 feet of a preschool, school, or public playground. Codifies the Department of Taxation's administrative rule specifying when the Department may suspend, revoke, or decline to renew a retail tobacco permit. (SD1)

 

CPH/JDC, WAM

SB 1027, SD1

(SSCR185)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HEARING AIDS.

Requires health insurance policies and contracts issued after 12/31/19 to provide coverage for the cost of hearing aids at a minimum of $1,500 per hearing aid for each hearing-impaired ear every thirty-six months. Exempts mandatory health care coverage from impact assessment report. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 1034, SD1

(SSCR537)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Clarifies that the existing health insurance mandate for coverage of low-dose mammography includes coverage for advancing methodologies of digital mammography and breast tomosynthesis. Sunsets June 30, 2024. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 1246, SD1

(SSCR186)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO TELEHEALTH.

Establishes goals for the adoption and proliferation of telehealth to increase health care access. Establishes the Strategic Telehealth Advisory Council and permanent full-time equivalent State Telehealth Coordinator position. Establishes the telehealth administrative simplification working group to research, make recommendations, and report to the legislature. Appropriates funds. Repeals 1/1/2022. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 1329, SD1

(SSCR507)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE SALARY OF THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSIONERS.

Aligns the salary of the public utilities commission chair with the highest pay tier of the first deputy attorney general. Aligns the salary of the other PUC commissioners with the lowest pay tier of the first deputy attorney general. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 1401, SD1

(SSCR642)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS.

Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from engaging in self-serving business practices. Replaces registration requirement with license requirement for pharmacy benefit managers. Increases pharmacy benefit manager reporting requirements to the insurance commissioner. Increases application and renewal fees and penalties for failure to renew a license. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

SB 1404, SD1

(SSCR475)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO LOAN REPAYMENT FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.

Expands eligible health care professionals under the health care provider loan repayment program administered through the John A. Burns school of medicine to include licensed social workers, advanced practice registered nurses, and registered nurses. Appropriates funds for the health care provider loan repayment program administered through the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaii at Manoa; provided that the funds are matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis by a private or another public source. (SD1)

 

CPH/HRE, WAM

SB 981, SD1

(SSCR443)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII TEACHER STANDARDS BOARD SPECIAL FUND.

Repeals the Hawaii teacher standards board special fund and transfers the remaining balance to the general fund. Amends related HRS sections. Takes effect on 7/1/2021. (SD1)

 

EDU, WAM

SB 198, SD1

(SSCR467)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.

Authorizes counties to levy a county surcharge on transient accommodations tax in their respective counties pursuant to certain conditions. Repeals 12/31/2036. (SD1)

 

EET/PSM, WAM

SB 989, SD1

(SSCR470)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of the department business, economic development, and tourism. (SD1)

 

EET/TEC, WAM

SB 990, SD1

(SSCR548)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Requires the department of business, economic development, and tourism (DBEDT) to engage a consulting firm to conduct a study to evaluate policies and organizational changes needed within DBEDT that will enable the State to successfully execute a technology-based economic development strategy. Appropriates funds for DBEDT to engage the consulting firm to conduct the study. (SD1)

 

EET/TEC, WAM

SB 1003, SD1

(SSCR550)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO INNOVATIVE PROJECT DELIVERY GUIDELINES.

Establishes the temporary innovative project delivery guidelines task force to establish guidelines around the use of innovative project delivery arrangements for public infrastructure. Requires report to the legislature. Appropriates funds. (SD1)

 

EET/GVO, WAM

SB 161, SD1

(SSCR354)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Provides to a taxpayer who hires an individual with a disability a nonrefundable tax credit for the 12-month period after the individual is initially hired by the taxpayer. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2018. (SD1)

 

HMS, WAM

SB 17, SD1

(SSCR25)

Status & Testimony

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of various Hawaii public housing authority programs. (SD1)

 

HOU, WAM

SB 190, SD1

(SSCR196)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Appropriates funds for Fiscal Biennium 2019-2021 for operations of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs divisions. Includes operating budgets for Office of Trustees OHA150; Administration OHA160; and Beneficiary Advocacy OHA175. (SD1)

 

HWN, WAM

SB 187, SD1

(SSCR257)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO DISTRICT COURT JUDGES.

Establishes one additional district court judgeship in the First Circuit and in the Second Circuit. Makes an appropriation. (SD1)

 

JDC, WAM

SB 1176, SD1

(SSCR262)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO FALSE CLAIMS TO THE STATE.

Amends the false claims statute, section 661-21(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to increase civil monetary penalty minimum and maximum amounts to maintain consistency with federal law so that the State can continue to maximize its recoveries in cases where state money is taken illegally and False Claims Act prosecution is successful. (SD1)

 

JDC, WAM

SB 308, SD1

(SSCR337)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO FAMILY LEAVE.

Extends the deadline for the Legislative Reference Bureau to submit the sunrise analysis required by Act 109, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, from 9/1/2019, to 12/2/2019. (SD1)

 

LCA, WAM

SB 797, SD1

(SSCR342)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.

Appropriates funds for various operating expenses of the department of labor and industrial relations. (SD1)

 

LCA, WAM

SB 794, SD1

(SSCR454)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES.

Appropriates funds for capital improvement projects of the department of accounting and general services. (SD1)

 

LCA, WAM

SB 699, SD1

(SSCR644)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP MUSEUM.

Beginning with the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium and each fiscal biennium thereafter, requires the governor to include in the executive budget a minimum amount per fiscal year as a recurring cost to be allocated to the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Appropriates funds to support the work of the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History. (SD1)

 

LCA, WAM

SB 504, SD1

(SSCR453)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO IOLANI PALACE.

Appropriates funds for the repair, restoration, and maintenance of Iolani Palace's coronation pavilion, two pergolas, and fountain. (SD1)

 

LCA, WAM

SB 1417, SD1

(SSCR344)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO FILIPINO VETERANS BURIAL ASSISTANCE.

Appropriates funds for burial grants for qualifying Filipino-American World War II veterans to provide funeral and burial services and transportation of their remains to the Philippines. Requires funds for burial grants to not lapse to the general fund and remain available as needed. (SD1)

 

PSM, WAM

SB 149, SD1

(SSCR396)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE STATE FIRE COUNCIL.

Authorizes the state fire council to employ additional staff, contract with any county fire department to fulfill staff positions, and purchase office equipment and supplies. Repeals the requirement that the state fire council administrator and other staff be employed on a full-time basis. (SD1)

 

PSM/LCA, WAM

SB 595, SD1

(SSCR4)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of the department of public safety. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

PSM, WAM

SB 597, SD1

(SSCR6)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of the department of defense. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

PSM, WAM

SB 923, SD1

(SSCR199)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

Appropriates funds for operating expenses of the department of land and natural resources. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

WTL, WAM

SB 1385, SD1

(SSCR264)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE KANEOHE BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL.

Requires the department of land and natural resources to provide administrative support to the Kaneohe bay regional council. Requires that the chairperson be selected by the members on an annual and rotating basis. Requires the council to meet quarterly. Takes effect 12/31/2050. (SD1)

 

WTL, WAM

SB 1526, SD1

(SSCR267)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO CONSERVATION ENFORCEMENT.

Appropriates funds for one DOCARE DLNRTip app administrator position and software upgrades and app enhancements to improve the DLNRTip app. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

WTL, WAM

SB 1542, SD1

(SSCR460)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION FOR A KUNIA WELLS IV EXPLORATORY WELL.

Appropriates funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the Board of Water Supply to offset the design and construction costs for one of four exploratory wells proposed by the Board of Water Supply for the proposed Kunia wells IV pump station to meet future potable water requirements for growth, including diversified agriculture. Takes effect 12/31/2050. (SD1)

 

WTL/AEN, WAM

 

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz

Chair