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:

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

TIME:

10:20AM

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:

 

HB 530, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1235)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO MANAGEMENT OF STATE FUNDS.

Establishes linked investments to provide loan funds for agriculture and authorizes the State to invest in linked investments. Appropriates funds to the Department of Budget and Finance to hire one position to administer the linked investment program. Takes effect 7/1/2150. (SD1)

 

AEN, WAM

HB 551

(SSCR1389)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Extends lapse date for funds appropriated to the University of Hawaii to conduct a comprehensive statewide study of sewage contamination in nearshore marine areas. Extends lapse date for funds appropriated to the Department of Health to conduct research or gather technical assistance relating to the cesspool conversion working group's comprehensive cesspool conversion plan.

 

AEN/HRE, WAM

HB 1028, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1257)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES TRUST FUND.

Expands the type of revenue that can be deposited into the endangered species trust fund. (SD1)

 

AEN/WTL, WAM

HB 1468, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1398)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE WAIANAE COAST COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER.

Appropriates moneys to the Department of Health to provide the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center with funding for an advanced practice registered nurse position and various infrastructure improvements for its school-based health center at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

HB 888, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1308)

Status & Testimony

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO THE MAUI HEALTH SYSTEM.

Makes appropriations for fiscal biennium 2019-2021 to support the operations of the Maui Health System. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

HB 838, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1396)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO CONTRACTORS.

Exempts an eleemosynary organization that meets certain conditions and intends to engage in a public works project or operation involving the installation or maintenance of a mooring system for vessels under one hundred gross tons from licensure and other requirements of a contractor. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

HB 465, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1304)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO AGING.

Makes an appropriation to the department of health to provide full funding for the kupuna care program. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

HB 1453, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1416)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.

Authorizes the department of health to establish fees for transportation to medical facilities and for provision of emergency medical services that do not include transport. Authorizes transportation by ambulance to medical facilities other than hospital emergency departments. Requires Medicaid and private insurance coverage of ambulance services. Authorizes Medicaid programs, and requires private insurers, to provide coverage for statewide community paramedicine services rendered by emergency medical technicians or paramedics. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

HB 467, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1393)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE KUPUNA CAREGIVERS PROGRAM.

Changes the kupuna caregivers program allocation cap from $70 per day to $350 per week. Appropriates funds for the continued implementation of the kupuna caregivers program. (SD1)

 

CPH, WAM

HB 468, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1390)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE HEALTHY AGING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM.

Appropriates funds for the healthy aging partnership program to further the program's role in improving the health and well-being of Hawaii's kupuna. (SD1)

 

CPH/HMS, WAM

HB 241, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1427)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

Prohibits vehicle lessors from renting, leasing, or offering for rent or lease, vehicles subject to a manufacturer's recall, until appropriate repairs are made. Defines peer-to-peer vehicle sharing related terms. Requires persons engaging in peer-to-peer vehicle sharing organization business to register with the director of taxation. Requires all vehicles rented or leased by peer-to-peer vehicle sharing organizations to carry minimum liability insurance coverage. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

CPH/TRS, WAM

HB 1070, HD1

(SSCR1456)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Provides that a public school shall not be required by the Department of Education to expend its own school funds to maintain any geographically disadvantageous land on or adjacent to its property. (HB1070 HD1)

 

EDU, WAM

HB 318, HD1

(SSCR1455)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Requires the Department of Education (DOE) to convene a Staggered School Start Times Task Force to study and evaluate the issues and implications of instituting a staggered school start times program, including effects on school bus schedules. Requires a report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds. (HB318 HD1)

 

EDU, WAM

HB 1530, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1458)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Establishes and appropriates funds for the Teacher Mentor Incentive Program within the Department of Education. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

EDU, WAM

HB 250, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1457)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO SCHOOL-BASED HEALTH SERVICES.

Formally establishes the Hawaii Keiki: Healthy and Ready to Learn program and special fund within the Department of Education. Appropriates funds for positions and a vision screening and eye assessment tool, and to implement, expand, and sustain the program. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

EDU, WAM

HB 842, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1261)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE PLANNING ACT.

Establishes a Hawaii State Planning Act Review Commission to review and make recommendations to the Legislature to update the Hawaii State Planning Act. Removes reference to achieving the viability of Hawaii's sugar and pineapple industries from the Hawaii State Planning Act's agricultural objectives. Appropriates funds. (SD1)

 

EET, WAM

HB 419, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1484)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS.

Part I: Makes a county eligible to receive TAT revenue allocations for the purpose of enforcing all applicable laws and ordinances relating to transient accommodations, under specified conditions. Requires reports from counties receiving funds for enforcement of transient accommodations and short-term vacation rentals ordinances. Part II: Amends the definition of "transient accommodations" to include additional forms of transient accommodations. Requires each transient accommodations broker, hosting platform, and booking service to submit to DBEDT quarterly reports of statistical data relating to transient accommodations listings. Makes it unlawful for a hosting platform to provide, and collect a fee for, booking services regarding transient accommodations if the operator or plan manager is not registered with the Director of Taxation. Amends requirements relating to transient accommodations tax certificates of registration to ensure greater transparency. Allows a transient accommodations broker to register as a GET and TAT tax collection agent for its operators and plan managers. Takes effect on 1/1/2020. (SD1)

 

EET/PSM, WAM

HB 340, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1518)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HAWAII TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Appropriates funds to HTDC for the Small Business Innovation Research Program and Manufacturing Assistance Program. Removes the requirement that HTDC grants to businesses that were awarded a competitive contract from the Department of Defense be only for research in specific research fields. Makes an appropriation into, and out of, the Alternative Energy Research and Development Revolving Fund for the purpose of providing grants. Effective 7/1/2112. (SD1)

 

EET/TEC, WAM

HB 1585, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1491)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Requires the public utilities commission to provide rebates to persons who install a new electric vehicle charging system or upgrade an existing electric vehicle charging system. Establishes the electric vehicle charging system rebate program administrator. Creates, and appropriates moneys out of, the electric vehicle charging system rebate program special fund. Amends the uses for which funds from the energy security special fund may be used. Effective 7/1/2100. (SD1)

 

EET/TRS, WAM

HB 999, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1469)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM CIVIL SERVICE.

Permanently exempts certain positions from civil service. Temporarily exempts from civil service certain positions in the department of human services. Effective 1/1/2059. (SD1)

 

GVO/LCA, WAM

HB 1417, HD1

(SSCR1217)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Requires the Department of Human Services to use an integrated and multigenerational approach to delivering human services to reduce the incidence of intergenerational poverty and dependence on public benefits. (HB1417 HD1)

 

HMS, WAM

HB 1270, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1250)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Extends the hospital sustainability program for two years. Clarifies exemptions from the hospital sustainability fee and increases the allowable aggregate fees to be charged. Appropriates funds out of the hospital sustainability special fund for fiscal years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. (SD1)

 

HMS/CPH, WAM

HB 1449, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1251)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE NURSING FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Extends the nursing facility sustainability fee program to 2021. Allows the nursing facility sustainability fee to be used to enhance capitated rates for the purpose of paying quality incentives. Increases the nursing facility sustainability fee limit from 4.0 to 5.5 per cent of net patient service revenue. Increases the per resident daily maximum fee from $13.46 to $20 for each facility, and increases the per resident reduced daily maximum fee from $5.85 to $9 for facilities that meet certain exceptions. Appropriates funds. (SD1)

 

HMS/CPH, WAM

HB 1312, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1472)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HOUSING.

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to be appropriated into and out of the rental housing revolving fund. Requires an amount of the funds appropriated out of the rental housing revolving fund to be used to establish permanent supportive housing units for chronically homeless individuals. Effective 1/1/2050. (SD1)

 

HOU, WAM

HB 1547, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1452)

Status & Testimony

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii to provide all student-athletes enrolled at the university with a meal incidental to competition and snacks as permitted by the National Collegiate Athletics Association, under certain conditions. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

HRE, WAM

HB 560, HD1

(SSCR1335)

Status & Testimony

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. (HB560 HD1)

 

HRE, WAM

HB 420, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1447)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HAWAIIAN CULTURE.

Changes the designation of the location for operation of a Hawaiian Center and the Museum of Hawaiian Music and Dance from the Hawaii Convention Center to the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Authorizes the State of Hawaii Museum of Natural and Cultural History to enter into contracts and partnerships for services related to the Hawaiian Center and the Museum of Hawaiian Music and Dance. Effective 7/1/2030. (SD1)

 

HWN/EET, WAM

HB 1261, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1287)

Status & Testimony

RELATED TO JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS.

Makes permanent the requirement that decisions in contested case hearings of the Commission on Water Resource Management, Land Use Commission, Public Utilities Commission, Hawaii Community Development Authority, and those involving conservation districts be appealed directly to the Supreme Court, with certain exceptions. Takes effect on June 30, 2019. (SD1)

 

JDC, WAM

HB 18, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1281)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE.

Repeals statutory limitations on the time period in which a survivor of childhood sexual abuse may file suit. (SD1)

 

JDC, WAM

HB 748, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1285)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE.

Prohibits civil asset forfeiture unless the covered offense is a felony for which the property owner has been convicted. Excludes the forfeiture proceedings for an animal pending criminal charges. Requires the Attorney General to distribute one half of all forfeited property and the sale proceeds thereof to the Hawaii law enforcement assisted diversion program, with the remaining half to be distributed to the state general fund. Effective 3/1/2020. (SD1)

 

JDC, WAM

HB 709, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1283)

Status & Testimony

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII.

Proposes an amendment to the Hawaii State Constitution to allow a recount of votes cast at an election to be conducted in a manner as provided by the Legislature. Effective 01/28/2081. (SD1)

 

JDC, WAM

HB 981, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1356)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Specifies that overpayments of refunds and retirement benefits constitute a debt due and owing to the ERS by recipients of overpayments. Authorizes the ERS to adopt and enforce rules to recover retirement benefit overpayments. Authorizes waiver of benefit overpayments in cases of hardship or where the costs of recovery exceed the amount to be recovered. Takes effect 1/1/2050. (SD1)

 

LCA, WAM

 

 

 

HB 912, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1503)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Requires an employer to pay for all medical services related to an employee's compensable injury and the employee's rehabilitation within 60 days of receipt of the bill for services. Establishes a process for employers to dispute the payment of an employee's medical bill. Takes effect 1/1/2050. (SD1)

 

LCA/CPH, WAM

HB 993, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1382)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

Improves the effectiveness of the State Emergency Management Program through modifications and additions to chapter 127A, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

PSM, WAM

HB 601, HD1

(SSCR1374)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO EXEMPTIONS FROM REGISTRATION FEES.

Repeals the requirement that disabled veterans be in receipt of disability retirement pay from the Armed Forces to be exempt from payment of annual motor vehicle registration fees. (HB601 HD1)

 

PSM, WAM

HB 990, HD1

(SSCR1378)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FACILITIES.

Allows the Department of Defense to recoup operating costs when the Adjutant General permits temporary facility use of department facilities to the public and requires remaining net proceeds to be deposited into the general fund. (HB990 HD1)

 

PSM, WAM

HB 991, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1450)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO STATE MILITARY FORCES.

Applies the protections of civil relief for state military forces to persons serving on full time National Guard duty under title 32 United States Code and to align the HRS with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, codified in 50 United States Code chapter 50 (3901-4043). Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

PSM/JDC, WAM

HB 531, HD1

(SSCR1391)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES.

Requires the Office of Enterprise Technology Services Chief Information Officer to update the state information technology strategic plan every four years, with the first update to be completed in advance of the 2021 regular session. (HB531 HD1)

 

TEC, WAM

HB 529, HD1

(SSCR1432)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLES.

Prohibits any vehicle, except a low-range, four-wheel drive vehicle, from being driven through or in Waipio Valley, except under certain circumstances. (HB529 HD1)

 

TRS, WAM

HB 757, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1434)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Requires DOT and county transportation departments to adopt Vision Zero policies to prevent and eliminate traffic fatalities. Requires the state highway safety council, in consultation with the counties, to review traffic policies and recommendations to prevent traffic fatalities, develop an action plan, and report to the Legislature. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

TRS/PSM, WAM

HB 558, HD1

(SSCR1223)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO KEKAHA KAI STATE PARK.

Appropriates funds for the employment of lifeguards and for life-saving equipment at Kua Bay in Kekaha Kai State Park on Hawaii Island. (HB558 HD1)

 

WTL, WAM

HB 1068, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1220)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO HEEIA STATE PARK.

Makes an appropriation for a Heeia State Park community-based long-range plan and planning and design of the education center for the Heeia National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

WTL, WAM

HB 1548, HD1, SD1

(SSCR1271)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO RAPID OHIA DEATH.

Appropriates funds to the Department of Land and Natural Resources to study and combat rapid ohia death. (SD1)

 

WTL/AEN, WAM

HB 439, HD2, SD1

(SSCR1392)

Status & Testimony

RELATING TO LAND USE.

Exempts lands set aside by the governor to the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation for the primary purpose of developing affordable housing from classification as public land subject to DLNR management. Requires lands set aside by the governor to the Hawaii housing finance development corporation for the primary purpose of developing affordable housing to be subject to legislative approval prior to the sale or gift of those lands. Takes effect 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

WTL/HOU, WAM

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Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz

Chair