HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2020

 

COMMITTEE ON WATER, LAND, & HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair

Rep. Chris Todd, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Sharon E. Har

Rep. Tina Wildberger

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. David A. Tarnas

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

TIME:

9:00 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 2827, SD1

(SSCR3336)

Status

RELATING TO RECORDATION TRANSACTION FEES.

Expands the uses of the transaction fee for recordings in the bureau of conveyances and land court authorized under Act 120, SLH 2009. Applies the fee to all services rendered by the bureau pursuant to chapters 501 and 502, HRS. Repeals the transaction fee upon the earlier of the effective date of adoption of rules by the Department of Land and Natural Resources or 7/1/2023. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

WLH, CPC, FIN

SB 2953, SD2

(SSCR3274)

Status

RELATING TO VESSELS.

Makes clarifications regarding removal of unauthorized vessels on state property. Makes clarifications regarding the definition of an abandoned vessel. Changes the time limit to claim an unauthorized vessel that is impounded by the department of land and natural resources from thirty days to ten working days. Changes the time limit to claim an abandoned vessel that is impounded by a state or county agency from twenty days to ten working days. Makes abandonment of a vessel on waters of the State or public property a petty misdemeanor. Makes clarifications to auction requirements regarding abandoned vessels. Allows DLNR to charge an impound storage fee. (SD2)

 

WLH, JUD, FIN

SB 3004

(SSCR3026)

Status

RELATING TO PARTITION ACTIONS.

Requires commissioners in partition actions to file reports with the court and fully inform all interested parties of any intended applications to be filed with any department, state agency, or county to carry out the partition or division of real property, including water meter permits. Requires commissioners to provide interested parties the right to object to the report and be heard at a hearing. Requires commissioners to file a report with the court including proposed language of any deed of partition or of sale.

 

WLH, JUD, FIN

SB 2081, SD1

(SSCR2964)

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.

Designates the fourth Saturday in September of each year as Public Lands Day. Effective 7/1/51. (SD1)

 

WLH, LMG, JUD

SB 2537, SD1

(SSCR3174)

Status

RELATING TO ACCESS TO PUBLIC PROPERTY.

Prohibits the obstruction of access to beaches. Creates a one hundred dollar penalty for the first conviction of obstructing access to public property. Effective 12/31/33. (SD1)

 

WLH, JUD, FIN

SB 2706

(SSCR3041)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.

Amends certain land subdivision and condominium property regime laws related to agricultural land, as recommended pursuant to Act 278, Session Laws of Hawaii 2019, to ensure agricultural lands that are organized under a condominium property regime are used for agricultural purposes.

 

WLH, CPC, FIN

SB 1253, SD2

(SSCR3177)

Status

RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS ON CERTAIN STATE LANDS.

Decriminalizes traffic infractions within natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and public hunting areas. Takes effect 12/31/2050. (SD2)

 

WLH, JUD, FIN

SB 70, SD1

(SSCR3034)

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Establishes 2.0 FTE positions and appropriates funds to continue small boat harbor saturation enforcement operation pilot testing within the Ala Wai and Keehi small boat harbors and develop effective enforcement for the State's small boat harbors. (SD1)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2076, SD2

(SSCR3145)

Status

RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEWS.

Allows the Office of Hawaiian Affairs consultation with State Historic Preservation Division to delegate to the impacted counties the responsibility for historic preservation project reviews, provided that certain requirements are met. Effective 6/18/2050. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2077, SD2

(SSCR3000)

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Establishes a tree planting program in the State. Appropriates funds. Effective 12/31/33. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2191

(SSCR3359)

Status

RELATING TO A WATER STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FOR CERTAIN AGRICULTURAL LAND IN WAHIAWA, OAHU.

Authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds for the purpose of funding construction costs of a water storage and distribution system on agricultural lands owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Wahiawa, Oahu surrounding the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones site.

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2249, SD1

(SSCR3132)

Status

RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

Makes it a civil and administrative violation for any person to engage in certain archaeological activities without obtaining the required permission or approval from the department of land and natural resources. (SD1)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2303, SD2

(SSCR3082)

Status

RELATING TO THE WAHIAWA DAM AND RESERVOIR.

Directs the Department of Land and Natural Resources to develop and implement an emergency intervention plan for the Wahiawa dam and reservoir and to study and report to the Legislature on the feasibility of the State acquiring the Wahiawa dam and reservoir. Appropriates funds. Effective 12/31/2033. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2370, SD1

(SSCR3206)

Status

RELATING TO KALAUPAPA MONTH.

Designates January as "Kalaupapa month." Effective 7/1/2051. (SD1)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2265, SD2

(SSCR2892)

Status

RELATING TO HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS.

Establishes the micro enterprise assistance program on Hawaiian home lands revolving fund to provide grants and loans through the implementation by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands of the micro enterprise assistance program to qualified native Hawaiians, native Hawaiian-controlled homestead associations, homestead association community development corporations, and native Hawaiian community organizations with a demonstrated ability and history of making and administering loans and providing support to qualified native Hawaiians. Authorizes the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to implement the program. Appropriates funds. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2692, SD2

(SSCR3310)

Status

RELATING TO THE NA WAI EHA WATERSHED.

Appropriates money out of the land conservation fund for the acquisition of the Na Wai Eha watershed in Wailuku, Maui. Requires the County of Maui to provide matching funds for the land acquisition or for the purchase of the associated water systems and easements. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2417, SD2

(SSCR3212)

Status

RELATING TO SUSTAINABILITY.

Requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to recognize that game mammals and game birds can provide a sustainable food source when properly managed in appropriate areas that minimize their impacts to important watershed areas and functions as well as to native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices and the resources those practices rely upon, and that the State's unique relationship with the ocean requires a careful consideration and management of land and ocean activities that prioritize the public trust responsibilities of the State, including but not limited to the conservation of natural resources for future generations and the protection of native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices pursuant to article XI, section 1 and article XII, section 7, of the Hawaii State Constitution. Requires each department, office, or agency of the State to update its rules and policies to integrate the local hunting and fishing industries into any food security or sustainability strategies that department, office, or agency employs. Requires reports to the Legislature. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2828, SD1

(SSCR3273)

Status

RELATING TO WATER.

Specifies that fire safety use is a beneficial use of water. Requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources, in consultation with the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to cooperate with the counties and reservoir owners to develop protocols and agreements for the use of reservoir waters for fire safety purposes. (SD1)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 3035, SD2

(SSCR3368)

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Establishes the ocean sciences research tax credit. Effective 7/1/2050. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2020. (SD2)

 

WLH, FIN

SB 2812, SD2

(SSCR3394)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.

Clarifies that agriculture activities in non-agricultural park lands may include the care and production of pasture lands. Requires the transfer of certain lands from the Department of Land and Natural Resources to the Department of Agriculture. Requires the Department of Land and Natural Resources to accept and return to its land inventory, any parcel or portion thereof, transferred pursuant to this Act that the Department of Agriculture has determined to be unsuitable or unnecessary for agricultural use. Requires reports to the Legislature on implementing the land transfers, addressing the concerns about stewardship, and compliance with the land transfers. Appropriates funds. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

WLH, 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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If during the course of the hearing it appears there will not be sufficient time to allow everyone to be heard, the chairperson reserves the right to limit the remaining testifiers to three-minutes. This three-minute policy will be enforced to ensure fairness and adequate consideration to all bills.

 

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Rep. Ryan I. Yamane

Chair