HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

209

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

relating to the reduced ignition propensity cigarette program.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The legislature finds that Hawaii enacted a reduced ignition propensity cigarette law effective on September 30, 2009, and the state fire council is responsible for administering this program. As stated in section 132C-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, the intent of this law is "to require that only reduced ignition propensity cigarette be sold in the State." The current statute allows moneys in the reduced ignition propensity cigarette special fund to employ a full-time administrator and an assistant. However, the job classification for the current reduced ignition propensity cigarette employee is a part-time program specialist. The current statute also does not allow this employee to be exempt from chapters 76 and 89, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which is contrary to statutory provisions provided in section 132-18, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for other state fire council staff employees.

Accordingly, the purpose of this Act is to revise the reduced ignition propensity cigarette statute to allow more flexibility in job classifications, including full- or part-time personnel, and to make the positions exempt from chapters 76 and 89, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 2. Section 132C-9, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]132C‑9[]]  Reduced ignition propensity cigarette program special fund. (a) There is established in the state treasury a reduced ignition propensity cigarette program special fund, into which shall be deposited [all moneys] moneys collected by the state fire council from the reduced ignition propensity cigarette program pursuant to section 132C-4. [All interest] Interest earned or accrued on moneys deposited in the fund shall become part of the fund.

(b) [Moneys] Money in the reduced ignition propensity cigarette program special fund shall be administered and expended by the state fire council to defray the actual cost of activities and requirements of section 132C-4, including employing [one full-time] a full- or part-time administrator [and], one [full-time] full- or part-time administrative assistant, or other full- or part-time staff personnel without regard to chapters 76 and 89. The administrator's, administrative assistant's, or other personnel's [whose] duties shall include:

(1) Adopting administrative rules for program implementation, establishing compliance inspections, and approving forms and enforcement procedures and guidelines;

(2) Receiving certifications for approximately six hundred different brands and styles of cigarettes from the manufacturers;

(3) Compiling a list of the cigarette brands and styles for which manufacturers have submitted certifications, verifying tax stamp compliance with the department of the attorney general, and posting the list of certified brands and styles on a state website for informational purposes only;

(4) Reviewing and approving, as needed, any alternative test methods or fire standard compliance markings submitted by the manufacturer; and

(5) If needed, submitting certified cigarettes to an accredited laboratory for testing to verify that performance standards have been met."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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By Request


 


 

Report Title:

State Fire Council Package; Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarette Program

 

Description:

Provides flexibility in employing personnel to administer the reduced ignition propensity cigarette program.

 

 

 

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