THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS MANAGEMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that use of electronic devices has grown substantially over the past two decades. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans have generated approximately three million tons of waste in consumer electronics goods per year during the last decade.
The legislature further finds that while recycling of electronic devices prevents valuable materials from going into the waste stream, preventing waste in the first place is preferable to any waste management option. Donating used but still functioning electronic devices for reuse extends the lives of valuable products and keeps them out of the waste stream for a longer duration. Donating used electronic devices also allows recipients, such as schools, nonprofit organizations, and lower‑income families, to obtain equipment that they otherwise cannot afford.
The purpose of this Act is to promote electronics stewardship and reduce electronic waste in the State by requiring all persons who are located in counties having a population greater than seven hundred fifty thousand and receive state financial assistance to donate unnecessary but functioning electronic devices to nonprofit organizations that will refurbish and distribute these devices to eligible persons in the State.
SECTION 2. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
ELECTRONIC Device and television DONATION ACT
§ -1 Short title. This chapter shall be known as the "Electronic Device and Television Donation Act".
§ -2 Definitions. As used in this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise:
"Charitable, religious, or nonprofit organization" means any organization that was organized and is operating in the State for charitable or religious purposes or to promote social welfare, which is exempt from income taxation under chapter 235.
"Covered electronic device" has the same meaning as defined in section 339D-1. "Covered electronic device" includes enterprise information technology hardware, including data storage devices, network equipment, servers, and server racks.
"Covered entity" means a person receiving state funds and state financial assistance. "Covered entity" shall not include any person who is required to reuse the person's personal properties as excess or surplus federal personal property under applicable federal law and executive orders.
"Covered refurbisher" means an organization that:
(1) Is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code;
(2) Is registered with the business registration division of the department of commerce and consumer affairs to conduct business in this State;
(3) Maintains a physical place of operation in this State to receive and distribute excess electronic devices;
(4) Has the ability to repair, upgrade, and refurbish excess electronic devices for use by and distribution to eligible recipients under this chapter;
(5) Is registered with the department as a covered refurbisher under this chapter; and
(6) Satisfies other criteria to operate as a covered refurbisher under this chapter, as determined by the department.
"Covered television" has the same meaning as defined in section 339D-1.
"Department" means the department of accounting and general services.
"Excess electronic device" means any covered electronic device or covered television that is:
(1) Owned and controlled by a covered entity;
(2) No longer necessary for the operations of the covered entity, as determined by the covered entity; and
(3) Properly functioning or may be repaired, upgraded, or refurbished for use by an eligible recipient, as determined by the covered entity.
"Government entity" means any department, unit, or agency of the federal, state, or county governments.
"Lease" means any transfer of the right to possession and use of goods for a term in return for consideration.
"Person" means any individual, business, partnership, limited liability company, corporation, nonprofit organization, association, government entity, public benefit corporation, or public authority.
"Refurbished device" means an excess electronic device that has been refurbished by a covered refurbisher for the purpose of distribution to an eligible recipient.
"Sell" or "sale" means any transfer of title to goods in return for consideration.
"State financial assistance" means grants, purchase‑of‑service contracts, or any other arrangement by which the State provides or otherwise makes available assistance in the form of funds to the person for the purpose of rendering services to the public. "State financial assistance" shall not include funds obtained based on procurement contracts, state insurance or guaranty contracts, licenses, tax credits, or loan guarantees to private businesses of general concern that do not render services on behalf of the State.
§ -3 Application of chapter. This chapter shall apply only to covered entities located in counties having a population greater than seven hundred fifty thousand.
§ -4 Covered entity responsibility. (a) No later than January 1, 2022, and at minimum, each year thereafter, a covered entity shall:
(1) Identify any excess electronic device; and
(2) Transfer, as a charitable contribution, the title to and possession of the excess electronic device to a covered refurbisher at no cost to the covered refurbisher; provided that the covered entity shall provide its name and contact information to the covered refurbisher upon the transfer of title and possession under this paragraph.
(b) A covered entity, prior to the transfer of an excess electronic device under this section, shall remove from the device data and any content that may be deemed inappropriate for individuals under the age of eighteen, according to rules adopted by the department under this chapter. To the maximum extent practicable, the covered entity shall remove data using a means that does not remove, disable, or destroy critical functions, or otherwise render the excess electronic device unusable. The covered entity shall be allowed to remove any data storage devices from any excess electronic device prior to transferring the device to a covered refurbisher.
(c) A covered entity, prior to the transfer of an excess electronic device under this section, may request a covered refurbisher to examine a covered electronic device or covered television that is not functioning properly and determine if it may be repaired, updated, or refurbished for use. If the covered refurbisher determines that the covered electronic device or covered television cannot be repaired, updated, or refurbished for use, the covered entity shall recycle it in compliance with applicable law.
(d) No later than February 1, 2023, and each year thereafter, a covered entity shall report to the department, for each excess electronic device it transferred to a covered refurbisher under this section during the previous year:
(1) The type of device;
(2) The amount of charitable contribution the covered entity claimed for the device;
(3) The name of the covered refurbisher who received the device; and
(4) Any other information the department deems appropriate under this chapter.
§ -5 Covered refurbisher responsibility. (a) A covered refurbisher, upon receipt of title to and possession of an excess electronic device from a covered entity under this chapter, shall:
(1) Repair, upgrade, and refurbish the excess electronic device for use, and transfer title to and possession of the refurbished device to an eligible recipient at a price not to exceed $50 per refurbished device; provided that enterprise hardware shall be exempted from the $50 cap; or
(2) Recycle the excess electronic device in compliance with applicable law if the excess electronic device cannot be repaired, upgraded, or refurbished for use.
(b) A covered refurbisher shall not be liable for electronic data or other information remaining on an excess electronic device that is contributed by a covered entity under this chapter.
(c) A covered refurbisher, upon request from a covered entity, shall examine a covered electronic device or covered television and determine if the covered electronic device or covered television is functioning properly or may be repaired, updated, or refurbished for use. If the covered refurbisher determines that the covered electronic device or covered television cannot be repaired, updated, or refurbished for use, the covered entity shall recycle it in compliance with applicable law.
(d) A covered refurbisher shall provide notice of refurbished devices available for distribution to eligible recipients by practicable means, such as newspapers of general circulation, community announcements, and the Internet.
(e) No later than February 1, 2023, and each year thereafter, a covered refurbisher shall report to the department, for each excess electronic device it received under this chapter during the previous year:
(1) The type of device;
(2) The name and contact information of the donating covered entity; and
(3) Any other information the department deems appropriate under this chapter.
(f) Except as provided under subsection (a)(1), no covered refurbisher shall sell or lease a covered electronic device or covered television it receives from a covered entity under this section.
§ -6 Eligible recipients. (a) A person is eligible to receive title to and possession of a refurbished device under this chapter if the person is:
(1) A charitable, religious, or nonprofit organization;
(2) An individual who is:
(A) A resident of this State; and
(B) Determined to be in need in accordance with rules adopted by the department under this chapter; or
(3) A government entity.
(b) No person who received title to and possession of a refurbished device under this chapter shall sell or lease the device.
§ -7 Department responsibility. (a) Beginning January 1, 2022, the department shall maintain and update a website with current information on covered refurbishers available in the State. The department shall notify all covered entities of their new responsibilities.
(b) No later than April 1, 2023, and each year thereafter, the department shall compile the information submitted by covered refurbishers of the excess electronic devices that were received and distributed during the previous year and submit a report to the legislature.
§ -8 Enforcement; penalties. (a) The department may conduct inspections to determine compliance under this chapter.
(b) The attorney general may file suit in the name of the State to enjoin an activity related to the sale or lease of excess electronic devices in violation of this chapter.
(c) Any person found in violation of this chapter may be assessed a penalty not to exceed $1,000 for the first violation and not to exceed $2,000 for the second and each subsequent violation.
§ -9 Administrative penalties; fees. (a) The department may impose administrative penalties.
(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a), the department shall not assess any fees on eligible recipients, covered entities, or covered refurbishers for the acts of transferring or receiving title to and possession of excess electronic devices or refurbished devices under this chapter.
§ -10 Rules. The department shall establish rules pursuant to chapter 91 to implement the purposes of this chapter."
SECTION 3. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.
Sustainable Electronics Management; Electronic Device and Television Donation; Nonprofit Organizations; Reuse
Requires persons in counties having a population greater than seven hundred fifty thousand who receive state funds and state financial assistance to donate unnecessary but functioning electronic devices and televisions to nonprofit organizations that will refurbish and distribute them to eligible persons in the State. Sets reporting requirements for donating entities, nonprofit refurbishers, and the department of accounting and general services. Sets administrative penalties for violations. Effective 7/1/2050. (HD2)
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