HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2021

 

COMMITTEE ON WATER & LAND

Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair

Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Sonny Ganaden

Rep. Dee Morikawa

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

Rep. Takashi Ohno

Rep. Sam Satoru Kong

Rep. Bob McDermott

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

TIME:

9:00 a.m.

PLACE:

VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE

Conference Room 430

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

 

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HB 98

Status

RELATING TO AQUATIC RESOURCES.

Specifies that any equipment, article, instrument, aircraft, vehicle, vessel, or business record used in violation of the aquatic resources law is subject to forfeiture. Authorizes the imposition of a criminal fine. Clarifies that the fine structure may be assessed on a per-specimen basis. Makes violations of the aquatic resources law a misdemeanor, rather than a petty misdemeanor. Permits the department of land and natural resources to recommend community service that benefits the resource damaged when a person is ordered to perform community service in lieu of a fine.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 101

Status

RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY.

Clarifies that persons that enter private property for recreational purposes have no cause of action, unless exempted under law. Requires a court to award attorneys' fees and costs to landowners if plaintiffs bring unreasonable claims. States that, as a matter of law, persons participating in outdoor recreational activities accept the inherent dangers in the activities.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 244

Status

RELATING TO LAND RECORDATION.

Amends the data requirements for land recordation by the bureau of conveyances, on land other than fee simple time share interests deregistered by the land court, to include a map and description prepared by a licensed professional surveyor.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 245

Status

RELATING TO HISTORIC PRESERVATION.

Amends the definition of "historic property" under the Historic Preservation Law.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 247

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 condominium property regime projects within the agricultural district are used for agricultural purposes.

 

WAL, AGR, JHA

HB 344

Status

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

Provides that the Board of Land and Natural Resources and Commission on Water Resource Management shall not conduct contested case hearings, and counties shall not conduct contested case hearings regarding disputes over land use, but that decisions and disputes may be contested and adjudicated in circuit court.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 369

Status

RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.

Increases the allocation of funds from transient accommodations tax revenue to the special land and development fund to improve certain state resources and services.

 

WAL, LAT, FIN

HB 467

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.

Authorizes the designation of areas or regions of public lands classified as commercial, industrial, resort and hotel, and the establishment and implementation of guidelines for the redevelopment of the areas or regions that will: (1) modernize the policies for the management of public lands in the designated area; (2) establish a plan for the designated area, including district-wide improvements, that is coordinated with state and county land use and planning policies; and (3) implement asset and property management concepts that can optimize income from the properties and evolve in response to changing principles of property administration. Designates the public lands on the Waiakea peninsula on the island of Hawaii as the Waiakea peninsula redevelopment district. Allows the department of land and natural resources to issue a rent reduction or waiver for certain lessee's expenses for demolition or provision of basic infrastructure. Authorizes a local redevelopment agency to contract with a developer for construction of non-residential projects on public land within a redevelopment area. Exempts the costs of construction of work or improvements of a redevelopment project from general excise and use taxes. Makes an appropriation.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 498

Status

RELATING TO AQUATIC RESOURCES.

Authorizes the department of land and natural resources to use in-lieu fee mitigation to restore, create, enhance, or preserve aquatic habitats or resources as compensatory mitigation.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 499

Status

RELATING TO LEASE EXTENSIONS ON PUBLIC LAND.

Authorizes the Board of Land and Natural Resources to extend certain leases of public lands for commercial, industrial, resort, or government use upon approval of a proposed development agreement to make substantial improvements to the existing improvements.

 

WAL, CPC, FIN

HB 601

Status

RELATING TO THE TRAFFIC CODE.

Amends the statewide traffic code to allow for the chairperson of the BLNR and county chiefs of police to designate state or county employees or contractors to issue citations for traffic violations.

 

WAL, JHA, FIN

 

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Rep. David A. Tarnas

Chair