HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE THIRTY-SECOND LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2023

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Chair

Rep. Elle Cochran, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Justin H. Woodson

Rep. Kirstin Kahaloa

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. Amy A. Perruso

 

 

COMMITTEE ON WATER & LAND

Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Chair

Rep. Mahina Poepoe, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cory M. Chun

Rep. Dee Morikawa

Rep. Sonny Ganaden

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Rep. Kanani Souza

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 2, 2023

TIME:

8:30AM

PLACE:

VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

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A G E N D A

 

HB 444

Status

PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE I OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO RECOGNIZE AND PROTECT THE INHERENT AND INALIENABLE RIGHT OF ALL PEOPLE TO CLEAN WATER AND AIR, A HEALTHFUL ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE, HEALTHY NATIVE ECOSYSTEMS, AND BEACHES.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to ensure that the inherent and inalienable right of the people, including future generations, to clean water and air, a healthful environment and climate, healthy native ecosystems, and beaches, shall be protected and shall not be infringed.

 

EEP/WAL, JHA, FIN

HB 1396

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Establishes and appropriates funds for a pilot program within the environmental management division of the department of health to work with each county to identify a priority area to expand the county sewage system or other centralized treatment system to connect individual properties in the priority area and reduce or eliminate cesspools in the identified area.

 

EEP/WAL, HLT, FIN

HB 440

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Establishes an income tax credit for the cost of upgrading or converting a qualified cesspool to a director of health-approved wastewater system or connecting to a sewerage system. Requires certain information regarding cesspools on real property to be included in seller mandatory disclosures on real property transactions.

 

EEP/WAL, HLT, FIN

HB 180

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Creates within the Department of Health's wastewater branch a cesspool conversion section, which will be responsible for facilitating the conversion of cesspools within the State. Establishes 2.0 full-time equivalent positions within the cesspool conversion section in fiscal year 2023-2024, and 2.0 additional full-time equivalent positions within the section in fiscal year 2024-2025. Appropriates moneys.

 

EEP/WAL, HLT, FIN

HB 181

Status

RELATING TO CESSPOOLS.

Implements the recommendation of the cesspool conversion working group to accelerate the dates for required upgrades, conversions, or connections of priority level 1 cesspools and priority level 2 cesspools by requiring priority level 1 cesspools to be upgraded, converted, or connected before 1/1/2030, and priority level 2 cesspools to be upgraded, converted, or connected before 1/1/2035, rather than before 1/1/2050.

 

EEP/WAL, CPC, FIN

HB 587

Status

RELATING TO WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT.

Requires each county to submit to the Legislature a comprehensive integrated wastewater management plan report that addresses and identifies the county's wastewater management needs, including financial needs.

 

EEP/WAL, CPC, FIN

HB 195

Status

RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY.

Requires government entities in the State that issue building permits to implement SolarAPP+ or a functionally equivalent online automated permitting platform that verifies code compliance and issues permits to licensed contractors for solar distributed energy resource systems in real time by 1/1/2024. Requires government entities in the State that issue building permits to adopt self-certification for solar distributed energy resource systems that are not SolarAPP+ compatible. Makes the professional engineers, architects, surveyors, and landscape architects licensure law inapplicable to work with respect to residential distributed energy resource systems and increases the estimated cost of work on certain structures below which that licensure law is inapplicable.

 

EEP/WAL, CPC, FIN

 

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Rep. Linda Ichiyama

Chair

 

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Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Chair