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

 

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

TIME:

9:10 AM

PLACE:

VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

 

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A G E N D A

 

HB 1303

Status

RELATING TO WATER CONSERVATION.

Appropriates moneys to certain counties to create pilot programs that incentivize residential homeowners in certain dry areas to replace landscaping refurbishments with alternatives that reduce water use.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 837

Status

RELATING TO THE STATE PLAN.

Establishes green infrastructure objectives, policies, and priority guidelines for state facility systems, infrastructure, and transit projects in the Hawaii State Planning Act to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors. Adds definition of "green infrastructure". Requires the office of planning and sustainable development, in partnership with the greenhouse gas sequestration task force, to submit a report to the legislature making recommendations for implementing the green infrastructure objectives, policies, and priority guidelines.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 575

Status

RELATING TO GASOLINE-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS.

Prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or operation of gasoline-powered leaf blowers. Increases the amounts of fines for offenses of leaf blower restrictions and provides for the forfeiture of gasoline-powered leaf blowers upon a third violation. Removes the exemption on leaf blower restrictions for government agencies. Takes effect 1/1/2025.

 

EEP, CPC

HB 256

Status

RELATING TO ORGANIC WASTE.

Requires each county to incorporate into its next integrated solid waste management plan revision a plan to divert all organic waste produced within the county by facilities generating more than a certain amount of organic waste per year. Appropriates funds to reimburse the counties for incorporation of the new requirement into their plan revisions.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 895

Status

RELATING TO ORGANIC WASTE DIVERSION.

Updates the State's integrated solid waste management goals and priorities to include organic waste diversion. Requires and appropriates moneys for the counties to incorporate organic waste diversion into the counties' integrated solid waste management plans.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 185

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL.

Makes a housekeeping amendment to section 341-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to delete a reference to a repealed section.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 927

Status

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Establishes within the Hawaii State Energy Office the future fusion task force to promote the use of fusion as an energy source in the State.

 

EEP, FIN

 

 

 

 

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Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Chair