THE SENATE
THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE
REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS
Senator Jill N. Tokuda, Chair
Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Vice-Chair

MEASURES DEFERRED TO MONDAY, APRIL 06, 2015

DATE:

Monday, April 06, 2015

TIME:

9:00 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 211
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street

DECISION MAKING ON THE FOLLOWING MEASURE(S):

HB1360 HD1 SD1
(SSCR924)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
Authorizes issuance of general obligation bonds for relocation of the Clear Channel antenna, including design and construction, equipment and appurtenances, and ground and site improvements.  (SD1)

TRA, WAM

HB1377 HD1
(SSCR1030)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO CHILD HEALTH.
Makes an appropriation to develop the specifications and pricing, as well as an implementation plan, for a web-based data system in the early intervention section of the Department of Health.  Makes an appropriation for operating expenses and to establish one permanent coordinator position in the Children with Special Health Needs Branch of the Department of Health to improve social-emotional and behavioral outcomes for children from birth to age five.  (HB1377 HD1)

HTH/HSH, WAM

HB581 HD1 SD1
(SSCR1029)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.
Continues the Hospital Sustainability Program for one year.  Appropriates funds out of the Hospital Sustainability Program Special Fund for fiscal year 2015-2016.  Amends various reimbursement rates under the program to certain private hospitals for uncompensated care and upper limit payments.  (SD1)

HTH/HSH, WAM

HB874 HD1 SD1
(SSCR1154)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM.
Requires the department of education to report on the status and long-term development and administration of non-translated annual assessments in the Hawaiian language for language arts, mathematics, and science for ka papahana kaiapuni students.  Makes an appropriation to carry out the purposes of this Act.  (SD1)

HWN/EDU, WAM
[Measure added on 4/1/2015]

HB1356 SD1
(SSCR1144)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO UNFUNDED LIABILITIES.
Establishes the Rate Stabilization Reserve Fund to stabilize the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund when there is insufficient money to cover the costs of providing benefits to employee-beneficiaries and dependent-beneficiaries.  Caps employer contributions to the other post-employment benefits (OPEB) trust fund when the separate accounts for each public employer within the OPEB trust fund have a combined balance of at least $2,000,000,000.  Allows the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund to invest moneys in the same manner as the Employees' Retirement System.  Takes effect on 1/7/2059.  (SD1)

JDL, WAM
[Measure added on 4/2/2015]

HB1010 HD1 SD1
(SSCR1108)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO THE COMMUTER BENEFITS PROGRAM.
Authorizes the counties to adopt an ordinance requiring employers to offer employees specified commuter benefits options.  Effective July 1, 2030.  (SD1)

PSM/TRA/JDL, WAM
[Measure added on 4/2/2015]

HB1153 SD1
(SSCR1060)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO VETERANS.
Exempts qualifying totally and permanently disabled veterans from paying the State motor vehicle registration fee.  Requires the office of veterans services to report the number of qualifying veterans to the legislature and department of taxation.  Effective July 1, 2020.  (SD1)

PSM/TRA, WAM
[Measure added on 4/2/2015]

HB1292 HD2 SD1
(SSCR1127)

Status and Testimony

RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.
Establishes a procurement task force to identify and propose amendments, if any, to the procurement code that may better promote economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and impartiality in the procurement of public works construction projects, specifically regarding statewide past performance standards and processes.  Takes effect on 7/1/2030.  (SD1)

GVO, WAM
[Measure added on 4/2/2015]

No testimony will be accepted.

FOR AMENDED NOTICES:  Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored.  If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE CLERK AT 808-587-7215.