OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER

TWENTY-NINTH STATE LEGISLATURE

 

COMMITTEE REFERRALS

 

 

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NO. 5

6TH LEGISLATIVE DAY-JANUARY 27, 2017

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Committee Abbreviations:

 


AGR -  Agriculture

CPC -   Consumer Protection & Commerce

EDB -  Economic Development & Business

EDN -  Education

EEP -   Energy & Environmental Protection

FIN -    Finance

HED -  Higher Education

HLT -   Health

HSG -  Housing

HUS -  Human Services

IAC -   Intrastate Commerce

JUD -   Judiciary

LAB -  Labor & Public Employment

LMG -  Legislative Management

OMH - Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs

PBS -   Public Safety

TOU -  Tourism

TRN -  Transportation

VMI -   Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts

WAL - Water & Land


 

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Committee

 

 

REFERRAL

 

HB1013

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.

Restructures the Hawaii Invasive Species Council as the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority, administratively attached to the Department of Agriculture, to coordinate implementation of the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan and to improve coordination of the State's invasive species prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, enforcement, and outreach programs.  Appropriates funds to implement the Authority and relevant interagency invasive species projects.  Effective 7/1/2017.

 

AGR, EEP, FIN

HB1014

RELATING TO THE IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LAND QUALIFIED AGRICULTURAL COST TAX CREDIT.

Extending by ten years the time period that the Department of Agriculture may certify important agricultural lands qualified agricultural costs.

 

WAL, FIN

HB1015

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes a grant program within chapter 163D, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

AGR, FIN

HB1016

RELATING TO FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH IN HAWAII.

Designates the month of October as "Farm to School Month in Hawaii."

 

AGR, JUD

HB1017

RELATING TO THE PESTICIDE USE REVOLVING FUND.

Increase the Pesticide Use Revolving Fund threshold from $250,000 to $1,000,000.  Allows for additional pesticide education specialists and future research and studies.

 

AGR, EEP, FIN

HB1018

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establish a special fund within the department of agriculture to deposit fees and expend funds necessary for the industrial hemp pilot program.  Specify that the cultivation of industrial hemp shall be limited to licensed owners, lessees, or occupiers of lands situated within the State agricultural district.  Clarify that each respective county must recognize industrial hemp cultivation as an agricultural product, use, and activity allowing lower land assessment.

 

AGR, FIN

HB1019

RELATING TO THE STATE RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE ADMINISTRATION.

Amend the responsibilities of the Comptroller to acquire risk management, investigative, claims adjustment, actuarial, and other services on a fee for services compensation method through an exemption of applicable sections in chapter 431, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that do not allow this.  Chapter 431 only allows the State's insurance broker to be compensated through commissions paid by the insurance companies the State buys insurance from which are based on a percentage of the insurance policy premium.

 

CPC, FIN

HB1020

RELATING TO LEAVES OF ABSENCE.

Amend section 78-23(c), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to allow the Employee's Designation of Beneficiary form to be kept in the department where the employee is employed and also to permit the designation to be filed and maintained electronically.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1021

RELATING TO ENHANCED 911 SERVICES.

Establishes a prepaid wireless E911 surcharge of 2.64 per cent of prepaid wireless service purchased at the point of sale.  Allows sellers to deduct and retain 3 per cent of the surcharge that is collected for administrative purposes.  Requires the amounts collected by the Enhanced 911 Board to be placed in the Enhanced 911 Fund.  Effective on July 1, 2018.

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB1022

MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE, ITS OFFICERS, OR ITS EMPLOYEES.

Makes appropriations for claims against the State, its officers, and its employees.

 

JUD, FIN

HB1023

RELATING TO PROFESSIONALLY LICENSED OR CERTIFIED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES.

Clarifies that the State shall be exclusively liable for claims for injury or loss of property, or personal injury or death, resulting from the negligent or wrongful act or omission of any professionally licensed or certified employee of the State while acting within the scope of the employee's office or employment.  Establishes that any civil action or proceeding for money damages arising out of or related to the same subject matter against the employee shall be precluded.

 

JUD, FIN

HB1024

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT TORT LIABILITY.

Clarifies that government entities are only liable in certain cases for the percentage share of the damages they actually caused.

 

JUD, FIN

HB1025

RELATING TO INCOME WITHHOLDING FOR CHILD SUPPORT.

Amends the income withholding requirements to impose a fine against any employer who (a) discharges from employment, refuses to employ, or takes disciplinary action against any noncustodial parent subject to income withholding or (b) fails to withhold support from income or pay the amounts to the Child Support Enforcement Agency.

 

HUS, JUD, FIN

HB1026

RELATING TO COVERED OFFENDER REGISTRATION.

Allows the attorney general to disclose confidential covered offender registration information to criminal justice agencies for administration of criminal justice and covered offender registration purposes and to disclose an indication of a covered offender's requirement to register in response to a fingerprint-based state and national criminal history record check conducted pursuant to section 846-2.7, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

JUD

HB1027

RELATING TO NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS.

Amend chapter 414D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to impose a duty of loyalty on directors and officers of nonprofit corporations, to prohibit directors from voting on matters where they have a conflict of interest, to recodify provisions that would allow nonprofit corporations to convert into and out of domestic nonprofit corporations, and to increase the length of time that the Attorney General has to review proposed dissolutions of public benefit corporations.

 

CPC, JUD

HB1028

RELATING TO CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS.

Defines "property" as used in section 28-5.2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, regarding protection of charitable assets.  Requires certain disclosures on collection bins for donated clothing and household items by for-profit and nonprofit organizations, authorizes an officer or an agent to file an initial registration statement for a charity, requires notice to the Attorney General and specifies a procedure when a charity seeks deactivation from registration, authorizes the Attorney General to require electronic signature for financial reports filed by professional solicitors, clarifies what is being certified by the electronic signature and therefore subject to section 710-1063, Hawaii Revised Statutes, regarding penalties for unsworn statements shall apply, allows charitable organizations that file an IRS Form 990-PF to file annual reports with the Attorney General on the same schedule as charities that file an IRS Form 990 or 990EZ, repeals obsolete and updates references to accrediting organizations, and clarifies that the exemption from registration for organizations that support educational institutions is a separate exemption from that of the educational institutions themselves.

 

CPC, JUD

HB1029

RELATING TO CRIMINAL TRESPASS.

Adds the offense of criminal trespass onto state lands to the penal code.  Amends criminal trespass in the second degree to apply to government agricultural property regardless of whether it is fenced, enclosed, or otherwise secured.

 

WAL, JUD

HB1030

RELATING TO THE POWER OF ARREST.

Updates the list of federal agencies whose officers may make arrests for certain offenses under state law by adding the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and removing the Citizenship and Immigration Services from the list.  Adds proper titles of the heads of the district offices for the listed federal agencies.

 

TRN, JUD, FIN

HB1031

RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS.

Adds the Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Departments of Taxation, Human Services, and Labor and Industrial Relations to the list of agencies that are authorized to conduct criminal history record checks on employees, prospective employees, and contractors that have access to federal tax information.

 

JUD, FIN

HB1032

RELATING TO FIREARMS OWNED, POSSESSED, OR CONTROLLED BY PERSONS WHO POSE A SERIOUS RISK OF VIOLENCE OR HARM TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Upon application allows law enforcement to seize and retain firearms or ammunition owned, possessed, or controlled by a person who poses a serious risk of violence or harm to public safety, pursuant to court order.

 

JUD

HB1033

RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE.

Includes "agencies" within the definition of "persons".

 

JUD

HB1034

RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

Amends the definition of "community-based organization."  Amends the qualifications for community-based economic development grants to include technical assistance to community-based organizations.  Reduces the number of Community-based Economic Development Advisory Council members from twelve to ten.

 

EDB, FIN

HB1035

RELATING TO THE AEROSPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

To eliminate the requirement for the Governor to appoint certain representative members of the Aerospace Advisory Committee.

 

EDB, JUD

HB1036

RELATING TO THE HIGH TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Changes the name of the High Technology Development Corporation to Hawaii Technology Development Corporation and repeals the Hawaii Software Service Center that is established within the High Technology Development Corporation.   Effective 7/01/2017.

 

EDB, FIN

HB1037

RELATING TO THE SALE OF QUALIFYING LEASEHOLD CONDOMINIUMS AND SINGLE FAMILY HOUSE LOTS OWNED BY THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Exempts from legislative approval the sale of the leased fee interest in certain qualified affordable leasehold condominiums and single family house lots by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation.

 

HSG/WAL, JUD, FIN

HB1038

RELATING TO THE MOTION PICTURE, DIGITAL MEDIA, AND FILM PRODUCTION INCOME TAX CREDIT.

Amends Act 88, Session Laws of Hawaii 2006, to extend the sunset date for the amendments made to section 235-17, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  Amends section 235-17(h), Hawaii Revised Statues, to require taxpayers claiming the tax credit to submit an independent certification of the qualified production costs.

 

EDB, FIN

HB1039

RELATING TO FUNDING FOR CREATIVE MEDIA AND FILM DEVELOPMENT.

Amends section 201-113, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to expand funding sources to support creative industries development within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; and repeals sections 201-111, 201-112, and 201-114, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

EDB, FIN

HB1040

RELATING TO RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARD.

Amends the "renewable portfolio standard" calculation to more accurately reflect the amount of grid-connected renewable energy generation in Hawaii.

 

EEP, CPC

HB1041

RELATING TO REPORTING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM.

Deletes "every fifth year reporting" requirement by the greenhouse gas emissions reduction task force to the Legislature and changes who is authorized to appoint the panel to conduct the evaluation of the energy systems development special fund projects.

 

EEP

HB1042

RELATING TO THE SMALL BUSINESS REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ACT.

Adopt a more explicit definition of "small business," clarify the powers of the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, increase the number of board members from nine to eleven, and clarify when reporting by the agencies is required for submission to the board and for submission by the board to the Legislature.

 

EDB, FIN

HB1043

RELATING TO ENERGY ASSURANCE.

Addresses deficiencies in Hawaii's fuel shortage response and energy emergency (energy assurance) statutes; provides policy guidance on preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against any actual or potential energy supply disruption or shortage to preserve the State's energy security and to ensure that fuel products and energy resources are made available to emergency services and the public in an orderly, efficient, and safe manner.

 

EEP, FIN

HB1044

RELATING TO RENEWABLE FUELS TAX CREDIT.

To replace the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism requirements related to the certification, administration and verification of the renewable fuels production tax credit with a survey.

 

EDB/EEP, FIN

HB1045

RELATING TO THE HOUSING LOAN AND MORTGAGE PROGRAM.

Increases the Hula Mae Multifamily Revenue Bond authorization amount.

 

HSG, FIN

HB1046

RELATING TO THE DOWNPAYMENT LOAN ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

Expands the Downpayment Loan Program to provide greater assistance to low and moderate income first-time homebuyers.

 

HSG, FIN

HB1047

RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Facilitates the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure in Hawaii, allow small wireless facilities to be placed on state and county utility poles, structures and on light standards, subject to rates, terms, and conditions.

 

IAC, FIN

HB1048

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (2) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1049

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (3) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1050

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (4) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1051

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (5) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1052

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (6) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1053

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (7) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1054

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (8) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1055

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (9) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1056

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (10) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1057

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (11) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1058

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items for Unit (1) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1059

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (13) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1060

RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

To provide appropriations for collective bargaining cost items and other public employment costs for Unit (14) and their excluded counterparts, including the cost of salary adjustments negotiated between the State and the bargaining unit representative for fiscal biennium 2017-2019.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1061

RELATING TO EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Sets new rates for employer contributions to the Employees' Retirement System.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1062

RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND DEFINITION OF "DEPENDENT-BENFICIARY".

Amends the definition of "dependent-beneficiary" as used in chapter 87A, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1063

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Preserves the Employees' Retirement System's use and control of unclaimed member contributions and benefit payments.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1064

RELATING TO UNCLAIMED PROPERTY OF THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.

Adds a provision to section 87A-31, Hawaii Revised Statutes, that provides a means for the EUTF to void claims for reimbursement of medicare part B premiums or any other debt payable that total less than $500 and are older than ten years.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1065

RELATING TO ACTUARIAL COSTS OF SEPARATION OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FROM SERVICE.

Requires payment to the Employees' Retirement System of any actuarial loss incurred due to separation from service of a significant number of an agency's employees.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1066

RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND EXEMPTION FROM THE INSURANCE CODE.

Expands the exemption of the EUTF from the insurance code for the design of benefit plans offered by the EUTF.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1067

RELATING TO INVESTMENT PERSONNEL OF THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Allows the Board of Trustees of the Employees' Retirement System, through its Executive Director, to appoint one or more investment professionals and changes the status of investment specialists from civil service to exempt from civil service.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1068

RELATING TO THE STATE AND COUNTY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.

Make housekeeping amendments.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1069

RELATING TO STAFF OF THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.

Converts most EUTF staff from exempt to civil service employees.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1070

RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Extends benefit finalization period for December 31 retirements; changes interest rate for late benefit finalizations; extends deadline for employer payments under section 88-100, Hawaii Revised Statues; allows delegation of certain disability retirement and service connected death benefit approval functions.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1071

RELATING TO GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND PREMIUMS.

Amends section 39-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to allow premiums received from the sale of general obligation bonds to be used for eligible capital expenditures pursuant to section 39-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

FIN

HB1072

RELATING TO REIMBURSEMENTS TO THE STATE FOR THE COSTS OF ASSESSMENT, COLLECTION, AND DISPOSITION OF THE COUNTY SURCHARGE ON STATE TAX.

Repeals the requirement that the Director of Finance deduct ten per cent of the gross proceeds of a respective county's surcharge on state tax to reimburse the State for the costs of assessment, collection, and disposition of the county surcharge on state tax incurred by the State.

 

FIN

HB1073

RELATING TO STATE FUNDS.

Updates statute sections relating to the investment and deposit of state funds.

 

FIN

HB1074

RELATING TO THE STATE OF HAWAII SECTION 529 COLLEGE SAVINGS PROGRAM.

Establishes a State income tax deduction for eligible contributions made to Hawaii's section 529 college savings program.

 

FIN

HB1075

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFERS.

Update statute relating to electronic funds transfers to allow Automated Clearing House account debit transactions in certain situations as may be approved by the Director of Finance.

 

FIN

HB1076

RELATING TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND.

Amends section 328L-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to remove the specific percentage of tobacco settlement moneys that is to be deposited to the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund.

 

FIN

HB1077

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO THE EMERGENCY AND BUDGET RESERVE FUND.

Makes a general fund appropriation of $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2017 2018 to further capitalize the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund.

 

FIN

HB1078

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COST ITEMS RELATED TO THE TRANSITION OF MAUI REGION HOSPITALS.

Makes an appropriation to department of budget and finance for collective bargaining cost items related to the transition of the operation of Maui regional hospitals to Maui Health Systems, a Kaiser Hospital.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1079

RELATING TO POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION AUTHORIZATION.

Creates a framework for authorizing post-secondary degree-granting educational institutions that have applied for accreditation by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

HED, CPC

HB1080

RELATING TO THE AUTHORITY TO ADJUST PROFESSIONAL AND VOCATIONAL LICENSING FEES.

Updates section 92-28, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to include all of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs' professional and vocational licensing chapters to allow for the flexibility of decreasing or increasing fees in a timely manner, subject to the approval of the Governor.

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB1081

RELATING TO CITATIONS FOR BEAUTY CULTURE VIOLATIONS.

Authorizes the issuance of a citation for specific violations of beauty culture laws by licensees and permittees.  Sets forth a process for licensees and permittees to contest the citation and provides for the assessment of fines for each violation.

 

IAC, CPC, JUD

HB1082

RELATING TO GOVERNMENTAL RETENTION OF ATTORNEYS.

Revises the Division of Financial Institution's exemption from the general prohibition against departmental employment or retention of attorneys by removing the reference to mortgage loan recovery fund actions.

 

IAC, LAB, JUD

HB1083

RELATING TO MONEY TRANSMITTERS.

Clarifies chapter 489D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, including requirements for money transmitter license and change in control applications, criminal background checks, security devices, permissible investments, records, and voluntary surrender of license.  Amends definitions of "outstanding payment instrument", "person" and "principal".  Repeals definition of "key shareholder".

 

CPC, FIN

HB1084

RELATING TO MORTGAGE SERVICERS.

Clarifies and updates requirements under chapter 454M, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for mortgage servicers.  Adds new sections for change in control, and defining "presumption of control".  Adds a definition of "executive officer".

 

CPC, FIN

HB1085

RELATING TO MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATION.

Clarifies and updates requirements under chapter 454F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for mortgage loan origination.  Clarifies persons subject to criminal history disclosures and criminal history background checks on applications for licensure and change of control of the licensee, and when a person is presumed to control a mortgage loan originator company (MLOC).  Clarifies responsibilities of a "qualified individual", amends the definition, and requires an exempt sponsoring MLOC to have a qualified individual and a principal place of business in the State.  Clarifies supervisory requirements of nonprofit organizations under chapter 454F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and when a nonprofit employee is exempt from registration and licensure as a mortgage loan originator.  Clarifies the applicable fee for a criminal history background check.  Defines "executive officer".

 

CPC, FIN

HB1086

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Provides the Insurance Commissioner express prior approval authority over long-term care insurance rates.  Makes technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity and consistency.

 

CPC, FIN

HB1087

RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Updates Hawaii Revised Statutes title 24 by: changing the dollar amount of the benefits, recovery, or compensation obtained or attempted to be obtained for a class C felony, and misdemeanor; requiring insurers seeking a certificate of authority to submit a Uniform Certificate of Authority Application to the Insurance Division and to clarify that the insurer's name must comply with sections 431:3-202(b) and 431:4-104(d)(1); including application and service fees charged to motor vehicle self-insurers; allowing the Insurance Commissioner to issue a declaration before an event that may require the use of nonresident adjusters; complying with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Producer Licensing Model Act; allowing third-party claimants to claim the general excise tax and certificate of ownership fee in total loss claims; requiring that certain costs and expenses incurred by the Insurance Commissioner during supervisory proceedings be paid or reimbursed by the assets of the insurer; and making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity and consistency.

 

CPC, FIN

HB1088

RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.

Updates Hawaii Revised Statutes title 24 by: requiring health care providers to continue providing services during a health insurer insolvency; moving the short-term health insurance preexisting disclosure requirement from section 431:10-104(5) to chapter 431, article 10A; amending the definition of "perceived gender identity" to correct a technical drafting error; including health insurers as part of the guaranty association; and making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity and consistency.

 

HLT, CPC

HB1089

RELATING TO HOMELAND SECURITY.

With the numbers of threats and incidents against the country which have arisen in the recent past, it is even more crucial that the State of Hawaii, as a strategic location in the Pacific, have all information necessary to guard against those who would do harm to the country and to the state.  In the current atmosphere of increased terrorist activities, it is even more important that the Hawaii State Fusion Center be fully staffed and supported.  This bill adds the fusion center as a program under the existing Office of Homeland Security and establishes the position of director of the fusion center who shall be responsible to the director of homeland security and accountable to manage the day-to-day operations of the fusion center.

 

EDB/PBS, FIN

HB1090

RELATING TO STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS.

Provides for the establishment of a statewide governance system that includes an interoperability executive board to set the overarching policy, guidance, and direction for statewide interoperable public safety communications.  Provides a mechanism to ensure timely funding of public safety interoperable communications systems by authorizing surcharges on various motor vehicle citations and criminal penalties to be deposited into a statewide interoperable public safety communications trust fund which can then be used to pay for, or offset costs of, public safety telecommunications systems and, if identified necessary, human resources.

 

IAC, CPC, FIN

HB1091

RELATING TO THE STATE LIBRARIAN'S SALARY.

Increases the salary cap on the state librarian position.

 

EDN, FIN

HB1092

RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL INNOVATION GRANTS.

Establishes the public school innovation grants program to support school-level innovations; authorizes the board of education to administer the grants program; provides a funding mechanism for these grants; establishes a special fund.

 

EDN, FIN

HB1093

RELATING TO THE QUALIFICATION OF SUCCESSORS TO LESSEES UNDER THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT, 1920, AS AMENDED.

Lowers the required blood quantum to one thirty-second Hawaiian for the lessee's relatives currently eligible to succeed to a lease with one-quarter Hawaiian including a lessee's husband, wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, or sisters.

 

OMH, JUD, FIN

HB1094

RELATING TO PERSONAL PRIVACY.

Specifies certain content of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands homestead applicant and lessee files are not required to be disclosed.

 

OMH, JUD

HB1095

RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION.

Amends the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to reduce the number of commissioners that are residents of the city and county of Honolulu and adds a commissioner from the island of Lanai.

 

OMH, JUD

HB1096

RELATING TO THE HOSPITAL SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Continues the Hospital Sustainability Program for two years.  Appropriates funds out of the Hospital Sustainability Program Special Fund for fiscal years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

 

HLT, FIN

HB1097

RELATING TO THE NURSING FACILITY SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM.

Continues the nursing facility sustainability program for one additional year.  Appropriates funds out of the nursing facility sustainability program special fund for fiscal year 2017-2018.

 

HLT, FIN

HB1098

RELATING TO HOMELESS SHELTERS.

Establishes that emergency shelters may provide partitioned space for homeless persons or families based upon guidelines determined by the department of human services.  Extends the effective date for Act 234, Session Laws of Hawaii 2016, section 6(b) by one year.

 

HUS, JUD

HB1099

RELATING TO REPORTS OF CHILD ABUSE.

Adds sex trafficking to the definition of child abuse and neglect, along with a definition of sex trafficking, thereby updating the requirements of mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect to also report minor sex trafficking to the Department of Human Services.  Additionally, clarifies that the department may retain expunged reports of child abuse and neglect for risk and safety assessment and replaces references to unsubstantiated reports of child abuse or neglect with not confirmed reports of child abuse or neglect.  Also, clarifies that child abuse reports may proceed through the administrative procedure act or the family court.

 

HUS, JUD

HB1100

RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.

Exempts lands to which Hawaii Public Housing Authority holds title from the definition of "public lands" in section 171-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

HSG/WAL, FIN

HB1101

RELATING TO THE HAWAII PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY.

Provides that certain areas within Hawaii Public Housing Authority housing projects are closed to the public and amends criminal trespass in the second degree to permit the prosecution of an unauthorized entry or a violation of a written prohibition to enter into the subject housing projects.  Clarifies requirements for signage notifying trespassers of illegal entry.

 

HSG, JUD

HB1102

RELATING TO SERVICES PERFORMED BY CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES.

Authorizes establishment of permanent civil service positions for the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to provide services historically and customarily performed by civil service employees in connection with creating housing opportunities for homeless individuals and others in need.

 

LAB/HSG, FIN

HB1103

MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT.

Makes an emergency appropriation to provide funds for Department of Human Resources Development to pay claims as required under the Hawaii Workers' Compensation Law, chapter 386, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1104

RELATING TO CIVIL SERVICE EXEMPTION FOR THE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY PROGRAM.

Extends exemption from civil service for medical marijuana dispensary program staff in the Department of Health hired after July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2020.

 

HLT/LAB, FIN

HB1105

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES.

Repeals the Emergency Medical Services Special Fund and deposits moneys from the fund's revenue sources into the general fund, and appropriates an equivalent amount of general funds for the Department of Health.

 

HLT, FIN

HB1106

RELATING TO LICENSING OF AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS.

Requires an American Sign Language interpreter to be licensed to work in Hawaii.  Appropriates funds to implement the American Sign Language English Interpreter Licensing Program.

 

HUS, FIN

HB1107

RELATING TO AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER REFERRAL AGENCIES.

Regulates Interpreter Referral Agencies by requiring registration with the State of Hawaii.  Includes sections about agency responsibilities, consumer rights, protections for those harmed by using an interpreter referral agency to obtain an interpreter.

 

HUS, CPC, FIN

HB1108

RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

Limits the exemption from payment of parking meter fees to vehicles that display a distinguishing parking permit or decal issued to an applicant who presents a certificate of disability that verifies that the applicant is licensed to drive a motor vehicle and cannot reach or operate a parking meter because of a physical disability.

 

HLT/HUS, TRN, FIN

HB1109

RELATING TO PARKING FOR DISABLED PERSONS.

Clarifies the authority of law enforcement officers or commissioned volunteer enforcement officers to confiscate disability parking permits that are used unlawfully.

 

HLT/HUS, JUD

HB1110

RELATING TO TIER II FILING FEES FOR REPORTING OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES.

Changes the Hawaii Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, Tier II filing fee from $100 to $200 to provide needed preparedness resources to Local Area Planning Committees.

 

HLT, PBS, FIN

HB1111

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH AUTHORITY.

Abolishes the Hawaii Health Authority.

 

HLT, FIN

HB1112

RELATING TO TEMPORARY DISABILITY INSURANCE.

Allows appeals to be filed at the various offices of the department throughout the State.  Allows a Temporary Disability Insurance appeal to be heard in a county chosen by the department, or the county in which the claimant resides, or in which the claimant was employed prior to the claimant's disability.  Allows the department to send notices of hearing electronically or by first class mail.  Clarifies that when the notice of hearing cannot be delivered to a party in the appeal, the notice may be given by online posting on the department's webpage.  Allows the parties to a hearing to appear in person, via telephone, or by other communication devices.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1113

RELATING TO DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES IN PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS.

Removes the requirement of a conspiracy of two or more persons as an element of prohibited discriminatory practices in places of public accommodation.

 

LAB, JUD

HB1114

RELATING TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PENALTIES.

Increases fines for Hawaii Occupational and Safety violations pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015, Section 701 of P.L. 114-74.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1115

RELATING TO THE HAWAII LABOR RELATIONS BOARD.

Allows the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to send notices of hearing electronically; requires the party seeking judicial review to bear the cost of preparing a transcript, except as provided by law, in which case the Board shall bear the cost of preparing the transcript.

 

LAB, JUD

HB1116

RELATING TO RETALIATION IN STATE AND STATE-FUNDED SERVICES DISCRIMINATION.

Prohibits retaliation against people who assert rights under section 368-1.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, or oppose disability discrimination in state and state-funded services.

 

LAB, JUD

HB1117

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

Limits reimbursements for compounded prescription drugs to $1,000 in a thirty-day period.  Limits reimbursements for any schedule II drug under chapter 329, Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Hawaii Revised Statues, dispensed by a physician to a one-time thirty-day supply upon the first visit.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1118

RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION PHYSICIAN.

Amends the definition of "physician" in workers' compensation law to include advanced practice registered nurses.

 

LAB/HLT, CPC

HB1119

RELATING TO BOILER AND ELEVATOR SAFETY LAW.

Makes housekeeping amendments to Boiler and Elevator Safety Law; extends the time from five to ten years for the Director of Labor and Industrial Relations to reimburse the general fund from the Boiler and Elevator Special Fund.

 

LAB, FIN

HB1120

RELATING TO SPECIAL SHORELINE ENCROACHMENT EASEMENTS.

Provides the Board of Land and Natural Resources discretion to grant easements for less than fair market value for structures that were authorized by a governmental authority and located landward of the shoreline within the record boundary of the property at the time of construction, but are now located seaward of the valid certified shoreline on public land.

 

OMH, JUD, FIN

HB1121

RELATING TO RECORDATION TRANSACTION FEES.

Expands the uses of the transaction fee authorized under Act 120, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, and clarifies that the transaction fee shall be repealed on the effective date of administrative rules adopted by the Department of Land and Natural Resources that include the establishment of a transaction fee or on July 1, 2022, whichever occurs first.

 

WAL, FIN

HB1122

RELATING TO EXEMPTION FOR AGRICULTURAL BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES.

Clarifies procedures for an exemption from building permit and building code requirements pursuant to section 46-88, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and clarifies that section 46-88 does not exempt any new or existing agricultural buildings, structures, related appurtenances, or other development from local, state, or federal floodplain management development standards, ordinances, codes, statutes, rules, or regulations pursuant to National Flood Insurance Program requirements.

 

WAL, JUD

HB1123

RELATING TO DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES VIOLATIONS.

Amends fines for destroying or harvesting trees including koa on state forest reserves lands to an amount up to $10,000 or three times the market value at the time and place of the violation for each tree including koa, whichever is greater, in addition to any administrative fines and costs associated with restoration or replacement of the habitat and damages to public land or natural resources, or any combination thereof.  Clarifies that any person violating any provision of part II (Forest Reserves) of chapter 183, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), or any rule adopted pursuant thereto, other than section 183-17, HRS, shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.  Repeals the general penalty provision of chapter 183, HRS.

 

WAL, JUD, FIN

HB1124

RELATING TO FOREST STEWARDSHIP.

Clarifies conditions that must be met by applicants to receive funds under the Forest Stewardship Program.

 

WAL/EEP, FIN

HB1125

RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS ON CERTAIN STATE LANDS.

Decriminalizes traffic infractions within natural area reserves, game management areas, wildlife sanctuaries, and public hunting areas.

 

WAL, JUD

HB1126

RELATING TO VESSELS AGROUND.

Clarifies that the Department of Land and Natural Resources (Department) may assume immediate control of a vessel that is grounded on state submerged lands or on a shoreline.  Clarifies that the Department may assume immediate control of a vessel grounded on a sand beach, sand bar, or mudflat not in imminent danger of breaking up after the owner has been given seventy-two hours' notice to remove the vessel and has not done so.

 

OMH, JUD

HB1127

RELATING TO TRANSFERABILITY OF MOORING PERMITS.

Allows holders of a mooring permit within state small boat harbors to transfer their permit under certain terms and conditions.

 

WAL, JUD

HB1128

RELATING TO THE STADIUM AUTHORITY.

Expands the powers and duties of the stadium authority to develop the stadium property and establish a stadium complex area.

 

TRN/HSG, WAL, FIN

HB1129

RELATING TO SPECIAL DUTY FOR DEPUTY SHERIFFS.

Authorizes what is commonly known as "special duty" services, wherein deputy sheriffs serve the community by providing off-duty law enforcement services for monetary compensation to persons, organizations, and government entities other than the State Department of Public Safety.  Requires the state Department of Public Safety to update and revise its policy and procedures governing the processing of special duty requests and establishing a compensation schedule for law enforcement services provided by deputy sheriffs performing special duty work.

 

PBS, FIN

HB1130

RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES.

Creates a new exception for a corrections agency.

 

PBS, JUD

HB1131

RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.

Updates chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to include emergency scheduling as required under section 329-11 incorporating amendments made to the federal Controlled Substance Act.

 

HLT, JUD

HB1132

RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT.

Updates chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes as follows: amends sections 329-16 and 329-38(f) to be consistent with federal law which allows prescribing authorization of drugs including buprenorphine and naloxone to patients undergoing detoxification treatment and maintenance treatment by practitioners who are properly registered.  Requires that the collections of fines under section 329-49 be deposited into the State controlled substance registration revolving fund under section 329-59 to support the program.

 

HLT, JUD

HB1133

RELATING TO PAROLE.

Specifies that funds for discharged persons be subject to legislative appropriation.  Clarifies circumstances under which the Hawaii Paroling Authority may grant early discharges.  Provides the paroling authority with discretion when considering pardons for paroled prisoners and clarifies early discharge consideration of paroled prisoners is an administrative action, not an in-person hearing before the authority.

 

PBS, JUD, FIN

HB1134

RELATING TO CRIME VICTIM COMPENSATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.

Authorizes crime victim compensation for mental health services for survivors in cases involving a death and for children who witness domestic violence.

 

HLT/HUS, FIN

HB1135

RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Amends Act 139, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012, to delete the repeal and reenactment provision in section 14.

 

PBS, JUD

HB1136

RELATING TO CONFORMITY TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE.

Conforms Hawaii income and estate and generation-skipping transfer tax laws to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended as of December 31, 2016.

 

FIN

HB1137

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC FILING.

Authorizes the Department of Taxation to require electronic filing of tax returns, subject to exceptions for reasonable cause as provided by administrative rules.

 

FIN

HB1138

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC PAYMENT OF TAXES.

Reduces the threshold amount for electronic funds transfers of taxes.  Clarifies the thresholds are per tax type.

 

FIN

HB1139

RELATING TO THE DISCLOSURE OF TAX RETURNS AND TAX RETURN INFORMATION.

Amends section 235-116, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to clarify that all information filed under chapter 235, Hawaii Revised Statutes, with any state agency is confidential.

 

JUD, FIN

HB1140

RELATING TO THE ESTATE AND GENERATION-SKIPPING TRANSFER TAXES.

Clarifies the situs of property where the property is held by the decedent through a single member limited liability company that has not elected to be taxed as a corporation.

 

JUD, FIN

HB1141

RELATING TO WITHHOLDING TAX.

Changes the frequency of filing returns of taxes withheld on wages paid from monthly to quarterly for all employers.

 

FIN

HB1142

RELATING TO CRIMINAL TRESPASS.

Adds the offense of criminal trespass onto State Department of Transportation lands to the penal code.

 

TRN, JUD

HB1143

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Increases the State Fuel Tax to generate additional revenues for the State Highway Fund by amending section 243-4(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1144

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Increases the state motor vehicle weight tax

 

TRN, FIN

HB1145

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRATION.

Allows for increase in the state motor vehicle registration fee and deposits the money into the State Highway Fund.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1146

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Increases the State Fuel Tax to generate additional revenues for the State Highway Fund by amending section 243-4, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  Allows for increase in the state motor vehicle registration fee and deposits the money into the State Highway Fund by amending section 249-31, Hawaii Revised Statutes.  Increases the state motor vehicle weight tax and deposits the money into the State Highway Fund by amending section 249-33, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1147

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Allows the State Department of Transportation Highways Division to collect an equitable compensation from franchise utility companies for the use of the state right of way.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1148

RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE INSPECTIONS.

Expands authority of the Director of Transportation over required motor vehicle and motor carrier vehicle inspections in the State.  Upgrade the methods and procedures of state motor vehicle inspections because the current system is inefficient in that legislation needs to be passed every time an inspection fee is amended.  Also, clarifies the distinction between the inspection certificate expiration data and the vehicle’s insurance expiration date.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1149

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX.

Deposits funds from Environmental Response, Energy, and Food Security Tax Fund into the State Highway Fund.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1150

RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Temporarily exempts the Department of Transportation and its contractors from certain state requirements for certain bridge rehabilitation projects by extending the end date to June 30, 2022.

 

TRN, JUD

HB1151

RELATING TO DRIVER LICENSING.

Repeals the law relating to exemption for vehicles designated as farm use only as set forth in section 286-208, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

TRN, JUD

HB1152

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AIRPORTS DIVISION, PROJECT ADJUSTMENT FUND.

Adds to the General Appropriations Act of 2015 a budget proviso to permit the utilization of the Department of Transportation, Airports Division, Project Adjustment Fund.

 

TRN, FIN

HB1153

RELATING TO PROHIBITIONS ON UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PREMISES.

Prohibits smoking and tobacco use, including the use of electronic smoking devices, on University of Hawaii premises.

 

HED/LAB, JUD

HB1154

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PROMISE PROGRAM.

Provides scholarships for the unmet need of qualified students at any UH community college campus who meet certain criteria.

 

HED, FIN

HB1155

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Reinstate the president of the university as the chief procurement officer for contracts for construction and construction related professional services furnished by licensees under chapter 464, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

LAB, HED, FIN

HB1156

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RESEARCH.

Provides express legal authority to enable the University of Hawaii to create, promote, and participate in new economic enterprises and expand workforce opportunities based on inventions and discoveries generated by or at the University.

 

EDB, HED, FIN

HB1157

RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Clarifies that certain sections of the State Ethics Code shall not apply to technology transfer activities; provided that the activities comply with the regulatory framework and research compliance program approved by the board of regents.  Requires the board of regents to submit a written status report to the legislature every two years.

 

EDB/LAB, HED, JUD

HB1158

RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RULEMAKING.

Exempt certain adoption of regulations by the University of Hawaii from chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes; require certain adoption of policy by the University of Hawaii be subject to chapter 92, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

HED, JUD, FIN

HB1159

RELATING TO LIGHT POLLUTION.

Establishes a dark night skies protection advisory committee to assist the University of Hawaii in the development of a statewide dark night skies protection strategy to preserve dark night skies and reduce light pollution.

 

HED, FIN

HB1160

RELATING TO PHYSICIAN WORKFORCE ASSESSMENT.

Enable the John A. Burns School of Medicine to continue receiving into the John A. Burns School of Medicine special fund a portion of the physician workforce assessment fee to support physician workforce assessment and planning efforts, including recruitment and retention of physicians, especially those serving rural and medically underserved areas of the State.

 

HED, FIN

HB1161

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Amends various session laws and sections of chapter 304A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to repeal legislative reporting requirements.

 

HED, FIN

HB1162

RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.

Reinstates the authority of the University of Hawaii System to maintain a separate accounting and financial management system that is compatible with the State of Hawaii accounting and financial systems.

 

HED, FIN

HB1163

RELATING TO ENERGY MODERNIZATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM.

Exempt microgrids that promote and serve public higher education institutions from regulation as a public utility by the Public Utilities Commission; add a definition for "microgrid".

 

EEP, HED, FIN