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2014 State Legislative Session
2014 State Leg


Bills scheduled in Conference Committee Meeting,
Letters of Support from Chair Gladys Baisa
Position
HB1671  RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX
Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. 
Support
Support
Handout 
House Draft 1 Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. Effective July 1, 2050.   Support
Support 
HD1 SD1 Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1)  Support
Support 
TO:
Rep. Brower
Rep. Luke 
Rep. Cachola 
Rep Johanson 

Sen. Kahele
Sen. Espero  
Sen. Ige
Sen. Galuteria
Sen. Kidani

SUBJECT: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2014; COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF HB 1671, HD1, SD1, RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX

All State and county legislators throughout the State of Hawaii are challenged with balancing their respective budgets this month.  I respect, commend, and empathize with all of you for the hard work and tough decisions you are facing.  

As you consider the distribution of transient accommodations tax (“TAT”) revenues, I would like to respectfully remind you that the Maui County Council supports removal of the cap on distribution to the counties.  Please see Resolution 14-45, entitled “URGING THE HAWAII STATE LEGISLATURE TO PASS HOUSE BILL 1671 TO INCREASE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX REVENUE TO THE COUNTIES”.  
Here is a link:  http://www.mauicounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/90393

Notably, the resolution states that “the counties use the TAT revenues to cover a portion of their visitor- related expenditures as they bear a significant responsibility for providing the array of services and infrastructure necessary to support a vibrant visitor industry.”  This is one reason the Council’s position is shared by many entities and individuals from the visitor industry.  In addition, elected officials from all four counties have testified in support of removing the cap throughout the session.

The Senate Ways and Means committee report on this measure accurately states that returning TAT revenue to the counties supports “public safety, parks, road maintenance, and visitor-related services.”  I would respectfully suggest that all of the counties' core functions support tourism. 
 
The resolution also points out our unity of interests:  
  • “the State is urged to view the removal of the TAT cap not as a loss but rather the return of revenues the counties were promised have relied on and have responsibly budgeted for more than 20 years” 
  • “the State and the counties serve the same constituents and the governments should work together”

Thank you for your consideration of the Council’s position.

 
HB2139  RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS
Allows members of a county council to jointly attend any meetings or presentations without violating the sunshine law as long as the meeting or presentation is open to the public.
 Support
HB2139 HD1 Allows the members of public agency boards to jointly attend meetings or presentations without violating the sunshine laws if the meeting or presentation is in Hawaii and free to the public, and authorizes the members of a county council to attend in unlimited numbers. Requires that such members of a county provide individual reports of the meeting or presentation.
 Comments 
  TO:
Rep. Karl Rhoads  
Rep. Della Au Belatti  
Rep. Chris Lee  
Rep. Cynthia Thielen  

Sen. Will Espero  
Sen.Clayton Hee  
Sen. Brickwood Galuteria  
Sen. Les Ihara  
Sen. Sam Slom

SUBJECT:        CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2014; LETTER IN SUPPORT OF HB2139, HD1, SD1 RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS

I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify my intent in requesting Representative Kyle Yamashita introduce this important measure.  The purpose of this measure was originally to increase interaction between elected officials and the public and to broaden access to educational opportunities.  

I support this measure for the following reasons: 

  1. As elected officials, it is the job of council members to find out how people in our community feel about policy issues, to become educated on those issues, and to enact legislation addressing them when feasible.  Council members often give up opportunities or feel discouraged to attend such events because of the risk of violating the Sunshine Law. 
  2. Allowing council members to attend such public meetings will not jeopardize openness in government or in legislative decision making.  Council members have no control over the agenda, discussion, or outcome of meetings of non-council entities.  To the contrary, open participation in such meetings by elected officials will increase transparency and accessibility. 
  3. Maui County's government leaders—who are all elected to represent everyone on Lanai, Maui, and Molokai—should avail themselves of opportunities to become aware of, and educated on, the issues and problems facing their constituents in all communities throughout the County.  
  4. The existing reporting requirement that applies to all Sunshine Law boards should suffice for purposes of disclosing to the public all informational meetings or presentations attended by more than two council members. 

Thank you for your consideration. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 
 HB849

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Proposed HD2:  Recodifies Hawaii's emergency management statutes by updating the statutes, clarifying the relationship between the state and county emergency management agencies, and delineating the emergency management functions and powers of the Governor and mayors. Effective July 1, 2014. (PROPOSED HB849 HD2)
Support 
  TO:
Rep. Aquino
Rep. Takai
Rep Rhoads
Rep. Ing
Rep. Awana
Rep. McDermott

Sen. Espero
Sen. Hee
Sen. Kouchi

SUBJECT: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2014; COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF HB 849, HD2, SD2, RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments in support of this important measure.  The purpose of this measure is to recodify Hawaii's emergency management statutes by clarifying the relationship between the State and county agencies, and delineating the emergency management functions and powers of the Governor and mayors. 

I support this measure for the following reasons:

  1. During a time of crisis, no other level of government has better access to critical real-time information than the counties. Under the current structure, the mayors have no independent civil defense authority, and are therefore, unable to make decisions that could mean better protection of citizens. The proposed measure will provide the mayors specific, important powers.
  2. The measure establishes the Emergency Specialist Reserve Corps (“ESRC”), a low-cost surge staff, to assist government during emergencies. The counties may not be able to afford a full-time force that is large enough to staff medium and large-scale disasters. The ESRC will provide a low cost, fully-trained surge staffing capability.
  3. This measure modernizes civil defense laws enacted more than 50 years ago when Hawaii’s population was only half of what it is today. The recodification of the emergency management laws is comprehensive and will bring Hawaii into compliance with nationwide practices. The measure will strengthen emergency management procedures and promote stronger partnerships among the State and counties.

For the foregoing reasons, I support this measure.

 
HB1667  RELATING TO VETERANS
HD1 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. (HB1667 HD1) 
Support 
House Draft 2 Effective September 1, 2014.
Support 
House Draft 3 Effective July 1, 2030.
Support 
  TO:
Rep. Yamane
Rep. Takai
Rep. Takayama
Rep. Rhoads  

Sen. English, Chair
Sen. Espero
Sen. Ige

SUBJECT:  CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 16, 2014; COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF HB1667, HD3, SD2, RELATING TO VETERANS

Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments in support of this important measure.
The purpose of this measure is exempt qualifying totally and permanent disabled veterans from paying the State Motor Vehicle Registration Fee on one of their noncommercial vehicles. 

The Maui County Council has not had the opportunity to take a formal position on this measure.  Therefore, I am providing these comments in my capacity as an individual member of the Maui County Council.

I support this measure for the following reasons:
  1. Veterans of the armed services should be recognized and honored for their selflessness and bravery in serving our country.  In addition to the challenges faced overseas, many veterans return home with permanent physical and mental injuries, including the loss of limbs, varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder, and other continued hardships.  I applaud the Legislature for putting forward a bill that will show a small measure of our appreciation for their sacrifices. 
  2. By Act 141 (2008), the Legislature exempted one noncommercial vehicle owned by members of the National Guard, military reserves, and active-duty armed services, including the Coast Guard, who are residents of Hawaii from paying the Motor Vehicle Weight Tax.  Permanently disabled veterans were not included, yet they are equally deserving of this exemption. 

For the foregoing reasons, I support this measure.
 
 SB2110  RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PESTICIDES
Appropriates funds for pesticide regulation.
Support
  TO:
Rep. Wooley
Rep. Onishi
Rep. Brower
Rep. Matsumoto

Sen. Nishihara
Sen. Kouchi
Sen. Slom  

SUBJECT: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2014; COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF SB 2110, SD2, HD1, RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PESTICIDES

Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments in support of this important measure.  The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds to facilitate increased pesticide education and regulation.

I support this measure for the following reasons:

  1. The elimination of agriculture inspector positions, based on previous budget shortfalls, has resulted in reduction of inspection positions needed to guarantee that standards for pesticide regulation are met under the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Hawaii Pesticides Law, Chapter 149A.
  2. Maintaining sufficient agriculture inspector staffing is particularly important for Maui County because of the unique challenges faced by our multi-island community, which is significantly agricultural.
  3. This measure will directly and indirectly assist Maui County’s ongoing efforts in dealing with invasive species, including miconia, coqui frogs, axis deer, and, most recently, the little fire ants that can produce painful stings for humans and blindness for pets. 

For the foregoing reasons, I support this measure.

 
HB1024  RELATING TO LIABILITY
Makes permanent the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards.
 Support
House Draft 1 Extends the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards for an additional three years. Requires the counties to report to the legislature on lawsuits against county lifeguards and the effects of the liability protections. Effective June 29, 2014.   Support 
  TO: 
Rep. Karl Rhoads
Rep. Faye P. Hanohano
Rep. Della Au Bellati
Rep.  Tom Brower
Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say
Rep. Richard Fale  

Sen. Will Espero
Sen. Clayton Hee
Sen. Sam Slom

SUBJECT: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2014; COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF HB 1024, HD1, SD2, RELATING TO LIABILITY

Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments in support of this important measure. The purpose of this measure is to extend the sunset date for the law that provides liability protections for actions of county lifeguards.

I support this measure and offer the following comments: 

  1. The law has been in effect for more than a decade.  Since the law’s enactment in 2002, the Legislature has twice been convinced of the wisdom of extending its protections. Any need for a trial period has been exhausted, and the law should be made permanent. 
  2. Making permanent the liability protections afforded to county lifeguards will enhance public safety by fostering a climate in which lifeguard services can be provided without undue fear of liability.  Without this protection, lifeguard services at beach parks may be reduced because of the threat of potential liability.

For the foregoing reasons, I support this measure and urge the committee to make the law permanent.

 
HB2560  HD2 RELATING TO FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES 
Permits family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling constructed prior to July 1, 2014. Effective July 1, 2014. (HB2560 HD2)
Support
HD2, SD1 Permits family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling. Amends definition of "family child care home" to allow for care of one to six unrelated children. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)  Support
TO: 
Rep. Mele Carroll
Rep. Jessica Wooley
Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi
Rep. Gene Ward
Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland (Chair)
Sen. Michelle N. Kidani
Sen. Clarence K. Nishihara
Sen. Will Espero
Sen. Sam Slom

SUBJECT: CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF APRIL 17, 2014; COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF HB 2560, HD2, SD2, RELATING TO FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES

Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments in support of this important measure. The purpose of this measure is to permit family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling. I support this measure for the following reasons: 

  1. Few preschools are available to serve families in agricultural communities.  This bill will ensure that working parents have a variety of childcare options to meet their family’s needs.
  2. Many qualified childcare providers in Maui County agricultural districts, including Haiku, Makawao, and Kula, do not have the funds, time, or expertise to obtain the special use permit currently required to provide childcare services. 
  3. Quality child care is absolutely necessary for maximum child development, but it is often too expensive.  Allowing child care in agricultural districts would improve affordability.  It would also allow farmers to take care of their own kids and children in their communities in a unique country setting, which is appealing and beneficial to many families. 

For the foregoing reasons, I support this measure.









Opening day of the 2014 Hawaii State Legislative Session is Wednesday, January 15, 2014.  

Rule 6(A) of the Rules of the Council requires the Council Chair to coordinate legislative and intergovernmental matters. A Legislative Tracking Team was formed to monitor all hearing notices and other legislative information via the Legislature’s website.

At Maui County Council Chair Gladys Baisa's direction, the team will monitor the following prioritized measures:

  1. Legislation in the 2013 Maui County Legislative Package, the 2013 HSAC Legislative Package2014 HSAC Legislative Package, and the 2014 Hawaii Council of Mayors Legislative Package, and legislation with similar purposes;
  2. Legislation related to counties’ taxing authority, the distribution of tax revenue to Maui County, and other tax policy that may impact the County specifically or the counties generally;
  3. Legislation relating to the Sunshine Law and the Uniform Information Practices Act;
  4. Legislation that will have a direct impact on County operations or create a significant obligation for the County; 
  5. Legislation relating to counties’ authority (i.e., home rule); and
  6. Maui County capital improvement projects.

RELATED:

Jan. 19 Chair's 3 Minutes
Opening of state legislature highlights importance of intergovernmental relationships
By Gladys C. Baisa for The Maui News


Jan. 31 PRESS RELEASE 
Council chairs seek return of projected $72 million hotel tax revenue to counties


Feb. 9 Chair's 3 Minutes
Bills would allow council members to be more accessible, responsive
By Gladys C. Baisa for The Maui News


March 2014
Public Access Room newsletter
A division of the Legislative Reference Bureau


Below is a list of bills being tracked and submitted testimonies. Click on the bill number to be directed to the State Capitol's website for status and full text of the measure.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, please call (808) 270-7665.

Bill Description Download Testimony
HB2560  HD2 RELATING TO FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES 
Permits family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling constructed prior to July 1, 2014. Effective July 1, 2014. (HB2560 HD2)
Support
HD2, SD1 Permits family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling. Amends definition of "family child care home" to allow for care of one to six unrelated children. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)  Support
SB2749 RELATING TO WASTEWATER
Provides that a county may not prohibit, based upon proximity to a county sewer system, the use of an otherwise authorized individual wastewater system as an on-site means of wastewater disposal in lieu of wastewater treatment works.
Oppose
Senate Draft 1 Requires a county to authorize the installation and use of composting toilets in areas that are inaccessible to municipal wastewater systems. Defines composting toilet. Oppose 
SB2343
HB1716
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION, CONTROL, OUTREACH, RESEARCH, AND PLANNING
Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Invasive Species Council for invasive species prevention, control, outreach, research, and planning.
Support
Support
Support
Support
HB1667 RELATING TO VETERANS
HD1 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. (HB1667 HD1) 
Support
House Draft 2 Effective September 1, 2014. Support
  House Draft 3 Effective July 1, 2030. Support
 HB1728 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION
HD 1 Specifies that a government agency does not assume ownership or jurisdiction over a disputed road solely through maintenance or repair activities. Authorizes the State to quitclaim ownership of roads in favor of counties. Effective July 1, 2214. 
Support
Support
HB2213 RELATING TO A WEST MAUI HOSPITAL
Authorizes the issuance of SPRBs to assist West Maui Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, Inc. in establishing a hospital in west Maui.
 Support
House Draft 1 Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist West Maui Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, Inc. in establishing a hospital in west Maui. Effective July 1, 2050. Support
Support
SB2116
HB1607
RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY (Hawaii Council of Mayors Package bill)
Deletes the sunset provision for the liability exception for county lifeguards and damages caused by dangerous natural conditions when certain warning signs are posted.
 Support
SB2112
HB1613
RELATING TO LIABILITY (Kauai County Package bill)
Repeals the sunset date and makes permanent the laws limiting the liability of (1) the State and counties based upon the duty to warn of dangers on improved public lands and (2) county lifeguards.
Support
SB3077 RELATING TO THE MAALAEA SMALL BOAT HARBOR
Appropriates funds for the capital improvement project at Maalaea small boat harbor for the replacement of wooden finger piers along the south mole at the harbor, including the demolition of the existing piers and steel piles, installation of new aluminum framed piers, and new composite plastic fingering.
 Support
Support
  Senate Draft 1 Changes the appropriation to an unspecified amount. Effective July 1, 2050. Support 
SB2107 RELATING TO HEALTH (HSAC Package Bill)
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii health systems corporation primary care training program at the Hilo Medical Center.
Support
Support
 HB1671 RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX
Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected.
 Support
Support
Handout
House Draft 1 Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. Effective July 1, 2050. 
 Support
Support
HD1 SD1 Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1) Support
Support
 SB2108
HB1609
RELATING TO LIABILITY (HSAC Package Bill)
Makes permanent the civil liability protection for (1) government agencies regarding their duty to warn of dangers on improved public lands; and (2) county lifeguards by repealing sunset provisions.
Support
Support
SB2962
HB2139
RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS
Allows members of a county council to jointly attend any meetings or presentations without violating the sunshine law as long as the meeting or presentation is open to the public.
Support
Support
HB2139 HD1 Allows the members of public agency boards to jointly attend meetings or presentations without violating the sunshine laws if the meeting or presentation is in Hawaii and free to the public, and authorizes the members of a county council to attend in unlimited numbers. Requires that such members of a county provide individual reports of the meeting or presentation. Comments
 HB2265 RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND TASK FORCE
Extends the sunset date and the report due date of the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund Task Force and extends the lapse date of the appropriation to support the task force to June 30, 2015, by amending Act 268, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013.
Support
Support
HB2234 RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY
Makes permanent the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards.
Support
   HB1024
RELATING TO LIABILITY
Makes permanent the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards.
Support
House Draft 1 Extends the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards for an additional three years. Requires the counties to report to the legislature on lawsuits against county lifeguards and the effects of the liability protections. Effective June 29, 2014.  Support 
  HB1610 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION (HSAC Package Bill)
Allows the counties and the State to maintain roads whose ownership is in dispute without incurring liability.
Testimony from HSAC Chair Mel Rapozo: Download
Support
Support
SB2110
HB1611
RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PESTICIDES
Appropriates funds for pesticide regulation.
Support
Support
 HB849 HD1

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Proposed HD2:  Recodifies Hawaii's emergency management statutes by updating the statutes, clarifying the relationship between the state and county emergency management agencies, and delineating the emergency management functions and powers of the Governor and mayors. Effective July 1, 2014. (PROPOSED HB849 HD2)
Support

 SB2761, SD2, HD1 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION
Specifies that a government agency does not assume ownership or jurisdiction over a disputed road solely through maintenance or repair activities. Authorizes the State to quitclaim ownership of roads in favor of counties.
 Support



Bill Description Download Testimony
HB2560  HD2 RELATING TO FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES 
Permits family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling constructed prior to July 1, 2014. Effective July 1, 2014. (HB2560 HD2)
Support
HD2, SD1 Permits family child care homes in agriculturally designated districts if located in a farm dwelling. Amends definition of "family child care home" to allow for care of one to six unrelated children. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)  Support
SB2749 RELATING TO WASTEWATER
Provides that a county may not prohibit, based upon proximity to a county sewer system, the use of an otherwise authorized individual wastewater system as an on-site means of wastewater disposal in lieu of wastewater treatment works.
Oppose
Senate Draft 1 Requires a county to authorize the installation and use of composting toilets in areas that are inaccessible to municipal wastewater systems. Defines composting toilet. Oppose 
SB2343
HB1716
MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR INVASIVE SPECIES PREVENTION, CONTROL, OUTREACH, RESEARCH, AND PLANNING
Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Invasive Species Council for invasive species prevention, control, outreach, research, and planning.
Support
Support
Support
Support
HB1667 RELATING TO VETERANS
HD1 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. (HB1667 HD1) 
Support
House Draft 2 Effective September 1, 2014. Support
  House Draft 3 Effective July 1, 2030. Support
 HB1728 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION
HD 1 Specifies that a government agency does not assume ownership or jurisdiction over a disputed road solely through maintenance or repair activities. Authorizes the State to quitclaim ownership of roads in favor of counties. Effective July 1, 2214. 
Support
Support
HB2213 RELATING TO A WEST MAUI HOSPITAL
Authorizes the issuance of SPRBs to assist West Maui Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, Inc. in establishing a hospital in west Maui.
 Support
House Draft 1 Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist West Maui Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, Inc. in establishing a hospital in west Maui. Effective July 1, 2050. Support
Support
SB2116
HB1607
RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY (Hawaii Council of Mayors Package bill)
Deletes the sunset provision for the liability exception for county lifeguards and damages caused by dangerous natural conditions when certain warning signs are posted.
 Support
SB2112
HB1613
RELATING TO LIABILITY (Kauai County Package bill)
Repeals the sunset date and makes permanent the laws limiting the liability of (1) the State and counties based upon the duty to warn of dangers on improved public lands and (2) county lifeguards.
Support
SB3077 RELATING TO THE MAALAEA SMALL BOAT HARBOR
Appropriates funds for the capital improvement project at Maalaea small boat harbor for the replacement of wooden finger piers along the south mole at the harbor, including the demolition of the existing piers and steel piles, installation of new aluminum framed piers, and new composite plastic fingering.
 Support
Support
  Senate Draft 1 Changes the appropriation to an unspecified amount. Effective July 1, 2050. Support 
SB2107 RELATING TO HEALTH (HSAC Package Bill)
Appropriates funds for the Hawaii health systems corporation primary care training program at the Hilo Medical Center.
Support
Support
 HB1671 RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX
Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected.
 Support
Support
Handout
House Draft 1 Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. Effective July 1, 2050. 
 Support
Support
HD1 SD1 Removes the current cap on transient accommodations tax revenues to be distributed to the counties and establishes the distribution of these revenues as a percentage of TAT collected. Effective July 1, 2050. (SD1) Support
Support
 SB2108
HB1609
RELATING TO LIABILITY (HSAC Package Bill)
Makes permanent the civil liability protection for (1) government agencies regarding their duty to warn of dangers on improved public lands; and (2) county lifeguards by repealing sunset provisions.
Support
Support
SB2962
HB2139
RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS
Allows members of a county council to jointly attend any meetings or presentations without violating the sunshine law as long as the meeting or presentation is open to the public.
Support
Support
HB2139 HD1 Allows the members of public agency boards to jointly attend meetings or presentations without violating the sunshine laws if the meeting or presentation is in Hawaii and free to the public, and authorizes the members of a county council to attend in unlimited numbers. Requires that such members of a county provide individual reports of the meeting or presentation. Comments
 HB2265 RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND TASK FORCE
Extends the sunset date and the report due date of the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund Task Force and extends the lapse date of the appropriation to support the task force to June 30, 2015, by amending Act 268, Session Laws of Hawaii 2013.
Support
Support
HB2234 RELATING TO TORT LIABILITY
Makes permanent the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards.
Support
   HB1024
RELATING TO LIABILITY
Makes permanent the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards.
Support
House Draft 1 Extends the liability protections for the actions of county lifeguards for an additional three years. Requires the counties to report to the legislature on lawsuits against county lifeguards and the effects of the liability protections. Effective June 29, 2014.  Support 
  HB1610 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION (HSAC Package Bill)
Allows the counties and the State to maintain roads whose ownership is in dispute without incurring liability.
Testimony from HSAC Chair Mel Rapozo: Download
Support
Support
SB2110
HB1611
RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF PESTICIDES
Appropriates funds for pesticide regulation.
Support
Support
 HB849 HD1

RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Proposed HD2:  Recodifies Hawaii's emergency management statutes by updating the statutes, clarifying the relationship between the state and county emergency management agencies, and delineating the emergency management functions and powers of the Governor and mayors. Effective July 1, 2014. (PROPOSED HB849 HD2)
Support

 SB2761, SD2, HD1 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION
Specifies that a government agency does not assume ownership or jurisdiction over a disputed road solely through maintenance or repair activities. Authorizes the State to quitclaim ownership of roads in favor of counties.
 Support


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