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Thursday, February 19, 2015
HECO, Taxes, Pesticides, and Teacher Tenure: House Republicans Speak Out
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From House Republican Caucus

Rep. Gene Ward addresses HB 169 Transient Accommodations Tax; Increase

Measure Title: RELATING TO TAXATION.

Report Title:  Transient Accommodations Tax; Increase; Resort Time Share Vacation Units

Description:  Amends the definition of fair market rental value. Increases the transient accommodations tax imposed on resort time share vacation units by 1 per cent each year to gradually achieve a rate of 9.25 per cent of the fair market rental value. (HB169 HD1)

Companion:

Package: None

Current Referral:  TOU, FIN

Introducer(s): LUKE

2/19/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with Representative(s) Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) McDermott voting no (1) and Representative(s) Oshiro, Souki excused (2).

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Rep Thielen questions HECO’s CFO regarding HB 992 – Revenue Bonds

Rep. Cynthia Thielen questions Tayne S. Y. Sekimura, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer HECO, Financial Vice President HELCO and MECO

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITED, AND HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC.

Report Title:  SPRB; Special Purpose Revenue Bonds; Utilities; HECO ($)

Description:  Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc.

Companion:  SB1214

Package: None

Current Referral:  EEP, FIN

Introducer(s): LUKE

The committees on EEP recommend that the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS. The votes were as follows: 7 Ayes: Representative(s) C. Lee, Lowen, Cullen, Evans, Nishimoto, Say, Yamane; Ayes with reservations: none; 1 Noes: Representative(s) Thielen; and 2 Excused: Representative(s) Ing, Pouha.

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Rep. Gene Ward Address HB 837 – Ivory; Rhinoceros Horn; Conservation

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE CONSERVATION OF ANIMALS.

Report Title:  Ivory; Rhinoceros Horn; Conservation

Description:  Prohibits ivory and rhinoceros horn sales and trade within the State, to be enforced by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Establishes penalties. (HB837 HD1)

Companion:

Package: None

Current Referral:  WAL, JUD

Introducer(s): RHOADS, AQUINO, BELATTI, BROWER, KAWAKAMI, C. LEE, LUKE, MIZUNO, SAIKI, SAY, TSUJI, Keohokalole, Kong, Matsumoto, Ohno

2/17/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on JUD with Representative(s) Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Oshiro excused (1).

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Rep. Andria Tupola addresses HB 543 – relating to UH of Hawaii

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Report Title:  Auditor; University of Hawaii; Faculty Workload

Description:  Requires the auditor to audit the University of Hawaii’s management of faculty workload one year prior to the expiration of UHPA agreements. Requires the auditor to conduct an audit of the University of Hawaii’s management of faculty workload and report to the 2016 legislature.

Companion:

Package: None

Current Referral:  HED, FIN

Introducer(s): CHOY, ICHIYAMA, SAY, LoPresti

2/17/2015 H Passed Second Reading and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Tupola voting no (1) and Representative(s) Oshiro excused (1).

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Rep. McDermott addresses HB 451 – Affirmative Consent; University of Hawaii

RELATING TO AFFIRMATIVE CONSENT.

Report Title:  Affirmative Consent; University of Hawaii System

Description:  Requires the University of Hawaii to establish and enforce an affirmative consent standard for all policies and protocols relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as a condition of receiving state funds. (HB451 HD1)

Companion:

Package: Women’s Legislative Caucus

Current Referral:  HED, JUD, FIN

Introducer(s): BELATTI, EVANS, FUKUMOTO CHANG, HAR, ICHIYAMA, JORDAN, LOWEN, LUKE, MATSUMOTO, MORIKAWA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, THIELEN

2/13/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on JUD with Representative(s) McDermott voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Takumi excused (1).

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Reps Tupola and McDermott address Teacher Tenure HB 1349

Measure Title: RELATING TO TEACHER TENURE.

Report Title:  Teacher Tenure; Department of Education

Description:  Sets probationary period of specified licensed charter school teachers according to policies and practices as determined by DOE, BOE, and collective bargaining agreements.

Companion:

Package: None

Current Referral:  LAB, EDN, FIN

Introducer(s): TAKUMI

2/10/2015 H Passed Second Reading and referred to the committee(s) on EDN with Representative(s) Pouha, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) McDermott, Tupola voting no (2) and none excused (0).

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Reps. McDermott, Ward and Tupola addresses pesticides licensing HB 504

Measure Title: RELATING TO PESTICIDES.

Report Title:  Pesticides; Licensing; Fees; Pesticide Use Revolving Fund; Appropriations ($)

Description:  Increases the pesticide licensing fee. Amends authorized uses for the Pesticide Use Revolving Fund. Requires memorandum of understanding between the Department of Agriculture and the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources regarding the expenditure of funds from the Pesticide Use Revolving Fund. Establishes an environmental toxicologist position and pesticide extension specialist. Appropriates funds from the Pesticide Use Revolving Fund. Removes sunset date for Act 168, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010. (HB504 HD1)

Companion:  SB734

Package: None

Current Referral:  AGR, HED, FIN

Introducer(s): TSUJI, AQUINO, BROWER, CHOY, EVANS, HASHEM, ITO, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, NAKASHIMA, ONISHI, OSHIRO, TAKUMI, TOKIOKA, WOODSON, YAMASHITA, Cachola, San Buenaventura

2/10/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on HED with Representative(s) Fukumoto Chang, Matsumoto, Pouha, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) McDermott voting no (1) and none excused (0).

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Rep Thielen addresses HB 849 Relating to agriculture

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Report Title:  Right to Farm; Counties

Description:  Amends Hawaii’s Right to Farm Act to ensure that counties cannot enact laws, ordinances, or resolutions to limit the rights of farmers and ranchers to engage in agricultural practices.

Companion:  SB986

Package: None

Current Referral:  AGR, JUD

Introducer(s): ONISHI, AQUINO, BELATTI, CHOY, CULLEN, HAR, HASHEM, ICHIYAMA, ITO, LUKE, MATSUMOTO, MCDERMOTT, MIZUNO, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, OSHIRO, POUHA, SAIKI, SAY, TAKAYAMA, THIELEN, TSUJI, TUPOLA, WARD, WOODSON, YAMANE, YAMASHITA, Brower, Cachola, Evans, Fukumoto Chang, Kong, McKelvey, Morikawa, Ohno, Souki

2/12/2015 H Passed Second Reading and referred to the committee(s) on JUD with Representative(s) Jordan, Keohokalole, Oshiro, San Buenaventura, Tupola voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Creagan, Ing, Kawakami, LoPresti, Lowen, Matsumoto, McKelvey, Thielen voting no (8) and Representative(s) C. Lee excused (1).

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Reps. McDermott and Tupola address HB 395 – Relating to Youth

Measure Title: RELATING TO YOUTH.

Report Title:  Office of Youth Services; Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program; Appropriation ($)

Description:  Requires the office of youth services to coordinate a five-year safe places for youth pilot program to establish a network of safe places where youth in crisis can access safety and services. Establishes the position of safe places for youth program coordinator. Allows youth in crisis under 18 years of age to consent to services in the safe places program under certain circumstances. Makes an appropriation. (HB395 HD1)

Companion:

Package: Keiki Caucus

Current Referral:  HUS, FIN

Introducer(s): MIZUNO, THIELEN

2/12/2015 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with Representative(s) Fukumoto Chang, Matsumoto, Pouha, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) McDermott, Tupola voting no (2) and Representative(s) C. Lee excused (1).

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