The Star-Advertiser reports that the Organ Transplant Bill which could have saved HMC may now be fast-tracked by legislators now that HMC is dead.
As a bonus, legislators are tacking on eight other bills including tax credits for bio-fuel scammers, lots of fee increases, and money for UH.
- *SB239: Extends the ability of the University of Hawaii medical school to use a portion of tobacco settlement money for operating expenses.
- *SB 699 – Establishes filing fees to help fund the state Office of Environmental Quality Control.
- *SB 725 – Increases the solid waste management surcharge to 75 cents per ton, up from 35 cents. Applies the surcharge to waste disposed in state or shipped out of state.
- *SB 772 – Expands an ethanol facility income tax credit to include other biofuels and larger facilities.
- *SB 809 – Increases the University of Hawaii’s authorization to issue revenue bonds for capital improvement projects.
- *HB 608 – Authorizes state money – matched by private funds — for an organ transplant center.
- *HB 905 – Requires the state to collaborate with health and social-service providers on an annual health and human services delivery plan.
- *HB 1570 – Appropriates money to reimburse livestock producers for feed costs. Allows goat farmers with at least 25 lactating milk goats to be eligible for the livestock revitalization program.
- *HB 1322 – Converts certain revolving funds at the University of Hawaii into special funds.
Political Radar: Fast Track
Related: HB 608: Legislators Could Have Saved HMC Organ Transplant Center Last Year—Bill Was Killed at Last Minute