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Request Hearings for Jones Act Reform Resolutions
By Michael Hansen @ 1:42 PM :: 4426 Views :: Jones Act

Request hearings for the Jones Act reform resolutions in the State House

by Michael Hansen, Hawaii Shippers Council 

The pair of companion resolutions calling on Congress to enact a limited Jones Act exemption for Hawaii and the other noncontiguous domestic trades were introduced in the Hawaii State House of Representatives on March 13, 2013.  On March 18th, the Resolutions were referred to four committees for hearings. 

The resolutions – House Concurrent Resolution 150 (HSC150) and House Resolution 119 (HR119) – are both entitled “Requesting Congress to Exempt the Noncontiguous Domestic Trades of Alaska, Hawaii, And Puerto Rico from the United States Build Requirement of the Jones Act for Large Oceangoing Ships.” 

The Hawaii Shippers Council strongly supports the resolutions. 

Although the resolutions have been referred to four committee for hearings, none of the committees have yet scheduled a hearing.  As such, we are asking that you contact the relevant committee chairs and request that they hear the resolutions. 

The resolutions have been referred to four committees for hearing in the order as follows: 

1.     Transportation (TRN) / Economic Development & Business (EDB). This first referral is to a joint committee hearing of the two most important committees in terms of subject matter for the resolutions.  It is also the first committee hearing that must be held and the resolutions passed out before the other committees can hear them.  The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee on Economic Development & Business, Representatives Clift Tsuji and Gene Ward respectively, were sponsors of the resolution and support hearing the measure.  The key to having the resolutions heard by a joint hearing of the TRN / EDB committees is the concurrence of Transportation Chair Ryan Yamane.  Apparently, the Jones Act industry has been actively lobbying Chairman Yamane urging him not to hear the resolutions as they are opposed to any changes in the law. 

2.     Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC).  The second referral for the resolutions is to the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.  CPC will only hear the resolutions if they are heard and passed out by TRN/EDB.  Presumably the purpose for a CPC referral is that Jones Act reform is a consumer issue in that it has the prospect for improving competition and lowering prices in the domestic Hawaii maritime trade to benefit the consumer.  

3.     Finance (FIN).  The third referral to Finance appears to be perfunctory as no direct expenditure by the State of Hawaii would be involved in federal Jones Act reform. 

The contact information for the relevant House Committees are provided below for your convenience.  

The State House must complete hearing the resolutions, pass them out of committee, and finally pass the resolutions in a floor vote for the resolutions to crossover to the State Senate by the April 12th deadline. 

Please contact Transportation Chair Ryan Tsuji today and respectfully request him to hear and support the resolutions – HCR150 / HR119 – as soon as possible to begin the process. 

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The Hawaii Shippers Council (HSC) is a business league organization incorporated in 1997 to represent cargo interests – known as “shippers” – who tender goods for shipment with the ocean carriers operating the Hawaii trade.  Please contact the HSC at email pacmar@hawaiiantel.net if you wish to be placed on our email list. 

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Transportation (TRN) 

Chair
Ryan I. Yamane 
House District 37 – Mililani, Waipio Gentry, Waikele
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 420
phone: 808-586-6150
fax: 808-586-6151
repyamane@capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice Chair
Linda Ichiyama 
House District 32 – Moanalua Valley, Salt Lake, Aliamanu
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 327
phone: 808-586-6220
fax: 808-586-6221
repichiyama@capitol.hawaii.gov

Members

Henry J.C. Aquino

 

 

Roy M. Takumi

 

 

Mark J. Hashem

 

 

Kyle T. Yamashita

 

 

Kaniela Ing

 

 

Beth Fukumoto

 

 

Mark M. Nakashima

 

 

Economic Development & Business (EDB)

Chair
Clift Tsuji 
House District 2 – Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 402
phone: 808-586-8480
fax: 808-586-8484
reptsuji@capitol.hawaii.gov

Vice Chair
Gene Ward 
House District 17 – Hawaii Kai, Kalama Valley
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 318
phone: 808-586-6420
fax: 808-586-6421
repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Members

Tom Brower

 

 

Richard H.K. Onishi

 

 

Romy M. Cachola

 

 

Gregg Takayama

 

 

Isaac W. Choy

 

 

James Kunane Tokioka

 

 

Takashi Ohno

 

 

 

Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC) 

Chair

Angus L.K. McKelvey 
House District 10 – West Maui, Maalaea, North Kihei
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 320
phone: 808-586-6160
fax: 808-586-6161
repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Vice Chair
Derek S.K. Kawakami 
House District 14 – Hanalei, Princeville, Kilauea, Anahola, Kapaa, Wailua
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 314
phone: 808-586-8435
fax: 808-586-8437
repkawakami@capitol.hawaii.gov

Members

 

Della Au Belatti

 

 

Ken Ito

 

 

Tom Brower

 

 

Chris Lee

 

 

Rida T.R. Cabanilla

 

 

Clift Tsuji

 

 

Romy M. Cachola

 

 

Ryan I. Yamane

 

 

Mele Carroll

 

 

Bob McDermott

 

 

Cindy Evans

 

 

Cynthia Thielen

 

 

Sharon E. Har

 

 

 

Finance (FIN) 

Chair
Sylvia Luke 
House District 25 – Makiki, Punchbowl, Nuuanu, Dowsett Highlands, Pacific Heights, Pauoa
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 306
phone: 808-586-6200
fax: 808-586-6201
repluke@capitol.hawaii.gov 

 

Vice Chair
Scott Y. Nishimoto 
House District 21 – Kapahulu, McCully, Moiliili
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 421
phone: 808-586-8515
fax: 808-586-8519
repnishimoto@capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Members

Ty J.K. Cullen

 

 

Richard H.K. Onishi

 

 

Mark J. Hashem

 

 

Gregg Takayama

 

 

Kaniela Ing

 

 

James Kunane Tokioka

 

 

Jo Jordan

 

 

Justin H. Woodson

 

 

Bertrand Kobayashi

 

 

Kyle T. Yamashita

 

 

Nicole E. Lowen

 

 

Beth Fukumoto

 

 

Dee Morikawa

 

 

Gene Ward

 

 


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