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This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 2005 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute

from Grassroot Institute, March 25, 2023

The field of bills in the running to make it to the governor's desk continues to narrow as the 2023 legislative session approaches its home stretch. But that doesn't mean the Grassroot Institute has been letting up on its efforts to affect which bills cross the finish line.

Testimonies submitted by the Institute during the past week include:

>> SCR145/SR135: Does Hawaii really need annual vehicle safety inspections?

>> SCR112/SR118: Working group could study costs and benefits of nurse licensure compact

>> SB63 SD2 HD1: Temporary licenses for out-of-state nurses is good idea but not ideal

>> SB304 SD2 HD1: Visitor impact fee arbitrary, unfair, fiscally questionable, unconstitutional

>> SCR122: Resolution recognizes bachelor’s degree not always needed for many state jobs

>> SB1522 SD2 HD1: Proposal is nothing but rhetorical face-lift for troubled tourism agency

>> SB1437 SD1: Tax bill would help Hawaii businesses at no cost to the state

>> SB674 SD1 HD1: Joining interstate compact would help attract doctors to Hawaii

>> SB428 SD1 HD1: Cesspools are not a one-size-fits-all issue

>> HB719 HD1: Proposed cap on fees for public records excellent but could go further

>> SB865 SD2: ALOHA homes proposal well-intended but fraught with problems

>> SB1035 SD2: GET waiver for medical insurance payments would help Hawaii doctors

>> HB676 HD1: Land-use proposal welcome, but reduce or delete inclusionary zoning mandate
Meanwhile, at the Hawaii County Council …

>> Bill 28: Proposal would extend lower tax rate to homes on Hawaii County ag lands
And on Kauai …

>> Resolution No. 2023-33: Proposed tax cut for Kauai homesteads and residences welcome, but other property owners deserve relief too
Have your say on these issues too!

If you want to speak up and testify on issues at the Legislature, take these three simple steps:

1) Click on "Log In" or "Register" at the Hawai‘i State Legislature website and search any bill from the list above. 2) Share a personal story or simply state that you support or oppose the bill. 3) Click the orange button that says "Submit Testimony."

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This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute

from Grassroot Institute, March 19, 2023

The Hawaii State Legislature is off and running again after a brief pause during which the House and Senate exchanged the bills they each had approved for the other to now consider.

As a result, the Grassroot Institute has resumed testifying on the bills, both good and bad,  that relate to its mission of promoting individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government. 

Testimonies submitted during the past week include:

>> HB522 SD1: Proposed reform would protect freedom to communicate during crises

>> SB162 SD2: Dentist licensure reform would be a step forward

>> SB926 SD1: ‘Reasonable care’ should be enough to cross the street

>> SB756 SD1: Loosening rules for cottage food operations would help local producers

>> SB875 SD1: Added safeguard makes property-seizure bill less bad, but it’s still worrisome

>> SD668 SD2: Joining interstate compact would improve patient access to physical rehab

>> SB304 SD2: ‘Visitor impact’ fee rife with problems

>> SB320 SD1: Working group to study psychologists compact would be step forward

>> SB63 SD2: Temporary licenses for out-of-state nurses undermines goal of greater healthcare access

>> SB428 SD1: Flexible framework for cesspool conversion better than one-size-fits-all mandate

>> SB674 SD1: Joining interstate licensure compact would help alleviate doctor shortage

>> SB945 SD2: Bill would give regulators nearly unchecked power over cryptocurrency

>> HB670 HD2: Simple majority would speed up LUC permitting

>> SB1295 SD2: Don’t let counties subvert constitutional debt limit

Meanwhile, at the Honolulu City Council …

Here are testimonies the Institute submitted during the past week to the Honolulu City Council:

>> Bill 37 (2022): Bill 37 fails to account for inflation so roll with Bill 38 instead

>> Bill 38 (2022): Bill 38 would increase property tax break and index it to inflation

>> Bill 14 (2023): Property tax credit proposal welcome but three changes would make it even better

>> Bill 40 (2022): Increase home exemption and link it to consumer price index

>> Bill 56 (2022): Homeowners should be able to make basic repairs without a permit

Have your say on these issues too!

If you want to speak up and testify on these issues, take these three simple steps:

1) Click on "Log In" or "Register" at the Hawai‘i State Legislature website and search any bill from the list above. 2) Share a personal story or simply state that you support or oppose the bill. 3) Click the orange button that says "Submit Testimony."

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