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Request Hearings for Jones Act Reform Resolutions
By Michael Hansen @ 1:42 PM :: 6095 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. 


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 if you wish to be placed on our email list. 


Transportation (TRN) 

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

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


Henry J.C. Aquino



Roy M. Takumi



Mark J. Hashem



Kyle T. Yamashita



Kaniela Ing



Beth Fukumoto



Mark M. Nakashima



Economic Development & Business (EDB)

Clift Tsuji 
House District 2 – Keaukaha, parts of Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 402
phone: 808-586-8480
fax: 808-586-8484

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



Tom Brower



Richard H.K. Onishi



Romy M. Cachola



Gregg Takayama



Isaac W. Choy



James Kunane Tokioka



Takashi Ohno




Consumer Protection & Commerce (CPC) 


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


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



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) 

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 


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



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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