Marumoto: Democrats Are Copycats

February 24, 2012  Chad Blair

 

Rep. Barbara Marumoto, a Republican, says her Democratic colleagues at the Hawaii Legislature have taken her ideas and put them into their own bills.

They include measures on brown tree snake prevention, All-Terrain Vehicle safety, re-starting a dog detection program for ag inspection and deterring irresponsible landowners from keeping neglected properties.

Marumoto’s bills are going nowhere; all of the Dem measures are alive.

“I am not in the bill passing business,” says Marumoto. “I am in the idea-launching industry!”

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Rep. Ward rebuttal to Bank of the State of Hawaii HB 2103

On February 17 Rep. Ward delivered a rebuttal on HB 2103Per HI Bankers Association, setting up a state-owned bank is complex and potentially costly. The issue deserves thorough analysis. There needs to be proper vetting in order avoid burdening the state with more costly bureaucracy and a huge infrastructure startup cost.
Presently, there is no detailed business plan that addresses any of the implementation issues (startup time and diversion of funds; unknown funding source; state liability; policy conflict of social good versus profits; tying up of public funds, etc).
Per HI Credit Union League, funds would be deposited into a state bank that would be insured by the state itself. Without the benefit of being insured by a separate entity, the state would be in an extremely precarious situation in the event of any financial difficulty within the bank or in the state.

DCCA’s DFI offered “comments only”, but those comments mostly warn of negative consequences. They stress that the creation of a task force is the more prudent approach.
• The bank’s board of directors is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Governor. Unintended consequence: when a new governor is elected, the entire board will have to be reappointed.
• Bank advisory board — as a policymaking group, its members should be aware of the federal management interlock act re: conflicts of interest. The act could limit their advisory board rulemaking ability. Rulemaking generally is by government agencies, versus policies generally made by private businesses.
• DFI doesn’t have enough staff to do the bank’s site exam. Usually site exams for a bank this size would take about 3 weeks.
• DFI would need new team of 10 additional staff to do the required quarterly reports. Reports takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete. Exam results are subject to federal confidentiality rules and only shared with specific board members of bank, not the general staff of any institution.
• The bill’s 45-day timeline for application review is not sufficient.

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

excerpt from Capitol TV

 

On February 17 Rep. Ward delivered a rebuttal on HB 2103Per HI Bankers Association, setting up a state-owned bank is complex and potentially costly. The issue deserves thorough analysis. There needs to be proper vetting in order avoid burdening the state with more costly bureaucracy and a huge infrastructure startup cost.
Presently, there is no detailed business plan that addresses any of the implementation issues (startup time and diversion of funds; unknown funding source; state liability; policy conflict of social good versus profits; tying up of public funds, etc).
Per HI Credit Union League, funds would be deposited into a state bank that would be insured by the state itself. Without the benefit of being insured by a separate entity, the state would be in an extremely precarious situation in the event of any financial difficulty within the bank or in the state.

DCCA’s DFI offered “comments only”, but those comments mostly warn of negative consequences. They stress that the creation of a task force is the more prudent approach.
• The bank’s board of directors is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the Governor. Unintended consequence: when a new governor is elected, the entire board will have to be reappointed.
• Bank advisory board — as a policymaking group, its members should be aware of the federal management interlock act re: conflicts of interest. The act could limit their advisory board rulemaking ability. Rulemaking generally is by government agencies, versus policies generally made by private businesses.
• DFI doesn’t have enough staff to do the bank’s site exam. Usually site exams for a bank this size would take about 3 weeks.
• DFI would need new team of 10 additional staff to do the required quarterly reports. Reports takes 3 to 4 weeks to complete. Exam results are subject to federal confidentiality rules and only shared with specific board members of bank, not the general staff of any institution.
• The bill’s 45-day timeline for application review is not sufficient.

Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov

excerpt from Capitol TV

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – Marumoto’s ideas live on!

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, than Representative Marumoto must be humbled by the amount of flattery she is receiving.  Other legislators have imitated her brown tree snake prevention bill, All-TerrainVehicle safety bill and Kahala bills.  Rep. Marumoto’s proposal to re-start the dog detection program was heard and scooped into the Agriculture Chair’s bill.  The ATV measure picks up her ideas to prohibit passengers, ban those under 16 from using ATVs and require helmet use.  Her bills to deter irresponsible landowners from keeping messy and neglected properties were copied in the House as well as the Senate.  All bills are still alive.

Republicans often get asked “How many bills did you get passed?”  Marumoto’s answer is “I am not in the bill passing business.  I am in the idea-launching industry!”

The copycat bills are:           The Related Marumoto Bills are:

 SB 2495                                            HB 236

 SB 2496                                           HB 237

 HB 2852                                           HB 237

 HB1943                                            HB 1747

 HB2277                                             HB 18

DIABETES BILL MOVES FORWARD THROUGH HEALTH COMMITTEE

During the Committee on Health hearing House Members passed, with amendments, HB2865, which would establish a Department of Health Diabetes Taskforce.  This bill would promote the strengthening and unified efforts of advocacy groups, NGOs and other similar organizations in an effort to fight diabetes.

“We must thank Chair Yamane, and all committee members who voted in favor of this measure,” stated Representative Ching, who also introduced the original bill, “…in addition, we need to thank those who provided their voice of support.  This bill, which requires no additional government funding, would centralize, localize, and simplify prevention and awareness efforts in our community.”

Ching, a strong advocate for community vitality, and has made diabetes her newest priority for the 2012 legislative session.  “Health organizations and advocates have done a superb job assisting those affected by diabetes, but we need to understand why Hawaii is still among the highest in prevalence.” Ching says, “This is the beginning step to address an issue causing tremendous heartache and fiscal complications to our economy.”

After passing through the hearing, HB2865  will be voted on in a future House Session before it continues to the Committee on Finance.

House Bill No. 2417 Will Hurt Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Efforts and Industries

February 22, 2012

BY REP. CYNTHIA THIELEN

House Bill No. 2417 (HB 2417) will limit the availability of the Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit from one credit per system to one credit per property for both residential and commercial projects. Currently, the tax credit applies to each renewable energy system that a property owner installs.  Without this tax credit for each system, many families and businesses will not be able to afford the high up-front costs of photovoltaic.

HB 2417 will impact Hawaii’s overall photovoltaic industry.  On February 9, 2012 in the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, the Solar Energy Industries Association submitted testimony stating that the credits pertaining to each system has created hundreds, if not thousands, of jobs for Hawaii’s workers, from electricians and panel installers, to sales and marketing professionals, to engineers and accountants.  Consequently, if HB 2417 is passed, jobs are likely to be lost and overall photovoltaic industry would be negatively impacted.

Moreover, passing HB 2417 will significantly reduce the incentive to invest in renewable energy, likely damage the renewable energy industries in Hawai‘i, and setback Hawaii’s efforts to achieve 70% clean energy by 2030.

Although Hawaii’s current tax credit has assisted the State in making some substantial movements towards the 70% clean energy goal, HB 2417, if passed, will significantly disrupt these efforts.

For instance, according to the State of Hawaii Energy Resource Coordinator’s 2011 Annual Report by Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, only 30 renewable energy systems with a total of 166 kWs were installed in 2005.  Whereas with tax credits as an incentive, Hawai‘i had 2,188 renewable energy systems installed statewide with a total capacity of 12.3 MWs in 2010.  Moreover, Hawai‘i ranked second in the nation in cumulative installed photovoltaic capacity per capita in 2010.

Hawaii is finally moving away from its dependency on costly imported oil.  If HB 2417 becomes law, it would be more difficult for Hawaii’s families and small businesses to afford renewable energy technologies.  HB 2417 will keep Hawaii mired in oil, which is an unstable and unsustainable energy resource, and our State is likely to lose lots of money and green jobs.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen is a Republican who represents the 50th District including Kailua, Kaneohe Bay