RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.
Report Title: Environment; Environmental Protection; Single-Use Checkout Bags; Fee; Appropriation ($)
Description: Requires certain businesses in the State to collect a ten-cent fee for each single-use checkout bag provided to customers. Allows businesses to retain a specified portion of fees, subject to income and general excise taxes. Directs use of fee revenues to fund programs to mitigate the effects of single-use checkout bags and protect Hawaii’s fresh water supply. Establishes provisions relating to violations, injunctive and other relief, county ordinances, business reporting, and audit authority. Requires annual report to the Legislature. Appropriates funds. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB357 HD1)
Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on CPC with Representative(s) Aquino, Cabanilla, Cheape, Cullen, Hashem, Johanson, Morikawa, Ward, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fale, Fukumoto, Hanohano, Jordan, Oshiro voting no (5) and Representative(s) Cachola, Har, McDermott excused (3).
2/8/2013 H Bill scheduled to be heard by CPC on Monday, 02-11-13 3:30PM in House conference room 325.
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