Rep McDermott Address HB 411 Hospital Emergency Care

RELATING TO HOSPITAL EMERGENCY COMPASSIONATE CARE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS.
Report Title: Hospital Emergency Compassionate Care; Emergency Contraception
Description: Establishes a new part in chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to ensure that sexual assault victims are provided with medically and factually unbiased information about and access to emergency contraception when receiving emergency medical care at Hawaii’s hospitals. (HB411 HD1)

2/15/2013 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on JUD with Representative(s) Aquino, Cabanilla, Cachola, Cheape, Cullen, Takai, Tokioka, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fale, Fukumoto, Johanson, McDermott voting no (4) and Representative(s) Carroll, Coffman, Hanohano, Har, Kawakami, Ward excused (6).

Contact: repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

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HEMP BILL GAINS MOMENTUM

Headshot thielen #5House Bill 154, concerning industrial hemp, passed the Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee on February 13, and is headed to Finance, its final committee hearing.

HB154 authorizes the state Board of Agriculture to establish a two-year industrial hemp phytoremediation project. Phytoremediation is the process by which cultivated hemp draws toxins out of the soil and processes them safely through its roots, stalk, leaves, and other plant parts.

The amended bill extends the scope of the project to include the viability of industrial hemp as a biofuel feedstock.

“Hemp is proven to be an excellent soil cleanser,” Representative Cynthia Thielen said. “Hemp cultivation could be greatly beneficial not only to Hawaii’s agricultural lands, but also in cleaning up soil contaminated by oil, solvents, pesticides, and other toxins.”

Thielen added, “The possibility of adding hemp to Hawaii’s biodiesel feedstock and reducing our reliance on imported fuel would make the study that much more valuable.”

HB154 was introduced by Thielen, Speaker Joseph Souki, Representative Derek Kawakami, Representative Sylvia Luke, and Representative Angus McKelvey.

Hawaii joins several other states in efforts to re-legalize the cultivation of hemp, which is used in the production of thousands of consumer items, from hemp-seed chips and cosmetics to clothing and building materials. Although hemp is not a drug and is legally farmed in Europe, Canada, and China, its cultivation in the U.S. was made illegal by drug laws targeting marijuana.

 

Rep. Gene Ward Addresses HB 963 Transient Accommodations Tax (second time)

Rep. Gene Ward said he was “hoodwinked” two years ago. “This is a teachable moment because there are sons and daughters of the PLDC still alive in this body,” he said from the House of Representatives.

RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Report Title: Transient Accommodations Tax
Description: Makes permanent the Transient Accommodations Tax rate of 9.25 per cent and the amounts to be distributed to the Tourism Special Fund and the counties. Repeals the limit on deposits into the Tourism Special Fund and certain additional taxes. Adjusts percentages of revenues to be deposited into specific special funds and revenues transferred to the counties. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB963 HD1)

• CURRENT TAT — TAT is currently 9.25 percent until Jun 30, 2015, where it would drop back to 7.25 percent; bill proposes to make the 9.25 percent permanent

Headshot Ward # 5Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep Bob McDermott Addresses Transiet Accommodation Tax ( second time)

RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Report Title: Transient Accommodations Tax
Description: Makes permanent the Transient Accommodations Tax rate of 9.25 per cent and the amounts to be distributed to the Tourism Special Fund and the counties. Repeals the limit on deposits into the Tourism Special Fund and certain additional taxes. Adjusts percentages of revenues to be deposited into specific special funds and revenues transferred to the counties. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB963 HD1)

Makes permanent the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) rate of 9.25 percent; repeals the TAT deposit cap on the Tourism Special Fund

Headshot mcdermottContact: repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov

Representatives Ward, Fale and McDermott Address HB 963 Transient Accommodation TAX

 

RELATING TO TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX.
Report Title: Transient Accommodations Tax
Description: Makes permanent the Transient Accommodations Tax rate of 9.25 per cent and the amounts to be distributed to the Tourism Special Fund and the counties. Repeals the limit on deposits into the Tourism Special Fund and certain additional taxes. Adjusts percentages of revenues to be deposited into specific special funds and revenues transferred to the counties. Effective July 1, 2013. (HB963 HD1)

2/14/2013 H Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with Representative(s) Hanohano, Ing, McKelvey, Morikawa, Ward voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fale, McDermott voting no (2) and Representative(s) Har, Tokioka excused (2).

Mcdermott and Fale chamberContact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov, repfale@capitol.hawaii.gov, repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov

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Reps. Thielen, Ward and Fale Addresses HB 1133 Relating to Public Land

“I’m rising in strong support of the bill that repeals the Public Land Development Corporation, said Representative Cynthia Thielen about HB 1133.

…”This really is a victory for the people of Hawaii,” continued Thielen from the chamber floor.

RELATING TO PUBLIC LAND.
Report Title: Public Land Development Corporation

Description: Repeals the Public Land Development Corporation. Transfers certain assets to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

2/14/2013 H Passed Third Reading with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Har, Tokioka excused (2). Transmitted to Senate.

chamber sittingContact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol.TV

Hawaii House of Representatives Honored Local World War II Soldiers for Their Enduring Support of the Children of a Japanese Orphanage

Hawaii soldiers led by Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly who together, on Christmas Day 1949, committed to years of caring for the orphans of the Holy Family Home Orphanage of Osaka, Japan will be honored Wednesday by the Hawaii House of Representatives. The soldiers provided significant personal time and financial support during and after the war to help to improve living conditions for the children.

In 1957 and 1958 respectively, the soldiers began two traditions that continue to this day. During Christmastime, children from the Holy Family Home are invited to visit the soldiers and their families stationed in Hawaii, and two soldiers visit the orphanage to act as “Father Christmas,” offering gifts and companionship to the children.

House of Representatives floor presentation commending the 27th Infantry Regiment Wolfhounds and Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly for its Peace Bridge with Japan

Offered by State Representatives Lauren Kealohilani Cheape and K. Mark Takai

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House of Representatives Chamber

Front row left to right:

Command Sergeant Major James Wadsworth, 2nd Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment; Ms. Kuniko Iwaki, Friend of the O’Reilly Family, Mrs. Yuko O’Reilly, wife of that special soldier, Master Sergeant Hugh O’Reilly, Lieutenant Colonel Barrett Bernard, Commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 27th, Ms. Norma Vantoll, Relative of the O’Reilly Family (Hugh Jr’s Mother-in-Law), Command Sergeant Major Tony Tuck, 1st Battalion of the 27th Infantry Regiment

Back row left to right:

Mr. Hugh O’Reilly, Junior, son of Sergeant O’Reilly, Representative Lauren Kealohilani Cheape, Ms. Mora Dolormente President of Peace Bridge, Incorporated and Representative K. Mark Takai