Rep. Cheape Addresses HB 1149 – RELATING TO WIND ENERGY FACILITIES

Measure Title: RELATING TO WIND ENERGY FACILITIES.
Report Title: Wind Energy Facilities; Decommissioning
Description: Requires wind energy facility owner to be responsible for facility decommissioning and to provide evidence of financial security unless the owner has an existing lease or other agreement that provides for decommissioning. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB1149 HD3)

3/5/2013 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 3 with Representative(s) Fale voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

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Reps. Fukumoto, Thielen and Ward Address HB 907 – VACCINATION GUIDELINES

RELATING TO VACCINATION GUIDELINES.
Report Title: Vaccination Guidelines
Description: Authorizes the Department of Health to adopt, amend, or repeal a list of specific vaccines and to adopt, amend, or repeal, as rules, the immunization recommendations of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, as they apply to the list of specific vaccines. (HB907 HD1)

3/5/2013 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 1 with Representative(s) Fukumoto, Thielen, Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen and Dr. Ako discusses industrial hemp

The State House of Representatives unanimously passed HB154 HD2, to establish an industrial hemp research pilot program, on the bill’s third reading, February 28, 2013. The bill now goes to the Senate for action. A primary focus of the research is phytoremediation, the process by which the hemp plant draws toxins out of the soil and processes them safely through its roots, stalk, branches, and leaves.

House lawmakers expanded the scope of the research to include industrial hemp’s value as a biofuel feedstock in Hawaii.

“People now understand how industrial hemp can benefit Hawaii,” said State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District: Kailua, Kaneohe Bay), who cosponsored HB154. “The hemp plant itself uses phytoremediation to cleanse the soil of pesticides, heavy metals, oil, and other toxins.”

“Adding industrial hemp as a source of biofuel is another avenue worth pursuing,” Thielen said. “Reducing our dependence on foreign oil through the use of a renewable resource would be very good for Hawaii.”

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

HB154 HD2’s companion legislation, HCR3 and HR6, which call on Congress and the President to remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, passed the Hawaii House of Representatives earlier in February.

Dr. ako and thielen

 

Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov
or  Dr. Harry Ako:
Professor and Chair,
Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering
hako@hawaii.edu

Rep. Gene Ward Addresses HB191 – SMALL BOAT HARBORS

RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Report Title: Small Boat Harbors; BLNR; HCDA
Description: Authorizes the BLNR to consult with and receive assistance from the HCDA with regards to planning, developing, operating, administering, and maintaining small boat harbors. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB191 HD1)

3/5/2013 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 1 with Representative(s) Cheape, Fale voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Thielen, Ward voting no (2) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

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Rep.Thielen Addresses HB191 – SMALL BOAT HARBORS

RELATING TO SMALL BOAT HARBORS.
Report Title: Small Boat Harbors; BLNR; HCDA
Description: Authorizes the BLNR to consult with and receive assistance from the HCDA with regards to planning, developing, operating, administering, and maintaining small boat harbors. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB191 HD1)

3/5/2013 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 1 with Representative(s) Cheape, Fale voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Thielen, Ward voting no (2) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

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Reps. Ward and Fale Address HB858 – HI GROWTH INITIATIVE

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE HI GROWTH INITIATIVE.
Report Title: Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation; HI Growth Initiative ($)
Description: Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation for the HI Growth Initiative, an investment program to develop an ecosystem to support high-growth entrepreneurial companies in the State. Appropriation. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB858 HD1)

3/5/2013 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.

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Rep. Lauren Cheape Addresses HB407 – RELATING TO CANCER

Measure Title: RELATING TO CANCER.
Report Title: Comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program ($)
Description: Appropriates funds to the Department of Health for the Comprehensive Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program. Effective July 1, 2050. (HB407 HD2)

3/5/2013 H Passed Third Reading as amended in HD 2 with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0). Transmitted to Senate.
• Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Hawaii.
• It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women.
• Early detection of breast cancer increases the opportunity for effective treatment and survival.
• Hawaii’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program provides critical screening and early detection to women who are at high risk, uninsured or underinsured, and have incomes below 250% of the federal poverty level.

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