Archive for February, 2014

Rep Thielen Addresses HB 2365 – Fire Protection; State Fire Council

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO THE STATE FIRE COUNCIL.
Report Title: Fire Protection; State Fire Council
Description: Authorizes the State Fire Council to: (1) Establish statewide qualifications and procedures for testing, certifying, and credentialing individuals who conduct maintenance testing of fire extinguishers, fire protection systems, and fire alarm systems; and (2) Implement a statewide system to promote the effective use of fire and life safety resources. (HB2365 HD1)

thielen 2365Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep Gene Ward Addresses HB 2342 – Taxation; Electronic Filing of Tax Returns

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO ELECTRONIC FILING OF TAX RETURNS.
Report Title: Taxation; Electronic Filing of Tax Returns
Description: Allows the Department of Taxation to require the electronic filing of tax returns. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB2342 HD1)
Companion: SB2892

ward HB 1122Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Reps. Thielen and Mcdermott Address HB 2666 – D Card; Driver’s License; Scan;

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Report Title: ID Card; Driver’s License; Scan; Age-Restricted Goods
Description: Makes permanent the amendments allowing a business to scan an individual’s driver’s license or Hawaii identification card to verify age when providing age-restricted goods or services. Removes reference to “the business” from the reasonable doubt standard for proof of age. (HB2666 HD1)
Companion:

thielen 2365Contact repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov or repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov
Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward Addresses HB 2092 – Medical Marijuana; Registration

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA.
Report Title: Medical Marijuana; Registration
Description: Makes clarifying housekeeping amendments to the registration requirements regarding the medical use of marijuana. Effective January 2, 2015. Reported from HLT (Stand. Com. Rep. No. 641-14), recommending passage on Second Reading and placement on the calendar for Third Reading.
2/27/2014 H Passed Second Reading; placed on the calendar for Third Reading with Representative(s) Aquino, Cullen, Ichiyama, Ito, Oshiro, Tokioka, Tsuji, Ward, Yamane voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fale voting no (1) and Representative(s) Har, Woodson excused (2).

ward HB 1122Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson Addresses HB 1973 – Workers’ Compensation

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.
Report Title: Workers’ Compensation; Penalty; Temporary Partial Disability Benefits; Eligibility Determination
Description: Imposes a penalty on an employer who does not pay an employee temporary partial disability benefits within fourteen calendar days after the end of the employee’s customary work week. Clarifies that an eligibility determination for disability benefits depends on the attending physician to certify the employee’s disability every thirty days. Clarifies that the failure of the employee’s physician to certify does not disqualify the employee from disability benefits. Allows one-time retroactive certification. Effective July 1, 2300. (HB1973 HD1)

2/27/2014 H Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Fukumoto, Hanohano, Johanson, Kawakami, Matsumoto, Thielen, Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Har, Say excused (2). Transmitted to Senate.

JOhanson HB 1973Contact: repjohanson@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Reps. Ward and Mckelvey Address HB 1122 – Capitol Gift Shop; Appropriation

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO A STATE CAPITOL GIFT SHOP.
Report Title: Capitol Gift Shop; Appropriation ($)
Description: Provides funding for a gift shop in the state capitol. Effective July 1, 2014. (HB1122 HD1
2/27/2014 H Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Hanohano, Jordan, Oshiro voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Har, Say excused (2). Transmitted to Senate.

ward HB 1122Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov or repmckelvey@capitol.hawaii.gov
Excerpt from Capitol TV

Representative Richard Fale Addresses HB 2409 – Disorderly Conduct; Bus Stops

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Report Title: Disorderly Conduct; Bus Stops
Description: Makes it a disorderly conduct offense to lie down at a bus stop shelter or structure in a manner that interferes with use of or access to the bus stop. Establishes a fine of $50 for a violation. Effective 7/1/14.

2/27/2014 H Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Cachola voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Awana, Carroll, Fale, Hanohano, Jordan, Kawakami, McDermott, Oshiro, Tokioka, Tsuji, Ward voting no (11) and Representative(s) Har excused (1). Transmitted to Senate.

faleContact: repfale@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Gene Ward Addresses HB 2409 – Disorderly Conduct; Bus Stops

February 28, 2014

RELATING TO DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
Report Title: Disorderly Conduct; Bus Stops
Description: Makes it a disorderly conduct offense to lie down at a bus stop shelter or structure in a manner that interferes with use of or access to the bus stop. Establishes a fine of $50 for a violation. Effective 7/1/14.
Passed Third Reading with Representative(s) Cachola voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Awana, Carroll, Fale, Hanohano, Jordan, Kawakami, McDermott, Oshiro, Tokioka, Tsuji, Ward voting no (11) and Representative(s) Har excused (1). Transmitted to Senate.

ward HB 1122Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov Excerpt from Capitol TV

HECO must adapt or lose relevance

February 24, 2014

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Letter to the Editor by Representative Cynthia Thielen – Feb 24, 2014

Sadly, Hawaiian Electric Co. has opted out of using the power of ocean energy to free our island state from fossil fuel dependence (“Is HECO adapting fast enough?” Star-Advertiser, Island Voices, Feb. 19).

In fact, HECO recently cancelled a wave-energy power purchase proposal from Oceanlinx, an international company specializing in wave energy technology. HECO’s reason for denying Oceanlinx’s proposal? The utility would not cover the device-to-shore cost transferring energy generated from the wave-energy device to the grid.

It is interesting to note, however, that HECO is willing to run a cable across the ocean floor to bring windmill energy from Lanai to Oahu at an exorbitant cost to ratepayers.

The good news is that Marine Corps Base Hawaii will deploy wave-energy technology sometime in 2014.

With this technology successfully creating energy for our military, HECO cannot ignore that ocean energy is the future for Hawaii’s energy independence.

HECO must adapt or it will cease to be relevant.

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Rep. Cynthia Thielen
Vice-chairwoman, House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection

Star Advertiser Article February 24, 2014

TULSI GABBARD AND HAWAII FUTURE CAUCUS

February 22, 2014

TULSI GABBARD AND HAWAII FUTURE CAUCUS PROMOTE
CALL-TO-ACTION FOR MILLENNIALS

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Future Caucus (HFC) hosted an informational panel with U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) today at the Hawaii State Capitol to discuss the importance of engaging millennials in the effort to increase government and political participation. HFC also introduced members of its newly formed advisory council and announced its 2014 initiatives.

In addition to Gabbard, panelists were HFC co-chairs Councilmember Stanley Chang and Representative Beth Fukumoto, HFC advisory council member Richard Mizusawa, and Millennial Action Project president and co-founder Steven Olikara with HFC co-chair Representative Takashi Ohno moderating the discussion.

“The panel was a reminder that both here at home and nationally our generation’s apathy about government can’t be solved through a single venture or a single person,” said Fukumoto. “Legislation alone won’t improve youth engagement. Our challenge is show fellow millennials that Hawaii’s future is theirs to shape if they just get involved.”

As part of a collaboration between public and private sectors, HFC formed its advisory council as way to expand participation past legislators. The advisory council is represented by emerging leaders in various industries who work in collaboration with legislative members to provide project direction in their respective expertise.

“The intent of the advisory council was to bring to the table young leaders who were already shaping their individual fields and channel that energy into a bigger vision for Hawaii,” said Chang. “Their diverse backgrounds bring unique perspectives on how we approach goals from drafting legislation to finding new ways to communicate with the public.”

The current members of the HFC advisory council include: Dennis Ducatt, Troy Hashimoto, Jamila Jarmon, James Larson, Christopher Loo, Kaipo Lum, Richard Mizusawa, Tessa Munekiyo Ng, Kyle Okamura and Jay Raymundo.

HFC also announced its 2014 ventures targeting the up-and coming generation of voters, including an educational campaign on the political process and improving voter turnout.

Later this year, HFC will launch a series of educational videos covering an introduction of federal, state and county government, then expanding to how citizens of all ages can become involved in the public process.
“We want to create an accessible way to reach a younger generation in a medium they’re comfortable with,” said Ohno. “The videos will share insight into the people, the process and the simple ways that anyone can get involved to make a difference.”

Legislation was introduced in both the House of Representatives and Honolulu City Council targeting accessibility to voting. House Bill 2001 proposed to automatically register individuals being issued an identification card or driver’s license to vote, with an opt-out option available. Additionally, Resolution 14-26, CD1 passed a full vote of the Honolulu City Council on February 19 urging the Clerk of the City and County of Honolulu to increase the number of early walk-in voting locations. HFC hopes that similar measures will be introduced for consideration in Hawaii’s other county councils to promote accessibility throughout the state.

For more information on the Hawaii Future Caucus, please visit http://www.facebook.com/hawaiifuturecaucus.

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About Hawaii Future Caucus: The Hawaii Future Caucus is a bipartisan coalition of government and industry leaders focused on engaging emerging stakeholders’ voices on the future of Hawaii. HFC is co-chaired by Councilmember Stanley Chang, Representative Beth Fukumoto and Representative Takashi Ohno. For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/hawaiifuturecaucus.

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2-20-14 HFC Panel_Group Photo
Photo: (Sitting L-R) Representative Kaniela Ing, Representative Beth Fukumoto, U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Representative Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto, Representative Nicole E. Lowen, Representative Takashi Ohno. (Standing L-R) Kaipo Lum, Councilmember Stanley Chang, Steven Olikara, Richard Mizusawa, Christopher Loo, James Larson, Brittany Amano.

Contact: repohno@capitol.hawaii.gov or repfukumoto@capitol.hawaii.gov