Reps. Pouha and Tupola Perform “Hawaii Aloha” in a Bipartisan Celebration

In the State of Hawaii House of Representatives,  Representatives Feki Pouha and Andria Tupola lead the chamber in the song “Hawaii Aloha”  for Sine Die.  It is a tradition that all Representatives join hands and sing in this bipartisan celebration.

feki and tupolaContact: reppouha@capitol.hawaii.gov or reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov   Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward Addresses HB 553 – UH Graduate Students Collective Bargaining

RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
Report Title:  Collective Bargaining Units; UH Graduate Students
Description:  Allows part-time and full-time graduate student assistants employed by UH to collectively bargain their wages, hours, and other terms; provided that no collective bargaining agreement shall take effect prior to July 1, 2016. Requires UH and the relevant exclusive representatives to meet and report to the legislature. (HB553 CD1)  Passed Final Reading as amended in CD {cdraft} with Representative(s) Ward voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Tsuji excused (1).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 699).
5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680). 5/6/2015 H Transmitted to Governor.

ward hb 553Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward Addresses SB 1028 – Hawaii Health Connector

RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR.
Report Title:  Hawaii Health Connector; Appropriation ($)
Description:  Appropriates funds for the operations of the Hawaii health connector. (CD1)  Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Choy, Cullen, Har, Kong, San Buenaventura, Thielen, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward voting no (9) and Representative(s) Tsuji excused (1).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 699).
5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680).

ward 1028Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward addresses HB 1010 – Commuter Benefits

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE COMMUTER BENEFITS PROGRAM.
Report Title:  Commuter Benefits; Counties
Description:  Authorizes the counties to adopt an ordinance requiring employers to offer employees specified commuter benefits options. (HB1010 CD1)  Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Kong, McDermott, Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (5) and none excused (0).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 699).
5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680).
5/6/2015 H Transmitted to Governor.

ward hb1010Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Ward Addresses SB 359 Energy; Barrel Tax

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX.
Report Title:  Energy; Barrel Tax; Environmental Response, Energy, and Food Security Tax; Environmental Response Revolving Fund
Description:  Applies the state environmental response, energy, and food security tax to fossil fuels other than petroleum products and bases the tax on one million British thermal units. Removes the sunset of the various funds related to the barrel tax. Clarifies the purposes for which the environmental response revolving fund may be used. Provides for the transfer of moneys from the environmental response revolving fund into the general fund. Requires the Director of Health to report to the Legislature information regarding the environmental response revolving fund. (CD1)  Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Aquino, Cullen, Fukumoto Chang, Har, Kawakami, Matsumoto, McDermott, Pouha, Say, Tokioka, Tupola, Ward, Yamane voting no (13) and Representative(s) Tsuji excused (1).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 699).
5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680).

ward 359Contact: repward@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. McDermott addresses HB 500 State Budget

RELATING TO THE STATE BUDGET.
Report Title:  State Budget ($)
Description:  Appropriates funds for the operating and capital improvement budget of the Executive Branch for fiscal years 20152016 and 20162017. (HB500 CD1)  Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) McDermott voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 698).
5/5/2015 H Transmitted to Governor.
5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680).

Mcderott HB 500Contact: repmcdermott@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Hawaii’s Alternative Budget see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GIU_WflQKU

or go to:   https://hawaiialternativebudget.com/

Rep. Tupola addresses SB 521 – Waimea Nui Community Development

Measure Title: AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO WAIMEA NUI COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.
Report Title:  Special Purpose Revenue Bonds; Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation ($)
Description:  Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds up to $45,000,000 to Waimea Nui Community Development Corporation, a private not-for-profit corporation, for the planning, acquisition, and construction of agriculture, renewable energy, and educational facilities. (CD1). Passed Final Reading, as amended (CD 1). 25 Aye(s); Aye(s) with reservations: none . 0 No(es): none. 0 Excused: none.
5/5/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 699). 5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680).

topola sb 521Contact: reptupola@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from Capitol TV

Rep. Thielen addresses SB 1214 – assist Hawaiian Electric Company

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY, INC., MAUI ELECTRIC COMPANY, LIMITED, AND HAWAII ELECTRIC LIGHT COMPANY, INC.
Report Title:  Special Purpose Revenue Bonds; Electric Utilities; HECO ($)
Description:  Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (CD1).  5/5/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) McKelvey voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Fukumoto Chang, Matsumoto, Ohno, Pouha, Thielen, Tupola, Ward voting no (7) and Representative(s) Tsuji excused (1).
5/5/2015 H Received notice of Final Reading (Sen. Com. No. 699).
5/7/2015 S Received notice of passage on Final Reading in House (Hse. Com. No. 680).

thielen 1214Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov  Excerpt from capitol TV

Rep. Thielen addresses HB 318 – State and County Buildings

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.
Report Title:  Naming Rights; Sponsorship; State and County Buildings; Facilities
Description:  Exempts the disposition or grant of rights to place one or more names on a state or county building, in accordance with applicable county sign ordinances, from the sealed bid process and the fifteen year limitation on concession contracts. (HB318 CD1)
Companion:
Package: City and County of Honolulu
Current Referral:  GVO, WAM
Introducer(s): SOUKI (Introduced by request of another party)
5/5/2015 H Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Jordan, Oshiro, Thielen, Tupola voting no (4) and none excused (0).

thielen sb 1131Contact: repthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov   Excerpt from capitol TV