Begun by Representative Corinne Ching, a former elementary school teacher, during her freshman year in 2002, this year’s tenth annual Historic Preservation Awareness Day (HPAD) will take place at the Hawaii State Capitol, on Friday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The Heritage Caucus organizes the celebration annually in order to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation to the overall well being of Hawaii.  “HPAD was started as a means to connect organizations and policy makers that often have a say in deciding the fate of many historical sites,” said Ching, who also founded the Heritage Caucus.

“This year is a very special year for our district,” said Ching (Liliha-Nuuanu). “We recently filed legislation (H.C.R. 229) that would officially recognize the ‘Historic Liliha Town’, due to it’s long history and preserved local culture. This event will encourage supporters to come out and see what truly makes Liliha unique in the historic community.”

The proposed measure requests both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Transportation Services to update signage in the vicinity of Liliha to recognize the ‘Historic Liliha Town’.  Ching is requesting the community to help schedule a hearing, “Liliha offers the best overall glimpse of true local culture and has already been designated a historic corridor.  It reflects a variety of Hawaii’s multicultural past as well as distinctive historic architecture unique to Hawai’i.  This measure is intended to solidify recognition of ‘Historic Liliha Town’, and encourage heritage tourism in the state.”

The Hawaii Heritage Caucus is a bi-partisan effort by Representative Cindy Evans and Representative Corinne Ching, that seeks to identify, protect, and preserve the state’s cultural resources and foster widespread appreciation of Hawaii’s cultural heritage and built environment.

Historic preservation organizations and leaders from across the State will feature exhibits at the State Capitol’s fourth floor corridors from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m..

For further information call Jessica Bursack (808) 586-9415.

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Reps. Ward and Ching address HB1840 State-owned Bank; Task Force

Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 923-12 H.B. No. 1840, H.D. 3 RELATING TO STATE-OWNED BANK. (Financial Institutions; State-owned Bank; Task Force) AS AMENDED, PASS THIRD READING

The purpose of the bill is to establish a task force to review, investigate, and study the feasibility and cost of establishing a state-owned bank. Bill also requires a report to the Legislature.
HD3 (current draft) amends the HD2 draft by:
• Placing the task force within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for administrative purposes
• Including on the task force a representative from AARP, the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, and Faith Action for Community Equity and the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection or the Executive Director’s designee
• Requiring the task force to look at models used in other states and banking institutions
• Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style
HD2 amends the HD1 draft by lessening the administrative burden on the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) by only requiring that LRB assist the task force in preparing its findings, recommendations, and proposed legislation, rather than provide all research and organizational support services necessary to assist the task force.

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Reps. Riviere and Ching Address HB 2103 – State Bank

Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 924-12 H.B. No. 2103, H.D. 2 RELATING TO THE BANK OF THE STATE OF HAWAII.(Financial Institutions; State Bank; Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation; Mortgage Foreclosure; Appropriation) AS AMENDED, PASS THIRD READING

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The purpose of the bill is to require the DCCA, along with other departments and entities, to conduct a comprehensive review of state laws in order to develop legislation to establish a bank of the State of Hawaii. The bill requires semi-annual status reports of the review to the Legislature. The final report shall contain a schedule of state funds to be transferred to the state bank from other financial institutions that currently serve as depositories for the state and proposed legislation to establish a program designed to purchase distressed properties encumbered by problematic mortgages. In the meantime, the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation shall establish an identical interim program to purchase the same distressed properties encumbered by problematic mortgages until the state bank is established. These two programs share the intent and purpose of the HD1 draft. The bill provides the process and procedures for the purchasing program (including the ability for former owners to buy back their former property). The bill includes a section that would deem the bank of the State of Hawaii licensed to engage in business on ________. Lastly, the bill requires that $________ of state funds currently held in private institutions be transferred into the bank on ________ with 50% of all state funds required to be held in depositories be held deposited into the bank by ________, and 75% of those funds by ________. Bill appropriates an unspecified amount on money from the compliance resolution fund for the purpose of conducting the review.

Reps Thielen, Ching and Ward Address HB 2417 – renewable energy technologies income tax credit

The purpose of this bill is to amend renewable energy technologies income tax credit by increasing maximum available amount of tax credit and applying credit on per-property basis, as designated by tax map key number. • Makes conforming amendments to additional portions of section 235-12.5, HRS, to account for application of renewable energy technologies income tax credit on per-property, as opposed to per-system, basis;
• Increases maximum amount of income tax credit available for various types of properties;
• Specifies tax credit amount of $1,000 per kilowatt for kilowatts of more than 300 through 5,000 kilowatts produced by solar energy system installed and placed in service on nonresidential property;
• Reverts back to current tax credit amount for wind-powered energy systems placed on nonresidential property
By attempting to minimize abuses of Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit, goes too far by imposing measures that discourage installations of solar water heater, PV and wind systems. This would decrease jobs in renewable energy sector and run counter to State’s clean energy goals.
Hawaii Renewable Energy Alliance, Sierra Club, Solar Energy Industries Association, Blue Planet Foundation, Forest City Hawaii, Hawaii PV Coalition, SunPower Systems Corporation, Kairos Energy Capital, Inter-Island Solar Supply, 45 individuals.

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Reps. Lee and Ching Address HB 2153 – Toll Roads

Stand Comm. Rep. No 900-12 HB 2153, HD 1 Relating to Toll road
Under the current (HD1) draft:
• The DOT may “lease” toll roads to private entities, who operate and maintain the toll roads.
• A “feasibility study” must be done before the DOT imposes a toll on an existing road or enters into an agreement with a private contractor to build a new toll road.
• Prohibits a toll road where there is no alternate, non-toll route available for drivers.

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Representatives Thielen, Ward and Ching Address HB 2047- Identity Theft; Personal Information

Representatives Thielen, Ward and Ching Address Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 686-12 H.B. No. 2047, H.D. 1RELATING TO INFORMATION PROTECTION.(Identity Theft; Personal Information) AS AMENDED, PASS SECOND READING, PLACE ON THE CALENDAR FOR THIRD READING

Requires that businesses implement, by January 1, 2014, a comprehensive, written policy and procedure to prevent identity theft, and designate an employee to be responsible for protecting personal information. The bill would apply to all businesses that maintain personal information, regardless of size. Every business covered by the bill must train all employees in the implementation of the policy and procedure; employees must sign a form acknowledging receipt of training and a copy of the form is to be kept in the employee’s file. This bill places a huge cost burden on small businesses. It also makes them vulnerable to fines and penalties for violations that only in hindsight could have been prevented. The bill creates an unrealistic and unachievable standard. For example, it mandates training of all of a business’ employees, when not all employees would realistically have access to sensitive information. This bill is unnecessary. Existing state and federal laws already protect consumers.


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