Time with Kymberly Pine – Healthcare for Veterans

Representative Kymberly Pine speaks with Patricia Matthews – Public Affairs Officer – VA Pacific Islands Health Care System and Noe Foster — CEO — the Strategist

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Time with Kymberly Pine – U.S.VETS- Hawaii

Representative Kymberly Pine speaks with Darryl Vincent, Vice-President of Programs/State Director-Hawaii of U.S.VETS- Hawaii

U.S.VETS- Hawaii, 1772 Shangrila # 37 Kapolei, HI 96707
(808) 682-9000 http://www.usvetsinc.org

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Rep. Pine addresses HB2514 – Relating to Public Safety

Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 928-12 H.B. No. 2514, H.D. 3 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.
(Relating to Public Safety; Appropriation) AS AMENDED, PASS THIRD READING

The purpose of this bill is to implement the recommendations of the Justice Reinvestment Working Group relating to improvements in the pre-trial process, parole, restitution, and availability of services in the criminal justice system and Department of Public Safety.

During PBM, Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Keith Kaneshiro characterized the bill, as a whole, as “a single minded effort to release more individuals from custody…without clearly defining how this will be done consistent with the needs of both public safety and victim safety”.
During FIN, Mr. Kaneshiro said money savings is related to saving bed space. What you need to have is the parole and probation officers in place before you take inmates out.
Mr. Lindbladt, Private bail bondsman: 3 days for assessments is too little time. This is a rush to judgment. Rep. Ward asked him what is a reasonable amount. Lindbladt said two weeks. (Note: the HD3 addresses this concern, and makes it moot, as it make the 3-day assessment an internal assessment.)

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Rep. Pine discusses local agriculture with Alan Wong, Richard Ha and Alan Joaquin

Representative Pine discusses local agriculture with Alan Wong, Chef/Owner of Alan Wong’s Restaurants – Alan Wong’s Restaurants, 1857 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 949-2526 http://www.alanwongs.com; The Pineapple Room By Alan Wong, Third Floor in the Macy’s at Ala Moana Shopping Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd # 1300 Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 945-6573; and Alan Joaquin, President of FarmRoof, (808) 396-9454
http://www.FarrmRoof.com; and Richard Ha — President — Hamakua Springs Country Farms, hahaha.hamakuasprings.com or call 808-981-0805 email: richard@hamakuasprings.com

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Representative Pine Rebuttal on HB 2103 – State-Owned Bank;

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. Pine and Ward Addresses 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.

Representative Pine Addresses HB 2121 Tax Credits

Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 906-12 H.B. No. 2121, H.D. 2 RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. (Renewable Energy Systems; Tax Credits; GO Bonds)  AS AMENDED, PASS THIRD READING

The purpose of this bill is to promote government use of renewable energy technologies and ensure that such projects are cost effective by:
• Prohibiting government agencies from contracting with private energy providers that claim renewable energy technologies tax credit;
• Authorizing issuance of general obligation bonds to purchase renewable energy systems for state facilities.
Version HD1 of this bill:
• Deletes sum of general obligation bonds that Director of Finance is authorized to issue;
• Changes effective date to Jan. 1, 2013;
• Clarifies that purpose of this measure is to ensure cost-effectiveness of renewable energy technology projects. DBEDT points out that power purchase agreements provide stable utility costs that do not fluctuate with rising oil prices, since rates are fixed over lifetime of contract. If State rather than private sector owns renewable energy systems, State would be responsible for repairs after warranty period expires.

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