Friday, February 29, 2008

More bills pass third reading

On this 24th day of the 2008 legislative session, 70 more bills passed the critical third reading and crossed over to the Senate. Here are some bills of note:

HB2736 HD1 Small Business Bill of Rights. This bill recognizes the importance of small business to the community and establishes the Small Business Bill of Rights. It requires the Ombudsman to investigate complaints of violations. (Kyle Yamashita)

HB2686 HD1 Administrative Procedure for Rulemaking. This bill clarifies the existing administrative procedure law to ensure that state agency rulemaking does not exceed statutory authority, by conforming to federal law covering rulemaking and public participation in government. (Marcus Oshiro)

HB2247 South Kona Wilderness Purchase. This bill extends the time allowed to acquire lands designated as part of the South Kona Wilderness Area on the island of Hawaii. (Robert Herkes)

HB3262 HD1 Honolua Bay. Creates a temporary advisory committee to develop a management plan for the Honolua Bay Marine Life Conservation District on Maui. (Angus McKelvey)

HB3272 Public Lands Auction. This bill permits the current lessee of public land which is to disposed by public auction to match the winning bid under certain circumstances. (Jerry Chang)

HB2761 HD1 Post-partum healthcare. This bill requires at 6 months of post-partum and interconception care for women of childbearing age who are participants in the Hawaii QUEST health insurance program. (Hermina Morita)

HB2511 HD1 Rental assistance. This bill provides qualified rental assistance applicants up to 90 days to find a qualified rental dwelling. (Maile Shimabukuro) (Joint House/Senate Majority Package)

HB3161 Emergency appropriation to HHSC. Appropriates $14 million for FY 2007-2008 to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation to pay vendors, reduce accounts payable and allow operations of current levels of service. (Say By Request, Governor's Package)

HB2151 HD1 Captive Insurance. This bill forms a captive insurance company to provide medical malpractice insurance to self-employed medical doctors. (Cindy Evans)

HB2856 Electronic road pricing. Requires DOT to conduct a feasibility study to implement electronic road pricing, including toll roads, congestion pricing, high occupancy toll lanes, cordon area toll lanes, road space rationing, mileage fees. (Joey Manahan)

HB3377 Ignition interlock device. Requires the installation of the ignition interlock device on the vehicle of a person arrested for driving under the influence that prevents the person from starting or operating a motor vehicle with more than a minimal alcohol concentration while their case in pending and while their license is revoked pursuant to chapter 291E, HRS. (Sharon Har)

HB2522 County authority to reclassify lands. Allows county land use decision-making authority to reclassify lands not more than fifty acres. (Sharon Har) (House Majority Package)

HB2523 Land Use Commission. This bill amends the LUC decision-making criteria to include the County General Plan and plans adopted pursuant to the general plan. (Sharon Har) (House Majority Package)

HB2525 Hawaii Community Development Authority. Requires the HCDA to incorporate smart growth principles in community plan rules. (Sharon Har) (House Majority Package)

HB2526 State Plan. Adds to the State Plan that land development shall be in compliance with smart growth principles. (Sharon Har) (House Majority Package)

HB3383 Hawaii Penal Code. Requires that multiple terms of imprisonment run concurrently unless the court orders or the law mandates that the terms run consecutively. (Blake Oshiro)

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