2011 Bills & Resolutions Update

Aloha –

Here’s an update regarding some of the bills and resolutions I am working on.  Please let me know if you have any feedback:

2011 Legislative Session (updated 1/18/11)

Bills

1)    Allows property owner to designate beneficiaries on death without probate or will.

2)    Requires establishment of “flood zones” for insurance purposes in areas prone to flooding even when causes are unnatural, as long as resident is not at fault.

3)    Eliminates statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits

4)    Makes it a Class C Felony to assault a water safety officer engaged in performing duty

5)    Exempts totally/permanently disabled veterans from motor vehicle registration expense

6)    Retroactively requires that multiple terms of imprisonment run concurrently unless the court orders or the law mandates that the terms run consecutively

7)    Makes it a misdemeanor offense for a parent or legal guardian to fail to exercise reasonable care, supervision, protection, or control over a minor child

8)    Amends DOCARE’s current property forfeiture statues

9)    Legalizes traditional methods of food preparation, including ku`i kalo (poi and pa’i ‘ai)

10) Creates new bargaining unit for emergency first responder medical personnel and water safety officers employed by the state or counties

11) Corrects existing legislation regarding disabled parking placards

12) Proposes a constitutional amendment relating to Environmental Rights to assist residents living near landfills and other environmental hazards

13)  Legalization of mobile home parks on private land with a clear nexus to removal of homeless from public areas

14)  Court system improvement measures: eliminating requirement to obtain court’s permission to serve someone out of state; imposing penalties for refusal to pay arbitrator; reducing taxes on legal settlements after person has paid attorney’s fees


15) Capital Improvements (some projects being considered):

.Nanakuli HS & Intermediate  $12 million, power upgrade & air conditioning

.Wai’anae Intermediate            $4 million, air conditioning

.Wai’anae Boat Harbor             $5 mil: build E Ala voyaging canoe ocean education ctr/remove derelict boats

. Pet-Friendly & Former Foster Youth shelters  $8m

Resolutions

 

1)    Mauka Highway Study (via Kolekole pass)

2)    Ban all O`ahu landfills from accepting municipal solid waste effective July 2012, to reflect the intention of the LUC in its ruling in the Waimanalo Gulch contested case

3)    Renaming Discoverers’ Day in Hawaii to Indigenous Peoples’ Day

4)    Supporting the removal of “Treaty of Annexation” document on McKinley HS Statue

5)    Requesting support for officers and delegates to Native Hawaiian Convention

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