Legislative Update: Bills Passed on Final Reading

Education 

 Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Requests in Budget (HB200):

 . power upgrade for Kamaile Elementary

 . Wai`anae Education Center (Leeward Community College) ($3m)

 . design for new Nanakuli Public Library ($1.075 mil)

 SB 1174 facilities fund formula for Charter Schools, and other improvements 

Transportation

Flood Mitigation – 3 projects funded in HB 200: Lualualei Flats/Puhawai Stream ($2 mil); Farrington Hwy between Maili & Nanakuli ($8 mil); Lahilahi St. ($1 mil). 

Makaha Bridges $1.3m construction of bridges near Makaha Beach Park (HB200)

Alternative Access Road – HB 200 funds plans for highway mauka of Farrington Hwy beginning at Lualualei Magazine for access in and out of Leeward Coast ($1 mil)

Children & Families 

 SB 105 allow property owner to designate beneficiaries on death without probate or will

 SB 217 eliminate statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits

 SB 921 allow child services provider to provide emergency shelter & services to minors

 HB 56 permit reasonable visitation to grandparents if denial would harm child

Health

 SB 101 legalize traditional methods of pa’i ‘ai & poi preparation for commercial sale

 SB 1288 (Act 025) $322,000 from Emergency & Budget Reserve Fund for Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center Emergency Room

Housing

 SB 903 create affordable rental housing development program; ensure projects remain affordable in perpetuity; set maintenance requirements

 HB 960 establish HHFDC program for tax credit loans for low-income housing

 SB651 repeal old and clarify new non-judicial foreclosure process; strengthen mortgage servicers law; broaden duties of Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution

 Homeless Services/Shelters: approx. $15m per year for the next two years; $1.6m specifically for shelters (HB200)

Energy & Environment

 SB 181 require new single-family houses at time of construction to incorporate elements  to facilitate future adoption of photovoltaic system

 SB 1482 allow Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to consider benefits of capital improvements for renewable energy & energy efficiency despite short-term expense for neighborhoods located near landfills

Hawaiian

 SB 1520/HB1405 establish a 9-member commission to prepare a roll of qualified Native  Hawaiian constituents to organize a convention and establish process of recognition

 HB 397 require specificity in resolutions for review of proposed exchanges, sales, or gifts of state land—i.e. if classified as government or crown lands before  Aug 15, 1895″

 SCR 159 urge DHHL to release pastoral & agricultural lands to its beneficiaries and report statistical data related to implementation of Art XII, sect 1 of State Constitution

Crime & Public Safety

 HB 555 Requires a person convicted of graffiti to remove graffiti from property within 250 yards of the site of the offense or perform 100 hours of community service

 SB 1533 protect peacocks under law on cruelty to animals

 SB 1025 expands offense against law enforcement officer to include assaults against firefighters and water safety officers

 HB 968 allows temporary restraining order to remain in effect up to 180 days or until protective order’s effective date, whichever comes first.

Access to Legal Services & Court System

 SB 1073 increase amount of surcharges for indigent legal services

 SB 1489 provide that attorney’s liens shall attach to judgments, decrees, orders  & settlements and awards pursuant to court order or arbitration proceeding

 SB 1491clarify circumstances under which district court may serve summons or other writ outside the state

Business and Economic Development

 SB 298 establish regulatory framework for sustainable benefits corporations

 HB 1308 increase tax credits for media infrastructure projects

Parks & Agriculture

E Ala Voyaging Canoe $500,000 for plan and design of improvements to land between harbor and Waianae High School, including E Ala canoe ocean education center

Waianae Agriculture Park $550,000 for design and construction (HB200)

 SB 2 require DLNR to establish public lands information system; require state agencies to report each land parcel to which it holds title; require progress report to Legislature. 

Military

HB 4 make permanent interstate compact on education for military children

HB 49 recognize federally prescribed method of determining person authorized to dispose of armed forces member’s remains

Still space for Saturdayʻs Vermicomposting (worm) workshop at Wai`anae High!

There is still space for Malama Learning Center’s upcoming workshop this Saturday:

Vermicomposting: Recycling with Worms

Saturday, May 7th

9am – Noon

At Wai’anae High School

Cost: $10 per person or $25 for families of up to 3 people

Additional $15 fee for people interested in purchasing a worm “starter kit.”

Discover vermiculture: the harvesting of earthworms to create healthy soil and grow wonderful plants. Reduce your household waste and turn kitchen scraps into a rich compost.  At this workshop you will learn all about worms: what to feed them, how to care for them, and how to harvest them.  After the workshop, take home your own “starter” bin to get going with vermicomposting at home!

 Registration is required. Families are encouraged to attend together (limit 3ppl per family group).  To register go to www.malamalearningcenter.org click on “programs” and “without walls,” or contact janice@malamalearningcenter.org, 542-9107.

Community Wide Give Away – May 7th

Wai’anae Coast Christian Women’s Job Corp is having a “Community Wide Give Away”  on May 7th.  We are cleaning out the building we have been meeting in and will need to get rid of a lot of stuff.  We are willing to give it away, but also open to donations as well.

We will have some furniture, dishes, pots/pans, books, videos, children toys and supplies, etc.  We will have a variety of stuff to pick from.

We will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday the 7th.  We are behind the Fire Station.  You turn into the fire station and drive back and you will see two buildings to the left pass the fire station.

We will stay open as long as we have people coming and stuff left.


Thanks so much,

Darla Richardson

(richardsondarla@gmail.com)

[Note from Maile: Mahalo to Barbie-Lei Burgess of Waianae Neighborhood Place for helping to spread the word!]