Legislative Update: 2012 Bills

Aloha!  Here is a list of some of the bills I will be working on in 2012:

Education

Teacher Shortages – establish the “Hawaii Grow Your Own Teacher Program” to train teachers for hard-to-staff schools

HB 200 — Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds for schools in 2011-’12 Budget:

  . power upgrade for Kamaile Elementary ($800,000)

. architectural barrier removal for Wai’anae HS ($1.3 mil)

. repair Nanakuli HS & Intermediate leaking gym roof (part of $2.3 mil federal grant)

. repair and maintenance for all Wai’anae Coast schools – Kamaile, Leihoku, Maili,

Makaha, Nanakuli (El, HS/Inter) and Wai’anae (El, Inter, HS) — funded by federal

“Race To The Top” program ($1.7 mil)

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

Transportation

SB 103 – exempt totally and permanently disabled veterans from motor vehicle registration fees

SB 1119 – allow disabled persons to receive second removable windshield placard

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

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

Farrington Highwayresurfacing, Kili Dr. to Satellite Tracking Station ($10.9 mil)

Harbors – construction funds may be available through lump sum allocation for improvements statewide at boating and ocean recreation facilities ($7.5 mil)

Health

Landfills – empower County mayors to appoint, in cooperation with neighborhood boards, volunteer pollution inspection advisors to Department of Health in matters relating to landfills and similar facilities

Environmental Justice – add a community giveback fee to fines for violations of health and safety regulations levied against landfills and other industrial sites

SB 1425 – prohibit all landfills from accepting municipal solid waste after dates to be determined

Housing

Compost Toilets – eliminate or mitigate legal prohibitions against septic tanks, compost toilets and other “green” alternative wastewater systems which will bring down the cost of housing

SB 600 – encourage development of farm worker housing

Homeless Services/Shelters – approx. $15m per year for the next two years, including

$1.6 million for shelter support contracts & 3 new shelters, including Wai’anae (HB200)

Energy & Environment

Tire Bill – establish a tire deposit program similar to existing beverage container recycling legislation

SB 107 – constitutional amendment to reaffirm and strengthen state’s commitment to environmental rights

Hawaiian

E Ala Voyaging Canoe – plan & design E Ala voyaging canoe ocean education center in Wai’anae ($500,000)

SB 1422 – proposes constitutional amendment to exempt real property on Hawaiian Home Lands from taxation

Ocean & Beaches

Sand Preservation – bills to prohibit all taking of sand from beaches, and improve protection of beaches and coastline through better coordination between state and county programs: Coastal Zone Management (CZM), Special Management Areas (SMA), etc.

HB 1406 – create new collective bargaining unit for water safety officers

Crime & Public Safety

SB 217 – lengthen the statute of limitations for child sex abuse civil suits (Note: The Governor vetoed this bill on 7/12/11; the HD1 version  will be re-introduced in 2012 with a new number)

Witness Identification of Suspects – improve fairness in current system of identification of suspects by eye-witnesses

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)

SB 216 – encourage parental responsibility by creating misdemeanor offense for inadequate supervision of a minor

SB 1424 – create an offense of confinement of a dog by tethering

Access to Legal Services & Court System

Divorce – bill to facilitate service of documents off-island in divorce cases (similar to District Court legislation introduced by Sen. Shimabukuro in 2011and enacted into law as Act 171)

SB 1488 – Authorizes a default ruling against any party to an arbitration who fails to pay the arbitration fees or costs directed by an arbitrator or arbitration organization.

Business and Economic Development

Job Training – Funding for LCC’s Wai’anae Education Center at the Tycom Building in Maili ($3 mil)

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

Ka`ena Point Radio Facility – $1m for one of 9 sites statewide as part of program to improve critical communication systems

TO CHECK FOR BILL STATUS VISIT WWW.CAPITOL.HAWAII.GOV or 21maile.com.  Call my office at 586-7793 if you have any questions or concerns. 

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