Legislative Alert – Farrington Hwy Contraflow Lane Feasibility Study Bill (SB769) Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Transportation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229
415 South Beretania Street

SB769 would appropriate moneys for the director of transportation to conduct a feasibility study regarding the establishment of a fifth lane of travel on the ocean side of Farrington Highway in Nanakuli from Kahe Point to Mohihi Street, to be used for contraflow during rush hour and requiring relocation of the existing railroad.

For more information on SB769, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Monday, February 9, 2015, at 2:45 p.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.

Legislative Alert – Workers’ Compensation Bill (SB766) Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Friday, February 6, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health.

Friday, February 6, 2015, 2:30 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 414
415 South Beretania Street

SB766 would require that a physician selected and paid for by an employer to conduct a medical examination for workers’ compensation purposes shall be actively treating at least ten patients in a one-month period; be actively treating at least 50 per cent of the physician’s total patient load in a one-month period; and possess medical malpractice insurance – learn about Xarelto and the legal assistance for the class action due to its side effects, as an example.

For more information on SB766, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 2:30 p.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.

Legislative Alert – Renewable Gas Bill (SB1323) Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 2:45 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 225
415 South Beretania Street

SB1323 would require the public utilities commission to direct public utilities that supply gas to the public to acquire biogas generated from nonfossil fuel sources. SB1323 would also establish renewable gas portfolio standards for public utilities that sell biogas in the State.

For more information on SB1323, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Monday, February 16, 2015, at 2:45 p.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.

Legislative Alert – ERS Benefits to Former Spouse Bill (HB1370) Scheduled for House Hearing: Friday, February 6, 2015

The House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Committee on Labor & Public Employment.

Friday, February 6, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 309
415 South Beretania Street

HB1370 would provide statutory authority for the employees’ retirement system administrator to make direct payment to a former spouse of a member of benefits or portion thereof pursuant to valid court judgment, order, or decree, and would take effect on January 1, 2017.

For more information on HB1370, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Although late testimony can be submitted on the day of the hearing, testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.

Legislative Alert – Taro Protection Bill (HB509) Scheduled for House Hearing: Thursday, February 5, 2015

The House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Committee on Agriculture.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 312
415 South Beretania Street

HB509 would create a classification of agricultural public lands entitled “taro lands” and would appropriate funds to the board of land and natural resources to create an inventory of lands classified as taro lands.

For more information on HB509, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

Please note that testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.

Legislative Alert – Alternative Housing Bill (HB1265) Scheduled for House Hearing: Thursday, February 5, 2015

The House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a joint hearing before the House Committee on Human Services and the Committee on Housing.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 329
415 South Beretania Street

HB1265 would require and appropriate funds for the department of land and natural resources, in consultation with the department of human services, to establish mobile home parks throughout the State for individuals whose family income is no more than 250 per cent of the federal poverty level. HB1265 would also allow the private sector to develop mobile home parks.

For more information on HB1265, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

Please note that testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior to the hearing may not be posted online or distributed to the committee prior to the convening of the public hearing. In-person testimony is also accepted for those present during the hearing.