Bills for 2016 Session: Feedback Sought

Sen Shimabukuro 80AAloha~ Here are some requests for bills that I have received.  Please provide me with your feedback & any additional ideas you may have.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Study to widen Farrington Hwy from Kalaeloa to Hakimo Rd using $233m in potential federal funds
  • Extend the Waianae Coast emergency access road, from Helelua Street to Piliokahi Ave.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • 1 year moratorium on foreclosures and ejectments of home owners to allow time for needed reforms to prevent fraudulent foreclosures; modeled after this bill: https://www.change.org/p/the-governor-of-or-immediate-statewide-moratorium-on-mortgage-foreclosures?recruiter=false
  • Prohibit mortgage companies from  purchasing insurance or otherwise materially changing the terms of the mortgage notes that they take over from other lenders
  • Prohibit homeowners associations from combining fines levied against homeowners with maintenance fees. Purpose is to prevent homeowners associations from foreclosing on properties based on non-payment of fines which may be in dispute.

JUDICIARY AND LABOR

  • Automatic voter registration with drivers license and state ID applications
  • Allow automatic payments to former spouses from the state Employees Retirement System
  • Streamline the current worker’s compensation appeals system, to allow 3 levels of appeal: 1) initial appeal before a hearing officer; 2) 2nd appeal before the Labor Relations Board; 3) final appeal before the court system

HOUSING

  • Remove limit of one section 8 tenant per TMK parcel
  • Exempt payments from Section 8 home ownership program from food stamp income, even if payments are made out to home owner
  • De-Regulate hale-building.  Click here for more info: https://21maile.com/2015/11/22/bill-to-legalize-indigenous-hawaiian-architecture/
  • Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) – exempt the requirement to add a parking stall to the ADU if property is within 1/2 mile of bus stop (current law only includes rail stops).
  • Legalize trailer parks on private lands

EDUCATION

  • Air conditioning for public schools
  • Move donations to private schools to the public schools and libraries category for campaign spending limit amounts

HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS

  • Mandate the creation of assessment tests for Hawaiian immersion students in grades 3-6 which are originally written in the Hawaiian language
  • Kalo leaf designated as official state dish, and Kalo leaf day/month
  • Funding for the Aha Moku Advisory Commission

If you have any questions or concerns, contact my office at 586-7793.

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2 Responses

  1. Aloha,
    I see no legislation on any economic development on the Leeward side. The Nanaikapono area should be designated an economic development zone with incentives for businesses to open shop there. There is already the NFL paid-for center, the new library and talk of a surfer hall of fame, etc. beautify the entrance to Nanakuli with landscaping all the way past Haleakala to start. The Farrington corridor from Nanakuli Ave to Waianae is an eyesore on the Mauka side. We have the developing Koolina area, the Leeward coast needs to capitalize on the tourist and invite and welcome them to our side.

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  2. These are great bills! Much thanks Senator Mailie Shimabukuro! Perhaps next year there could be reestablishment of a ‘Condo Court’ where home owners could have an ombudsman assist them. Retirees on fixed incomes cannot afford going into Civil Court to disput predatory property management companies. Would very much like to attend and testify on condo related bills.

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