2017 Acts

ACT 177, SB100 SD2 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO TAXATION Delays the reviews by the Auditor of tax exemptions, exclusions, credits, and deductions. Provides the Auditor with access to DOTAX records for the reviews and establishes confidentiality requirements concerning the data. Requires the reviews be made on a calendar year basis. Adds the organic foods production income tax credit to the schedule […]
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ACT 176, SB99 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM Prohibits any county from disqualifying a legal nonconforming dwelling unit from the Housing Choice Voucher Program if the unit meets zoning and building code requirements and other program standards such as health and safety standards. ACT 176, SB99 SD1 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 175, SB911 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO THE HOUSING LOAN AND MORTGAGE PROGRAM Increases the Hula Mae Multifamily Revenue Bond authorization amount from $1,000,000,000 to $1,500,000,000. Requires the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation to submit annual reports to the Legislature describing the activity of the revenue bond.  ACT 175, SB911 SD1 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 174, SB908 SD1 HD2 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO THE SMALL BUSINESS REGULATORY FLEXIBILITY ACT Adopts a more explicit definition of “small business”; clarifies the powers of the Small Business Regulatory Review Board; increases the number of board members, with two nominated by the Board; clarifies when agencies are required to report to the Board and when the Board is required to […]
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ACT 173, SB865 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO CONTRACTORS Permits persons licensed as an electrical or plumbing contractor under this chapter to enter into contracts to perform electrical or plumbing work; provided that if a contractor’s responsible managing employee, which includes a sole proprietor, is not licensed in accordance with chapter 448E, HRS, then the contractor shall employ individuals licensed in […]
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ACT 172, SB859 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Grants an employee the right to have a chaperone present during an independent medical examination relating to a work injury for workers’ compensation purposes and, with the approval of the examining physician or surgeon, to record the medical examination. Specifies that if an employee or employee’s chaperone obstructs the medical exam, […]
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ACT 171, SB808 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO THE HAWAII ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS Makes an appropriation from the special land and development fund to the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the operational expenses and staffing costs of the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts. ACT 171, SB808 SD1 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 170, SB786 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA Amends Hawaii Revised Statutes and Hawaii Administrative Rules to substitute references to “medical marijuana” and like terms with “medical cannabis” and like terms. Requires the Department of Health to make all conforming revisions to Administrative Rules upon their next amendment and to other documents and items by December 31, 2019. ACT […]
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ACT 169, SB712 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO THE VARIANCE REPORT Requires the Governor to submit summarized comparisons by department of the following for fiscal year 2017-2018 and fiscal year 2018-2019: (1) budgeted and actual/estimated expenditures for operating costs, with breakdowns by cost elements and means of financing; and (2) the position ceiling and number of positions filled or estimated to […]
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ACT 168, SB655 SD2 HD2 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO MEDIA ACCESS Allows the news media, under certain conditions, to access areas that are closed pursuant to emergency management powers of the Governor and Mayor. Limits the liability of the Senate and counties. Specifies that the State, counties, and designated emergency management authority are not responsible for providing logistical support to media accessing […]
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ACT 167, SB609 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO ATTESTATION ENGAGEMENTS Requires that peer reviews performed on public accounting firms are performed in accordance with the entirety of the Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. ACT 167, SB609 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 166, SB584 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO MORTGAGES Allows an extended or hanai family member to act as a co-mortgagor in assisting a qualified resident in securing a mortgage to purchase a dwelling unit from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation. ACT 166, SB584 SD1 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 165, SB572 SD1 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO INFORMATION PRACTICES Authorizes the Office of Information Practices to adopt administrative rules regarding protection of state and county agency records subject to disclosure and other rules necessary to administer the Uniform Information Practices Act.  ACT 165, SB572 SD1 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 164, SB1286 SD2 HD2 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO PRIVATE TRADE, VOCATIONAL, AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS Clarifies the scope of the private trade, vocational, and technical school licensure program within the department of education. Establishes a licensing fee to ensure the sustainability of the licensure program. Establishes a license renewal process and fee. Creates the private trade, vocational, and technical school licensure special […]
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ACT 163, HB1325 HD1 SD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO BIOSECURITY Requires the Department of Agriculture to establish and report to the Legislature on parameters and construction requirements for biosecurity facilities that provide for and ensure the safety of agricultural and food commodities. Makes appropriations for the biosecurity program, including projects for import replacements of high risk crops. ACT 163, HB1325 HD1 SD1 […]
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ACT 162, SB976 HD1 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO TIER II FILING FEES FOR REPORTING OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES Changes the Hawaii Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, Tier II filing fee from $100 to $200, to provide needed preparedness resources to Local Emergency Planning Committees. ACT 162, SB976 HD1 CD1 
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ACT 161, HB674 HD2 SD2 CD1, 7/11/2017
RELATING TO CHILD CARE PROVIDERS Requires all child care providers to obtain and maintain liability insurance as a condition of licensure, temporary permission, or registration and disclosure of insurance-related information to certain parents or guardians. Requires the Department of Human Services to submit a report to the Legislature prior to the 2018 Regular Session. ACT […]
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ACT 160, SB1264 SD1 HD2 CD1, 7/10/2017
RELATING TO SECURITY GUARDS Amends the process for registration, registration renewal, instruction, and training for security guards. Triennial registration period for security guards effective beginning on 6/30/2018. ACT 160, SB1264 SD1 HD2 CD1 
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ACT 159, SB1244 SD2 HD2 CD1, 7/10/2017
RELATING TO AFFORDABLE HOUSING Authorizes qualified nonprofit housing trusts to repurchase affordable units developed with government assistance when a government entity waives its first right of refusal to repurchase the unit. Authorizes counties to waive a first right of refusal to repurchase a privately-developed affordable housing unit built pursuant to a unilateral agreement or similar […]
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ACT 158, SB1227 HD2 CD1, 7/10/2017
RELATING TO FORECLOSURES Makes permanent the affirmation requirement and form that is filed by an attorney on behalf of a mortgagee who is seeking to foreclose on a residential property under a judicial foreclosure action. Repeals the affirmation requirement of an attorney who files a complaint in a mortgage foreclosure action that would have been […]
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