2015 Acts

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ACT 189, HB1752 HD1 SD1 CD1, 7/1/2016
RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY SERVICES. Appropriates general revenue for two full-time equivalent positions as grant administrative support personnel in the office of community services for fiscal year 2016-2017. (HB1752 CD1) ACT 189, HB1752 HD1 SD1 CD1
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Act 243, SB273 SD2 HD2 CD1, 07/14/2015
RELATING TO IDENTIFICATION CARDS. Requires the examiner of drivers to accept a sworn statement from a victim services organization, an attorney, a member of the clergy, correctional institution staff, a medical or health professional, or a verification letter from a homeless service provider as documentary evidence of a homeless person’s address. Requires the Director of […]
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Act 242, SB1291 SD2 HD2 CD1, 07/14/2015
RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Prohibits discrimination against medical marijuana patients and their caregivers by schools, landlords, courts with regard to medical care or parental rights, planned community associations, condominium property regimes, or condominiums. (SB1291 CD1)
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Act 241, HB321 HD1 SD2 CD1, 07/14/2015
RELATING TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Establishes a licensing system for medical marijuana dispensaries. Prohibits counties from enacting zoning regulations that discriminate against licensed dispensaries and production centers. Allows a qualifying patient, primary caregiver, or an owner or employee of a medical marijuana production center or dispensary to transport medical marijuana in any public place, under certain […]
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Act 240, HB134 HD1 SD2 CD1, 07/14/2015
RELATING TO TAXATION. Reauthorizes the counties’ authority to establish a county surcharge on state tax for a limited time period, with the surcharge to be effective until 12/31/2027, if adopted. Requires counties to adopt an ordinance to establish or extend a surcharge prior to 7/1/2016. Limits the use of surcharge revenues by counties that have […]
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Act 239, SB118 SD1 HD2 CD1, 07/14/2015 (w/o signature)
RELATING TO REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS. Requires, and appropriates funds for, DBEDT, with the assistance of DOTAX, to study the impact of real estate investment trusts in Hawaii. (SB118 CD1)
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Act 238, SB1297 SD1 HD1 CD1, 07/14/2015 (w/o signature)
RELATING TO DISPOSITION OF TAX REVENUES. Amends the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law by changing the amount allocated to the trauma system special fund, and establishing maximum dollar amounts that shall be distributed among certain non-general funds after 6/30/2015. Annually lapses excess moneys in the trauma system special fund to the credit of the […]
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Act 237, SB1092 SD1 HD1, 07/14/2015 (w/o signature)
RELATING TO THE REPEAL OF NON-GENERAL FUNDS. Repeals or reclassifies various non-general funds in accordance with the Auditor’s recommendations in Auditor’s Report Nos. 14-05 and 14-13. (SB1092 HD1)
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Act 236, HB541 HD1 SD2 CD1, 07/14/2015 (w/o signature)
RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII TUITION AND FEES SPECIAL FUND. Requires each UH campus to prepare an operations plan, to be reviewed by the President and VP for Budget and Finance and CFO of UH, for each fiscal year. Requires the moneys in the UH Tuition and Fees Special Fund for each UH campus […]
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Act 235, SB791 SD1 HD2 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. Requires health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for autism diagnosis and treatment. (SB791 CD1)
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Act 234, HB1251 HD1 SD2 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS. Requires state departments, upon the closure of facilities, to consider the facility’s suitability for use by public charter schools or early learning programs that are affiliated with a public charter school, and to notify the Superintendent and State Public Charter School Commission of the availability and suitability of the facility. […]
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Act 233, HB206 HD2 SD1 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO HAWAIIAN PLANTS. Subject to exceptions, requires all plans, designs, and specifications for new or renovated landscaping of State-developed buildings, complexes, facilities, or housing to incorporate specified percentages of Hawaiian plants. (HB206 CD1)
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Act 232, HB782 HD1 SD2 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO THE CYTOMEGALOVIRUS. Requires the Department of Health to establish a public education program to inform and educate women about cytomegalovirus. (HB782 CD1)
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Act 231, SB961 SD2 HD3, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT. Amends hearing requirements for petitions for assisted community treatment, including for deadlines, notice, court-appointed counsel, and examinations. Requires treating providers to provide information for purposes of the Department of Health’s annual report. (SB961 HD3)
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Act 230, HB393 HD2 SD2, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO HAWAIIAN FISHPONDS. Waives DOH water quality certification requirement for restoration, repair, and operation of Hawaiian loko iâ (fishponds) that are permitted under the Statewide Programmatic General Permit process, administered by the DLNR. (HB393 SD2)
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Act 229, HB1394 HD2 SD2 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO WATER RECLAMATION. Requires DOT airports division to conduct a water scalping feasibility study and, if funds are available, authorizes development of a process design for the processing portion of the implementation of water scalping technology. Requires DOT airports division to apply for a federal grant to fund the implementation of a water scalping […]
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Act 228, HB1273 HD2 SD2 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO RENEWABLE ENERGY. Includes hydroelectric facilities that generate up to 500 kilowatts of electricity as a permissible use on agricultural lands if the hydroelectric facilities are accessory to agricultural activities for agricultural use only and if certain other conditions are met. (HB1273 CD1)
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Act 227, HB770 HD1 SD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO INTOXICATING LIQUOR. Authorizes restaurants with a liquor license to sell beer, malt beverages, or cider for off-premises consumption, under certain conditions. Authorizes retail dealers with a liquor license to sell beer, malt beverages, or cider in non-original packages, under certain conditions. Authorizes brewpubs and small craft producer pubs with a liquor license to […]
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Act 226, HB631 HD2 SD1 CD1, 07/13/2015
RELATING TO CERTIFICATES OF BIRTH. Establishes the documentation required when requesting the Department of Health to issue a new birth certificate with a sex designation change. (HB631 CD1)
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Act 225, SB756 SD1 HD2 CD1, 07/09/2015
RELATING TO THE SECURE AND FAIR ENFORCEMENT FOR MORTGAGE LICENSING ACT. Establishes a mortgage license exemption for seller-financed mortgage loans, if certain conditions are met. Requires the seller to provide to the buyer the terms of the financing. Requires the seller to provide a disclaimer, to be initialed by the buyer, regarding the financing. (SB756 […]
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