2015 Acts

For a full report from the Hawai’i State Legislature, click HERE.

Act 204, SB519 SD2 HD3 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO TAXATION. Authorizes fines to be deposited into the tax administration special fund. Increases the balance that may be retained in the tax administration special fund in each fiscal year. Authorizes DOTAX to enforce civil penalties for operators and plan managers who fail to display the certificate of registration and registration ID numbers for […]
Read More
Act 203, HB448 HD1 SD1 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. Requires the Department of Health (DOH) to conduct reviews of domestic violence fatalities, near-deaths, and suicides. Authorizes DOH to enter into memoranda of understanding to obtain information relating to near-deaths resulting from intimate partner violence. (HB448 CD1)
Read More
Act 202, SB1312 SD1 HD1 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO STATE FUNDS Appropriates $10,000,000 from the general revenues into the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund in FY 2014-2015 to comply with article VII, section 6, of the Hawaii State Constitution, which requires, under certain economic conditions, that the legislature provide a tax credit to state taxpayers or make a deposit into one or […]
Read More
Act 201, SB1096 SD1 HD2 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO ON-BILL PROGRAMS. Exempts electric utilities acting as billing and collections agents for an on-bill program from various state taxes and state laws regulating financial institutions, escrow depositories, or collection agencies. (SB1096 CD1)
Read More
Act 200, SB464 SD1 HD2 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION. Requires persons charging a consumer’s credit or debit card or account for automatic renewal or continuous service offer to first obtain the consumer’s affirmative consent. Requires acknowledgment of terms, cancellation policy, and information on how to cancel the automatic renewal or continuous service to be provided to the consumer. Requires free […]
Read More
Act 199, SB40 SD3 HD2 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO LICENSING. Establishes the Behavior Analyst Program within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Requires the licensing of behavior analysts for the practice of behavior analysis beginning on January 1, 2016, and ending on June 30, 2021. Appropriates funds to implement the Behavior Analyst Program. (SB40 CD1)
Read More
Act 198, HB268 HD2 SD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO DENTISTRY. Authorizes the board of dental examiners to summarily suspend a license. Establishes procedures for the summary suspension of a license. Specifies that continuing to practice dentistry, or attempting to do so, while the summary suspension is in effect is grounds for revocation of the license. (HB268 SD1)
Read More
Act 197, HB261 HD2 SD2 CD1, 07/02/2015
RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION. Requires health insurers, mutual benefit societies, and health maintenance organizations to post and update information on drug formularies via a public website and toll-free number for the benefit of insureds, potential insureds, and providers. Establishes a formulary accessibility working group. (HB261 CD1)
Read More
Act 196, HB1432 HD2 SD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO THE INTERIM ASSISTANCE REIMBURSEMENT SPECIAL FUND Establishes the interim assistance reimbursement special fund, into which reimbursements received from the U.S. Social Security Administration will be deposited for state-funded financial assistance payments and programs to assist individuals to qualify for supplemental security income. Makes an appropriation. (HB1432 CD1)
Read More
Act 195, SB1131 SD2 HD2 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO THE UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT Updates chapter 329, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to make it consistent with amendments in federal law on controlled substances; amends section 329-20, HRS, to add new controlled substances federally scheduled as required under section 329-11, HRS; adds a new synthetic cathinone and eight new synthetic cannabinoids to section 329-14, […]
Read More
Act 194, SB213 SD2 HD3 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO THE HAWAII PENAL CODE Requires the department of public safety to send written notice to defendants with terms of imprisonment imposed prior to June 18, 2008, to notify these defendants that the department may recalculate their multiple terms of imprisonment and of their rights to have the court review their sentences. (SB213 CD1)
Read More
Act 193, SB211 SD1 HD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO FORENSIC IDENTIFICATION Clarifies that the penalty for the offense of intentionally or knowingly failing to provide DNA samples is a misdemeanor. Downgrades reckless failure to provide such samples to a petty misdemeanor and deletes negligent failure to provide such samples from the offense. (SB211 HD1)
Read More
Act 192, HB436 HD1 SD2 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES. Amends the definition of “emergency vehicle” to include sheriff division vehicles, Hawaii emergency management agency vehicles, civil defense vehicles, DOT harbors division vehicles, DLNR division of conservation and resources enforcement vehicles, and county emergency management vehicles to require approaching vehicles to slow and change lanes when nearing the emergency vehicle when […]
Read More
Act 191, SB64 SD3 HD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES. Makes an appropriation for subsidies for the preschool open doors program. (SB64 CD1)
Read More
Act 190, SB1113 SD2 HD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO BACKGROUND CHECKS. Expands the scope of background checks conducted by the Department of Health on operators, employees, applicants, and volunteers in health care facilities and other persons providing health care on behalf of the Department of Health to include criminal history record checks, sex offender registry record checks, adult abuse perpetrator and child […]
Read More
Act 189, SB1049 SD1 HD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO ELECTRONIC WASTE RECYCLING. Prohibits the approval of an electronic device manufacturer’s recycling plan that provides only a mail-back option for the collection, transportation, and recycling of a manufacturer’s covered electronic device. Authorizes the approval of an electronic device manufacturer’s recycling plan if a manufacturer of exclusively mobile covered electronic devices whose products are […]
Read More
Act 188, SB964 SD2 HD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO AGING. Appropriates funds for the Kupuna Care Program. (SB964 CD1)
Read More
Act 187, SB878 SD1 HD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO WASTEWATER. Authorizes the counties to approve the installation and use of composting toilets in areas that are inaccessible to municipal wastewater systems. Defines “composting toilets”. (SB878 CD1)
Read More
Act 186, SB550 SD1 HD2, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO HEALTH. Prohibits the consumption, purchase, possession, and sale and distribution of powdered alcohol. Defines powdered alcohol. (SB550 HD2)
Read More
Act 185, SB359 SD1 HD1 CD1, 07/01/2015
RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE, ENERGY, AND FOOD SECURITY TAX. Applies the state environmental response, energy, and food security tax to fossil fuels other than petroleum products and bases the tax on one million British thermal units. Removes the sunset of the various funds related to the barrel tax. Clarifies the purposes for which the […]
Read More