2015 Bills: Ones to Watch

Common Cause Hawaii is tracking over 400* “democracy” related and short-form bills.

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 Below are bills broken down by the following categories:

Note: Common Cause Hawaii’s positions and the bills’ statuses are not reflected on this list.


2015 Ones to Watch list - as of February 1, 2015:

 Campaign Spending

HB146 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FUNDS.
Removes limitation on donations from campaign funds to a community service, educational, youth, recreational, charitable, scientific, or literary organization from date of filing nomination papers to date of general election.
Introducer(s): SOUKI

HB175 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Requires that supplemental campaign spending reports be filed annually on January 31.

Introducer(s):  SOUKI (by request)

Companion: SB452

HB327 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.

Prohibits legislators and employees of legislators from holding any fundraiser during a regular legislative session or special session. Repeals $25 per person contribution threshold for the applicability of fundraiser requirements and restrictions.

Introducer(s):  OSHIRO, SAY

HB334 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FUNDS.

Repeals the limit on the amount of campaign funds that may be donated to a public school or public library.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO, CHOY, SAY

HB628 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Amends campaign spending for advertisements and creates a reporting requirement for "covered transfers".

Introducer(s): C. LEE, BELATTI, LOPRESTI, LOWEN, SAIKI, Keohokalole, Rhoads

HB630 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Prohibits corporate election contributions, expenditures, or independent expenditures except in accordance with the will of a majority of the corporation's shareholders.

Introducer(s): C. LEE, BELATTI, LOPRESTI, LOWEN, NISHIMOTO, RHOADS, SAIKI

HB644 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Prohibits corporations from making contributions, expenditures, or independent expenditures for an election except in accordance with the preference of the majority of the corporation's shareholders. Requires corporations to post information on a website within forty-eight hours of making a contribution, expenditure, or independent expenditure.

Introducer(s): SAY, HAR, MCKELVEY, RHOADS

HB1131 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Prohibits a candidate or candidate committee from accepting more than twenty per cent of its total contributions from lobbyists during an election period. Prohibits a lobbyist from contributing more than an aggregate $20,000 to all candidates and candidate committees during an election period.  

Introducer(s): ING, C. LEE, SAIKI, Brower, Rhoads

HB1183 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Creates program for comprehensive public funding of candidates for the offices of state senator and representative. Repeals the eligibility of candidates for the offices of state senator and representative for public funds under the existing partial public financing program. Appropriates funds to the campaign spending commission to prepare for the comprehensive public funding program in 2016, including staff support.

Introducer(s): BELATTI, LUKE, RHOADS, SAIKI

HB1308 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Creates a public funding program for candidates running for the office of state representative. Appropriates funds.

Introducer(s): ING, C. LEE, OHNO, SAIKI, TAKUMI, Brower, Cachola, LoPresti, Mizuno, Rhoads, San Buenaventura

HB1340 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Creates program for comprehensive public funding of candidates for the offices of state senator and representative. Repeals the eligibility of candidates for the offices of state senator and representative for public funds under the existing partial public financing program. Appropriates funds to the campaign spending commission to prepare for the comprehensive public funding program in 2016, including staff support.

Introducer(s): LOWEN, BELATTI, CHOY, CREAGAN, ING, JOHANSON, C. LEE, MCKELVEY, MORIKAWA, OHNO, RHOADS, WOODSON, Kong, Matsumoto

HB1473 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Amends the permitted uses of campaign funds to include contributions to other candidate committees.  

Introducer(s): LUKE

HB1475 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires shareholder or member consent to corporate campaign contributions. Requires noncandidate committees to disclose the ten largest campaign contributors in campaign finance reports.

Introducer(s): ING, BELATTI, BROWER, FUKUMOTO CHANG, LOWEN, OHNO, RHOADS, SAIKI, SAY, Nakashima

HB1476 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires the Campaign Spending Commission to process all campaign donations so as to shield the identity of donors from candidates. Creates a publicly funded voter voucher pilot program in the Office of Elections.

Introducer(s): ING, CREAGAN, KOBAYASHI, OHNO, SAIKI, Belatti, Evans, Fukumoto Chang, Lowen, Rhoads, Takumi

HB1491 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Requires noncandidate committees making only independent expenditures to report whether its contributors and recipients are subject to disclosure reporting requirements and provide access to the contributor and recipient's reportable funding information.

Introducer(s): RHOADS

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SB21 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB202 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Amends the reporting requirements of noncandidate committees to include identification of a ballot issue being advocated for or against.

Introducer(s): RIVIERE, INOUYE, Dela Cruz, Espero, Galuteria, Harimoto, Keith-Agaran, Ruderman, L. Thielen

SB217 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION REGARDING FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that the right to freedom of speech does not include the expenditure of money to influence elections.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, RUDERMAN, Shimabukuro

SB220 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires a corporation to have the approval from the majority of shareholders to make a contribution to any candidate, candidate committee, or noncandidate committee. Prohibits a corporation from making a contribution if the majority of its shares are owned by persons who are prohibited from makings contributions under state law or taking political positions due to investments with the State or county. Requires corporations to provide notice within forty-eight hours of the contribution. Permits voting shareholders who did not approve of the contribution to request a prorated reimbursement of the contribution made by the corporation.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, IHARA, SHIMABUKURO

SB237 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires incumbent state legislators to file large contribution reports to the campaign spending commission within ten days of receiving a contribution of an amount aggregating more than $500 during a legislative session.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Ruderman

SB238 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS

Prohibits registered lobbyists who lobby the legislature, principals of these lobbyists, agents and clients of these lobbyists, and any political action committee on which the these lobbyists sit from making a campaign contribution to the governor, lieutenant governor, or members of the legislature while the legislature is in session.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Ruderman, L. Thielen

SB240 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.

Requires a state or county contractor to report any campaign contributions made by any immediate family members of any officer, board member, or manager of the contractor thirty days before each primary election and general election.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Ruderman, L. Thielen

SB244 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISERS.

Prohibits legislators from holding fundraisers during the regular legislative session.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Ruderman, L. Thielen

SB317

RELATING TO THE HAWAII BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT.

Deems a corporation's political activity in any form to constitute an ultra vires act if undertaken without prior shareholder notification and approval.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, SLOM, Ihara, L. Thielen

SB363 RELATING TO PARTIAL PUBLIC FINANCING.

Amends the partial public financing laws to amend the maximum amount of public funds available in each election to a candidate for the office of governor, lieutenant governor, or mayor to not exceed 50 per cent of the established expenditure limit for each election; and increase the matching contribution amount from the State from $1 for each $1 of qualifying contributions to $2 for each $1 of qualifying contributions in excess of the minimum qualifying contribution amounts. Makes an appropriation to increase funds available to candidates participating in the partial public funding program.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN (by request)

SB452 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Requires that supplemental campaign spending reports be filed annually on January 31.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion: HB175

SB508 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires noncandidate committee preliminary reports to be filed on October 1 of a general election year, rather than ten days prior to the general election.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, Dela Cruz, Espero, Gabbard, Ihara, Inouye, Keith-Agaran, Kidani, Ruderman, Shimabukuro, Slom, Taniguchi, Wakai

SB577 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires any fees assessed by the campaign spending commission to be deposited into the Hawaii election campaign fund. Requires that general funds, rather than moneys from the Hawaii election campaign fund, be used for the operating expenses of the campaign spending commission. Authorizes the campaign spending commission to use moneys from the Hawaii election campaign fund for investigation expenses.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, GREEN, Baker, Espero, Harimoto, Inouye, Riviere, L. Thielen

SB602 RELATING TO PARTIAL PUBLIC FINANCING.

Amends the partial public financing laws to amend the maximum amount of public funds available in each election to a candidate for the office of governor, lieutenant governor, or mayor to not exceed 50 per cent of the established expenditure limit for each election; and increase the matching contribution amount from the State from $1 for each $1 of qualifying contributions to $2 for each $1 of qualifying contributions in excess of the minimum qualifying contribution amounts. Makes an appropriation to increase funds available to candidates participating in the partial public funding program.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, GREEN, Espero

SB603 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Creates a public funding program for elections to the state house of representatives. Excludes from the partial public financing program candidates for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor, state senator, and state representative pertaining to campaign expenditure limits, maximum amounts of public funding, and minimum amounts of qualifying contributions. Appropriates funds for the implementation of the public funding program.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, GREEN

SB650 RELATING TO CAMPAIGNS.

Prohibits subcontractors, contract bidders, and applicants for state grants or subsidies along with state contractors and subcontractors from making campaign contributions for the life of the contract. Requires all public contractors to explicitly agree through a provision in their public contracts to be subject to the prohibitions and penalties for any violations of campaign finance laws.

Introducer(s): IHARA, L. Thielen

SB654 RELATING TO CAMPAIGNS.

Amends provisions related to anonymous contributions to change the threshold at which the provisions shall not apply from amounts that aggregate to less than $500 that are received from ten or more persons at the same political function, to less than $100 received from ten or more persons at the same political function.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Espero, Keith-Agaran, L. Thielen

SB657 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN FINANCE.

Requires legislators to file a supplemental report within ten days of the conclusion of a special session of the legislature that covers the period from the last required reporting date to the onclusion of that special session.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB1344 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Requires noncandidate committees making only independent expenditures to report

whether its contributors and recipients are subject to disclosure reporting requirements and provide access to the contributor and recipient's reportable funding information.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN

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 Elections

HB21 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Short form bill relating to elections.

Introducer(s): RHOADS

HB27 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Repeals the prohibition against willfully exhibiting one's own ballot.

Introducer(s): RHOADS

HB42 RELATING TO THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION.

Requires the elections commission to conduct a performance evaluation of the chief election officer after each election and submit a written report regarding the evaluation to the legislature.

Introducer(s): TAKAYAMA


HB61 RELATING TO VOTER EDUCATION.

Requires the Chief Election Officer to coordinate the preparation of voter education materials for proposed constitutional amendments and to deliver the materials to all registered voters.

Introducer(s): MIZUNO, THIELEN

HB124 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Beginning with the primary election in an unspecified year, requires the office of elections to implement elections by mail. Thereafter requires all federal, state, and county primary, special primary, general, special general, and special elections to be conducted by mail. Establishes a minimum number of voter service centers per county and island, in lieu of traditional polling places. Requires voter service centers to provide services such as voter registration. Appropriates funds.

Introducer(s): SOUKI, LUKE, Rhoads

HB125 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Establishes a process for the recounting of ballots in an election. Authorizes that contests for cause challenging an election result may also be based upon unlawful activity or force majeure.

Introducer(s): SOUKI

HB176 RELATING TO VOTER REGISTRATION.

Requires an affidavit on application for voter registration to be included as part of the application for driver's licenses and state identification cards. Prevents processing of application for driver's licenses or state identification cards unless voter affidavit is completed or declined.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB177 RELATING TO VACANCIES.

Amends procedures for nominating and electing a U.S. senator to complete an unexpired term after a vacancy occurs.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB178 RELATED TO ABSENTEE VOTING.

Allows the county clerk to electronically transmit absentee ballots if mailed absentee ballots are not received by the voter within five days of an election.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB179 RELATING TO PERMANENT ABSENTEE BALLOTS.

Specifies the mailing address in a voter's registration record as the forwarding address for receiving absentee ballots permanently. Requires voters seeking to have permanent absentee ballots forwarded to another address to re-apply for an absentee ballot.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB294 RELATING TO ELECTIONS BY MAIL.

Establishes an election by mail voting system for all elections beginning with the 2016 primary election.

Introducer(s): TAKAYAMA, CREAGAN, ICHIYAMA, JOHANSON, TSUJI, Aquino, Lowen

HB338 RELATING TO PRIMARY ELECTIONS.

Establishes a closed primary and special primary election system that limits a political party's voters to registered party members and other voters as the party may designate. Takes effect upon ratification of an appropriate constitutional amendment.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO

HB339 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II, SECTION 4, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO REPEAL THE PROHIBITION AGAINST REQUIRING A PERSON TO DECLARE A POLITICAL PARTY PREFERENCE OR NONPARTISANSHIP AS A CONDITION OF VOTING IN ANY PRIMARY OR SPECIAL PRIMARY ELECTION.

Proposes an amendment to the Hawaii State Constitution to repeal the prohibition against requiring a person to declare a political party preference or nonpartisanship as a condition voting in any primary or special primary election.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO

HB376 RELATING TO THE CHIEF ELECTION OFFICER.

Changes the term of the chief election officer to 2 years. Requires the elections commission to conduct a performance evaluation of the chief election officer within 2 months of certifying election results, and hold a public hearing relating to the performance evaluation.

Introducer(s): SAN BUENAVENTURA, LOPRESTI, MIZUNO, Creagan, Evans, Ichiyama, Keohokalole, Nakashima, Tsuji

HB401 RELATING TO VOTING.

Provides that all applicants for a new or renewed driver's license, provisional license, instructional permit, or civil identification card, who are eligible to register to vote, shall automatically be registered to vote.

Introducer(s): RHOADS, LOWEN, SAIKI

Companion: SB150

HB489 RELATING TO VOTER REGISTRATION.

Provides that all applicants for a new or renewed driver's license, provisional license, instructional permit, or civil identification card, who are eligible to vote, shall simultaneously be registered to vote,

unless the applicant has affirmatively declined to register.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG, CACHOLA, ICHIYAMA, ING, KEOHOKALOLE, KONG, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, LOWEN,

MORIKAWA, WOODSON

HB566 RELATING TO THE CHIEF ELECTION OFFICER.

Makes chief election officer responsible for the maximization of voter turnout.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, KOBAYASHI, C. LEE, MIZUNO, Keohokalole, McKelvey, Rhoads

HB612 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

In the event of an election postponement in any precinct, prohibits the public disclosure of voting results from every precinct for any ballot contest or question affected by the postponement, until the closing of the polls for the postponed election.

Introducer(s): EVANS, NAKASHIMA, Creagan, Lowen, Onishi, San Buenaventura

HB789 RELATING TO INCOME TAX CREDITS FOR VOTING IN ELECTIONS.

Establishes an income tax credit for voting in elections.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO

HB1006 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Requires the Office of Elections to implement a voter modernization program allowing voters to vote via cellular phone.

Introducer(s): MIZUNO, EVANS, Brower, Creagan, Ing, C. Lee, Rhoads

HB1019 RELATING TO ELECTION CANDIDATES.

Prohibits public employers from placing employees on leave of absence without pay because of the employee's status as a candidate for elective public office. Includes exceptions for leaves of absence requested by the employee, where the employer proves that the employee's candidacy substantially interferes with the performance of duties, or if the employee lacks a sufficient amount of accumulated vacation leave.

Introducer(s): TUPOLA, KONG, LOPRESTI, MCDERMOTT, Brower, Creagan

HB1034 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

Short form bill relating to government operations.

Introducer(s): NAKASHIMA

HB1035 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Requires automatic recounts by hand of general election votes, the scope of which depends on the margin of victory.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG

HB1036 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Requires automatic recounts of election votes for narrow margins of victory. For particularly narrow vote differentials, requires manual recounts by hand or by an alternative method agreed to by the two candidates garnering the most votes.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG

HB1038 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Requires automatic recounts of election votes for narrow margins of victory.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG

HB1048 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Establishes reemployment rights for public employees who resign in order to seek elective office.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, MIZUNO, C. Lee, San Buenaventura

HB1082 RELATING TO ABSENTEE VOTING.

Requires all registered voters age 75 and older to automatically be permanent absentee voters voting by absentee ballot.

Introducer(s): OHNO, EVANS, ING, LUKE, MORIKAWA, Brower, Creagan, Say

HB1083 RELATING TO CANDIDATE COMMITTEE REPORTING DEADLINES.

Requires additional candidate committee reporting deadlines for candidates for election.

Introducer(s): OHNO, ICHIYAMA, KEOHOKALOLE, LUKE, MORIKAWA, Brower, Evans, Rhoads, Say, Takumi, Tsuji

HB1122 RELATING TO CIVICS EDUCATION.

Requires students to pass the United States citizenship exam in order to receive a high school diploma.

Introducer(s): WARD (by request)



HB1130 RELATING TO ONLINE VOTING.

Establishes a process for online voting by any registered voter for any election. Appropriates moneys to implement the process.

Introducer(s): ING, MIZUNO, SAIKI, Brower, C. Lee, Rhoads, San Buenaventura

HB1148 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Changes the closing time of polling places on election day to 7:00 p.m.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG, MATSUMOTO

HB1304 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO AMEND THE QUALIFYING AGE OF VOTERS FOR ANY STATE OR LOCAL ELECTION.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to lower the qualifying age of voters for any state or local election to sixteen years of age.

Introducer(s): ING, C. LEE, MCKELVEY, OHNO, SAIKI, Brower, Cachola, Mizuno

HB1306 RELATING TO VOTING.

Makes various statutory amendments to implement a constitutional amendment that lowers the qualifying age of voters for any state or local election to 16 years of age.

Introducer(s): ING, C. LEE, MCKELVEY, OHNO, SAIKI, Brower, Cachola, Mizuno

HB1414 RELATING TO THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION.

Requires the elections commission to conduct a performance evaluation of the chief election officer after each election and submit a written report regarding the evaluation to the legislature.

Introducer(s): HAR, HASHEM, KAWAKAMI, TOKIOKA, Aquino, Cullen, Ichiyama, Ito, Jordan, Oshiro, Say, Takayama

HB1474 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Establishes the designation of kiwila pono for employers who permit employees to be absent with pay on election day to work at a polling place. Authorizes a paid leave of absence for one work day for state and county employees who serve as precinct officials and other temporary employees on election day.

Introducer(s): ING, SAIKI, Belatti, Brower, Evans, Lowen, Nishimoto, Say

HB1481 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Establishes an election by mail voting system for all elections.

Introducer(s): ING, CACHOLA, C. LEE, LOPRESTI, MCKELVEY, MIZUNO, OHNO, SAIKI, TAKAYAMA, Brower, Rhoads, San Buenaventura


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SB24 RELATING TO ELECTIONS

Short form bill relating to elections.

Introducer(s): English

SB150 RELATING TO VOTING

Requires that any person who is eligible to vote and applies for a motorvehicle driver's licence, provisional license, or instruction permit, or for a civil identification card shall be automatically registered to vote if that person is not already registered to vote.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN (by request)

Companion HB401

SB218 RELATING TO ORDER OF SUCCESSION.

Clarifies the order of succession to the office of lieutenant governor when the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, Baker, Shimabukuro

SB219 RELATING TO ELECTIONS

Beginning with the primary election in an unspecified year, requires the office of elections to implement elections by mail. Thereafter requires all federal, state and county primary, special primary, general, special general, and special elections to be conducted by mail. Establishes a minimum number of voter service centers per county and island, in lieu of traditional polling places. Requires voter service centers to provide services such as voter registration.

Introducer(s): Ruderman, Shimbukuro, Tokuda, Wakai, English, Riviere

SB255 RELATING TO ELECTIONS BY MAIL

Requires the office of elections to submit a written report to the legislature legislature before and after the 2016 elections regarding the status, implementation, and results of the pilot program. Appropriates funds for the Implementation of the pilot program.

Introducer(s): ESPERO, GABBARD, Baker, Galuteria, KEITH-AGARAN, L. Thielen

SB287 RELATING TO ELECTIONS

Requires the office of elections to implement elections by mail in a county with a population of less than 100,000, beginning with the 2016 primary election. By 2018, requires all federal, state, and county primary, special primary, general, special general, and special elections to be conducted by mail. Enables absentee walk-in voting to continue prior to election day. Ensures limited polling sites in each county remain open on election day

for absentee walk-in voting and to receive mail-in ballots. Appropriates funds for the implementation and administration of the election by

mail program.

Introducer(s): KIM, CHUN OAKLAND, ESPERO, HARIMOTO, IHARA, KEITH-AGARAN, Ruderman

SB336 RELATING TO ELECTIONS

Beginning on July 1, 2016: Requires an absentee ballot for elections held on their regularly scheduled days to be mailed to each registered voter; replaces absentee polling places to remain open through the day before election day; requires ballots to be returned by mail, at absentee polling places before election day, deposited in ballot boxes before and on election day, or deposited at polling places on election day; requires the voter register to remain open. Preserves references to absentee voting and ballots as used in the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. Beginning on July 1, 2018: Establishes a minimum number of voter service centers per county and island, in lieu of traditional polling places; requires voter service centers to provide services such as voter registration on election day.

Introducer(s): GABBARD, IHARA, INOUYE, SHIMABUKURO, Espero, Keith-Agaran, Nishihara

SB334 RELATING TO FORECLOSURE

Requires an association to offset any amount that it owes a unit owner against the amount of the assessment prior to an alternative power of sale foreclosure.

Introducer(s): TANIGUCHI (by request)

SB439 RELATING TO VOTER REGISTRATION

Requires an affidavit on application for voter registration to be included as as part of the application for driver's licenses an state identification cards. Prevents processing of application for driver's licenses or state identification cards unless voter affidavit is completed or declined.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

SB440 RELATING TO VACANCIES

Amends procedures for nominating and electing a U.S senator to complete an unexpired term after a vacancy occurs.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

SB441 RELATING TO ABSENTEE VOTING

Allows the county clerk to electronically transmit absentee ballots if mailed absentee ballots are not received by the voter within five days of an election.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

SB578 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Enable the office of elections to implement elections by mail in any interested county, beginning with the 2016 primary election. By 2018, requires all federal, state, and county primary, special primary, general, special general, and special elections to be conducted by mail. Enables absentee walk-in voting to continue prior to election day. Ensures limited polling sites in each county remain open on election day for absentee walk-in voting and to receive mail-in ballots. Appropriates funds for the implementation and administration of the election by mail program.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, ESPERO, GREEN, INOUYE, Baker, Galuteria, Harimoto, Keith-Agaran, Riviere, L. Thielen

SB599 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Authorizes the elections commission to remove the chief election officer by a majority vote of a quorum at a meeting of the commission. Provides the chief election officer with a period of notice of the removal before it takes effect.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, SLOM, Ihara, Shimabukuro

SB622 RELATING TO THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION.

Requires the elections commission to conduct a performance evaluation of the chief election officer after each election and submit a written report regarding the evaluation to the legislature.

Introducer(s): IHARA, DELA CRUZ, Galuteria, Nishihara, Riviere, Taniguchi

SB623 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Provides ranked choice method of voting for all partisan primary elections, special elections, and nonpartisan general elections held in this State.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB625 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Requires on application to register to vote, a Hawaii driver's license number or a Hawaii state identification card number or, if no license or identification card has been issued, the last four digits of the applicant's social security number.

Introducer(s): IHARA, DELA CRUZ, Galuteria, Nishihara, Riviere, Taniguchi

SB701 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Deletes authority of chief elections officer to postpone an election for up to 21 days due to damage caused by natural disaster. Sets a deadline for the return of absentee ballots for elections postponed due to natural disasters. Prohibits releasing of statewide election results until absentee votes in affected precinct is counted. Requires immediate notification of all registered voters in the affected precinct of the issuance of the order of absentee voting. Requires immediate delivery of absentee ballots following the order.

Introducer(s): GABBARD, Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro

SB1015 RELATING TO THE ELECTIONS COMMISSION.

Requires the elections commission to hold a public meeting in a specific location if the agenda item relates to that location in the State; provide for public comment after the conclusion of the elections commission's meeting agenda, but prior to voting on any agenda item, except for voting on ministerial matters; and maintain records of complaints and investigations and to submit an annual report to the legislature prior to the convening of each regular session.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, Harimoto, Ihara, Inouye

SB1298 RELATING TO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

Appropriates moneys in fiscal year 2016-2017 to the office of elections, senate, and house of representatives for duties needed to be undertaken to enable the people to vote at the 2016 general election on state constitutional amendments proposed by the legislature during the 2015 and 2016 regular sessions.

Introducer(s): TOKUDA, KEITH-AGARAN

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 Ethics

HB15 RELATING TO ELECTIONS

Creates a statewide standard for the distribution of absentee ballots.

Introducer(s): SAIKI

HB180 RELATING TO LOBBYING CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES STATEMENTS

Clarifies the requirements relating to the statement of expenditures to be filed upon the adjournment sine die of a special session.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB181 RELATING TO LOBBYING EXPENDITURES.

Broadens the term "expenditures" by removing the exemption for expenses relating to the preparation of testimony before a legislative or administrative hearing. Requires a lobbyist's statement of expenditures to include total expenditures, rather than expenditures over $750.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB182 RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF THE LOBBYISTS LAW.

Removes the "wilfulness" requirement from violations relating to the failure to file statements or the filing of false statements.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB183 RELATING TO MANDATORY ETHICS TRAINING.

Applies the mandatory ethics training to all persons who file financial disclosure statements that are made public record. Repeals requirement that the ethics training course be 2 hours in length. Authorizes the state ethics commission to repeat the ethics training course throughout the year.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB184 RELATING TO ADVISORY OPINIONS BY THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION.

Requires the ethics commission to render advisory opinions for the legislature and constitutional convention within thirty days of request.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB185 RELATING TO THE ETHICS CODE.

Clarifies that all task force members must file an annual disclosure of financial interests and makes those disclosures public records available for inspection and duplication.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB186 RELATING TO THE ETHICS CODE.

Repeals task force member exemptions to certain conflict of interest and disclosure prohibitions of the State's code of ethics. Clarifies that all task force members must file annual disclosures of financial

interests.Makes task force member disclosures of financial interests public records available for inspection and duplication.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB187 RELATING TO NEPOTISM.

Prohibits a legislator or public employee from naming, appointing, or hiring a relative to public office or employment.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB188 RELATING TO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.

Prohibits state employees from taking any official action directly affecting a business or other undertaking in which a parent, sibling, or emancipated child has a substantial financial interest.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB237 RELATING TO ETHICS TRAINING.

Requires the state ethics commission to offer a more comprehensive ethics training course that is to be completed by persons subject to section 84-41, HRS, within thirty days of taking office or starting employment and once every four years thereafter. Requires all persons required to

file a financial disclosure statement pursuant to section 84-17(d), HRS, to attend an in-person ethics course and all members of a board, as defined in section 92-2 and not included in section 84-17(d); state employees responsible for procurement; state employees who administer state contracts; and state employees who regulate or inspect private organizations to complete an online ethics course. Takes effect on July 1, 2016.

Introducer(s): SAIKI

HB567 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Requires the electronic filing of lobbyist disclosure statements. Requires that the filed statements be posted online.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, MIZUNO, Keohokalole, Rhoads, San Buenaventura

HB813 RELATING TO THE CODE OF ETHICS.

Clarifies the fair treatment law by separating out certain limitations placed on task force members from those placed on legislators. Makes clear that legislators are not prohibited from taking action in the exercise of the legislator's legislative functions.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, MIZUNO, RHOADS, Kong, San Buenaventura

HB1084 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Prohibits lobbyists from giving gifts to officials in the legislative or executive branch that may be inferred to be intended to influence an official's actions in the performance of the official's duties or intended as a reward for an official's actions in the performance of the official's duties.

Introducer(s): OHNO, Cachola, Creagan

Companion SB647

HB1085 RELATING TO POLITICAL SIGNS.

Defines political sign. Restricts the posting of political signs.

Introducer(s): OHNO, BROWER, ICHIYAMA, JOHANSON, KEOHOKALOLE, LUKE, MORIKAWA, SAY

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SB290 RELATING TO ETHICS TRAINING

Requires the state ethics commission to offer a more comprehensive ethics training course that is to be completed by persons subject to section 84-41, HRS, within thirty days of taking office or starting employment and once every four years thereafter. Requires all persons required to file a financial disclosure statement pursuant to section 84-17(d), HRS, to attend an in-person ethics course and all members of a board, as defined in section 92-2 and not included in section 84-17(d); state employees responsible for procurement; state employees who administer state contracts; and state employees who regulate or inspect private organizations to complete an online ethics course. Takes effect on July 1, 2016.

Introducer(s): KIM, HARIMOTO, IHARA, Chun Oakland, Dela Cruz, Espero, Ruderman

SB443 RELATING TO LOBBYING CONTRIBUTIONS AND EXPENDITURES STATEMENTS.

Clarifies the requirements relating to the statement of expenditures to be filed upon the adjournment sine die of a special session.

Introducer(s): KIM (BR)

Companion: HB180

SB444 RELATING TO LOBBYING EXPENDITURES.

Broadens the term "expenditures" by removing the exemption for expenses relating to the preparation of testimony before a legislative or administrative hearing. Requires a lobbyist's statement of expenditures to include total expenditures, rather than expenditures over $750.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Compation: HB181


SB445 RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF THE LOBBYISTS LAW.

Removes the "wilfulness" requirement from violations relating to the failure to file statements or the filing of false statements.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion: HB182

SB446 RELATING TO MANDATORY ETHICS TRAINING.

Applies the mandatory ethics training to all persons who file financial disclosure statements that are made public record. Repeals requirement that the ethics training course be 2 hours in length. Authorizes the state ethics commission to repeat the ethics training course throughout the year.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion HB183

SB447 RELATING TO ADVISORY OPINIONS BY THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION.

Requires the ethics commission to render advisory opinions for the legislature and constitutional convention within thirty days of request.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion  HB184

SB448 RELATING TO THE ETHICS CODE.

Clarifies that all task force members must file an annual disclosure of financial interests and makes those disclosures public records available for inspection and duplication.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion HB185

SB449 RELATING TO THE ETHICS CODE.

Repeals task force member exemptions to certain conflict of interest and disclosure prohibitions of the State's code of ethics. Clarifies that all task force members must file annual disclosures of financial interests. Makes task force member disclosures of financial interests public records available for inspection and duplication.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion  HB186

SB450 RELATING TO NEPOTISM.

Prohibits a legislator or public employee from naming, appointing, or hiring a relative to public office or employment.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion HB187

SB451 RELATING TO CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.

Prohibits state employees from taking any official action directly affecting a business or other undertaking that a parent, sibling, or emancipated child has a substantial financial interest.

Introducer(s): KIM (by request)

Companion HB188

SB505 RELATING TO FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS.

Requires the governor, lieutenant governor, members of the legislature, governor-appointed executive of each principal department, president of the University of Hawaii, superintendent of education, administrative director of the State, administrative director of the courts, and the administrator of the office of Hawaiian affairs to disclose any income of $1,000 or more received from a business or service, the name of the person or business from whom the income was received, date the income was received, and a description of the services or goods rendered.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, RUDERMAN, Espero, Gabbard, Ihara, Inouye, Keith-Agaran, Kidani, Shimabukuro, Slom

SB506 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Requires lobbyists and specified individuals to file two additional reports to the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, including one report on the second Friday of August and one report on the first Monday of November in general election years, similarly to the filing frequency that candidate's and the treasurer of candidate committees are required to file pursuant to section 11-334, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, IHARA, RUDERMAN, Gabbard, Shimabukuro

SB507 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Requires lobbyists and persons, including a corporation, union, association, firm, sole proprietorship, partnership, organization, or committee, to file a report to the state ethics commission to disclose contractual relationships between the lobbyist or person filing the statement and a member of the legislature, a governor-appointed executive of a principal department, or a mayor-appointed county cabinet member.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, IHARA, RUDERMAN, Espero, Gabbard, Inouye, Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Wakai

SB587 RELATING TO FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINTS.

Requires the state ethics commission to hold a hearing prior to determining if a complaint is frivolous and lists evidence that may be considered by the commission in making a determination. Allows the commission, by a majority vote, to order a complainant to show cause as to why the commission should not determine that the complaint is frivolous. Requires notice be sent to the complainant by registered or certified mail at least one business day prior to the hearing.

Introducer(s): RUDERMAN, Espero, Galuteria, Shimabukuro

SB626 RELATING TO ETHICS.

Amends the scope of action that is permitted by the fair treatment provisions of the ethics code from official action by a legislator to taking action in the exercise of the legislator's legislative functions.

Introducer(s): IHARA, DELA CRUZ, RIVIERE

SB647 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Prohibits lobbyists from giving gifts to officials in the legislative or executive branch that may be inferred to be intended to influence an official's actions in the performance of the official's duties or intended as a reward for an official's actions in the performance of the official's duties.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Espero, L. Thielen

SB648 RELATING TO ETHICS.

Requires lobbyists and their clients to make monthly disclosures during any month the legislature is in session, and a report for June 1 through December 31. Adds required disclosures regarding lobbying events, contractual relationships with legislators, and campaign contributions. Requires the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislators to file their financial disclosures by January 31 after the beginning of the regular legislative session. Requires certain state employees to disclose contractual relationships with lobbyists and their clients. Amends the definition of "administrative action" to include granting or denying an application for a business- or development-related permit, license, or approval and the procurement of goods and services through contracts covered by the procurement code. Requires the state ethics commission to accept electronically filed documents.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB651 RELATING TO ETHICS.

Amends the statutory procedures regarding ethics code violation charges, filed by a person other than the state ethics commission, by requiring the final disposition to be a matter of public record and the filer of the charge to be informed of the status of the charge, upon request.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Espero, Keith-Agaran, L. Thielen

SB653 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Expands the definition of "administrative action" in lobbyist law to include granting or denying applications for business or development-related permits, licenses, or approvals and procurement of goods and services under Hawaii public procurement code. Clarifies that lobbying laws apply to lobbying by the executive branch.

IHARA, Espero, L. Thielen

SB655 RELATING TO ETHICS.

Exempts gifts received by an elected or appointed official on behalf of the State from gift reporting requirements under the ethics code. Requires the gift to be publicly recorded as property of the State and allows the gift to remain with the official's agency or be transferred to the state archives or state foundation on culture and arts at the end of the official's term.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Keith-Agaran

SB937 RELATING TO ETHICS.

Amends the disclosure deadline for financial interests to January 15 of each year.

Introducer(s): SLOM, Inouye

SB983 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Allows lobbyist statements to be filed with the state ethics commission electronically or by mail.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN

SB995 RELATING TO FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS.

Requires the financial disclosure statements of the Hawaii labor relations board and the labor and industrial relations appeals board to be made available for public inspection and duplication.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Dela Cruz, Nishihara

SB996 RELATING TO ETHICS.

Appropriate funds to the state ethics commission to design and develop a system that allows filers to electronically file required statements and reports with the state ethics commission.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Dela Cruz

SB997 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS.

Requires all registered lobbyists to attend an annual two hour training course administered by the state ethics commission.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Dela Cruz, Keith-Agaran

SB1230 RELATING TO COUNTY ETHICS COMMISSIONS.

Authorizes the judicial council to nominate persons for appointment to a county ethics commission; provided that the county's charter or ordinance requires members of the commission to be appointed from nominations made by the judicial council.

Introducer(s): IHARA


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 Sunshine (Transparency + Public Access)

HB97 RELATING TO UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Exempt adoption of certain regulations by UH from chapter 91, HRS. Require adoption of certain regulations by UH be subject to chapter 92.

Introducer(s): CHOY

HB150 RELATING TO SUNSHINE LAW.

Allows a board member to transmit certain government records to another board member provided that no commitment to vote is made.

Introducer(s): SOUKI

HB287 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM INFORMATION PRACTICES ACT.

Broadens the government records exception under the UIPA to include records whose disclosure may result in physical harm to an individual or harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness that results from the unauthorized use or disclosure of personally identifiable information.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB288 RELATING TO UNLAWFUL INTERNET POSTING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.

Regulates internet posting of sitting, full-time justices' or judges' home addresses and personal telephone and cellular phone numbers.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB292 RELATING TO JUDGES.

Prohibits public disclosure of government records relating to certain personal information of full-time state court justices and judges and their families.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB313 RELATING TO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARDS.

Allows neighborhood board members to attend certain meetings under certain circumstances.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB317 RELATING TO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARDS.

Amends the definition of "board" to exclude neighborhood boards.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB322 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.

Permits members of a county council to jointly attend and speak at certain community meetings or presentations; provided that the meetings or presentations are events open to the public.

Introducer(s): SOUKI (by request)

HB328 RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE BROADCAST PROGRAM.

Requires the legislative broadcast program to make an audio or audiovisual recording of all

public hearings and informational briefings held at the State Capitol, and maintain an archive of

the recordings to be made available to the public. Appropriates moneys.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO, CHOY, ICHIYAMA, SAY

HB369 RELATING TO OPEN GOVERNMENT.

Broadens the policies regarding open government to include greater public participation, input, and access to documents, reports, and proposals under consideration at meetings, with certain limitations.

Introducer(s): MORIKAWA, BROWER, EVANS, KAWAKAMI, KOBAYASHI, C. LEE, LOWEN, OSHIRO, TAKUMI, Belatti, Johanson, Nakashima, Onishi, San Buenaventura

HB651 RELATING TO INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

Repeals the State CIO, OIMT, and shared services technology special fund. Transfers remaining responsibilities of the State CIO to the comptroller.

Introducer(s): SAY, HAR, OSHIRO

HB730 RELATING TO PUBLIC HEARINGS.

Requires state agencies to hold public hearings in the county, or counties, primarily impacted by the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of any administrative rule. Requires at least one public hearing with thirty days' notice on each island that a proposed rule will likely have a significant monetary impact on residents or communities of that island.

Introducer(s): MCKELVEY, EVANS, ING, KAWAKAMI, LOWEN, MORIKAWA, NAKASHIMA, ONISHI, SAN BUENAVENTURA, SOUKI, TSUJI, YAMANE, YAMASHITA, Creagan

HB1054 RELATING TO VIDEOCONFERENCING.

Requires the House of Representatives to implement rules for a pilot program to enable the house to receive live oral testimony from the County of Hawaii through audio or audiovisual technology. Requires consultation with the County of Hawaii, the chief information officer, and the Disability and Communication Access Board. Appropriates moneys to establish audio or audiovisual systems. Repealed on 6/30/17.

Introducer(s): LOWEN, BROWER, CREAGAN, EVANS, C. LEE, LUKE, MCKELVEY, RHOADS, SAIKI, SAN BUENAVENTURA, TSUJI

HB1067 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.

Allows county council members to jointly attend and speak at particular types of meetings.

Introducer(s): KAWAKAMI, ICHIYAMA, KONG, MCKELVEY, MORIKAWA, OSHIRO, SAY, WOODSON

HB1173 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

Amends the Sunshine Law to expressly allow certain government records to be shared among public board members where no commitment relating to a vote on the matter is made or sought.

Introducer(s): YAMASHITA

HB1260 RELATING TO PUBLIC ACCESS.

Requires notice to be posted on the appropriate internet website. Allows notice to be sent electronically to persons who request notification. Provides for award of attorney's fees if a complainant prevails in an action pursuant to section 92-12, HRS. Requires agency officials to assist persons making requests for records. Waives fees for access to public records, when in the public interest.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, BROWER, EVANS, ICHIYAMA, KOBAYASHI, C. LEE, MIZUNO, Jordan, Kong, San Buenaventura

HB1303 RELATING TO RECORDS.

Clarifies the law that prohibits the collection of fees when a state agency obtains a copy of a governmental record from another state agency. Expands the scope of the prohibition to include records from county agencies. Places administrative responsibilities under the office of information practices.

Introducer(s): MCDERMOTT

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SB8 RELATING TO STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.

Reduces the minimum value of a gift that must be reported by a public employee from $200 to $100. Applies to gift disclosures filed for the period beginning June 1, 2015.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB9 RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCIES.

Requires the legislature to hold public hearings on proposed rules and procedures of the senate and the house of representatives regarding open meeting requirements and penalties and sanctions for the state legislature or any of its members, to hold those hearings prior to adoption of the rules and procedures, and to take a recorded vote on each action to waive a rule of procedure.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB27 RELATING TO INFORMATION PRACTICES.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB31 RELATING TO THE SUNSHINE LAW.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB135 RELATING TO SUNSHINE LAW.

Allows a board member to transmit certain government records to another board member provided that no commitment to vote is made.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN

SB140 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

Requires agencies to exercise reasonable care in the maintenance of all government records under its control that are required to be made available for public inspection.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, ENGLISH, SHIMABUKURO, Wakai

SB149 RELATING TO OPEN GOVERNMENT.

Broadens the policies regarding open government to include greater public participation, input, and access to documents, reports, and proposals under consideration at meetings, with certain limitations.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN

SB235 RELATING TO PUBLIC HEARINGS.

Requires state agencies to hold public hearings in the county, or counties, primarily impacted by the proposed adoption, amendment, or repeal of any administrative rule. Requires at least one public hearing with thirty days' notice on each island that a proposed rule will likely have a significant monetary impact on residents or communities of that island.

Introducer(s): BAKER, ENGLISH, GABBARD, GREEN, HARIMOTO, IHARA, INOUYE, KAHELE, KEITH-AGARAN, KIDANI, NISHIHARA, RIVIERE, RUDERMAN, WAKAI, Espero, L. Thielen

SB246 RELATING TO INFORMATION PRACTICES.

Requires public disclosure of information contained in the official daily calendar of the governor, lieutenant governor, state department heads, and state agency heads.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB369 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII RULEMAKING.

Exempts adoption of selected regulations, by the University of Hawaii board of regents, from chapter 91 and requires adoption of selected regulations to be subject to chapter 92.

Introducer(s): TANIGUCHI (BR)

SB419 RELATING TO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARDS.

Allows neighborhood board members to attend certain meetings under certain circumstances.

Introducer(s): KIM

SB420 RELATING TO NEIGHBORHOOD BOARDS.

Amends the definition of "board" to exclude neighborhood boards.

Introducer(s): KIM

SB427 RELATING TO THE UNIFORM INFORMATION PRACTICES ACT.

Broadens the government records exception under the UIPA to include records whose disclosure may result in physical harm to an individual or harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness that results from the unauthorized use or disclosure of personally identifiable information.

Introducer(s): KIM

SB465 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

Amends the Sunshine Law to expressly allow certain government records to be shared among public board members where no commitment relating to a vote on the matter is made or sought.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, BAKER, DELA CRUZ, ENGLISH, RUDERMAN

SB472 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION PRACTICES.

Transfers OIP from LG to DAGS. Increases the independence of OIP as an administratively attached agency. Clarifies the employment status of OIP attorneys and the civil service exemption for OIP personnel. Appropriates funds to DAGS for administrative support.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN

SB475 RELATING TO OPEN GOVERNMENT.

Allows the electronic mailing of meeting notices; requires the posting on the state or appropriate county's electronic calendar; and clarifies potential posting disputes. Adds emergency meetings to the public meeting notice requirements.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, SHIMABUKURO, TOKUDA, IHARA

SB476 RELATING TO DISCLOSURES.

Requires the state ethics commission to provide a confidential copy of board and commission members' most recent financial disclosures to the governor, all other members of the filer's board or commission, and executive director. Requires the recipients of the disclosures to maintain the confidentiality of the disclosures.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, IHARA, Shimabukuro

SB496 RELATING TO EVIDENCE.

Limits compelled disclosure of sources or unpublished information for journalists, newscasters and persons participating in collection or dissemination of news or information of substantial public interest. Establishes exceptions.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, CHUN OAKLAND, IHARA, RUDERMAN, Gabbard, Shimabukuro

SB523 RELATING TO FAIR PUBLIC ACCESS.

Requires the governor, legislature including the joint legislative access committee, and judiciary to ensure public access to information, services, and proceedings of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, respectively. Authorizes the governor to convene a statewide fair access commission to review public access issues for the neighbor islands and rural Oahu. Appropriates funds to establish and carry out the work of the fair access commission.

Introducer(s): INOUYE, CHUN OAKLAND, IHARA, KIDANI, RIVIERE, RUDERMAN, Galuteria, Shimabukuro, Slom, L. Thielen, Wakai

SB624 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS.

Requires the legislature to follow fundamental principles of the sunshine law, including: conducting public hearings on proposed legislative rules; requiring a majority vote to suspend legislative rules; giving a seventy-two hour public notice for public hearings; requiring proposed amendments on a bill to be germane to the text to be amended; requiring correspondence on measures to be considered testimony; and requiring the posting, on the order of the day, of items to be voted on during floor sessions by a house, including votes to agree to amendments made by the other house.

Introducer(s): IHARA, DELA CRUZ, Riviere

SB652 RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS.

Requires a public agency board to report any final action taken during an executive meeting; provided that such disclosure is not inconsistent with the purpose of convening the executive meeting and confidentiality is maintained.

Introducer(s): IHARA, KEITH-AGARAN, Chun Oakland, Espero, L. Thielen

SB658 RELATING TO INFORMATION PRACTICES.

Reconstitutes the office of information practices as the information practices commission and places the commission administratively within the department of accounting and general services. Requires the governor to appoint the commission members from a panel of members nominated by the judicial council. Authorizes the commission to hire an executive director and staff.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB723 RELATING TO COMMUNITY MEETINGS.

Permits members of a county council to jointly attend and speak at certain community meetings or presentations; provided that the meetings or presentations are events open to the public.

Introducer(s): BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, ENGLISH, ESPERO, RIVIERE, WAKAI, Ruderman, Taniguchi

SB784 RELATING TO OPEN GOVERNMENT.

Requires public notices to provide information, including a point of contact, explaining how to request an accommodation in order to participate at the public meeting. Requires notices that are posted electronically to conform to the applicable provisions under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Introducer(s): SHIMABUKURO, CHUN OAKLAND, IHARA

SB1000 RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.

Establishes within the department of accounting and general services an office of information technology, which consolidates the functions of the chief information officer, office of information management and technology, and department of accounting and general services' information and communication services division.

Introducer(s): WAKAI, ESPERO, NISHIHARA, Dela Cruz, Keith-Agaran, Riviere, Ruderman

SB1194 RELATING TO LOBBYISTS

Requires the electronic filing of lobbyist disclosure statements. Requires that the filed statements be posted online.

Introducer(s): SHIMABUKURO, Riviere

SB1322 RELATING TO PUBLIC ACCESS.

Requires notice to be posted on the appropriate internet website. Allows notice to be sent electronically to persons who request notification. Provides for award of attorney's fees if a complainant prevails in an action pursuant to section 92-12, HRS. Requires agency officials to assist persons making requests for records. Waives fees for access to public records, when in the public interest.

Introducer(s): IHARA, INOUYE, Keith-Agaran, Slom

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 Other

HB12 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Bars prohibition of student or class participation in a fundraiser or charitable activity in conjunction with a nonprofit organization as part of a school project when participation benefits student learning.

Introducer(s): TAKUMI, OHNO

HB17 RELATING TO EVIDENCE.

Creates a news media privilege against the compelled disclosure of sources and unpublished sources, with limited exceptions.

Introducer(s): SAIKI

HB20 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.

Short form bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii relating to the judiciary.

Introducer(s): RHOADS

HB22 RELATING TO THE COURTS.

Short form bill relating to the courts.

Introducer(s): RHOADS

HB23 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

Short form bill relating to government.

Introducer(s): RHOADS

HB41 RELATING TO FIDUCIARY ACCESS TO DIGITAL ASSETS.

Gives various types of fiduciaries access to the digital assets of the principal.

Introducer(s): TAKAYAMA

HB53 RELATING TO PUBLIC PROCUREMENT.

Expands the procurement exemption to non-public utility contracts for utilities services.

Introducer(s): MIZUNO

HB62 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

Introducer(s): NISHIMOTO

HB63 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

Introducer(s): NISHIMOTO

HB64 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

Introducer(s): NISHIMOTO

HB65 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

Introducer(s): NISHIMOTO

HB93 RELATING TO ADMINISTRATIVE RULES.

Requires agencies, before a public hearing to adopt, amend, or repeal rules, to analyze alternatives and determine that the probable benefits of proposed action outweigh probable costs of proposed action and that the proposed action would not require violations of federal or state law, is the least-burdensome alternative, and would not impose more stringent requirements on private entities than public entities. Requires the Department of the Attorney General to review rulemaking action by state agencies, and Corporation Counsel or County Attorney to review rulemaking action by county agencies, and approve as to form and compliance with requirements prior to final approval by the Governor or Mayor.

Introducer(s): EVANS

HB103 RELATING TO CONTRACTORS.

Raises the threshold under the contractor licensing law's "handyman exemption" from $1,000 to $5,000.

Introducer(s): CHOY

HB107 RELATING TO SCHOOLS.

Authorizes each public school, at the discretion of the principal or principal's designee, to accept in-kind services in lieu of collecting fees and charges for the use of school facilities and grounds.

Introducer(s): CHOY, HAR, ICHIYAMA, KONG, MCKELVEY, NAKASHIMA, NISHIMOTO, ONISHI, SAY, SOUKI, TAKAYAMA, TAKUMI, TSUJI, WARD, YAMASHITA

HB126 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

Makes appropriation for the public employment cost items of and cost. adjustments for employees of the various legislative agencies

Introducer(s): SOUKI

HB131 RELATING TO FREEDOM OF INFORMATION.

Clarifies that records that show a licensee's relevant experience, trade examination results, and adequate bonding are subject to disclosure.  

Introducer(s): SOUKI

HB168 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 4, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS.

Limits the terms of members of the Legislature to 12 consecutive years in the House of Representatives or the Senate, with years of service calculated after the general section of 2016.

Introducer(s): KONG, Creagan, Har

HB295 RELATING TO EVIDENCE.

Limits compelled disclosure of sources or unpublished information by journalists, newscasters and persons participating in collection or dissemination of news or information of substantial public interest. Establishes exceptions.

Introducer(s): TAKAYAMA, ICHIYAMA, Rhoads, Tsuji

HB332 RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

Prevents the automatic approval of applications pending before the HCDA while the HCDA membership transitions in accordance with Act 61, SLH 2014.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO, CHOY, SAY

HB333 RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

Extends the terms of holdover HCDA members from 3/1/2015, to the adjournment sine die of the 2015 regular session of the legislature to ensure the fulfillment of quorum requirements during the transitioning of HCDA membership pursuant to Act 61, SLH 2014.

Introducer(s): OSHIRO, CHOY, SAY

HB394 RELATING TO LEGISLATION.

Requires all introduced bills to be subject to a legal sufficiency check that determines whether the bill meets state constitutional requirements and does not conflict with the United States Constitution or the state constitution before being scheduled for first reading.

Introducer(s): KEOHOKALOLE, MIZUNO, NISHIMOTO, Evans, Kong, LoPresti, San Buenaventura, Say

HB474 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR RECALL.

Amends article II of the state constitution to provide for recall.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG, MATSUMOTO, MCDERMOTT, POUHA, WARD, Tupola

HB450 RELATING TO POLICE COMMISSIONS.

Amends the composition of the county police commissions to require that three commissioners on each police commission have backgrounds, including equality for women, civil rights, and law enforcement, for the benefit of the public.

Introducer(s): BELATTI, CARROLL, EVANS, FUKUMOTO CHANG, ICHIYAMA, LOWEN, LUKE, MATSUMOTO, MORIKAWA, SAN BUENAVENTURA, THIELEN

HB522 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

Makes a technical amendment to the law on incentives and service awards allowed to employees who contribute to the improvement of government services.

Introducer(s): NAKASHIMA

HB563 RELATING TO THE LEGISLATURE.

Establishes minimum monthly salaries for various legislative staff positions.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, MIZUNO, Brower, Keohokalole, C. Lee, Lowen, Nakashima, San Buenaventura

HB783 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION REGARDING FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to provide that the right to freedom of speech does not include the expenditure of money to influence elections.

Introducer(s): WOODSON, RHOADS, SAN BUENAVENTURA

HB786 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

Requires agencies to exercise reasonable care in the maintenance of all government records under its control that are required to be made available for public inspection.

Introducer(s): WOODSON, MIZUNO, RHOADS, SAN BUENAVENTURA

HB846 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF LANGUAGE ACCESS.

Appropriates funds to further develop the language access resource center and multilingual website pilot project. Authorizes the hire of necessary personnel to staff the resource center and administer the multilingual website.

Introducer(s): AQUINO, BELATTI, CACHOLA, CULLEN, ITO, LOPRESTI, MIZUNO, RHOADS

HB857 RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Requires high school students and general educational development candidates to pass a test substantially equivalent to the United States citizenship civics test.

Introducer(s): MIZUNO, BELATTI, BROWER, CACHOLA, CREAGAN, ITO, MCKELVEY, SAIKI, Morikawa, San Buenaventura

HB898 RELATING TO CHARITABLE SOLICITATION.

Authorizes the Attorney General to require electronic financial reporting by professional solicitors, imposes a late fee for late financial reports by professional solicitors; and clarifies exemptions from registration requirements.

Introducer(s):  SOUKI (by request)

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HB1034 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

Short form bill relating to government operations.

Introducer(s): NAKASHIMA

HB1126 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Requires the state procurement office to establish a database of all government procurement contracts, accessible to each governmental body. Appropriates funds to establish the database.

Introducer(s): MATSUMOTO, FUKUMOTO CHANG, MIZUNO, Brower, Cachola, Creagan, Evans, Ichiyama, Ing, Ito, Johanson, Kobayashi, Kong, C. Lee, McKelvey, Morikawa, Onishi, San Buenaventura, Say, Takayama, Tokioka, Woodson

HB1263 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII RELATING TO THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE.

Proposes to amend the state constitution to require candidates for the state senate or house of representatives to be a resident of the legislative district from which the person is a candidate for not less than twelve consecutive months prior to the next general election, except in the year of the first general election following reapportionment when the candidate shall be required to be a resident of the legislative district for not less than one month prior to the deadline for filing nomination papers.

Introducer(s): LOPRESTI, BROWER, EVANS, MIZUNO, Jordan, Kobayashi, Kong, Woodson

HB1398 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Allows public schools, upon appropriate approval, to use school resources to distribute to students and their families third party promotional materials that contain information about a community event or are produced by or offer services from a nonprofit organization if the material meets specified criteria.

Introducer(s): OHNO, TAKUMI

HB1483 RELATING TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.

Establishes a public-private partnership (P3) approval process for public procurements in chapters 103, 103D, 107, 107D, 109, and 110, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Creates a P3 committee, establishes a P3 finance director, and a P3 procurement coordinator. Effective upon approval.

Introducer(s): FUKUMOTO CHANG, MCKELVEY

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SB3 RELATING TO PUBLIC BOARDS.

Requires a board chair to provide notice to a board member who fails to attend four consecutive duly noticed meetings. Requires the board chair to provide notice to the board member who accumulates four unexcused absences of the board member's termination. Requires a board chair to notify in writing the applicable nominating authority of any vacancy resulting from termination, resignation, expiration of the term, or any other reason, within fifteen days after the vacancy occurs.

Introducer(s): KIM

SB22 RELATING TO THE COURTS.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB26 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB28 RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB43 RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Short form bill.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB70 RELATING TO PLACES OF PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION.

Exempts duly organized nonprofit corporations from the discrimination in public accommodation law in connection with making goods, services, or facilities available to the general public.

Introducer(s): ENGLISH

SB119 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT COST ITEMS.

Makes appropriation for the public employment cost items of and cost adjustments for employees of the various legislative agencies.

Introducer(s): KIM

SB130 RELATING TO STATEWIDE TRAFFIC CODE.

Repeals prohibition on displays of movable signs near public highways.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN

SB153 RELATING TO ATTORNEYS.

Establishes that there is no requirement for an attorney to join any association or organization of lawyers to maintain a law license in this State. Authorizes a disciplinary body authorized by the supreme court, rather than a bar association, and maintain actions for the unauthorized practice of law.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN

SB218 RELATING TO ORDER OF SUCCESSION.

Clarifies the order of succession to the office of lieutenant governor when the office of lieutenant governor becomes vacant.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, Baker, Shimabukuro

SB242 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 15, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ALLOW ELECTRONIC COPIES, AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO PRINTED COPIES, OF A BILL TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERS OF A HOUSE IN WHICH THE BILL IS BEING VOTED UPON FOR THIRD OR FINAL READING IN FULFILLMENT OF THE FORTY-EIGHT HOUR AVAILABILITY REQUIREMENT.

Allows electronic copies, as an alternative to printed copies, of a bill to be made available for members of a house in which the bill is being voted upon for third or final reading in fulfillment of the 48-hour availability requirement.

Introducer(s): IHARA, Espero, Kahele, Keith-Agaran, Kim, Ruderman

SB243 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Clarifies that in the event of a natural disaster, the chief election officer or county clerk in the case of county elections prior to the day of election has the authority to determine whether to postpone or vote by absentee ballot in an election affected by the natural disaster. Authorizes the governor on the day of election and thereafter to determine whether to postpone or vote by absentee ballot in an election affected by the natural disaster unless the governor is a candidate for office in that election.

Introducer(s): IHARA, KEITH-AGARAN, Kahele, Ruderman, Taniguchi

SB245 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 14, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO ENSURE THAT NO BILL BECOMES LAW IF IT NO LONGER REFLECTS ITS ORIGINAL PURPOSE.

Amends Article III, section 14, of the Hawaii Constitution, to ensure that no bill becomes law if the legislature has so altered or amended the bill during its passage through either house that it no longer reflects its original purpose.

Introducer(s): IHARA, HARIMOTO, KIM, RIVIERE, RUDERMAN, SLOM, L. Thielen

SB266 RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF LANGUAGE ACCESS.

Appropriates funds to further develop the language access resource center and multilingual website pilot project. Authorizes the hire of necessary personnel to staff the resource center and administer the multilingual website.

Introducer(s): CHUN OAKLAND, Green, Slom

SB292 RELATING TO A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION.

Provides for the submission of a question regarding a constitutional convention to be placed on the ballot for the 2016 general election.

Introducer(s): INOUYE, Galuteria, Ruderman, Slom

SB293 RELATING TO PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.

Calls upon the United States congress to call for a constitutional convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.

Introducer(s): INOUYE (by request), GREEN, RUDERMAN, Keith-Agaran (by request), Slom

SB365 RELATING TO MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVER LICENSING.

Creates a limited purpose driver's license, limited purpose provisional driver's license, and limited purpose instruction permit. Defines limited purpose. Provides that limited purpose driver's licenses, limited purpose provisional driver's licenses, and limited purpose instruction permits shall not be acceptable for federal identification purposes. Requires satisfactory proof of identity and Hawaii residency. Effective 1/1/2016.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, BAKER, ENGLISH, SHIMABUKURO, TOKUDA

SB388 RELATING TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

Requires each county police department to post its policies relating to domestic violence, officer-involved domestic violence, and standards of conduct on its official website.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, INOUYE, KIDANI, KIM, SHIMABUKURO, TOKUDA

SB496 RELATING TO EVIDENCE.

Limits compelled disclosure of sources or unpublished information for journalists, newscasters and persons participating in collection or dissemination of news or information of substantial public interest. Establishes exceptions.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, CHUN OAKLAND, IHARA, RUDERMAN, Gabbard, Shimabukuro

SB497 RELATING TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS.

Repeals the privacy exemption within the Uniform Information Practices Act for county police department officers.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, BAKER, ESPERO, RUDERMAN, Kim, Shimabukuro

SB509 RELATING TO PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.

Requires the attorney general to prepare a statement for each proposed constitutional amendment in plain English that indicates the purpose, limitations, and effects of the proposed amendment. Requires the attorney general to distribute each statement to the state office of elections and all county clerks for further distribution. Requires the office of elections and county clerks to make each statement available to the public in all physical or online sites where they make proposed constitutional amendment questions available to the public.

Introducer(s): L. THIELEN, GABBARD, KIDANI, RUDERMAN, Dela Cruz, English, Espero, Ihara, Inouye, Keith-Agaran, Shimabukuro, Slom, Taniguchi, Wakai

SB570 RELATING TO EVIDENCE.

Provides a conditional exception to journalists and newscasters from being compelled to disclose a source of information or unpublished information. Repeals on 1/1/2018.

Introducer(s): ESPERO, Shimabukuro

SB641 RELATING TO DIGITAL MEDIA.

Defines digital media account. Prohibits contracts that prohibit, limit, or restrict the transfer of a digital media account upon the account holder's death, and provides for the transfer of a decedent's digital media account to a devisee or heir. Effective July 1, 2015.

Introducer(s): KEITH-AGARAN, BAKER, ENGLISH, TOKUDA, Ihara, Shimabukuro

SB659 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT RECORDS.

Requires government agencies and custodians of records of government agencies to have a retention schedule on file with the department of accounting and general services. Requires that retention schedules be updated.

Introducer(s): IHARA

SB772 RELATING TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION.

Requires utilities seeking to hire a public utilities commission employee or recent employee to file a notice of contact. Requires that commissioners' financial disclosure statements be posted on the commission website.

Introducer(s): SHIMABUKURO, Espero, Galuteria, Ihara, Ruderman

SB817 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVII, SECTION 2, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO CHANGE THE METHOD OF RATIFYING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT.

Changes the means of ratifying a constitutional amendment by requiring a simple majority vote approving the amendment.

Introducer(s): KIDANI, WAKAI, Dela Cruz, Galuteria

SB819 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Bars prohibition of student or class participation in a fundraiser or charitable activity in conjunction with a nonprofit organization as part of a school project when participation benefits student learning.

Introducer(s): KIDANI, BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, DELA CRUZ, HARIMOTO, KOUCHI, NISHIHARA, WAKAI, Galuteria, Taniguchi

SB823 RELATING TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS.

Prohibits the board of regents from meeting in executive session for the purpose of reviewing the performance of the University of Hawaii system president or campus chancellor.

Introducer(s): KIDANI, DELA CRUZ, Wakai

SB835 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 4, OF THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH LEGISLATIVE TERM LIMITS.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to limit the term of members of the legislature to a maximum of twelve consecutive years in the house of representatives and twelve consecutive years in the senate, for terms beginning on the day of the general election of 2016.

Introducer(s): KIDANI (by request)

SB906 RELATING TO THE HAWAII COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY.

Adds a definition for "contested case". Amends the deadline to intervene in a proceeding to accept a developer's proposal to thirty days after the first public hearing on a developer's proposal. Requires HCDA to make certain findings on the proposed project and its impacts, including concerns expressed by community residents and stakeholders, in order to approve the proposed development. Requires developers to abide by all representations and commitments made in the permit application process.

Introducer(s): CHUN OAKLAND

SB918 RELATING TO THE HAWAII HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Amends the composition of the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation board of directors to require that four of the nine voting members shall be public members appointed by the governor and nominated by each county council.

Introducer(s): CHUN OAKLAND, Dela Cruz, Galuteria, Wakai

SB927 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE III, SECTION 4, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION, TO IMPOSE TERM LIMITS UPON SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES.

Limits state senators to 3 consecutive 4-year terms and state representatives to 6 consecutive 2-year terms beginning with terms commencing on the day of the general election of 2016.

Introducer(s): SLOM, Riviere

SB930 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY.

Requires the department of taxation to provide a biennial report on tax expenditures to the legislature on or before September 15th of each odd-numbered year. Requires legislation establishing new tax expenditures to include certain specified provisions. Effective 7/1/2017.

Introducer(s): SLOM, GALUTERIA, Espero, Harimoto, Ruderman, L. Thielen

SB942 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 6 OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

Proposes an amendment to article V, section 6, of the state constitution to provide that the attorney general be elected rather than appointed by the governor.

Introducer(s): SLOM

SB951 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE II OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO PROVIDE FOR RECALL.

Amends article II of the state constitution to provide for recall.

Introducer(s): SLOM, Riviere

SB952 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE XVII OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII FOR REFERENDUM.

Amends article XVII of the State Constitution to provide for Referendum.

Introducer(s): SLOM, Harimoto, Riviere

SB999 RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE BROADCAST PROGRAM.

Requires the legislative broadcast program to make an audio or audiovisual recording of all public hearings and informational briefings held at the State Capitol, and maintain an archive of the recordings to be made available to the public. Appropriates funds.

Introducer(s): IHARA (Introduced by request of another party)

SB1022 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII TO REPEAL THE ONE-YEAR MINIMUM HAWAII RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT TO QUALIFY FOR APPOINTMENT PURSUANT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 6, OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF HAWAII.

Proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the minimum one-year Hawaii residency requirement for appointment as an executive of a principal department pursuant to article V, section 6, of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.

Introducer(s): ESPERO, KEITH-AGARAN

SB1228 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Requires the state procurement office to develop draft rules regarding public-private partnerships in Hawaii, and to report the draft rules and any proposed legislation to the legislature.

Introducer(s): DELA CRUZ, Inouye, Kahele, Kidani, Wakai

SB1239 RELATING TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII.

Reestablishes the governor's authority to nominate and, with the advice and consent of the senate, appoint the members of the board of regents of the University of Hawaii by repealing the candidate advisory council for the board of regents of the University of Hawaii; effective upon ratification of a constitutional amendment to article X, section 6, of the Hawaii Constitution that deletes provisions related to the candidate advisory council for the board of regents of the University of Hawaii.

Introducer(s): KIM, Taniguchi

SB1347 RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

Allows public schools, upon appropriate approval, to use school resources to distribute to students and their families third party promotional materials that contain information about a community event or are produced by or offer services from a nonprofit organization if the material meets specified criteria.

Introducer(s): KIDANI, BAKER, CHUN OAKLAND, DELA CRUZ, HARIMOTO, INOUYE, KEITH-AGARAN, NISHIHARA, WAKAI, Espero, Galuteria, Kouchi, Shimabukuro, Slom

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 Short Form Bills

Short form bills don’t have any content in the body of the bill but they do serve a purpose: short form bills act as a placeholder. Sometimes content may be taken out from another bill and placed into a short form bill or content may be introduced within the short form bill. Although this may have a negative connotation associated with it, it’s not always bad in practice. The tricky part is watching the bills is that they are schedules with enough public notice (72 hours for the Senate, and 48 hours for the House), and to ensure that the content does in fact relate to the title, etc.

Common Cause Hawaii is tracking these short-form bills during the 2015 legislative session. Below is the list of short bills that have been populated.

Find out more about short form bills here. < http://commoncausehawaii.tumblr.com/post/75830131898/whats-the-deal-with-short-form-bills >



HB20 PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE HAWAII STATE CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.

Short form bill proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii relating to the judiciary.

HB21 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Short form bill relating to elections.

HB22 RELATING TO THE COURTS.

Short form bill relating to the courts.

HB23 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

Short form bill relating to government.

HB24 RELATING TO CRIME.

Short form bill relating to crime.

HB43 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Short form bill relating to public safety.

HB44 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Short form bill relating to public safety.

HB45 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Short form bill relating to public safety.

HB46 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Short form bill relating to public safety.

HB47 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Short form bill relating to public safety.

HB62 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

HB63 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

HB64 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

HB65 RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill relating to legislative management.

HB99 RELATING TO THE HAWAII CANCER RESEARCH CENTER.

Short form bill relating to the Hawaii Cancer Research Center.

HB110 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII CANCER CENTER.

Short form bill relating to the University of Hawaii cancer center.

HB111 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to higher education.

HB112 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to higher education.

HB113 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to higher education.

HB114 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to higher education.

HB115 RELATING TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to post secondary education.

HB116 RELATING TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to post secondary education.

HB117 RELATING TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to post secondary education.

HB118 RELATING TO POST SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Amends the Hawaii Revised Statutes relating to post secondary education.

HB119 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill relating to health.

HB120 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill relating to health.

HB121 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill relating to health.

HB122 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill relating to health.

HB123 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill relating to health.

HB219 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

HB220 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

HB221 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

HB222 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Short form bill relating to human services.

HB223 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Short form bill relating to human services.

HB224 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Short form bill relating to human services.

HB225 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Short form bill relating to human services.

HB226 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Short form bill relating to human services.

HB234 RELATING TO TOURISM.

Short form bill relating to tourism.

HB235 RELATING TO TOURISM.

Short form bill relating to tourism.

HB236 RELATING TO TOURISM.

Short form bill relating to tourism.

HB259 RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

Short form bill relating to the economy.

HB260 RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Short form bill relating to insurance.

HB261 RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Short form bill relating to consumer protection.

HB262 RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTH CONNECTOR.

Short form bill relating to the Hawaii health connector.

HB263 RELATING TO REAL PROPERTY.

Short form bill relating to information technology.

HB296 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Short form bill relating to economic development.

HB297 RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.

Short form bill relating to the economy.

HB298 RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.

Short form bill relating to technology.

HB299 RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

Short form bill relating to economic development.

HB300 RELATING TO BUSINESS.

Short form bill relating to business.

HB302 RELATING TO LAND USE.

Short form bill relating to land use.

HB303 RELATING TO LAND USE.

Short form bill relating to land use.

HB304 RELATING TO LAND USE.

Short form bill relating to land use.

HB305 RELATING TO WATER RESOURCES.

Short form bill relating to water resources.

HB306 RELATING TO PLANNING.

Short form bill relating to planning.

HB425 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Short form bill relating to transportation.

HB426 RELATING TO AIRPORTS.

Short form bill relating to airports.

HB427 RELATING TO HARBORS.

Short form bill relating to harbors.

HB428 RELATING TO HIGHWAYS.

Short form bill relating to highways.

HB429 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Short form bill relating to transportation.

HB615 RELATING TO ENVIRONMENT.

Short form bill relating to environment.

HB616 RELATING TO ENERGY.

Short form bill relating to energy.

HB617 RELATING TO ENERGY.

Short form bill relating to energy.

HB1030 RELATING TO WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT.

Short form bill relating to workforce development.

HB1031 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Short form bill relating to the employees' retirement system.

HB1032 RELATING TO THE HAWAII EMPLOYER-UNION HEALTH BENEFITS TRUST FUND.

Short form bill relating to the Hawaii employer-union health benefits trust fund.

HB1033 RELATING TO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES.

Short form bill relating to public employees.

HB1034 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

Short form bill relating to government operations.

HB1190  RELATING TO THE ARTS.

Short form bill relating to the arts.

HB1191 RELATING TO VETERANS.

Short form bill relating to veterans.

HB1192 RELATING TO INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.

Short form bill relating to international affairs.

HB1193 RELATING TO THE MILITARY.

Short form bill relating to the military.

HB1309 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Short form bill relating to Hawaiian affairs.

HB1310 RELATING TO OCEAN AND MARINE RESOURCES.

Short form bill relating to ocean and marine resources.

HB1311 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Short form bill relating to Hawaiian affairs.

HB1312 RELATING TO NATURAL RESOURCES.

Short form bill relating to natural resources.

HB1313 RELATING TO MARINE RESOURCES.

Short form bill relating to marine resources.

HB1412 RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Short form bill relating to education.

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SB21 RELATING TO CAMPAIGN SPENDING.

Short form bill.

SB22 RELATING TO THE COURTS.

Short form bill.

SB23 RELATING TO CRIME.

Short form bill.

SB24 RELATING TO ELECTIONS.

Short form bill.

SB25 RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

Short form bill.

SB26 RELATING TO GOVERNMENT.

Short form bill.

SB27 RELATING TO INFORMATION PRACTICES.

Short form bill.

SB28 RELATING TO THE JUDICIARY.

Short form bill.

SB29 RELATING TO LABOR.

Short form bill.

SB30 RELATING TO THE PENAL CODE.

Short form bill.

SB31 RELATING TO THE SUNSHINE LAW.

Short form bill.

SB32 RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE.

Short form bill.

SB33 RELATING TO WORKERS' COMPENSATION.

Short form bill.

SB34 RELATING TO BUSINESS REGULATION.

Short form bill.

SB35 RELATING TO COMMERCE.

Short form bill.



SB36 RELATING TO CONDOMINIUMS.

Short form bill.

SB37 RELATING TO CONSUMER PROTECTION.

Short form bill.

SB38 RELATING TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.

Short form bill.

SB39 RELATING TO INSURANCE.

Short form bill.

SB40 RELATING TO LICENSING.

Short form bill.

SB41 RELATING TO PROFESSIONS AND VOCATIONS.

Short form bill.

SB42 RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Short form bill.

SB43 RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

Short form bill.

SB44 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Short form bill.

SB45 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Short form bill.

SB46 RELATING TO HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

Short form bill.

SB47 RELATING TO EDUCATION.

Short form bill.

SB48 RELATING TO LIBRARIES.

Short form bill.

SB49 RELATING TO TEACHERS.

Short form bill.

SB50 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill.

SB51 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill.

SB52 RELATING TO HEALTH.

Short form bill.

SB53 RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.

Short form bill.

SB54 RELATING TO THE ECONOMY.

Short form bill.

SB55 RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.

Short form bill.

SB56 RELATING TO LAND USE.

Short form bill.

SB57 RELATING TO OCEAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.

Short form bill.

SB58 RELATING TO WATER USE.

Short form bill.

SB59 RELATING TO THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY.

Short form bill.

SB60 RELATING TO INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.

Short form bill.

SB61 RELATING TO TOURISM.

Short form bill.

SB62 RELATING TO HOMELESSNESS.

Short form bill.

SB63 RELATING TO HOUSING.

Short form bill.

SB64 RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES.

Short form bill.

SB65 RELATING TO THE ARTS.

Short form bill.

SB66 RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION.

Short form bill.

SB67 RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I.

Short form bill.

SB68 RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Short form bill.

SB69 RELATING TO STATE FACILITIES.

Short form bill.

SB70 RELATING TO STATE AND GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS AND POLICY.

Short form bill.

SB71 RELATING TO AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENT.

Short form bill.

SB72 RELATING TO EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.

Short form bill.

SB73 RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

Short form bill.

SB74 RELATING TO ENERGY.

Short form bill.

SB75 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Short form bill.

SB76 RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Short form bill.

SB77 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill.

SB78 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill.

SB79 RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill.

SB80 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Short form bill.

SB81 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Short form bill.

SB82 RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION.

Short form bill.

SB83 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS.

Short form bill.

SB84 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS.

Short form bill.

SB85 RELATING TO APPROPRIATIONS.

Short form bill.

SB86 RELATING TO BONDS.

Short form bill.

SB87 RELATING TO THE BUDGET.

Short form bill.

SB88 RELATING TO FINANCES.

Short form bill.

SB89 RELATING TO FUNDS.

Short form bill.

SB90 RELATING TO FUNDS.

Short form bill.

SB91 RELATING TO REVENUE.

Short form bill.

SB92 RELATING TO TAXATION.

Short form bill.

SB93 RELATING TO TAXATION.   

Short form bill.

SB94 RELATING TO TAXATION.

Short form bill.

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*This page previously stated that we are tracking 445 democracy-related and short form bills. We are tracking 404 democracy-related and short form bills.



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