HAR GAC UPDATE FEBRUARY 19, 2018

This year, the Hawai`i State Legislature introduced 2,918 bills (1,153 House bills and 1,790 Senate bills.) This in addition to the 1601 House Bills and 1317 Senate bills and that remain in the same Committee it left off in 2017 because the Legislature works on a biennium.  For example, if a bill was in Conference Committee in 2017, it will be in Conference Committee for 2018.
 
Of the bills introduced, the Hawai'i REALTORSĀ® Government Affairs Committee is tracking:
  • 186 House Bills
  • 189 Senate Bills
Total = 375
 
The GAC met and broke out into 4 Subcommittees.  They reviewed stacks of printed bills and the following is the summary.
 
Please note: positions can change as bills work their way through the legislative process.
Subcommittee:
Monitor
Support
Oppose
Total
Housing / Affordable Housing
74
8
6
88
Land Use, Energy and Environment
112
15
4
121
Business and Transactional Issues
39
5
2
46
Taxation and Finance
85
12
23
120
 
In the three weeks that the Legislature has been in session, HAR has already testified 40 times.

HOT TOPICS INCLUDE
Rental Application Screening Fees
Residential Landlord-Tenant Code; Application Screening Fee
HB1879 

Late Occupancy Exemption
Landlord Tenant Code; Holdover Seller; Exemption
HB1869 

Handyman Exemption
Contractors; Exemptions

Short Term Vacation Rentals
Transient Accommodations; Local Contact
  SB2641
Transient Accommodations; Short-Term Vacation Rentals; Service Bookers

Rose Ringed Parakeet

Home Inspectors
Senate passed Concurrent Resolution  SCR 27  that directs the state auditor to conduct a sunrise analysis on the issue. HAR sent in testimony supporting the sunrise analysis and volunteered to assist with providing any information.  
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Net Neutrality
"An open internet is critically important to our people and our economy, connecting us to the rest of the world, increasing our commerce, fostering innovation, and adding to our economic growth," Ige said in a statement. "I have worked with my cabinet members, members of the House and other stakeholders to protect the integrity of this critical resource."
"For those who want to live in Hawai'i, probably no issue is more challenging than finding a decent, affordable place to live. And probably no issue challenges us as a society more than the daily sight of those who are now living on our streets and in our parks."
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"Introduced the bipartisan Explore America Act with Senators Bill Cassidy and Jack Reed.  This bill supports the expansion of cultural tourism and returns control to the people who live in the places everyone else wants to visit."
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     The Board of Realtors met with individual council           members in January to discuss 2018 priorities.

                   Kaua`i County Council 2016-2018


KAUA'I COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday, February 19, 2018
8:30 AM
Council Chambers
Historic County Building
4396 Rice Street, Suite 201
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766


THIS WEEK FIRST READING:
Proposed Draft Bill (No. 2675) - A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 8, KAUA'I COUNTY CODE 1987, RELATING TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE (Farm Worker Housing Use Permits)

Proposed Draft Bill (No. 2693) - A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SUBSECTION 8-15.1(d), KAUA'I COUNTY CODE 1987, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO ADDITIONAL DWELLING UNIT ON OTHER THAN RESIDENTIALLY ZONED LOTS

PUBLIC HEARING:
Resolution No. 2018-03 - RESOLUTION PROPOSING A CHARTER AMENDMENT RELATING TO TERM LIMITS FOR COUNCILMEMBERS
Bill No. 2686 - A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE KAUA'I COUNTY CODE 1987, AS AMENDED, CHAPTER 8, RELATING TO THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE (Additional Rental Unit - Planning Commission Recommendation)



Send Testimony to: counciltestimony@kauai.gov



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