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HAR GAC UPDATE FEBRUARY 26, 2018

This year, the Hawai`i State Legislature began with nearly 6,000 Bills. About half were picked up from last session as the legislature works on a biennial.
 
Of the bills introduced, the Hawai'i REALTORSĀ® Government Affairs Committee is tracking:
  • 186 House Bills
  • 189 Senate Bills
  • Total = 375

This Week at the Legislature 
First Decking Friday March 2
( All bills under consideration for crossing over to the other chamber must be in their final form 48 hours prior to Third Reading)

Rental Application Screening Fees
Residential Landlord-Tenant Code; Application Screening Fee
HB1879 
No Hearing scheduled yet in Finance Committee

Late Occupancy Exemption
Landlord Tenant Code; Holdover Seller; Exemption
HB1869 
Passed out of Commerce and Consummer Protection

Handyman Exemption
Contractors; Exemptions
Deferred  
No hearing set for Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health 
(CPH)

Short Term Vacation Rentals
Transient Accommodations; Local Contact
  SB2641
Not Heard

Transient Accommodations; Short-Term Vacation Rentals; Service Bookers
   SB2963 SD1
Omnibus Bill has already crossed to the House and passed First Hearing

Rose Ringed Parakeet
Passed out of Finance   
Referred to Ways and Means (WAM) No Hearing st yet

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 COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
8:30 AM
Council Chambers
Historic County Building
4396 Rice Street, Suite 201
Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii 96766


THIS WEEK
The State of Hawai'i Department of Transportation Highways Division Deputy Director Edwin H. Sniffen and Kaua'i District Engineer Larry Dill, P.E., to provide a briefing on the State's plans and options to address the traffic needs on both the east and west sides of Kaua'i.

Bill No. 2627, Draft 3 -   A BILL FOR AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 10, KAUA'I COUNTY CODE 1987, AS AMENDED, BY ADDING A NEW ARTICLE 5B, RELATING TO THE LIHU'E PLANNING DISTRICT (Addtional Rental Unit)(County of Kaua'i, Applicant) (Deferred January 3, 2018) 

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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 Phone: (808) 245-4049 
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