We are a third of the way through the 2017 Legislative Session and just six days out from First Crossover. Now that the Senate Committees on Ways and Means; Judiciary and Labor; and Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health have completed their deliberations, bills that are still alive will make their way to third reading next week Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Thanks to you, many of our priority bills are still alive:
- SB1292 SD1 – RELATING TO THE HILO COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DISTRICT. Establishes the Hilo Community Economic District located in East Hawai`i.
- SB1162 SD1 – RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I PROMISE PROGRAM. Establishes the University of Hawai`i Promise Program to provide scholarships for the unmet direct cost needs of qualified students enrolled at any campus of the University of Hawai`i System.
- SB848 SD1 – RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION. Expands the Hawaiian Language College’s functions. Authorizes a Hawaiian language medium general education coursework pilot project.
- SB849 SD1 – RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT. Reduces the minimum Hawaiian blood quantum requirement of certain successors to lessees of Hawaiian Home Lands from one-quarter to one thirty-second.
- SB272 SD1 – RELATING TO RAT LUNGWORM DISEASE. Appropriates funds to the University of Hawai`i at Hilo for programs, studies, and activities related to rat lungworm disease.
- SB1290 SD1 – RELATING TO THE TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX. Adjusts allocation of transient accommodations tax revenues to the tourism special fund.
If these bills are approved next week, they’ll crossover to the State House for further deliberations by our colleagues. In turn, House approved bills will crossover for further deliberation by the Senate. As we move forward, be sure to stay tuned for our weekly updates.
Me ka ha’aha’a,