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CivicsIsSexy_2016

Legislative Issues: Civics IS Sexy

Civics IS Sexy: Forming a Community Voice at the Hawai‘i State Legislature:

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Why do we call it Civics IS Sexy? The first workshop in 2015 was inspired  by a TED talk by Eric Liu calledWhy ordinary people need to understand power. Please take the time to watch this inspiring talk on why it’s important that we all get involved with the legislative process to create a world that our future generations are proud of.

Bills supported by Surfrider and the Rise Above Plastics Coalition: 2016 Legislative Session

Food Waste Reduction:

SB 3087; HB 2648

SB 3087

Description: Prohibits the disposal of commercial organic material waste at landfills or waste-to-energy facilities in the State, beginning January 1, 2020. Requires all generators of commercial organic material to use alternative means of disposal of waste, such as donation, compost, biofuel production, anaerobic digestion, thermal combustion of organic materials, or animal feed. Establishes the solid waste infrastructure advisory committee.

Current Referral: EET/PSM, CPH/WAM

HB2648

Description: Establishes a phased reduction of food waste in the municipal solid waste stream. Establishes an advisory committee to evaluate solid waste infrastructure needs. Makes an appropriation.

Introducers: C. LEE, ITO, LOPRESTI, LOWEN, POUHA, SAIKI, SAY

Current Referral: EEP, FIN

Update: HB 2648 has passed through EET Committee with some amendments and will be referred to FIN for its next hearing.

 

 


 HAWAI‘I FRESH WATER INITIATIVE

Fresh Water Security “Bill Package”

Residential Water Conservation Systems Tax Credit:

SB 2644; HB 2042

SB 2644

Description: Creates a refundable residential water conservation system cost tax credit for newly constructed systems beginning January 1, 2017.

Current Referral: WLA, WAM

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HB 2042

Description: Creates a refundable residential water conservation system cost tax credit for newly constructed systems beginning January 1, 2017.

Companion:  SB2645

Current Referral: WAL, FIN

Implement a Standardized, Statewide Water Audit Program:

SB 2645;HB 2041

SB 2645

Description: establishes a program to implement standardized water audits of public water systems. Appropriation.

Companion: HB2041

Current Referral: WLA, WAM

 

HB 2041

Description: Establishes a program to implement standardized water audits of public water systems. Appropriation.

Companion:  SB2645

Current Referral: WAL, FIN

 

Establish a Natural Capital Investment Partnership to Spur Water Innovation:

SB 2640; HB 2040.

SB 2640

Description: Establishes a two-year pilot program in the Department of Land and Natural Resources that enables public-private partnerships to provide funds for projects that increase water security.

Companion:  HB2040

Current Referral: WLA, WAM

 

HB 2040

Description: Establishes a two-year pilot program in the Department of Land and Natural Resources that enables public-private partnerships to provide funds for projects that increase water security.

Companion: SB2640

Current Referral: WAL/EEP, FIN


Partner Organization Bills of Interest:

Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety

HB 2574

Report Title: Reporting of Pesticide Use; Large-scale Agricultural Operations ($)
Description: Requires reporting guidelines for large-scale, outdoor commercial agricultural operations across the State. Establishes disclosure and public notification requirements for outdoor application of pesticides in various environmentally sensitive areas.
Companion:
Package: None
Current Referral: EEP, AGR, FIN
Introducer(s): C. LEE, CULLEN, LOPRESTI, THIELEN

 

Nature Conservancy, KUA, DLNR

SB 2139

Measure Title: RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES.
Report Title: Department of Land and Natural Resources; Community-Based Marine Resources Grant Program; Appropriation($)
Description: Establishes the community-based marine resources grant program. Appropriates funds to DLNR for positions and programs in support of community based co-management of near shore marine resources.
Companion:  HB2039
Package: None
Current Referral: WLA, WAM