See Capitol Television Debates on How Your Hawaii Tax Dollars Should Be Spent


BY MICHELE VAN HESSEN – See the actual video of the battles that go on in the Hawaii State House over how your tax dollars are being spent:

HB1435 Highway Safety Reps. Thielen, Ward and Ching

RELATING TO HIGHWAY SAFETY. Report Title:  Ignition Interlock; Repeat Intoxicated Drivers Description:  Clarifies recommendations of the ignition interlock implementation task force. Allows repeat intoxicated drivers to install ignition interlock devices in any vehicle they operate by eliminating the requirement to surrender motor vehicle registrations and license plates. Makes housekeeping amendments to chapter 291E. Allows persons who have had licenses administratively revoked for a lifetime to be eligible to participate in the ignition interlock program. Establishes time frames for installation of ignition interlock devices on motor vehicles for those who have had a lifetime revocation. Effective January 7, 2059. (HB1435 HD2)

Rep Ward in Opposition to HB1486 boat harbors

Report Title:   Small Boat Harbors; Permits
Description:   Requires persons or entities who, in the course of providing an excursion using state boating facilities, disembark fare-paying passengers in certain counties with the expectation that they will visit state property adjacent to quasi-public property during the excursion, to accompany passengers at all times while ashore. Effective January 1, 2059. (HB1486 HD1)

Rep Fontaine and Riviere on HB845 Ground Leases

Report Title: Ground Leases; Extension; Sale of Leased-Fee Interest
Description: Within the final ten years of a long-term residential ground lease, permits a lessee to request a lease extension from the lessor. Under specified conditions, requires a lessor to offer to sell the fee simple interest in the land to the lessor for the amount fixed by an appraiser’s determination of the leased-fee interest in the land. Establishes a process for arbitration when the lessor and lessee are unable to agree on a rental rate. Effective July 1, 2112. (HB845 HD2)

Rep. Thielen on HB1176 HECO’s Transmission Cable

Report Title: Renewable Energy; Transmission Cable
Description: Establishes the regulatory structure under which the Public Utilities Commission can certify a cable company to commercially develop, finance, and construct an inter-island high-voltage electric transmission cable system to transmit clean, renewable energy in the State. Effective July 1, 2030. (HB1176 HD3)

Reps Pine and Marumoto Oppose Taxing Pensions

Report Title: Taxation; Tax Improvement
Description: Provides for the taxation of the pension income of: (1) An individual filer with federal adjusted gross income of $100,000 or more; (2) A joint or surviving spouse filer with federal adjusted gross income of $200,000 or more; and (3) a head of household with federal adjusted gross income of $150,000 or more. Makes the deduction for state taxes paid, inoperative for the same taxpayers. Effective upon its approval and applicable to taxpayer years beginning after December 31, 2010. (HB1092 HD1)