SUPPORT Senate Bills 2017

KPAC supports the following Senate Bills:

S.C.R.49 | KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title:  URGING PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN HAWAI‘I TO CONSIDER OFFERING OR CONTINUE OFFERING HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION AS AN OPTION OR AN ELECTIVE IN THEIR ACADEMIC CURRICULUM.
Report Title:  Hawaiian Language Instruction; Private Schools
Description: None

S.B.643 SD1 |  KPAC Testimony KPAC AMENDED Testimony(pdf)

Measure Title:  RELATING TO THE HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE
Report Title:  Hawaiian Language; Government Documents
Description:  Clarifies that Hawaiian shall be required for public acts and transactions beginning on January 1, 2020. Requires that upon request by a member of the public for the Hawaiian language version, the public officer having the care and custody of a government record, paper, or document shall make all reasonable efforts to make it available in Hawaiian.

AMENDED: Requires all newly created, replaced, or reprinted state and county letterheads, documents, symbols, and emblems to include accurate, appropriate, and authentic Hawaiian names and language.  Establishes references for accurate, appropriate, and authentic Hawaiian names and words, including proper Hawaiian spelling and punctuation.


 S.B. 1259KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title:  RELATING TO UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS.
Report Title: Underground Storage Tanks and Systems; Environmental Protection; Department of Health
Description: Requires the department of health to adopt rules for underground storage tanks and tank systems to conform with certain federal regulations and that include additional requirements for field-constructed underground storage tanks and tank system.

  S.B.642 |  No KPAC Testimony available yet

Measure Title:  RELATING TO LEGAL COUNSEL.
Report Title:  Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Legal Counsel
Description: Allows the department of Hawaiian home lands to retain independent legal counsel as needed. Authorizes the department of Hawaiian home lands to use the services of the attorney general as needed and when the interests of the State and the department of Hawaiian home lands are aligned. Provides that funds owed to independent legal counsel shall be paid by the attorney general.

S.B.960KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title:  RELATING TO PERSONAL PRIVACY
Report Title:  Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Disclosure of Government Record
Description:  Specifies certain content of Department of Hawaiian Home Lands homestead applicant and lessee files are not required to be disclosed.  (Companion Bill H.B.1094)

S.B. 849  |  KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title:  RELATING TO HAWAIIAN HOMES COMMISSION ACT
Report Title:  Hawaiian Home Lands, Successors, Blood Quantum
Description: Reduces the minimum Hawaiian blood quantum requirement of certain successors to lessees of Hawaiian home lands from one-quarter to one-thirty second.

S.B. 778 |  KPAC Testimony (pdf)

Measure Title: RELATING TO PESTICIDES
Report Title:  Pesticide Use; Large Agribusinesses; Appropriation ($)
Description: Makes an appropriation to implement the recommendations of the joint fact finding study group’s report on pesticide use by large agribusinesses on Kauai.

S.B.642 |  No KPAC Testimony available yet

Measure Title:  RELATING TO LEGAL COUNSEL.
Report Title:  Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Legal Counsel
Description: Allows the department of Hawaiian home lands to retain independent legal counsel as needed. Authorizes the department of Hawaiian home lands to use the services of the attorney general as needed and when the interests of the State and the department of Hawaiian home lands are aligned. Provides that funds owed to independent legal counsel shall be paid by the attorney general.