2013 Legislative Proposals

House Bill 930
Senate Bill 1161
RELATING TO RELATING TO VESSELS clarifies that all costs and expenses associated with the impoundment of an unauthorized vessel by the Department shall be borne by the vessel owner; and clarifies circumstances when no vessel registration shall be renewed or transferred.

House Bill 931
Senate Bill 1162
RELATING TO SHORELINE VEGETATION makes permanent the statutory changes enacted into law (Act 160, Session Laws of Hawaii 2010) by the 2010 Legislature, to require the removal of landowner’s induced or cultivated vegetation that interferes or encroaches seaward of the shoreline.

House Bill 932
Senate Bill 1163
RELATING TO RELATING TO MINERAL RESOURCES revises statutory provisions relating to the regulation of mineral resources under chapters 171 and 182, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to include geothermal within the definition of a “renewable energy producer”; and provides clarity, eliminates ambiguities, and incorporates technical, nonsubstantive changes in accordance with Act 97, Session Laws of Hawaii 2012.

House Bill 933
Senate Bill 1164
RELATING TO SPECIAL SHORELINE ENCROACHMENT EASEMENTS provides the Board of Land and Natural Resources the discretion to grant encroachment type easements for less than fair market value for structures that were previously authorized by a governmental agency and originally constructed landward of the shoreline within the record boundary of the landward property at the time of construction, but are now located seaward of the shoreline on public land; and exempts easements granted under these circumstances from prior approval of the Governor and prior authorization of the Legislature pursuant to section 171-53(c), Hawaii Revised Statutes.

House Bill 934
Senate Bill 1165
RELATING TO SINGLE-USE CHECKOUT BAG FEES establishes an offset fee for the distribution of single-use checkout bags to be used to fund programs to mitigate against damaging effects of single-use checkout bags by improving water quality and resilience to climate change.

House Bill 935
Senate Bill 1166
RELATING TO THE CONVEYANCE TAX increases the Conveyance Tax on certain real estate transactions and directs an additional ten per cent of Conveyance Tax proceeds to the Natural Area Reserve Fund for watershed protection and invasive species control.

House Bill 936
Senate Bill 1167
RELATING TO LIMITED LIABILITY FOR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, ROCK CLIMBING, RAPPELLING, AND BOULDERING ON GOVERNMENT LAND clarifies that no public entity or public employee shall be liable to any person for injury or damage sustained on government land when engaged mountain climbing, rock climbing, rappelling, and bouldering.

House Bill 937
Senate Bill 1168
RELATING TO LIMITED LIABILITY FOR MOUNTAIN CLIMBING, ROCK CLIMBING, RAPPELLING, AND BOULDERING ON GOVERNMENT LAND clarifies that no public entity or public employee shall be liable to any person for injury or damage sustained on government land when engaged in mountain climbing, rock climbing, rappelling, and bouldering.

House Bill 938
Senate Bill 1169
RELATING TO THE KAHOOLAWE ISLAND RESERVE clarifies that any equipment, article, instrument, aircraft, vehicle, vessel, business record, or natural resource used or taken in violation of the rules applicable to the Kahoolawe Island Reserve may be seized and subject to forfeiture pursuant to section 199-7 and chapter 712A, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

House Bill 939
Senate Bill 1170
RELATING TO ENFORCEMENT OF VIOLATIONS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES provides alternative civil enforcement options that may be utilized by the Board of Land and Natural Resources in the processing of natural and cultural resource violation cases.

House Bill 940
Senate Bill 1171
RELATING TO THE REVIEW OF HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROJECTS authorizes the phased review of projects by the Department’s State Historic Preservation Division to ensure consistency between state and federal law.

House Bill 941
Senate Bill 1172
RELATING TO THE NATURAL AREA RESERVES SYSTEM COMMISSION amends the composition of the Natural Area Reserves System Commission by adding a member possessing a background in native Hawaiian traditional and customary practices; and removes the Superintendent of Education as a member.

House Bill 942
Senate Bill 1173
RELATING TO HARBORS AND PARKS DEVELOPMENT establishes the Harbors and Parks Development Authority within the Department to coordinate and administer programs to make optimal use of harbors and park lands, while ensuring that the public lands are maintained for the people of Hawaii.

House Concurrent Resolution 25
Senate Concurrent Resolution 20
SUBMITTING TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII FOR REVIEW OF ACTION TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES ON A LAND EXCHANGE submits to the Legislature by concurrent resolution review of action taken by the Board of Land and Natural Resources approving in principle a land exchange between the State of Hawaii and Hawaii Baptist Academy.

House Concurrent Resolution 26
Senate Concurrent Resolution 21
SUBMITTING TO THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII FOR REVIEW OF ACTION TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES ON A LAND EXCHANGE AND SALE OF PROPERTY seeks the approval of the Legislature by concurrent resolution of a Board of Land and Natural Resources action approving a land exchange and sale of property.

House Concurrent Resolution 27
Senate Concurrent Resolution 22
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT KAALAEA, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF THE EXISTING SEAWALL, AND FOR USE, MAINTENANCE, AND REPAIR OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON seeks the approval of the Legislature by concurrent resolution of a Board of Land and Natural Resources action for the maintenance and repair of an existing seawall, and for use, maintenance, and repair of the existing improvements constructed thereon.

House Concurrent Resolution 28
Senate Concurrent Resolution 23
AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF A TERM, NON-EXCLUSIVE EASEMENT COVERING PORTION OF STATE SUBMERGED LANDS AT KANEOHE, KOOLAUPOKO, OAHU, FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF THE EXISTING PIER, SEAWALL, AND LANDSCAPING AREA AND FOR USE, MAINTENANCE, AND REPAIR OF THE EXISTING IMPROVEMENTS CONSTRUCTED THEREON seeks the approval of the Legislature by concurrent resolution of a Board of Land and Natural Resources action for the maintenance and repair of the existing pier, seawall, and landscaping area, and for use, maintenance, and repair of the existing improvements constructed thereon.