HAWAII STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 31st LEGISLATURE

Rep Marten’s 2021 Mid-Session Highlights

Marten signed* 

Marten introduced**

LOCAL FOOD PRODUCTION

  • Requires State departments to purchase a proportion of their produce from locally grown sources.  [HB817 HD2 SD1 ] *

  • Requires 30% of food served in public schools be locally sourced by 2030. [ HB767 HD2 ]

  • Allows for larger greenhouses and shade structures without a building permit. [ HB96 HD1 ]*

  • Ensures agricultural subdivisions are actually used for agriculture.  [ HB247 ]*

RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Requires State facilities use cost‑effective energy efficiency measures and sustainable design for all new state construction. [ HB550 HD2 ]*

  • Increases EV charging systems in parking lots.  [ HB803 HD1 ]* Fee on high-end gasoline-powered vehicle purchases to fund installation of EV charging systems. [ HB1142 HD2 ]*

  • Determines best practices for disposal and recycling of discarded clean energy products.  [ HB1333 HD1 ]*

  • Requires home owners’ associations to allow energy efficient technologies.  [ HB328 HD2 ] **

  • Task force to plan for low-carbon aviation fuel. [ HB327 HD2 ] **

ENVIRONMENT AND LAND

  • Expands the capacity of State tree nurseries. [ HB 863 ] **

  • Creates an inventory of military lands, document contaminants and hazards, and proposed alternative State uses for the lands. [ HB1352 HD1 ] **

  • Promotes use of green infrastructure, vegetation, and trees in state facility systems, infrastructure, and transit projects.  [ HB331 HD1 ] **

  • Authorizes developers to sponsor State conservation efforts as compensatory mitigation on land [ HB1351 HD1 ] ** and in the ocean [ HB498 HD1 ] *

  • Sellers must disclose whether the real property lies within the sea level rise exposure area.  [ HB554 HD2] *

  • Identifies risks of sea level rise to State facilities and assesses mitigation options.  [ HB243 HD1] *

HOUSING

  • Establishes a Revolving Fund to nonprofits to develop affordable homeownership projects. [ HB79 HD1 ] *

  • Funds affordable housing and low-income rental.  [ HB606 HD1 ] *

EDUCATION

  • Provides stipends to train early childhood education educators.  [ HB1362 HD1 ] *

  • Offers scholarships for high achieving students who received special education.  [ HB1291 HD1 ] *

  • Uses CARES Act funds to pay our teachers.  [ HB613 HD2 ]

  • Allows affordable housing for teachers on school campuses.  [ HB525 HD2 ]

HEALTH

  • Provides services to commercially sexually exploited children and victims of human trafficking.  [ HB722 HD2 ] *

  • Adds immunity from civil and criminal liability for individuals who provide information in child abuse investigations.  [ HB975 HD1 ]

  • Increases fees [ HB598 HD2 ] and taxes [ HB476 HD3 ] on vaping products and funds prevention programs.

  • Increases federal funds supporting our hospitals [ HB474 HD2 ] and nursing [ HB311 HD1 ] facilities.

  • Expands the time period by which a civil action for childhood sexual abuse may be initiated. [ HB570 HD2] 

FINANCE & BUSINESS

  • Transfers unused funds from litigation and civil action [ HB1115 ] and from all applicable special funds and revolving funds [ HB1298 HD1, HB1299 HD1 ] so that the funds could be used by the State to reduce the budget shortfall and fund State services.

  • Protects people from predatory payday lending.  [ HB1192 HD1 ]

  • Requires the past performance of a bidder on state contracts be considered.   [ HB526 HD1 ]

  • Reduces the rate paid by employers for unemployment reimbursements.  [ HB1278 HD1; Act 1 (3/2/21) ]

  • Funds a Commercial Rent Relief Grant program.  [ HB1324 HD2 ] *

COMMUNITY

  • Provides grants for broadband infrastructure to unserved areas.  [ HB 1191 ] *

  • Increases fines associated with the illegal use of consumer fireworks.  [ HB508 HD1 ]

  • Establishes a vehicle registration fee tax credit for persons who are eligible for a refundable food/excise tax credit.  [ HB510 HD1 ]

  • Authorizes to charge for towing, removal, or disposal of an abandoned vehicle before renewing a motor vehicle registration or transferring title.  [ HB161 HD2 ]

  • DOT can do license renewals online or by mail during emergencies.  [ HB 273 ]