Representative Holt's Message                                           
This week, my colleagues and I have continued reviewing hundreds of purposed House Bills to be voted on the Chamber floor.  The bills up for third reading in the House have been weighted through discussion and debate, and of the 1601 House Bills that were introduced, 367 have passed the House of Representatives third reading to date and are on their way to the Senate Chamber with more on the way.  Concurrently, there are 384 Senate Bills to date, which went through the same process and are currently in transit for House referrals.  Thus, reaching the half way point of the 29th Legislative Session, we begin the process again.

In addition, I have recently introduced a House Resolution which is currently awaiting committee referral; HCR 79/ HR44; which requests an increase of police presence by the Honolulu Police Department specifically in the Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu areas.  The purpose of this resolution is to increase and maintain the safety of our local businesses and patrons, protecting property while encouraging community/commercial activity; and preserving the history and culture of the Chinatown and Downtown Honolulu.  Once referred, community support will be needed and is as always, appreciated.
House Bills sent to the Senate for further Debate
HB1276 HD1: Relating to Taxation, provides an additional state income tax deduction for student loan interest paid on qualified education loans.
HB1195 HD1: Relating to Homelessness, which appropriates funds to the Department of Health and Department of Human Services, including the Office of Youth Services, to provide homeless outreach services.
HB1098 HD2: Relating to Homeless Shelters, provides that emergency shelters may have partitioned space for homeless persons or families based on Department of Human Services (DHS) guidelines. Extends the emergency or transitional shelter compliance requirements per Act 234, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 2016, for contracts between DHS and emergency or transitional shelter provider agencies for one year. Extends the effective date of Act 234, SLH 2016.
HB957 HD1: Relating to Heat Abatement, that authorizes the DOE and B&F to borrow moneys from the Hawaii green infrastructure loan program for heat abatement measures at public schools. Appropriates general funds to make an initial repayment to the Hawaii green infrastructure special fund.
HB844 HD1: Relating to Youth, which requires the Office of Youth Services to coordinate a two-year Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program in partnership with private organizations to coordinate a network that youth can access for safety and where youth can obtain advice, guidance, programs, and services. Establishes a Safe Places for Youth Pilot Program Coordinator position. Appropriates funds.
HB693 HD1: Relating to programs for High Risk Youth, that appropriates funds to the Department of Human Services for the operational costs of an organization providing prevention, intervention, and group and individual counseling for high risk youth.
HB607 HD1: Relating to Kupuna Care, which requires the Executive Office on Aging to establish the Kupuna Caregivers Program to assist community members who are providing care for elders to stay in the workforce. Clarifies the kupuna service and support options provided by area agencies on aging within the program. Appropriates funds for establishing and implementing the program.
HB615 HD1: Relating to the Healthy aging partnership Program, that Appropriates funds for the Healthy Aging Partnership Program to further the program's important role in improving the health and well-being of Hawaii's kupuna.
HB533 HD1: Relating to Charter Schools, which Appropriates funds for charter school facilities.
HB534 HD2: Relating to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority, which appropriates moneys for Hawaii Public Housing Authority to hire an additional security guard to improve security and monitoring at the Alu Street gate of Kalihi Valley Homes public housing.
HB523: Relating to Recycling, requires all State agencies to reasonably provide and maintain onsite collection methods at buildings and facilities under an agency's jurisdiction for the collection of recyclable materials. Appropriates funds.
HB476 HD1: Relating to abuse of Family or Household Members, makes abuse of a family or household member who is younger than fourteen years of age a class C felony.
HB457 HD1: Relating to the Community Court Outreach Project, which establishes a community court outreach project in the City and County of Honolulu, subject to the availability of funds and memorandum of agreements from the Judiciary, Prosecuting Attorney, and the Public Defender. Appropriates funds.
HB462 HD2: Relating to Correctional facilities, requires the Department of Public Safety to solicit proposals for a new correctional facility. Requires new facility to be operated by public employees. Temporarily suspends the current EIS process for potential sites for the proposed Oahu Community Correctional Center.
HB432 HD2: Relating to the Elderly, makes financial exploitation of an elder by a caregiver a felony. Defines "caregiver", "elder", and "financial exploitation".
HB375 HD1: Relating to Taxation, amends income tax rates to negate any income tax liability for those at or below poverty thresholds.
HB207 HD2: Relating to Taxation, expands the low income-household renters' income tax credit based on adjusted gross income and filing status.
HB209 HD1: Relating to Taxation, expands the low-income household renter’s income tax credit based on adjusted gross income and filing status. Establishes a state earned income tax credit. Restores the income tax rates for high income brackets that were repealed on 12/31/15. Removes the sunset date for the refundable food/excise tax credit.
HB115 HD1: Relating to the Highways, directs the head of each state department or agency to convey title of all disputed highways situated within a county with a population of 500,000 or more to the respective county. Requires each county with a population of 500,000 or more to take ownership and jurisdiction over all roads over which there is a dispute over ownership between the State or any of its political subdivisions and a private party.
HB4 HD1: Relating to Health, requires employers to provide a minimum amount of paid sick leave to employees to be used to care for themselves or a family member who is ill or needs medical care.
HB1395 HD1: Relating to the Kalihi 21st Century Commission, establishes a temporary Kalihi 21st Century Commission in the Office of Planning. Requires the Commission to develop a community development plan for the development of the Kalihi area on Oahu.
HB1591 HD2: Relating to the University of Hawaii Promise Program, which establishes the Hawaii Promise Program to provide scholarships for the unmet direct cost needs of qualified students enrolled at a University of Hawaii community college. Appropriates funds to establish and implement the program.
HB1594 HD1: Relating to the University of Hawaii Promise Program, which establishes the University of Hawaii Promise Program to provide scholarships for the unmet direct cost needs of qualified students enrolled at any campus of the University of Hawaii system. Appropriates funds to establish and implement the program.

A complete list of bills passed by the House to date is available on the Capitol website HERE

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2017 Session Calendar: Guide to the Deadlines
Hawaii’s Kupuna Need Our Support!

Please join Lanakila Meals on Wheels, hundreds of seniors, elected officials and community supporters in the National March for Meals on; March 14, 2017 at the State Capitol.
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As an influential and progressive Hawaiian woman of her time, Aunty Bina is best known for her musical and political contributions to Hawai‘i. To celebrate the extraordinary life and rich musical heritage of one of Hawai‘i’s pillars of Hawaiian music, Kamehameha Schools honors the music of Bina Mossman in their 97th Annual Song Contest.
Walk on the Wild Side (WOWS) is a mystery walk and scavenger hunt that weaves through the Chinatown / Downtown districts re-discovering the culture and heritage these neighborhoods have to offer. Festivities also include free health screenings by physician ($200 value); free reading glasses and sunglasses with cataract protection, kids activities, food trucks, arts and crafts and live entertainment on 3 stages. In addition, a “Wall of Love” will be on display where people can make a tax-deductible donation in honor of a loved one affected by kidney disease.  Donations can be made through the event website and will receive a placard on the Wall of Love honoring those who made the donation and the honoree.  People are encouraged to submit pictures for display.
Click HERE for event info. and donations.
An exhibition of Filipino textile & clothing by Big Island artist Iris Viacrusis.
Sponsored by the Filipino Association of University Women.  with support from Kalamansi Books & Things, and R & M Enterprise.
For more information, visit or call the Art, Music, and Recreation section at 586-3526.  Contact the library 10 days in advance for additional accommodations.
Upcoming Neighborhood Board #15, Meeting:

*Kalihi-Palama No. 15, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Kalihi Union Church, 2214 North King Street, 7:00pm*

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Recordings can also be seen on Olelo channel 49.

Neighborhood Commission Office

Up to three lanes closed on the H-1 Freeway in both directions between the Middle Street Overpass and the Pali Highway Overpass on Sunday night, March 12, through Friday morning, March 17, from 9 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., nightly, for pavement marking installations.
 24/7 lane closure on Likelike Highway in the Honolulu-bound direction between Emmeline Place and Kula Kolea Drive on Friday, March 10, through Friday, March 17, for survey work and sidewalk and curb/gutter reconstruction.
 24/7 closure of Halona Street between Kokea Street and Kohou Street at the Halona Street Bridge on Friday, March 10, through Friday, March 17, for bridge replacement work. The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to pedestrians and bicyclists. Traffic will be detoured around the closure.

HDOT encourages the public to plan their commute and check traffic apps to avoid congestion. Roadwork will be posted on the HDOT website.
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