One step away from becoming law: The bills going to the governor

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After months of back and forth, lawmakers have settled on dozens of measures that could soon become law.

The following list contains some of the measures now heading to the governor’s office for approval.

Disaster Relief SB 192 SD1 HD1 CD1

    Provides $100,000,000 to Kauai and $25,000,000 to other areas statewide for flood relief.
    Provides immediate money to cover the upfront costs of needed road repairs, clearing rock slides and infrastructure improvements.

Rental Housing HB 2748 HD2 SD2 CD1

    Appropriates $200 million into the Rental Housing Revolving Fund to generate approximately 1,600 affordable rental housing units for families at or below 80 percent Area Median Income.
    Expands the general excise tax exemption for construction or substantial rehabilitation of approximately 24,000 affordable rental units for families at or below 140 percent AMI.
    Appropriates $10 million into the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund.
    Appropriates $50,000 to prepare an assessment of housing needs for persons with access and functional needs.
 
Homeless SB 2401 SD2 HD1 CD1; SB 2027 SD2 HD1 CD1
 
    $30 million for Ohana Zones on three Oahu sites, and one each on Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island. Public lands will be selected by the Governor for the zones.
    $1 million for an Emergency Department Assessment pilot program.
    $1 million for a Medical Respite Pilot Program.
    $800,000 for a new Family Assessment Center.
    $400,000 for two new Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion programs on Maui and Hawaii Island.
    $1.5 million for a Coordinated Statewide Homeless Initiative.

Voting by mail HB 1401 HD1 SD1 CD1

    Pilot program for the 2020 primary and general election on Kauai conducted by mail. 
    Office of Elections to submit a report to the Legislature.

Constitutional Amendment to fund Education SB 2922 SD1 HD1

    Proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to authorize the Legislature to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to support public education.

Pesticides SB 3095 SD1 HD1

    Prohibits the application of restricted use pesticides within 100 feet of a school during school hours.
    Prohibits the use of pesticides containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient beginning January 1, 2019.

Sunscreen SB 2571 SD2 HD2

    Beginning January 1, 2021, bans the sale, offer of sale, or distribution in the State, except according to a doctor’s prescription, of any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone or octinoxate to preserve marine ecosystems.
 
Child Safety HB 1650 HD2 SD1 CD1

    Authorizes the disclosure of information regarding confirmed cases of child abuse or neglect.

E-Cigarettes HB 1895 HD1 SD1 CD1  

    Makes it illegal for people under 21 to possess any tobacco product or electronic smoking device.
 
Flotilla HB 2259 HD1 SD3 CD1

    Requires a one-year advance permit for flotillas to mitigate hazards.

Abandoned Vehicles HB 2442 HD2 SD2 CD1

    Requires the counties to remove all abandoned vehicles within 10 business days of being reported.

For a list of bills awaiting approval from the governor, click here. 

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