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5 things ahead in the Hawaii Legislature this week

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 08:00 a.m. HST, Feb 16, 2014


Committee hearings are slowing at the Hawaii state Legislature, so in the coming four-day week, the usual monsoon of public debate will taper to a fine mist.

That's not to say the hearings won't stir some curiosity. On Wednesday, a House committee will consider the merits of locking up "graffiti materials," like spray paint, such that anyone wanting a can of Krylon will have to flag down a store employee to access it. And a bill in a hearing Thursday could grant breast-feeding mothers a year reprieve from jury duty.

Here are five other things to watch for this week at the statehouse.

-- PUBLIC HOUSING SMOKING: A bill that would ban smoking in and near public housing under penalty of eviction for a third offense (SB651, SD1) goes before a joint committee Thursday. The debate pits public health advocates against the real-world prospect of evicting older or lower-income people from their homes for lighting up.

-- PHONE CRAMMING: Not sure where those charges on your phone bill came from, or why they're so high? A proposed measure (SB 2748) would restrict telecom companies to billing for services that the customer specifically requests. It'll also be in committee on Thursday.

-- TRANSPORTING INVASIVES: Nurseries or landscapers who move plants infested with little fire ants or coqui frogs, both pernicious invasive species, would face the prospect of paying for extermination costs if those pests infest other properties under a bill (SB2347) up for consideration Thursday.

-- PRISON UPKEEP: The Department of Public Safety will offer an informational briefing Wednesday about maintaining, building and improving prisons and jails in Hawaii.

-- DRONE PRIVACY: A bill (SB 2608) aimed at ensuring that unmanned aircraft aren't used to impinge on the privacy of Hawaii residents will be in committee on Tuesday. It will prohibit anyone but law enforcement to use drones to gather information and curtails law enforcement's latitude to do so.

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soundofreason wrote:
DRONE PRIVACY: A bill (SB 2608) aimed at ensuring that unmanned aircraft aren't used to impinge on the privacy of Hawaii residents will be in committee on Tuesday. It will prohibit anyone but law enforcement to use drones to gather information and curtails law enforcement's latitude to do so.>>>>> Our law enforcement doesn't use it's current capabilities to gather information and we want them to just gather more?
on February 16,2014 | 08:23AM
mcc wrote:
How about the Homeless??? They do not seem to exist with our politicians but the problem keeps growing. Too bad they don't vote, maybe they could get some help from the self serving politicians that only tackle things that will get them votes or bribes.
on February 16,2014 | 10:31AM
Kailuadad wrote:
Re: anti-grafitti: looking up spray cans won't stop or even put a dent in the prevalence of grafitti.
on February 16,2014 | 11:04AM
HD36 wrote:
I propose SB 2699 : No person shall pick up a rock and throw it at a tree. ( they might miss the tree and hit someone) SB2670: No pool tables will be allowed in strip clubs. (they might use the sticks as weapons when they get drunk) SB2671 each person crossing the street in the dark must carry flashing lights attached to their body. ( if their are no stoplights they might get hit) This is just the beggining because we live in a state where people can't take care of themselves. Too much government education.
on February 16,2014 | 07:08PM
st1d wrote:
five things the legislature should be doing this week:

<1. reduce spending by 10% for all departments.

2. remove sales tax from food, medicine and medical care.

3. work to eliminate jones act.

4. replenish hurricane funds and other funds raided to create the illusion of a tax surplus.

5. remove hanohano from leadership roles in committees.


on February 16,2014 | 09:37PM
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