Among the measures approved by the House several focused on sustainability, the environment, the economy, healthy living and improving the quality of life of Hawaii’s citizens.
HB 503 Relating to the General Excise Tax
The bill provides local farmers with a tax deduction for all produce grown and sold within the state.
HB 478 Relating to the Department of Education
The bill allows schools to establish their own gardens and to utilize the produce in their meal programs.
HB 560 Relating to Affordable Housing Urban Gardening
The bill encourages development projects to incorporate urban gardening into their plans.
HB 1365 Relating to Urban Agriculture
The bill allows for a rooftop garden on the State Capitol roof to promote agricultural innovation and greater food security in Hawaii and serve as a symbol of the importance our the State places on agriculture sustainability.
HB 726 Relating to Film and Digital Media Industry Development
The purpose of the bill is to encourage new film, television, entertainment, digital media and music video production in Hawaii by enhancing existing incentives and thus adding to the diversification of our economy.
HB 1339 Relating to the Transient Accommodations Tax
The bill intends to help the tourism industry retain its competitive edge in its promotional and marketing efforts by repealing the $10 daily hotel tax collected on rooms furnished on a complimentary or gratuitous basis.
HB120 Relating to Health
The bill protects the health and safety of the public by enhancing public access regarding information on care homes.
HB 358 Relating to Video Conferencing
The bill would make it more accessible for neighbor island residents to participate in state government. It requires that the legislature establish audio visual procedures for people on the neighbor islands to provide oral testimony at legislative committee hearings.
HB 1432 Relating to Aging and Disability Resource Centers
The bill would support the elderly and aging population by appropriating an unspecified amount of funds to statewide aging and disability centers.