Watchdog updates: week of February 8, 2016

What’s happening this week at the Capitol?

This Thursday is the triple referral filing deadline… all bills referred to 3 or more committees (a few that we’re watching!) will need to be scheduled for their 2nd hearing by this day or they (most likely) won’t make it.

Things moving last week:

Public Health: Sugar sweetened beverage restrictions in childcare facilities passed through their first committees in both the Senate and the House.

Nutrient Cycling: The House version was passed in the House Committee on Agriculture

Pesticides: Disclosure passed it’s first committee on the House side. “Positive” buffer zones (creates a pilot program of native and regenerative vegetative buffer zones around five schools across the State) has a hearing on Tuesday at 8:30 am. Submit testimony.

Industrial hemp: The Senate version passed its first committee meeting (a joint committee) on Friday.

Big Island Dairy: The Senate version passed its first hearing, but the House version was deferred by the House Committee on Agriculture.

Procurement: HB2053 passed, but the similar HB2052 was deferred.

Kalo production: HB1844 & SB2743 would designate kalo farming as a protected cultural activity, and exempt it from regulation, GET, and income tax (up to $75,000). Both passed through their first committee meetings.

Links to status pages for all of these bills can be found on our Watchdog Page. Check often to see when hearings are scheduled.