Government Relations

Every year, DHHL prepares and submits legislative proposals for inclusion in the Governor’s Administrative Package for the next session of the Hawaii State Legislature.

Legislative Timeline

Draft Legislative Proposals

Legislative Proposal Description Progress
Proposal HHL-01(21)

Independent Legal Counsel

This proposal allows the Department to retain independent legal counsel to be paid by the State and use the services of the attorney general as needed when the interests of the State and the department are aligned.  
Proposal HHL-02(21)

Representation on the Commission on Water Resource Management

This proposal adds the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission or the Chairman’s designee to the Commission on Water Resource Management.  
Proposal HHL-03(21)

Representation on the Board of Agriculture

This proposal adds the Chairman of the Hawaiian Homes Commission to the Board of Agriculture.  
Proposal HHL-05(21)

Exemption from School Impact Fees

This proposal exempts any housing development for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands from school impact fee requirements.

 

 
Proposal HHL-06(21)

Exemption from General Excise Taxes

This proposal exempts any housing development for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands from general excise taxes.

 

 
Proposal HHL-08(21)

County Boards of Water Supply

This proposal clarifies requirements on the County Boards of Water Supply to reserve water credits for the use of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.  
Proposal HHL-09(21)

Water Rights

This proposal sets the upset price for water that is leased to no less than 80% of the total cost of the least expensive actually practicable source of water for the given use, as determined by an independent third-party appraiser.  
Proposal HHL-10(21)

Infrastructure Maintenance

This proposal requires the Counties within 60 days to maintain infrastructure, under specified conditions, as part of any housing development for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.  
Proposal HHL-13(21)

Historic Preservation

This proposal allows the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to assume review of the effect of any proposed project on historic properties or burial sites for lands under its jurisdiction.  
Proposal HHL-14(21)

Expedited Contested Case Hearing

This proposal establishes an expedited agency hearing for any criminal activity that threatens the health and safety of the community or any drug-related criminal activity.  
Proposal HHL-15(21)

Remote Contested Case Hearing

   
Proposal HHL-16(21)

Limited Casino Gaming