Legislative Bill Tracker

Below is a list of key legislation that the Hawaii State AFL-CIO supports or opposes. We encourage you to consider submitting testimony to align with our stance.

Measure NumberReport TitleDescriptionStanceStatus
HB1605RELATING TO ELECTIONS.Requires that each vote cast for a question on a ballot for the ratification of a constitutional amendment be counted in the negative only if the ballot properly indicates that the vote is in the negative.OpposedH 1/30/2024: The committee(s) on JHA recommend(s) that the measure be deferred.
HB1804RELATING TO TAX CREDITS.Requires that income tax credits established or renewed after 12/31/2024 include a five-year sunset or an annual one-third reduction, beginning with the sixth year of the credit.OpposedH 2/21/2024: The committee(s) on FIN recommend(s) that the measure be deferred.
HB2245RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.Establishes and appropriates funds for an artificial intelligence government services pilot program to provide certain government services to the public through an internet portal that uses artificial intelligence technologies.OpposedH 1/26/2024: Referred to HET, FIN, referral sheet 3
SB560 SD2RELATING TO LABOR.Transfers the Workforce Development Division from being directly part of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to the Workforce Development Council, an entity that is administratively attached to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Takes effect of 7/1/3000. (SD2)OpposedS 2/15/2024: Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 2) and referred to WAM.
SB2138RELATING TO ELECTIONS.Requires that each vote cast for a question on a ballot for the ratification of a constitutional amendment be counted in the negative only if the ballot properly indicates that the vote is in the negative.OpposedS 1/25/2024: The committee on JDC deferred the measure.
SB2879RELATING TO TECHNOLOGY.Establishes and appropriates funds for an artificial intelligence government services pilot program to provide certain government services to the public through an internet portal that uses artificial intelligence technologies.OpposedS 2/5/2024: The committee on LBT deferred the measure.
GM529Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawaii Labor Relations Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, STACY MONIZ, for a term to expire 06-30-2029.SupportS 4/18/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 23. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 2 (Senator(s) DeCoite, Ihara).
GM531Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawai’i Workforce Development Council, Gubernatorial Nominee, TUIA’ANA SCANLAN, for a term to expire 06-30-2027.SupportS 4/18/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 23. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 2 (Senator(s) DeCoite, Ihara).
HB1378RELATING TO LABOR STANDARDS AT HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.Establish certain minimum staff-to-patient ratios for hospitals, care homes, and dialysis facilities. Requires hospitals to create hospital staffing committees and staffing plans. Establishes certain meal break, rest break, and overtime provisions applicable to health care personnel at hospitals, care homes, and dialysis facilities. Appropriates moneys to the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations for implementation and enforcement.SupportH 1/30/2023: Referred to HLT, CPC, FIN, referral sheet 3
HB1525 HD1RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for the continued administration of the Hawaii healthy food incentive program and to provide matching funds to beneficiaries who participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportH 2/16/2024: Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Aiu, Garrett, Perruso, Takayama, Todd excused (5).
HB1588 HD1RELATING TO THE LABOR EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL.Specifies that the Labor Education Advisory Council shall be advisory to the President of the University of Hawaii on all activities and programs of the Center for Labor Education and Research. Requires written responses addressing the Council’s advice and adoption of resolutions by the President and Chancellor of the University of Hawaii, West Oahu campus. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportS 3/7/2024: Referred to HRE, WAM.
HB1651 HD2RELATING TO THE SAFETY OF EDUCATIONAL WORKERS.Requires the Department of Education and public charter schools to take certain steps to report incidents of harassment and implement procedures for handling harassment of educational workers. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD2)SupportS 3/20/2024: The committee on EDU deferred the measure.
HB1662 HD1RELATING TO A CHILD TAX CREDIT.Establishes a refundable child tax credit. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2024. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportS 3/18/2024: The committee on HHS deferred the measure.
HB1766 HD1RELATING TO ELECTIONS.Prohibits the distribution of synthetic media messages in advertisements before an election that a person knows or should have known are deceptive and fraudulent deepfakes of a candidate. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportS 3/7/2024: Referred to JDC.
HB1785RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.Allows striking workers to be eligible for unemployment benefits.SupportH 1/24/2024: Referred to LGO, FIN, referral sheet 1
HB2080PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 1, SECTION 23, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO MARRIAGE.Proposes a constitutional amendment to ensure that the basis to marriage shall not be denied or abridged on the basis of race or sex.SupportH 1/24/2024: Referred to JHA, FIN, referral sheet 2
HB2283RELATING TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS.Establishes heightened penalties for the assault and terroristic threatening of health care workers. Clarifies the definition of “terroristic threatening” to include the methods of contact.SupportH 1/26/2024: Referred to JHA, referral sheet 3
HB2320RELATING TO THE DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC SERVANTS.Exempts certain personal information of public servants from government records that are subject to disclosure under the State’s Uniform Information Practices Act. Establishes within the State’s Address Confidentiality Program protection for public servants that prohibits upon written request from the public servant or representative any person or organization from disclosing certain personal information. Establishes the offense of unlawful publication of personal information that prohibits any person or organization from knowingly disclosing protected personal information of public officials with the intent to cause reputational harm, emotional injury, or bodily injury. Takes effect 9/1/2024.SupportH 1/26/2024: Referred to JHA/CPC, referral sheet 3
HB2360RELATING TO THE FILM INDUSTRY.Establishes a Hawai`i Film Advisory Council within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Provides exemption for certified development of film studio facilities from taxes imposed under chapter 237, HRS. Amends the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production Income Tax Credit allowed under section 235-17, HRS, to (1) clarify and amend the requirement for an independent third-party certification, (2) increase the annual credit cap to $60,000,000 from $50,000,000, (3) extend the sunset date to January 1, 2039, and (4) expand the definition of “qualified production” to include streaming platforms. Establishes, exempt from chapter 76, and appropriates funds for the film industry liaison position.SupportH 1/26/2024: Referred to ECD, FIN, referral sheet 3
HB2771 HD1 SD1RELATING TO FOOD SECURITY.Appropriates funds for the continued administration of the Hawaii Healthy Food Incentive Program and to provide matching funds to beneficiaries who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Declares that the general fund expenditure ceiling is exceeded. (SD1)SupportS 3/20/2024: Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM.
HB2802 HD1PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 1, SECTION 23, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO MARRIAGE.Proposes a constitutional amendment to repeal the Legislature’s authority to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. (HD1)SupportH 4/9/2024: Transmitted to Governor.
SB1580 SD1RELATING TO LABOR STANDARDS AT HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.Establishes within the Department of Health, the Health Care Facilities Labor Standards Working Group to research, assess, and make recommendations on the best practices in labor standards that can be implemented at hospitals, care homes, and dialysis facilities in the State, including the establishment and enforcement of minimum staffing standards, hospital staffing committees, and mandatory meal breaks, rest breaks, and overtime standards. Requires a report to the Legislature. Takes effect 12/31/2050. (SD1)SupportS 2/16/2024: Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to CPN/WAM.
SB2186 SD1RELATING TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS.Establishes heightened penalties for the assault and terroristic threatening of health care workers. Clarifies the definition of “terroristic threatening” to include the methods of contact. Takes effect 12/31/2050. (SD1)SupportS 2/28/2024: The committee on JDC deferred the measure.
SB2187 SD1RELATING TO THE LABOR EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL.Specifies that the Labor Education Advisory Council shall be advisory to the President of the University of Hawaii on all activities and programs of the Center for Labor Education and Research. Requires written responses addressing the Council’s advice and adoption of resolutions by the President and Chancellor of the University of Hawaii, West Oahu campus. (SD1)SupportS 2/15/2024: Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to WAM.
SB2188RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.Allows striking workers to be eligible for unemployment benefits.SupportS 2/7/2024: The committee on LBT deferred the measure.
SB2396RELATING TO ELECTIONS.Prohibits the distribution of electioneering communications before an election that a person knows or should have known are deceptive and fraudulent deepfakes of a candidate or party.SupportS 2/9/2024: The committee on JDC deferred the measure.
SB2421RELATING TO SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM INCENTIVES.Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for the continued administration of the Hawaii Healthy Food Incentive Program and to provide matching funds to beneficiaries who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Declares that the general fund expenditure ceiling is exceeded.SupportS 2/16/2024: Report adopted; Passed Second Reading and referred to WAM.
SB2660RELATING TO A CHILD TAX CREDIT.Establishes a refundable child tax credit. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2024.SupportS 1/24/2024: Referred to HHS, WAM.
SB2663RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.Authorizes employees who are not working due to a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute to receive unemployment benefits if the Hawaii Labor Relations Board determines that the employer has not made or is failing to make reasonable, timely, and good faith efforts to negotiate.SupportS 1/24/2024: Referred to LBT, JDC/WAM.
SB2686 SD1RELATING TO THE DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION OF CERTAIN PUBLIC SERVANTS.Establishes within the State’s Address Confidentiality Program protection for public servants that prohibits upon written request from the public servant or representative any person or organization from disclosing certain personal information. Establishes the offense of unlawful publication of personal information that prohibits any person or organization from knowingly disclosing protected personal information of public officials with the intent to cause reputational harm, emotional injury, or bodily injury. Takes effect 9/1/2024. (SD1)SupportH 3/7/2024: Referred to JHA/CPC, referral sheet 16
SB2687 SD1 HD2 CD1RELATING TO ELECTIONS.Prohibits a person from recklessly distributing, or entering into an agreement with another person to distribute, materially deceptive media, subject to certain exceptions. Establishes criminal penalties for distributing materially deceptive media. Establishes remedies for parties injured by the distribution of materially deceptive media. (CD1)SupportH 5/1/2024: Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with Representative(s) Garcia voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0).
SB2715 SD1 HD2 CD1RELATING TO UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES.Makes it unlawful for an employer to discharge, discipline, or otherwise penalize or threaten any adverse employment action against an employee because the employee declines to attend or participate in an employer-sponsored meeting that communicates the opinion of the employer about political matters, or declines to receive or listen to a communication from the employer that communicates the opinion of the employer about political matters. Defines “employee” and “political matters”. (CD1)SupportH 5/1/2024: Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Ganaden, Martinez, Nakashima excused (3).
SB2716RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.Allows retirement benefits to be negotiated during collective bargaining negotiations.SupportS 2/9/2024: The committee on LBT deferred the measure.
SB2802RELATING TO THE HAWAII HEALTHY FOOD INCENTIVE PROGRAM.Declares that the general fund expenditure is exceeded. Makes an appropriation to the Department of Agriculture to increase the benefits of the Hawaii healthy food incentive program to a wider portion of the State’s population and the provision of matching federal funds to the Hawaii Healthy Food Incentive Program.SupportS 1/24/2024: Referred to AEN, WAM.
SB2884PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 1, SECTION 23, OF THE HAWAII CONSTITUTION RELATING TO MARRIAGE.Proposes a constitutional amendment to ensure that the basis to marriage shall not be denied or abridged on the basis of race or sex.SupportS 1/24/2024: Referred to JDC, WAM.
SB2941RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS RIGHTS.Establishes provisions for unemployment benefit rights when claimants are unemployed due to a strike or industrial controversy.SupportS 1/24/2024: Referred to LBT, JDC/WAM.
SB2942 SD1 HD1RELATING TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF A MINOR.Allows minors under the age of sixteen to work in theatrical employment provided that the employer procures a valid certificate of employment and the minor is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or a certain responsible adult. Requires a nurse certified in basic life support to accompany, supervise, and advocate on behalf of a minor who is under the age of one. Requires a set teacher to be on set to teach a minor who has attained the age of five years and is required to but has been excused from attending school. Defines “nurse” and “set teacher”. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportH 3/21/2024: Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Martinez, Nakashima excused (2).
SB3049RELATING TO THE FILM INDUSTRY.Establishes a Hawai`i Film Advisory Council within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Provides exemption for certified development of film studio facilities from taxes imposed under chapter 237, HRS. Amends the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production Income Tax Credit allowed under section 235-17, HRS, to (1) clarify and amend the requirement for an independent third-party certification, (2) increase the annual credit cap to $60,000,000 from $50,000,000, (3) extend the sunset date to January 1, 2039, and (4) expand the definition of “qualified production” to include streaming platforms. Establishes, exempt from chapter 76, and appropriates funds for the film industry liaison position.SupportS 1/26/2024: Referred to EET, WAM.
SB3265 SD2 HD1RELATING TO FILM INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT.Establishes the Hawaii Film Advisory Council. Amends the motion picture, digital media, and film production income tax credit to: (1) Clarify and amend the requirement for an independent third-party certification; (2) Expand the definition of “qualified production” to include streaming platforms; and (3) Expand the definition of “qualified production costs” to include certain costs associated with products created by Hawaii businesses for use in a production and contracting and licensing of Hawaii-originated music for on-camera use or post-production. Establishes and appropriates funds for a film industry development liaison within the Creative Industries Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportH 3/22/2024: Passed Second Reading as amended in HD 1 and referred to the committee(s) on FIN with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and Representative(s) Martinez, Nakashima, Quinlan excused (3).
HB1640 HD1 SD1 CD1RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.Requires the employer to initiate negotiations on repricing of classes within a bargaining unit within thirty days of its receipt of the exclusive representative’s written request to negotiate. Establishes that the employer’s failure to initiate the negotiation within the required time frame and the parties’ failure to reach an agreement within one hundred fifty days of the exclusive representative’s written request to negotiate or by January 31 of a year in which the collective bargaining agreement is due to expire, whichever is earlier, constitutes an impasse to which the impasse procedures shall apply, under certain conditions and limitations. Sunsets 6/30/2029. (CD1)SupportH 5/1/2024: Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; Representative(s) Pierick voting no (1) and none excused (0).
SB2520 SD2 HD1RELATING TO THE DEFENSE OF STATE EMPLOYEES.Requires the State to defend professionally licensed or certified state employees from civil actions or proceedings, under certain circumstances. Clarifies that the employee may employ their own attorney at the employee’s own expense. Establishes a process for the Attorney General to transfer or withdraw representation if the Attorney General declines to defend the employee. Effective 7/1/3000. (HD1)SupportS 4/26/2024: Conference committee meeting to reconvene on 04-26-24 4:35 PM; CR 325.
HCR76URGING STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES TO ENABLE EMPLOYEES TO TELEWORK TO THE GREATEST EXTENT POSSIBLE.SupportS 4/5/2024: Referred to GVO.
HB1902 HD1 SD2 CD1RELATING TO EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.Clarifies that the Governor’s and mayors’ emergency management powers shall be consistent with the state constitution. Clarifies the scope of the comprehensive emergency management plan. Clarifies the powers of the Governor and mayors to extend or terminate a state of emergency and local state of emergency, respectively. Shortens the duration of price control periods from ninety-six hours to seventy-two hours. (CD1)SupportH 5/1/2024: Passed Final Reading as amended in CD 1 with none voting aye with reservations; none voting no (0) and none excused (0).
SCR95ENCOURAGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PASS THE NURTURE ORIGINALS, FOSTER ART, AND KEEP ENTERTAINMENT SAFE ACT OF 2023 (NO FAKES ACT) AND THE NO ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FAKE REPLICAS AND UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATIONS ACT OF 2024 (NO AI FRAUD ACT).SupportS 3/25/2024: Report adopted, referred to JDC.
SCR33 SD1REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS TO CONVENE AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE TO COMBAT THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY AND EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION IN THE STATE’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.SupportS 4/23/2024: Resolution adopted in final form.
GM658Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawai’i Retirement Savings Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, BRIAN TANIGUCHI, for a term to expire 06-30-2028.SupportS 4/18/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 23. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 2 (Senator(s) DeCoite, Ihara).
GM660Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Hawai’i State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, MICHAEL GOLOJUCH, JR., for a term to expire 06-30-2027.SupportS 4/19/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 25. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 0 (none).
HCR187 HD1 SD1REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON BEST PRACTICES FOR NURSE STAFFING IN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES.SupportS 5/1/2024: Received notice of Adoption in House (Hse. Com. No. 826).
SB2531RELATING TO HEALTH BENEFITS.Amends the state and county contributions to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund for employees hired after 6/30/2024.SupportS 1/24/2024: Referred to LBT, WAM.
GM698Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Land Use Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, MYLES MIYASATO, for a term to expire 06-30-2028. (Term to expire amended to 06-30-2025 by GM758).SupportS 4/22/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 24. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 1 (Senator(s) Lee).
GM699Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Land Use Commission, Gubernatorial Nominee, KEN HAYASHIDA, for a term to expire 06-30-2028.SupportS 4/22/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 24. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 1 (Senator(s) Lee).
HB2415 HD2 SD2RELATING TO THE NURSE LICENSURE COMPACT.Authorizes the Governor to enter the State into the multistate Nurse Licensure Compact, which will allow a nurse who is licensed by a home state to practice under a multistate licensure privilege in each party state. Beginning 7/1/2026, requires individuals that hold a multistate nurse license issued by another state employed by a health care facility to annually complete demographic data surveys. Authorizes the State Board of Nursing to charge different fees customarily and historically charged for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who hold a multistate license issued by the State. Takes effect 7/1/3000; provided that the Nurse Licensure Compact shall become effective and binding in the State two years after enactment of this Act. (SD2)SupportS 4/23/2024: Conference committee meeting to reconvene on 04-24-24 3:35PM; Conference Room 329.
GM727Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Labor and Industrial Relations Appeals Board, Gubernatorial Nominee, HARRY YEE, for a term to expire 06-30-2028.SupportS 5/1/2024: Confirmed. Ayes, 25. Aye(s) with reservations: none. Noes, 0 (none). Excused, 0 (none).