Proposes a state-wide ban on single-use plastic straws. Introduced by Representative Karl Rhodes.
(a) No individual or business shall distribute, sell, or otherwise provide a straw comprised in full or part of plastic. (b) Any individual or business violating subsection (a) shall be fined not less than $100, and not more than $500 for each offense. In addition to any fine imposed, an individual who violates subsection (a) shall be ordered to pick up and remove litter from a public place.
Plastic means any material made of polymeric organic compounds and additives that can be shaped by flow.
Report adopted; Passed Second Reading, as amended (SD 1) and referred to JDC/WAM.
HSTA (Hawaii State Teachers Association) has requested a bill to allow for funding for Licensed Behavior Analysts (LBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) in the Department of Education (DOE). HABA is in SUPPORT of this bill! We stand #forourkeiki and for our teachers too! Mahalo nui to Senator Donovan Dela Cruz for sponsoring this very important piece of legislation.
Report adopted; Passed Second Reading and referred to WAM.
HABA has reached a compromise with the DOH: keeping our law, as is, while granting 5 additional years for workforce development. HABA and the DOH have agreed to partner on trainings and dissemination of information to providers, case managers, and consumers. HABA believes in protecting consumers and maintaining quality of ABA Services. We will work with any Department that makes good faith efforts.
The committee on HMS recommend the measure be PASSED, WITH AMENDMENTS
At the start of the 2018 Legislative Session, the HIDOE originally introduced a bill seeking to limit ABA services to students in our schools (HB2271). Luckily, our legislators revised the bill. The original language submitted by the HIDOE has been removed from the bill, however additional concerning language was added in. While we respect licensed psychologists, who have ABA in their scope of practice who wish to continue to practice, we feel the language proposed in HB2271 HD2 is too broad to ensure appropriate consumer protections. Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) has proposed amended language, which we believe clearly provides licensed psychologists and teachers the necessary protections to practice, while also protecting our keiki and other recipients of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services.
Report adopted. referred to the committee(s) on FIN as amended in HD 2.
Various bills are circulating this legislative session, which pertain to our Behavior Analysis Licensure law (Chapter 465-D). Despite strong support from our legislators, we feel the language moving forward in HB2143 HD1 puts consumers of ABA in great risk. While we respect licensed psychologists, who have ABA in their scope of practice who wish to continue to practice, we feel the language proposed in HB2143 HD1 is too broad to ensure appropriate consumer protections. Hawai'i Association for Behavior Analysis (HABA) has proposed amended language in other bills moving forward this session. We believe the amended language we crafted clearly provides licensed psychologists and teachers the necessary protections to practice, while also protecting our keiki and other recipients of applied behavior analysis (ABA) services.
Bill scheduled to be heard by CPC on Wednesday, 02-21-18 2:00PM in House conference room 329.
In order to practice behavior analysis in Hawaii, you MUST be licensed. Instructions are listed on the application and include two different options for verification of certification from the BACB / DCCA Website: Behavior Analyst licensing program
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