We are more than halfway through the 2018 Legislative Session! HIPHI’s priority legislation on tobacco prevention and healthy eating continue to advance in the Senate and House. Take a look at the chart above reflecting the progress on each bill. A big mahalo to all of our advocates that have submitted testimony – your support is one of the reasons these important issues are still alive and moving through the legislature! However, none of our bills are guaranteed passage, so continued advocacy is needed.

Here’s a brief description of our priority bills:

Tobacco Bills:

SB2654/HB2492. Electronic Smoking Device (ESD) Regulation.
Makes unlawful the online shipment of tobacco products to anyone other than a licensee. Includes e-liquid within the definition of “tobacco products”, as used in the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law, thereby making all provisions of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law that relate to tobacco products applicable to e-liquid as well. Increases the annual license fee from $2.50 to $250 for wholesalers or dealers and the annual retail tobacco permit fee from $20 to $50.

SB2304/HB2158. Tobacco-Free School Buffer Zones.
Prohibits the issuance of retail tobacco permits and sale of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices by businesses that are located within 500-750 feet of a school, public park, or public housing complex. Keiki Caucus Package.

Healthy Eating and Active Living Bills:

SB2056/HB1711. Healthy by Default.
Requires restaurants that sell children’s meals that include a beverage for a single price to make the default beverage a healthy beverage such as water or milk.

SB2387/HB2156. Farm to School DOE.
Authorizes the Department of Education to establish a farm to school program. Requires the farm to school coordinator in the department of agriculture to work in collaboration with the department of education on any farm to school program. Establishes two FTE farm to school staff positions within the department of education. Appropriates funds.

SB2398/HB2670: Double Bucks for SNAP.
Requires the Department of Agriculture to create a farmers’ market and other direct food retailers a dollar-for-dollar matching program for beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

SCR25/HCR15: PE Status in School – Resolution.
Requesting the Department of Education to report to the Legislature on the status of physical education in Hawaii’s public schools