• Advocacy and Government Affairs

  • The 2021 Hawaii Legislative Session convened on January 20, 2021 and concluded on April 29, 2021. 

    Over 3,000 bills were introduced during the 2021 session and of those BIA tracked 421 bills and submitted over 50 testimonies.

    BIA supported 50 measures.  Four (4) bills passed supported by BIA testimony & lobbying efforts including:

    HB77 - Relating to lands controlled by the State

    HB1278 - Relating to employment security.

    HB1348 - Relating to the Stadium Development District.

    SB140 - Relating to community development.

    BIA opposed 29 measures - 28 bills did not pass supported by BIA opposing testimony and lobbying efforts.

    BIA's overall WIN rate was 41%

    In addition, BIA monitored 322 bills and provided comments on five.

    View the comprehensive report of 421 tracked bills HERE.

    BIA's 2021 Legislative Priorities included:

    1. Amendments to the State Building Code Council.
    2. Support of the Governor's Director on Housing position in the Administration.
    3. Boundary Amendments
    It is vitally important our members unite and make their voice heard at the Legislature! Requests for your testimony were sent throughout the session as bills affecting our industry were heard. We asked for members to submit written testimony - as the impact is far reaching.
     
    To learn more or become involved in the committee, contact stef@sakamotoconsulting.com for more information.
  • Government Relations

    BIA-Hawaii works hard to address legislation affecting our industry. The Government Relations Committee works as BIA's guiding component for government advocacy. Members of the GRC and BIA staff often meet with area mayors and councils, chief building officials, state legislators and congressional committee chairmen.

    It is vitally important our members unite and make their voice heard at the Legislature! Requests for testimony are sent to members as bills affecting our industry are heard. Please take a moment to submit written testimony - your impact is far reaching.

    To learn more about our priorities or to become involved in the committee, contact our Government Affairs Lobbyist, Stefanie Sakamoto stef@sakamotoconsulting.com for more information. 

  • Legislative Priorities

    BIA's 2021 Legislative Priorities include:

    1. Amendments to the State Building Code Council.
    2. Support of the Governor's Director on Housing position in the Administration.
    3. Boundary Amendments
  • The KÄ€KOU civic engagement app makes it easy for users to engage with elected officials and participate in the legislative process.

    Learn more at https://info.prp-hawaii.com/kakou-app