Advocacy and Government Affairs
Advocacy and Government Affairs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
BIA's 2021 Legislative Priorities include:
- Amendments to the State Building Code Council.
- Support of the Governor's Director on Housing position in the Administration.
- Boundary Amendments
The KĀKOU 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
How to Submit Testimony During COVID-19
Testifying Remotely 101
Although the State Capitol is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community participation in committee hearings is still highly encouraged through written and remote oral testimony via Zoom. The process is as follows:
1. Create an account
Before submitting written testimony or signing up to testify remotely, you must create an account by going to the Hawaii state legislature's website (capitol.hawaii.gov). By creating an account, you not only can submit testimony online, but also sign up for hearing notifications and create a measure tracking list.
On the homepage of the website, you can click "Register" on the top right corner. Then fill out the required fields (ex. name, email) and click "Create User" at the bottom. After doing so, you will receive a confirmation email. Check your email and click the link to confirm your account.
If you already have an account, you do not need to create a new one as you can submit testimony through that account by signing back in.
2. Submit testimony online and/or request to testify remotely via Zoom
To submit testimony online, click on the mail icon titled "Testimony" in the center of the home page. Then enter the bill number you want to submit testimony for and click on the "Get Hearing" button. You will be directed to a form where you can write your testimony. On the form you can specify whether you are only submitting written testimony or both written and via Zoom.
Fill out the form, and upload your testimony by clicking on the "Choose File" button or by typing your testimony into the "testimony/comments" box. Written testimony is required even if you are testifying remotely. Then click "Submit" at the top of the page.
If you have requested to remotely testify (and your testimony is accepted by the committee chair), three hours before the hearing begins, a "Join" button will appear in the "Your Testimony" page.
Important note: Strict deadlines apply for testifying. If you want to testify or submit testimony, you must do so 24 hour prior to the hearing. If you do not, your testimony will be considered "late testimony," and the committee chair can choose whether or not to hear it.
3. Testifying remotely after requesting
Sign into your Hawaii State Legislature account 20-30 minutes before the hearing is scheduled to start. Click the orange "Testimony" button, and click the "Join" button in the "Your Testimony" page. When you join the Zoom call, make sure to do the following:
- Change your Zoom name to the same first and last time you provided on the testimony form;
- Keep the "Chat" panel open;
- Keep your microphone muted and video off until it is your turn to testify.
Right before it is your turn to testify, you will receive a request to share your video. When the Chair calls on you, unmute your microphone and address the committee.
- Test your audio and video before joining the meeting;
- Check beforehand that your internet connection is working;
- Turn off or minimize any background noises;
- Be conscious about what is visible in the background of your camera;
- Check the "Chat" panel frequently when in the meeting.
If you have any questions about the testimony process or need assistance, call 808-587-0478 or email email@example.com.
Highlights of 2021 BIA-Hawaii Testimony Submitted
210323_SB756: Relating to EV Parking
210319_HB497: Relating to County Zoning Ordinances
210318_SB866: Relating to Affordable Housing
210318_SB29: Relating to Housing Requirements
210302_SB137: Relating to Boundary Amendments
210226_SB1104: Relating to Contractors Recovery Fund
210225_HB526: Relating to Past Performance Procurement
210225_HB1131: Relating to SBCC
210216_HB1325: Relating to the Procurement Code
210216_SB1407: Relating to the State Building Code Council
210204_CCRes21-22: Nomination of Dean Y. Uchida for Director of Dept. of Planning and Permitting
210204_HB77: Relating to Lands Controlled by the State
210204_HB212: Relating to Fire Protection
210204_SB223: Relating to Contracting
210205_SB1: Relating to Housing
210205_SB1423: Related to Stadium Development District
210209_HB260:Relating to Housing
210209_HB1140: Relating to Electric Vehicles
210209_HB1277: Relating to an Office of the Housing Advocate
210210_HB1131: Relating to the State Building Code Council
210211_HB497: Relating to County Zoning Ordinances
Highlights of 2020 BIA-Hawaii Testimony Submitted
August 19, 2020: BILL 58: Relating to Clean Energy Projects
August 19, 2020: Bills No. 55, 56 and 57 Relating to Detached Dwellings
August 8, 2020: Relating to Bill 179 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A COUNTY CONSTRUCTION CODE, RELATING TO BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED SYSTEMS WITHIN A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION BY AMENDING THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE 1983
July 22, 2020: Relating to Bill 179 AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING A COUNTY CONSTRUCTION CODE, RELATING TO BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED SYSTEMS WITHIN A BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION BY AMENDING THE HAWAII COUNTY CODE 1983
July 16, 2020: Bill No. 42, Relating to Building Permit Applications
June 18, 2020: Bill No. 42, Relating to Building Permit Applications
June 3, 2020: Bill No. 40, Relating to Community Workforce Agreements
May 21, 2020: Bill No. 66 Proposed CD 1, RELATING TO BUILDING PERMITS
April 15, 2020: Resolution No. 20-85 Urging the City Administration to Streamline the Building Permit Application Review and Approval process to Enhance Economic Recovery from the Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic
February 19, 2020: Bills No. 2768, Draft 1, and No. 2769, Draft 1