Testimony needed: SUPPORT Bill 85 CD2 FD1 and Bill 89 CD2 FD1

Honolulu City Council has their final hearing of some key vacation rentals bills this Wednesday, May 8 at 10am. Vacation rentals take away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii, renting it out short-term to tourists instead. The only way to stop this is through strong enforcement against illegal vacation rentals.

We strongly support Bill 85 CD2 FD1 and Bill 89 CD2 FD1, both submitted by Councilmember Menor, because we need strong enforcement of vacation rentals before we can permit more. A key part of enforcement is holding platforms like Airbnb accountable and making sure they’re transparent with their data on their hosts and listings.

Submit testimony to SUPPORT Bill 85 CD2 FD1 and Bill 89 CD2 FD1 before 10am on Wed. 5/8 using our email form below:

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Tell Gov. Ige to VETO SB1292 HD3

After we successfully pushed the Senate to oppose SB1292 HD3 (Airbnb’s bad bill) on Friday, they revived the bill yesterday and passed it.

Now we need to urge Governor Ige to VETO this BAD BILL that would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

Contact Gov. Ige immediately by calling (808) 586-0034 or sending an email through this site.

Thank the Senators who voted NO on SB 1292!

GREAT NEWS! SB 1292 HD 3 failed to pass final reading yesterday! This BAD BILL, if passed, would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

Here’s the list of the senators who voted NO:

Stanley Chang
Kurt Fevella
Breene Harimoto
Les Ihara Jr.
Kaiali’i Kahele
Jarrett Keohokalole
Donna Mercado Kim
Sharon Y. Moriwaki
Clarence K. Nishihara
Karl Rhoads
Gil Riviere
Russell E. Ruderman
Laura Thielen

Help ensure that this bad bill will not come back. Let’s thank the senators who helped kill this bill by using our email form below:

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TONIGHT: Final vote on SB1292, Airbnb’s bad bill

Bad news: yesterday, the State Senate voted yes on SB1292 HD3. This is a BAD BILL that would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

The Senate is taking a final vote on SB1292 HD3 TODAY (Fri. 4/26). Please do the following by 4pm TODAY:

  • Call these senators who voted yes with reservations, and tell them to vote NO on SB1292 HD3:
    • Stanley Chang – 586-8420
    • Mike Gabbard – 586-6830
    • Les Ihara – 586-6250
    • Lorraine Inouye – 586-7335
    • Dru Kanuha – 586-9385
    • Jarrett Keohokalole – 587-7215
    • Donna Mercado Kim – 587-7200
    • Russell Ruderman – 586-6890
    • Maile Shimabukuro – 586-7793
    • Brian Taniguchi – 586-6460
  • Email the state senators who voted yes with reservations or no, using our email form below:

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Tell your Senator TODAY: Vote NO on SB1292 HD3 to protect our affordable housing

The State Senate is voting TODAY (Thu. 4/25) on SB1292 HD3. This is a BAD BILL that would legitimize illegal vacation rentals, which are taking away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii. There are over 35,000 illegal vacation rentals in Hawaii—the vast majority are entire homes operated by mainland owners.

The key to enforcing illegal vacation rentals is to hold platforms like Airbnb accountable by making sure they’re transparent with their data on their hosts and listings. SB1292 HD3 establishes that tax info collected by a hosting platform shall be confidential and non-disclosable.

Please contact the State Senate TODAY (Thu. 4/25) as soon as possible:

  • Call your state senator’s office today and leave a message saying you oppose SB1292
  • Call these key senators and tell them to vote NO on SB1292 HD3:
    • Glenn Wakai – 586–8585
    • Ronald Kouchi – 586–6030
    • Kalani English – 587–7225
    • Donovan Dela Cruz – 586–6090
    • Karl Rhoads – 586–6130
  • Email all of the state senators using the email form below:

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Submit Testimony to Support Bill 85!

Bill 85 and Bill 89 both moved forward and will be heard by the Planning Committee on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30am, Committee Meeting Room.

We strongly support Bill 85 because we need strong enforcement of vacation rentals before we can permit more so that we can preserve what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

A federal appeals court in Santa Monica, CA recently upheld the city’s ordinance that holds companies like Airbnb accountable when it lists vacation rentals that aren’t licensed by the city.

Bill 85 has similar provisions that make Airbnb and other platforms take responsibility for the illegal listings on its platform.

The other vacation rental bill scheduled for hearing is Bill 89, the Mayor’s omnibus bill. We support the enforcement provisions included in the proposed drafts of Bill 89.

SUBMIT TESTIMONY BEFORE Monday, April 22, to support BILL 85 using our email form below:

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Submit testimony to support Bill 85 re: vacation rentals

Honolulu City Council will hear two vacation rental bills on their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 am at the City Council Chamber.

We strongly support Bill 85 because we need strong enforcement of vacation rentals before we can permit more so that we can preserve what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii.

A federal appeals court in Santa Monica, CA recently upheld the city’s ordinance that holds companies like Airbnb accountable when it lists vacation rentals that aren’t licensed by the city.

Bill 85 has similar provisions that make Airbnb and other platforms take responsibility for the illegal listings on its platform.

The other vacation rental bill scheduled for hearing is Bill 89, the Mayor’s omnibus bill. We support the enforcement provisions included in the proposed drafts of Bill 89.

SUBMIT TESTIMONY BEFORE TUE. April 16, to support BILL 85 using our email form below:

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Testimony needed: Support SB 301 SD1 (REITs taxation bill)

SUBMIT TESTIMONY ASAP to SUPPORT SB 301 SD1 (REITs taxation bill). REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) do a significant amount of business in Hawaii: REITs own approximately $17 billion worth of Hawaii real estate and earn about $1 billion in profits every year. Because of a loophole in state income tax law, Hawaii loses an estimated $60 million in potential tax revenue every year. This money could be used to support a number of different things that would benefit Hawaii’s working families, like affordable housing and more.

It only takes a few minutes to submit testimony to the House Committee on Economic Development & Business using the form below:

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Testimony needed: Oppose SB 666 SD2 (Airport Corporation bill) with amendments

SUBMIT TESTIMONY ASAP to OPPOSE SB 666 SD2 (Airports Corporation bill) with amendments. We are concerned about how establishing an Airports Corporation would impact the future of people working at the airports. However, with the right language, SB 666 can be a means to protect working people throughout the airport system, help their jobs become good jobs, protect airport system revenues, protect the tourism industry, and protect the image of our state.

It only takes a few minutes to submit testimony to the House Committee on Transportation using the form below:

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Several bills re: minimum wage scheduled for hearing on Thu. 1/31

Several bills re: minimum wage are scheduled for hearing this Thu. 1/30. For many years, we’ve supported raising the minimum wage. One job should be enough to live in Hawaii.
 
Let’s make it very clear that these bills need to be amended to provide a real living wage immediately that will make one job enough. Amendments we support:
  • No more exceptions or exemptions or tax breaks or subsidies for low-wage companies – the minimum wage should be the minimum wage for all workers, for all employers.
  • Eliminate the so-called “tip credit”, which employers currently use to pay tipped workers even less than minimum wage.
  • Immediately begin increasing minimum wage annually.
  • From now on, tie the annual minimum wage increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase, which is used to measure inflation. 18 other states already have automatic cost of living adjustments to their minimum wages.
 
Visit Raise Up Hawaii’s website to submit testimony supporting these bills (links below). Submit testimony before Wed. 1/30 at 3pm:
Support SB1248 with amendments: https://bit.ly/2G7EUwp
Support SB789 with amendments: https://bit.ly/2Th1QNo
Support HB1191 with amendments: https://bit.ly/2Se83MF
Comments on HB96: https://bit.ly/2FVLtms