2023 Legislative Session

2023 HTDC Bills To Watch

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SB59Appropriates moneys to the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation for its manufacturing assistance programs.
SB302Temporarily reinstates the technology infrastructure renovation tax credit. Expands the definition of "technology-enabled infrastructure" to include data servers.
SB418Establishes the Hawaii Hydrogen Energy Industry Program within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. Requires the Hawaii Hydrogen Energy Industry Program to design, implement, and administer activities to further the State's energy independence with a focus on utility-scale renewable energy projects and the harvesting, storage, and use of hydrogen as a renewable energy source. Requires the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to accomplish the objectives of the Hydrogen Energy Industry Program by offering tax credits, land, availability, and infrastructure support to accomplish the goals of the program.
SB443Limits the tax credits for research activities each taxpayer may receive to $1,500,000 per taxable year. Requires that every qualified high technology business be registered to do business in the State and occupy a business location and address in the State where at least seventy-five per cent of the company's employees are located to be eligible to receive tax credits for research activities. Increases the amount of available certified credits from $5,000,000 per year to $15,000,000 per year. Extends the sunset date for tax credits for research activities from December 31, 2024 to December 31, 2029.
SB459Appropriates funds from the Hydrogen Fueling System Subaccount within the Public Utilities Commission Special Fund for the Zero-Emission Vehicle Fueling System Rebate Program.
SB515Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation for the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Program. Beginning with fiscal year 2025-2026, and each fiscal year thereafter, requires the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism to establish the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Program as a separate line item within the Department's budget.
SB703Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation for the Small Business Innovation Research Program.
SB704Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation for the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program.
SB705Appropriates funds to Hawaii Technology Development Corporation for the Manufacturing Assistance Program.
SB706
Creates the Hawaii Start-Up Business Loan Program to be administered by the Business Development and Support Division of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, in coordination with the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation. Establishes the Hawaii Start-Up Business Loan Program Special Fund. Makes an appropriation.
SB815
Establishes an accelerator program within the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation. Amends the reporting requirements for Hawaii Technology Development Corporation's manufacturing and development program. Requires the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation to submit annual reports to the Legislature regarding the outcomes of the research and development program.
SB819Authorizes the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation to temporarily re-establish the Hawaii Office of Naval Research Grant Program to provide fifty per cent matching grants to Hawaii awardees of alternative energy research grants from the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research. Establishes the Alternative Energy Research and Development Revolving Fund. Appropriates moneys into and out of the revolving fund.
SB951Adds a cap for the amount of tax credits for research activities that an eligible taxpayer and the taxpayer's related entities may receive per taxable year. Consolidates the survey and certification requirements for tax credits for research activities. Amends the annual aggregate cap on tax credits for research activities that the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism may certify. Requires certification of the tax credits for research activities on a first-come, first-served basis to be based on the date that a complete application is received, subject to certain conditions. Takes effect on 7/1/2023 and applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2022.
SB1008Imposes a state carbon emissions tax of $6.25 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions on all aviation fuel. Directs the aviation fuel tax into the airport revenue fund. Implements a tax credit to mitigate the effects of this tax on lower income taxpayers.
SB1117Requires that income tax credits established or renewed after 12/31/2023 include a five-year sunset or an annual one-third reduction beginning with the sixth year of the credit.
SB1185Exempts food supply chain businesses from permit or zoning requirements necessary for the installation of a renewable energy technology system or renewable energy storage system. Allows a food supply chain business to self-certify through licensed contractors for renewable energy technology systems and renewable energy storage systems used for its operations. Defines "food supply chain business" and "renewable energy storage system".
SB1289
HB991
Increases the cap for awards to assist businesses applying for the Small Business Innovation Research Grant Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Program. Adds purchasing of renewable energy systems as an eligible expense and clarifies that training on both new and existing manufacturing equipment is an eligible expense for the Manufacturing Development Grant Program.
SB1297
HB999
Establishes a public policy framework that addresses state goals in the area of economic diversification. Appropriates funds to the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation to implement specific projects that address those goals. Requires the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation to submit annual reports to the legislature. Effective on July 1, 2023.
SB1288
HB990
Consolidates the survey and certification requirements for the research activities tax credit. Requires the certification based on the date a complete application is received subject to certain conditions. Adds a cap for an eligible taxpayer and the taxpayer's related entities.
SB1469Appropriates funds for the development of the First Responders Technology Campus and Cybersecurity Data Center.
SB1482Establishes the Aerospace Development Office within the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation. Appropriates funds.
SB1547Establishes a food and product innovation network within the Agribusiness Development Corporation. Appropriates moneys for food and product innovation facilities on the islands of Molokai and Oahu.
HB300
SB354
Appropriates funds for the operating and capital improvement budget of the Executive Branch for fiscal years 2023-2024 and 2024-2025.
HB395Appropriates funds for the small business innovation research program under the Hawaii technology development corporation.
HB396Appropriates funds for the manufacturing assistance program under the Hawaii technology development corporation.
HB397Appropriates funds to the Hawaii technology development corporation for the Hawaii small
business capital program.
HB566Authorizes the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation to temporarily re-establish the Hawaii Office of Naval Research Grant Program to provide fifty per cent matching grants to Hawaii awardees of alternative energy research grants from the Department of Defense Office of Naval Research. Establishes the Alternative Energy Research and Development Revolving Fund. Appropriates moneys into and out of the revolving fund.
HB606Requires the department of agriculture, in collaboration with other state agencies, to develop and implement a plan to expand the meat processing capacity in the State to allow for meat from axis deer and other wild game to be processed for distribution by non-profit food distribution services by 7/1/2024. Appropriates funds.
HB947
SB1266
Establishes a food manufacturer tax credit. Defines "qualified taxpayers" as manufacturers that produce valued-added products using local crops. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2023.
HB1193Extends the repeal date of the tax credits for research activities for an additional 5 years. Adds a cap amount on the tax credit for research activities. Consolidates the survey and certification requirements for the tax credit for research activities. Changes to an unspecified amount the annual aggregate cap amount on the tax credit for research activities. Requires certification of the tax credit for research activities on a first-come, first-served basis to be based on the date that a complete application is received, subject to certain conditions. Requires a qualified high technology business and at least 75% of its employees to be physically located in the State. Applies to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2023.
HB1261Establishes a program for the licensure, regulation, and oversight of digital currency companies. Appropriates moneys.
HB1384Creates an income tax credit to incentivize the food manufacturing industry in the State. Applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022.
HB1493Appropriates funds for the development of the First Responders Technology Campus and Cybersecurity Data Center.

Updated:
01-26-23