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By Nikki Love
Public Policy Director

The Hawaii State Legislature adjourns Thursday, May 2, and we have great news to report on HANO’s priority issue of charitable deductions. Here is a brief update on that important bill and others, as of May 1:

Restoring tax incentives for charitable donations -- PASSED. House Bill 430 Conference Draft 1 was passed by the Senate and House yesterday. This bill restores the incentive for charitable donations by exempting the charitable deduction from the caps on itemized deductions for state income tax. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk. HANO, along with Hawaii Community Foundation, was at the forefront of advocating for this important bill, and we extend a big mahalo to everyone who voiced their support throughout the session.

Ensuring board access to records -- PASSED. House Bill 791 Senate Draft 1 ensures board members’ access to records of nonprofits. This bill was passed by the legislature yesterday and now goes to the Governor’s desk.

Extending the Government Contracting Task Force -- ADOPTED. House Concurrent Resolution 47 and Senate Concurrent Resolution 41 have been adopted. These resolutions extend the Government Contracting Task Force to continue its work until Dec. 31, 2013.

Capping nonprofit compensation -- BLOCKED. House Concurrent Resolution 73 would have set compensation caps for employees and officers of certain nonprofit organizations. This resolution was tabled promptly in the face of strong opposition from HANO and many nonprofit organizations.

Mahalo for your attention to these important measures and for joining us in our advocacy efforts throughout the 2013 session. HANO is committed to strengthening the voice of Hawaii’s nonprofits in the policymaking process, and we look forward to continued action and collaboration. Please check back soon for final updates on this year’s bills and upcoming HANO programs in public policy.

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