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July 2, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule



Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 4:19:06)
o 7/7/10 Wed 12:00 am VIEWS Channel 54 (HITS feed)
o 7/12/10 Mon 9:00 am FOCUS Channel 49

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Tuesday June 29, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information from the state department of transportation's airports division on the status of the (1) automated vehicle identification system, parking, and taxi contracts; (2) the status of its contracts with Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc., including the status of TSA Fines imposed upon the vendor and the status of consultant's agreements intended to assist the vendor in mitigating TSA fines; (3) an explanation of the recruitment of the Airports Administrator (ES-01) position for the Honolulu International Airport; and (4) an explanation of the purchase of lands from Grove Farm on the island of Kauai for the Kauai Airport.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100




July 2, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing on Wednesday July 7, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 52 (OAHU) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS. Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

This briefing is for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) to complete their briefing on issues that were left to be addressed on the June 29, 2010 informational briefing agenda and to provide follow up information and answers to questions that were asked at the June 29, 2010 informational briefing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


July 2, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 1:47:35)

o 7/6/10 Tue 12:00 am VIEWS Channel 54 (HITS feed)
o 7/11/10 Sun 10:00 pm TEACH Channel 56

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information from the state department of taxation regarding the status of its contracts with CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., including follow-up on the department's written responses to the Committee's April 8, 2010, letter request; presentation of the department's outline of the Transition Development document promised in the department's April 22, 2010, letter; a report from the Chief of the Information Technology Service Office on the impacts of the department's transition plan; and the status of the implementation of tax measures enacted to date.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100





July 9, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedules

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:26:23)

o     7/13/10   Tue    2:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
o     7/14/10   Wed   9:00 am  Channel 49 (FOCUS)


The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing on which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

This briefing was for the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Human Resources Development (DHRD) to complete their briefing on issues that were left to be addressed on the June 29, 2010 informational briefing agenda and to provide follow up information and answers to questions that were asked at the June 29, 2010 informational briefing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the House Committee on Housing (HSG) informational briefing on Thursday July 15, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
The purpose of this joint informational briefing is to address the "chronically homeless" segment of the homeless population and discuss the "Housing First Pilot Program" which was passed by the Legislature and became law as Act 212 to address the chronic homeless.  Chronically homeless may include those who suffer from a mental illness and/or drug addiction, thus making acceptance to transitional or emergency housing difficult.

I.  The briefing will seek to explore plausible service providers for the Housing First Program.     The information from the briefing may provide the foundation for the implementation of Act 212.
For the general homeless population, the major reason for their predicament is poverty.  In Hawaii the number of homeless may exceed 5,000 on any given day.

The issue of homeless arrivals to Hawaii also adds to Hawaii's homeless and now represents approximately 30% of the state's homeless population.  The influx of mainland and non-citizen homeless has caused a substantial strain to the current services for Isle homeless.

II.  New York has a program which affords their homeless the ability to secure transportation back to their home state or country via airfare, bus, or train.  Their homeless return home program has a budget of $500,000 and has already sent more than 550 families back to 25 states across the U.S. and 5 continents.

III.  The briefing will review the effect of evicting the homeless from one park, while such homeless may then move to another park.  The discussion will consider an option of designating certain "safe zones" for the homeless.

IV.  The briefing will review barriers to housing for Hawaii's homeless and seek to identify the major reasons for homelessness in Hawaii.  Finally, the briefing will summarize the foregoing concerns and identify viable solutions to effectively reduce homelessness in Hawaii.

The following organizations have been invited to participate in this briefing:

     o     United State Department of Housing and Urban Development
     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Hawaii Public Housing Authority
     o     The Institute for Human Services
     o     Waikiki Health Center
     o     University of Hawaii's Center on the Family
     o     Hina Mauka
     o     Hawaii Association of Realtors
     o     River of Life
     o     Help the Hawaii Homeless
     o     People of the Promise Church - Pastor Noble
     o     State and County rental housing and low-income housing programs
     o     Agencies and faith based organizations which receive state funding to address homelessness and other related           human services or housing providers of emergency and transitional housing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 15, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing on Monday July 19, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

This informational briefing is to allow the Department of Transportation to provide answers and information to questions that were asked of them in the June 29 and July 7, 2010 informational briefings including but not limited to new issues with regards to Grove Farms contracts, Securitas contracts, Ualena St. contracts, AVI contracts and Airport Administrator's Position.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 19, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 1:09:59)

o     7/20/10  Tue  6:00 pm  Channel 52 (OAHU)
o     7/21/10  Wed 2:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Thursday July 15, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

This informational briefing was to allow the Department of Human Resources Development and Department of Transportation to provide answers and information to questions that were asked of them in the June 29 and July 7, 2010 informational briefings including but not limited to issues relating to the Airport Administrator's Recruitment and pricing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 19, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedules




Rebroadcasts  (Total Running Time: 2:06:16)
o     7/22/10  Thu  9:00 am  Channel 49 (FOCUS)
o     7/23/10  Fri    2:30 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) 54 [HITS feed]

The
House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the House Committee on Housing (HSG) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Thursday July 15, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:
The purpose of this joint informational briefing was to address the "chronically homeless" segment of the homeless population and discuss the "Housing First Pilot Program" which was passed by the Legislature and became law as Act 212 to address the chronic homeless.  Chronically homeless may include those who suffer from a mental illness and/or drug addiction, thus making acceptance to transitional or emergency housing difficult.

I.  The briefing will seek to explore plausible service providers for the Housing First Program.     The information from the briefing provided the foundation for the implementation of Act 212.
For the general homeless population, the major reason for their predicament is poverty.  In Hawaii the number of homeless may exceed 5,000 on any given day.

The issue of homeless arrivals to Hawaii also adds to Hawaii's homeless and now represents approximately 30% of the state's homeless population.  The influx of mainland and non-citizen homeless has caused a substantial strain to the current services for Isle homeless.

II.  New York has a program which affords their homeless the ability to secure transportation back to their home state or country via airfare, bus, or train.  Their homeless return home program has a budget of $500,000 and has already sent more than 550 families back to 25 states across the U.S. and 5 continents.

III.  The briefing reviewed the effect of evicting the homeless from one park, while such homeless may then move to another park.  The discussion considered an option of designating certain "safe zones" for the homeless.

IV.  The briefing reviewed barriers to housing for Hawaii's homeless and seek to identify the major reasons for homelessness in Hawaii.  Finally, the briefing summarized the foregoing concerns and identified viable solutions to effectively reduce homelessness in Hawaii.

The following organizations were invited to participate in this briefing:

     o     United State Department of Housing and Urban Development
     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Hawaii Public Housing Authority
     o     The Institute for Human Services
     o     Waikiki Health Center
     o     University of Hawaii's Center on the Family
     o     Hina Mauka
     o     Hawaii Association of Realtors
     o     River of Life
     o     Help the Hawaii Homeless
     o     People of the Promise Church - Pastor Noble
     o     State and County rental housing and low-income housing programs
     o     Agencies and faith based organizations which receive state funding to address homelessness and other related           human services or housing providers of emergency and transitional housing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 26, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:04:38)

o     7/27/10    Tue     2:00 am   Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
o     7/28/10     Wed   7:00 pm   Channel 54 (VIEWS)

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday July 19, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

This informational briefing was to allow the Department of Transportation to provide answers and information to questions that were asked of them in the June 29 and July 7, 2010 informational briefings including but not limited to new issues with regards to Grove Farms contracts, Securitas contracts, Ualena St. contracts, AVI contracts and Airport Administrator's Position.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 28, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Judiciary & Government Operations (JGO) hearing on Monday August 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
GM 1   Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, JEANNETTE H. CASTAGNETTI, for a term of ten years.

GM 2   Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit,
State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, COLETTE Y. GARIBALDI, for a term of ten years.

GM 3   Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the Circuit Court of the First Circuit, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, FAAUUGA L. TO'OTO'O, for a term of ten years.

Decision Making will be announced at the conclusion of the public hearing.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100







July 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Judiciary & Government Operations (JGO) hearing on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.  Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
GM 4  Submitting for consideration and confirmation as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, KATHERINE G. LEONARD, for a term of ten years.

Decision Making will be announced at the end of the hearing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100






July 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Judiciary & Government Operations (JGO) hearing on Tuesday August 3, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 (NATV) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS. Rebroadcast times and dates will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
JC 1  Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the District Court of the First Circuit, Judicial Nominee SHERRI-ANN L. IHA.

JC 2  Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the District Court of the First Circuit, Judicial Nominee STEVEN M. NAKASHIMA.
    
JC 3  Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the District Court of the First Circuit, Judicial Nominee MATTHEW J. VIOLA.

JC 4  Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the District Court of the First Circuit,
Judicial Nominee MICHAEL K. TANIGAWA.
    
Decision Making will be announced at the conclusion of the public hearing.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100