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June 3, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the House Committee on Labor & Public Employment (LAB) informational briefing on Monday June 7, 2010, at 10:00 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:

The purposes of this informational briefing include providing the committees an opportunity to explore numerous questions that have arisen over the Department of Labor & Industrial Relation's (DLIR) Hawai'i Occupational Safety & Health Division's investigation into the death of a worker in the collapse of a Hawaiian Cement tower at Campbell Industrial Park in May 2009.

The committees will also inquire into the Department's decision to forego attempting to obtain available federal funds to augment the unemployment compensation benefits for thousands of Hawai'i workers that have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits during the current economic downturn.

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


June 3, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the House Committee on Labor & Public Employment (LAB) informational briefing on Monday June 7, 2010, at 10:00 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:

The purposes of this informational briefing include providing the committees an opportunity to explore numerous questions that have arisen over the Department of Labor & Industrial Relation's (DLIR) Hawai'i Occupational Safety & Health Division's investigation into the death of a worker in the collapse of a Hawaiian Cement tower at Campbell Industrial Park in May 2009.

The committees will also inquire into the Department's decision to forego attempting to obtain available federal funds to augment the unemployment compensation benefits for thousands of Hawai'i workers that have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits during the current economic downturn.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


June 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:45:46)

     o     6/15/10   Tue    2:58 am  VIEWS Channel 54 (HITS feed)
     o     6/19/10   Sat   10:30 pm  NATV Channel  53

The
Senate Committee on Labor (LBR) and the House Committee on Labor & Public Employment (LAB) informational briefing which was originally broadcasts live on Monday June 7, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

     The purposes of this informational briefing included providing the committees an opportunity to explore numerous questions that have arisen over the Department of Labor & Industrial Relation's (DLIR) Hawai'i Occupational Safety & Health Division's investigation into the death of a worker in the collapse of a Hawaiian Cement tower at Campbell Industrial Park in May 2009.

The committees also inquired into the Department's decision to forego attempting to obtain available federal funds to augment the unemployment compensation benefits for thousands of Hawai'i workers that have exhausted their unemployment insurance benefits during the current economic downturn.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


June 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:58:31)
     o     6/15/10  Tue  12:00 am  VIEWS Channel 54 (HITS feed)
     o     6/17/10  Thu  10:30 pm VIEWS Channel 54

The
House Committee on Housing (HSG) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday June 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

The purpose of this joint informational briefing was to review the concerns relating to homeless arrivals to Hawaii, which has caused substantial strain to the current services for Isle homeless. 

The briefing also looked at the "chronic homeless" issue and discussed the "Housing First Pilot Program" which was passed by the Legislature last month, to address the chronic homeless.  Another concern by the DHS Welfare Branch is the difficulty in prosecuting public housing fraud - which is the evidence required to confirm a household over the income and asset limit for such public housing.

The briefing reviewed barriers to housing for Hawaii's homeless and sought to explain the major reasons for homelessness in Hawaii.  Finally, the briefing summarized the foregoing concerns and sought to identify viable solutions to better address services and housing for the homeless in Hawaii.

The following organizations were invited to participate in this briefing:

o     State Department of Human Services
o     Hawaii Public Housing Authority
o     Rental Housing and low-income Housing programs
o     United State Department of Housing and Urban Development
o     The Institute for Human Services
o     Waikiki Health Center
o     University of Hawaii's Center on the Family
o     DHS Welfare Fraud Branch
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


June 19, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at 1:00 p.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:

The purpose of this informational briefing is 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 (808) 536-2100


June 24, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing on Tuesday June 29, 2010, at 1:00 p.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:

The purpose of this informational briefing is 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