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November 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing, on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

This informational briefing will be to discuss the change in the General Assistance benefit amount on November 1, 2009.

Please Note: Rebroadcasts of this event will be announced when the information becomes available.

November 3, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing, on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
Topics to be discussed include:

1.  Telephone interviewing - Hawaii was granted a waiver of the face-to-face interview and effective August 1, 2009 can and will conduct all SNAP initial and recertification interviews by telephone.  Telephone interviewing training is currently being conducted statewide.

2.  Expanded Categorical Eligibility - Households where all members are receiving benefits from a means-tested cash assistance program are categorically eligible for SNAP.  States have the option of expanding this designation to non-cash households by providing all SNAP applicants with a TANF funded service (which can be as little as an informational brochure paid by TANF).  The household's gross income must not exceed 200% FPL.  Categorical eligibility also eliminates the requirement for asset valuation and the application of the resource test.

3.  Transitional Benefits Alternative (TBA) - Allows states to help support families as they move off TANF cash assistance by providing continued SNAP benefits for up to 5 months in an amount equal to the amount received by the household prior to TANF termination with adjustments for loss of TANF income.

Please Note: Rebroadcasts of this event will be announced when the information becomes available.


November 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs (PSM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast live on the dates and at the times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:32:46)
o   11/09/09  Mon   8:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS)
o   11/10/09  Tue 12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]

Agenda:
Topic of discussion:   Smuggling of illegal aerial fireworks in Hawaii
Participants:
o  Fireworks Industry
o  Matson
o  Department of Transportation - Harbors Division
o  Honolulu Police Department
o  Honolulu Fire Department
o  Airline Industry
o  Customs and Border Security

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


November 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedules


The Special Senate Committee To Consider Approaches To Teacher Furloughs (SCTF) Human Services (HMS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 12:30 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:09:48)
o   11/11/09 Wed  12:00 am Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
o   11/11/09 Wed    9:00 am Channel 53 (NATV)

Agenda:
The purpose of this meeting was to receive public input regarding the options available to address the issue of teacher furloughs and the loss of instructional days in our public schools.

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100

November 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Special Senate Committee To Consider Approaches To Teacher Furloughs (SCTF) informational briefing, on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

TOPIC:  An update regarding the Federal Stimulus Funds appropriated for Education to Hawaii:
         How much has been received?
         How much has been spent?
         How and when will the remaining stimulus funds be spent?

Participants:
            Department of Education
            Board of Education

Please Note: Rebroadcasts of this event will be announced when the information becomes available.

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


November 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

This informational briefing was convened to discuss the change in the General Assistance benefit amount on November 1, 2009.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 1:09:27)
o   11/10/09  Tue     2:32 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS Feed]
o   11/11/09  Wed  12:30 pm  Channel 53 (NATV)


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100

November 6, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcasts


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS) and the House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 00:50:51)
11/10/09  Tue     3:42 am Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS Feed]
o  11/11/09  Wed    1:30 pm Channel 49 (FOCUS)

Agenda:
Topics that were discussed include:

1.  Telephone interviewing - Hawaii was granted a waiver of the face-to-face interview and effective August 1, 2009 can and will conduct all SNAP initial and recertification interviews by telephone.  Telephone interviewing training is currently being conducted statewide.

2.  Expanded Categorical Eligibility - Households where all members are receiving benefits from a means-tested cash assistance program are categorically eligible for SNAP.  States have the option of expanding this designation to non-cash households by providing all SNAP applicants with a TANF funded service (which can be as little as an informational brochure paid by TANF).  The household's gross income must not exceed 200% FPL.  Categorical eligibility also eliminates the requirement for asset valuation and the application of the resource test.

3.  Transitional Benefits Alternative (TBA) - Allows states to help support families as they move off TANF cash assistance by providing continued SNAP benefits for up to 5 months in an amount equal to the amount received by the household prior to TANF termination with adjustments for loss of TANF income.


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


November 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedules


The Special Senate Committee To Consider Approaches To Teacher Furloughs (SCTF) Human Services (HMS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 12:30 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:09:48)
o   11/11/09 Wed  12:00 am Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
o   11/11/09 Wed    9:00 am Channel 53 (NATV)

Agenda:
The purpose of this meeting was to receive public input regarding the options available to address the issue of teacher furloughs and the loss of instructional days in our public schools.

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100