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November 1, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing on Wednesday November 3, 2010, at 3:00 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:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information on development cost and other concerns from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) on its Kamakana Villages project on the west side of the island of Hawaii.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


November 4, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule



Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 1:44:37)

o     11/5/10   Fri     6:00 pm  Channel 49 (FOCUS)
o     11/6/10   Sat  12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]


The
Senate Committee on Human Services (HSM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday October 25, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. will be rebroadcast live on the dates and at the times listed above.
Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to provide an update on Act 191.  Act 191 appropriated moneys from the emergency and budget reserve fund to maintain levels of programs for education, human services, and health. This Act went into effect on July 1, 2010.

The following were invited to provide a status update on Act 191:

     o     Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald
     o     Director Lillian Koller, Department of Human Services
     o     Director Chiyome Fukino, Department of Health
     o     Attorney General Mark Bennett, Department of the Attorney General
     o     Superintendent Kathyrn Matayoshi, Department of Education
     o     Director Pearl Iboshi, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Written testimony was accepted at the hearing.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100

November 4, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing on Friday November 5, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 49 (FOCUS) and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss the concerns with foster care.  The briefing will review the foster care system and review "best practices" and solutions for foster youth who "age out" and therefore are no longer entitled to services which may be vital in the transition process.

This briefing comes in the wake of a foster youth, Erwin Viado Celes, who had been in foster care for 14 years, however, after aging out, with no place to live, Celes hanged himself on September 7, 2010 in Hawaii Kai, after bouncing from homes in Waianae, Mililani and Waipahu.

At the conclusion of the briefing, the Chair of the House Human Services Committee will summarize the suggested solutions ascertained from this briefing to better address transitional services for Hawaii's foster youth who will be aging out of critical support services.  The Committee Chair may also identify future legislation aimed at eliminating major flaws in the foster care system to ensure proper transition for Hawaii's foster youth and a better support system for the foster parents and agencies advocating for foster youth.

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

     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Child Protective Services (DHS)
     o     Honolulu Police Department (HPD)
     o     Adult Foster Homes
     o     Foster Youth
     o     Foster Youth Advocates and Organizations
     o     Other individuals or organizations related to foster youth.

Only testimony from people on the testifiers list will be accepted.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


November 8, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 1:58:48)

     o     11/10/10  Wed   12:00 am    Channel 54 (VIEWS)  [HITS feed]
     o     11/11/10  Thu     10:00 pm    Channel 54 (VIEWS)

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday November 3, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to gather information on development cost and other concerns from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) on its Kamakana Villages project on the west side of the island of Hawaii.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100

November 8, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:09:10)

o     11/10/10   Wed     2:03 am   Channel 54 (VIEWS)  [HITS Feed]
o     11/18/10    Thu    10:00 pm  Channel 54  (VIEWS)

The
House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Friday November 5, 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 discuss the concerns with foster care.  The briefing reviewed the foster care system and reviewed "best practices" and solutions for foster youth who "age out" and therefore are no longer entitled to services which may be vital in the transition process.

This briefing comes in the wake of a foster youth, Erwin Viado Celes, who had been in foster care for 14 years, however, after aging out, with no place to live, Celes hanged himself on September 7, 2010 in Hawaii Kai, after bouncing from homes in Waianae, Mililani and Waipahu.

At the conclusion of the briefing, the Chair of the House Human Services Committee summarized the suggested solutions ascertained from this briefing to better address transitional services for Hawaii's foster youth who will be aging out of critical support services.  The Committee Chair also identified future legislation aimed at eliminating major flaws in the foster care system to ensure proper transition for Hawaii's foster youth and a better support system for the foster parents and agencies advocating for foster youth.

The following organizations were invited to participate in this briefing:

     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Child Protective Services (DHS)
     o     Honolulu Police Department (HPD)
     o     Adult Foster Homes
     o     Foster Youth
     o     Foster Youth Advocates and Organizations
     o     Other individuals or organizations related to foster youth.

Only testimony from people on the testifiers list was accepted.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


November 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule Revision

Due to an overnight Oceanic Cable outage, the Ways & Means Committee rebroadcast originally scheduled for 12:00 a.m., Wednesday November 10, 2010 was not cablecast. Please see the revised schedule below.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 1:58:48)

     o     11/11/10  Wed   12:00 am    Channel 54 (VIEWS)  [HITS feed]
- Revised Date
     o     11/11/10  Thu     10:00 pm    Channel 54 (VIEWS)

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday November 3, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to gather information on development cost and other concerns from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC) on its Kamakana Villages project on the west side of the island of Hawaii.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100

November 10, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule Revision

Due to an overnight Oceanic Cable outage, the House Human Services Committee rebroadcast originally scheduled for 2:03 a.m., Wednesday November 10, 2010 was not cablecast. Please see the revised schedule below.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:09:10)

o     11/11/10   Wed     2:03 am   Channel 54 (VIEWS)  [HITS Feed]
- Revised Date
o     11/18/10    Thu    10:00 pm  Channel 54  (VIEWS)

The
House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Friday November 5, 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 discuss the concerns with foster care.  The briefing reviewed the foster care system and reviewed "best practices" and solutions for foster youth who "age out" and therefore are no longer entitled to services which may be vital in the transition process.

This briefing comes in the wake of a foster youth, Erwin Viado Celes, who had been in foster care for 14 years, however, after aging out, with no place to live, Celes hanged himself on September 7, 2010 in Hawaii Kai, after bouncing from homes in Waianae, Mililani and Waipahu.

At the conclusion of the briefing, the Chair of the House Human Services Committee summarized the suggested solutions ascertained from this briefing to better address transitional services for Hawaii's foster youth who will be aging out of critical support services.  The Committee Chair also identified future legislation aimed at eliminating major flaws in the foster care system to ensure proper transition for Hawaii's foster youth and a better support system for the foster parents and agencies advocating for foster youth.

The following organizations were invited to participate in this briefing:

     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Child Protective Services (DHS)
     o     Honolulu Police Department (HPD)
     o     Adult Foster Homes
     o     Foster Youth
     o     Foster Youth Advocates and Organizations
     o     Other individuals or organizations related to foster youth.

Only testimony from people on the testifiers list was accepted.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100

November 29, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Consumer Protection (CPN) informational briefing on Thursday December 2, 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:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain an update on and information about the recent Interim Decision and Order issued on September 20, 2010, by the Public Utilities Commission in Docket No. 2009-0059, In re Application of Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines LLC for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and Approval of its Local Tariff No. 1 for Service Between and Among the Ports of Honolulu, Kahului, Hilo and Nawiliwili. The briefing will cover the potential impacts of the Interim Decision and Order on neighbor island residents and businesses.

Presentations
     o     Public Utilities Commission
     o     Division of Consumer Advocacy, DCCA
     o     Pasha Hawaii Transport Lines, LLC
     o     Young Brothers, Limited
     o     Representatives of neighbor island businesses and business organizations

No public testimony will be accepted.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100