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September 1, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (TIA) informational briefing, on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to update the Senate on the Hawai'i Quest program changes and the status of the amendment to the federal health bill that provides Medicaid eligibility to the citizens of the Compact of Free Association Nations.

         
PRESENTERS:     Federated States of Micronesia (FSM): Hon. Lorin Robert, Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Vita Skilling, Secretary of Health and Social Services; His Excellency Yosiwo P. George, FSM Ambassador to the United States; Mr. James Naich, Deputy Chief of Mission, FSM Embassy in Washington, DC; Mr. Akillino H. Susaia, FSM Consul General, State of Hawai'i; and Mr. Daniel Rescue, FSM Consulate Hawai'i Staff.   Republic of the Marshall Islands: Hon. John Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Noda Lojkar, Consul General, Honolulu, Hawai'i.  State of Hawai'i:  Dr. Kenneth Fink, Administrator, MED-QUEST Division, Department of Human Services.  Medical community:  Dr. Neal Palafox, Chair, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health; Dr. Sheldon Riklon, member, Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition.  Organization:  Mr. William J. Swain, representing Pa Emman Kabjere.

Contact: Glenn Booth CapitolTVNews@aol.com

September 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and times listed below.

Agenda:
The purpose of the informational briefing was to determine the extent of planned layoffs to Department of Agriculture import inspectors, and the potential impact to Hawaii consumers in terms of food safety and food availability.  Several stakeholder organizations and/or individuals were invited to participate including:

     o  Hawaii Department of Agriculture
     o  Hawaii Coffee Company
     o  Land O'Lakes/Purina Foods
     o  Hawaii Food Industry Association
     o  Suisan Co. Ltd.
     o  Armstrong Produce
     o  Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:00:59)

o     9/7/09  Mon 9:00 am  Channel 53 (NATV)
o     9/8/09  Tue  2:13 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS)  [HITS overnight]


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcasts


The Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (TIA) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing was to update the Senate on the Hawai'i Quest program changes and the status of the amendment to the federal health bill that provides Medicaid eligibility to the citizens of the Compact of Free Association Nations.

         
PRESENTERS:     Federated States of Micronesia (FSM): Hon. Lorin Robert, Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Vita Skilling, Secretary of Health and Social Services; His Excellency Yosiwo P. George, FSM Ambassador to the United States; Mr. James Naich, Deputy Chief of Mission, FSM Embassy in Washington, DC; Mr. Akillino H. Susaia, FSM Consul General, State of Hawai'i; and Mr. Daniel Rescue, FSM Consulate Hawai'i Staff.   Republic of the Marshall Islands: Hon. John Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Noda Lojkar, Consul General, Honolulu, Hawai'i.  State of Hawai'i:  Dr. Kenneth Fink, Administrator, MED-QUEST Division, Department of Human Services.  Medical community:  Dr. Neal Palafox, Chair, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health; Dr. Sheldon Riklon, member, Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition.  Organization:  Mr. William J. Swain, representing Pa Emman Kabjere.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:10:12)

o     9/7/09  Mon 12:30 pm Channel 53 (NATV)
o     9/8/09  Tue  12:00 am Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS overnight]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Economic Development & Technology (EDT) and the House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM) informational briefing which was originally on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

Part I.   The purpose of this informational briefing was to gather information relating to the potential impacts on Hawaii businesses and the local film industry, arising from the anticipated reduction and possible elimination of most of the Film Industry Branch, the Community Economic Development (CBED) and Enterprise Zone/Partnership programs.  The reduction of staffing and consequent potential elimination of the Film Industry Branch and CBED/Enterprise Zone programs would occur as a result of Governor Linda Lingle's announced intention to lay off staff in these programs.

Part II.  The purpose of this informational briefing was to gather information regarding the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism's role in the decision to lay off branch/program staff, and the department's plans regarding functions carried out by branch/program staff.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 4:10:11)

o     9/8/09  Tue  12:00 pm  Channel 53 (NATV)
o     9/9/09  Wed 12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS overnight]


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 8, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) informational briefing, on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS. Rebroadcast information will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
The focus of this meeting will be on Hawaii's wide range of exported products and how the planned layoffs to Department of Agriculture inspectors may impact current and future export ventures, their revenue generation and other related issues.

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Additional Rebroadcast


The Senate Committee on Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (TIA) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the date and at the time listed below.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing was to update the Senate on the Hawai'i Quest program changes and the status of the amendment to the federal health bill that provides Medicaid eligibility to the citizens of the Compact of Free Association Nations.

         
PRESENTERS:     Federated States of Micronesia (FSM): Hon. Lorin Robert, Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Hon. Vita Skilling, Secretary of Health and Social Services; His Excellency Yosiwo P. George, FSM Ambassador to the United States; Mr. James Naich, Deputy Chief of Mission, FSM Embassy in Washington, DC; Mr. Akillino H. Susaia, FSM Consul General, State of Hawai'i; and Mr. Daniel Rescue, FSM Consulate Hawai'i Staff.   Republic of the Marshall Islands: Hon. John Silk, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Noda Lojkar, Consul General, Honolulu, Hawai'i.  State of Hawai'i:  Dr. Kenneth Fink, Administrator, MED-QUEST Division, Department of Human Services.  Medical community:  Dr. Neal Palafox, Chair, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health; Dr. Sheldon Riklon, member, Micronesian Health Advisory Coalition.  Organization:  Mr. William J. Swain, representing Pa Emman Kabjere.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:10:12)

o     9/11/09  Fri  12:00 am Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS overnight]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100

September 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Additional Rebroadcast


The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the date and time listed below.

Agenda:
The purpose of the informational briefing was to determine the extent of planned layoffs to Department of Agriculture import inspectors, and the potential impact to Hawaii consumers in terms of food safety and food availability.  Several stakeholder organizations and/or individuals were invited to participate including:

     o  Hawaii Department of Agriculture
     o  Hawaii Coffee Company
     o  Land O'Lakes/Purina Foods
     o  Hawaii Food Industry Association
     o  Suisan Co. Ltd.
     o  Armstrong Produce
     o  Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:00:59)

o     9/11/09  Fri  2:13 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS)  [HITS overnight]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS. Rebroadcasts will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:

Part I

The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain information from the state office of elections, including the status of the implementation of its fiscal biennium 2009-2011 budget, the request for proposals for voting equipment systems for the 2010 elections, the contract awarded for voting equipment systems for the 2008 elections, and any pending litigation.

Part II

The purpose of this informational briefing is to obtain information from the state department of transportation's airports division, including an update on the status of the automated vehicle identification system, parking, and taxi contracts.

September 10, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the House Committee on Human Services (HUS), the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), and the House Committee on Health (HLT) informational briefing, on Friday, September 11, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS. Rebroadcast information will be announced when the information becomes available.

Agenda:
The Departments of Human Services and Health are requested to brief the joint committees on the positions being proposed to be eliminated by the Governor; the divisions, branches and programs the positions are located in; and the anticipated service and economic impact these position cuts will have on the public.

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


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Agriculture (AGR) informational briefing, which was originally broadcast live on Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:
The focus of this meeting was on Hawaii's wide range of exported products and how the planned layoffs to Department of Agriculture inspectors may impact current and future export ventures, their revenue generation and other related issues.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:20:24)

o     9/21/09  Mon   9:30 am  Channel 53 (NATV)
o     9/22/09  Tue  12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule

The Senate Committee on Human Services (HMS), the House Committee on Human Services (HUS), the Senate Committee on Health (HTH), and the House Committee on Health (HLT) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Friday, September 11, 2009, at 9:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below

Agenda:
The Departments of Human Services and Health were requested to brief the joint committees on the positions being proposed to be eliminated by the Governor; the divisions, branches and programs the positions are located in; and the anticipated service and economic impact these position cuts will have on the public.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:10:37)

o     9/21/09  Mon 2:00 pm Channel 52 (OAHU)
o     9/22/09  Tue  2:13 am Channel 54  (VIEWS) [HITS Feed]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 16, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Senate Committee on Economic Development & Technology (EDT) and the House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM) informational briefing on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 54 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing is to determine the broad range impact of potential layoffs within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The Director has identified 40 positions within DBEDT that may be eliminated on September 3, 2009, and the legislature received information on possible layoffs of six (6) total positions within the Film Industry Branch, CBED and Enterprise Zone programs. The committees now seek information on the following:

o          Total number of DBEDT positions approved or proposed for layoff, by branch or division, and projected cost savings for the current biennium.

o          Projected impact of the elimination of these positions on services to the business community and the general public.

o          Projected loss of revenue to the State from a decrease of elimination of services.

PLEASE NOTE:  Rebroadcasts of this event will be announced when the information becomes available.


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 17, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., will be rebroadcast on Channel 49 on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

Part I

The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information from the state office of elections, including the status of the implementation of its fiscal biennium 2009-2011 budget, the request for proposals for voting equipment systems for the 2010 elections, the contract awarded for voting equipment systems for the 2008 elections, and any pending litigation.

Part II

The purpose of this informational briefing was to obtain information from the state department of transportation's airports division, including an update on the status of the automated vehicle identification system, parking, and taxi contracts.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:20:07)

o     9/19/09    Sat  12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
o     9/21/09    Mon 12:00 pm  Channel 53 (NATV)


Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 18, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing, on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 54 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to focus on community responses and involvement on violence in Hawaii, which includes but is not limited to all forms of domestic violence.  The briefing will provide information on reporting of violence and various agencies which investigate violence and work with victims of violence.

Presenters will discuss effective options to address violence as well as current awareness and education projects in Hawaii.

Danny Hall will discuss the Victory Over Violence movement and its efforts to reduce violence in communities around the world.  The origins of the Victory Over Violence Movement will be discussed as well as the significance of the "Non-Violence" sculpture.

The following organizations or individuals have been invited to participate:

o     Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services Branch & Adult Protective Services Branch
o     A Representative of Crimestoppers
o     A Representative of the Honolulu Police Department
o     Marsha Rose Joyner/Cecelia Chang, Community Policing/Honolulu Prosecutor's Office
o     Family members of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana (Steven Rodrigues & Darren Weaver)
o     Malanie McLellan, daughter of Karen Ertell (Karen's Law)
o     Danny Hall from Soka Gakkai International U.S.A. (SGI)
o     A Representative from the Victory Over Violence peace movement
o     The Executive Director of the Non-Violence Project or her designee
o     Edwin Flores, Hawaii Family Law Clinic, DBA, Ala Kuola
o     Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center
o     Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
o     Dennis A. Arakaki, Executive Director Hawaii Family Forum
o     Karen Jensen, Peace Advocate
o     Other organizations representing domestic violence victims.

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

Contact: Glenn Booth (i808) 536-2100


September 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below. 

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing was to focus on community responses and involvement on violence in Hawaii, which includes but not limited to all forms of domestic violence. The briefing provided information on reporting of violence and various agencies which investigate violence and work with victims of violence.

Presenters discussed effective options to address violence as well as current awareness and education projects in Hawaii.

Danny Hall discussed the Victory Over Violence movement and its efforts to reduce violence in communities around the world.  The origins of the Victory Over Violence Movement were discussed as well as the significance of the "Non-Violence" sculpture.

The following organizations or individuals were invited to participate:

o     Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services Branch & Adult Protective Services Branch
o     A Representative of Crimestoppers
o     A Representative of the Honolulu Police Department
o     Marsha Rose Joyner/Cecelia Chang, Community Policing/Honolulu Prosecutor's Office
o     Family members of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana (Steven Rodrigues & Darren Weaver)
o     Malanie McLellan, daughter of Karen Ertell (Karen's Law)
o     Danny Hall from Soka Gakkai International U.S.A. (SGI)
o     A Representative from the Victory Over Violence peace movement
o     The Executive Director of the Non-Violence Project or her designee
o     Edwin Flores, Hawaii Family Law Clinic, DBA, Ala Kuola
o     Hawaii Immigrant Justice Center
o     Legal Aid Society of Hawaii
o     Dennis A. Arakaki, Executive Director Hawaii Family Forum
o     Karen Jensen, Peace Advocate
o     Other organizations representing domestic violence victims.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:09:39)
o   9/28/09 Mon 3:00 pm Channel 53 (NATV)
o   9/29/09 Tue  2:44 am Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 24, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


The Senate Committee on Economic Development & Technology (EDT) and the House Committee on Economic Revitalization, Business, & Military Affairs (EBM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed below.

Agenda:

The purpose of this informational briefing was to determine the broad range impact of potential layoffs within the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The Director has identified 40 positions within DBEDT that may be eliminated on September 3, 2009, and the legislature received information on possible layoffs of six (6) total positions within the Film Industry Branch, CBED and Enterprise Zone programs. The committees sought information on the following:

o          Total number of DBEDT positions approved or proposed for layoff, by branch or division, and projected cost savings for the current biennium.

o          Projected impact of the elimination of these positions on services to the business community and the general public.

o          Projected loss of revenue to the State from a decrease of elimination of services.

Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 2:43:50)

o    9/28/09  Mon 12:00 pm  Channel 53 (NATV)
o    9/29/09  Tue  12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 25, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Ad Hoc Committee (AHC) informational briefing, on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 5:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 49 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information relating to the potential impacts on the community and the State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, arising from the significant reduction in staffing and the consequent reduction in service as the result of Governor Linda Lingle's announced implementation of Reduction in Force (RIF).

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

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 25, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Senate Committee on Energy and Environment (ENE) informational briefing, on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to gather information related to the current operations of the Environmental Council, and the council's ability to perform its statutory functions pursuant to Chapter 341, Hawai'i Revised Statutes, in light of recent reductions in support provided by the Hawai'i State Department of Health.

Presentations will be made by representatives from the following:

      o  The Environmental Council

      o  University of Hawai'i William S. Richardson School of Law

      o  Life of the Land

      o  Office of Environmental Quality Control

      o  Hawai'i State Department of Health

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

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100


September 28, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) the Senate Committee on Humans Services and the House Committee on Judiciary (JUD) informational briefing, on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on Channel 53 on Oahu and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
The purpose of this informational briefing is to focus on the elimination of jobs under the Office of Youth Services (OYS), the possible reduction in services as a result of the reduction in force, and a review of all contracts under OYS and such services which are provided under such contracts which may be eliminated or reduced pursuant to the elimination of jobs and contracts under OYS.

The Office of Youth Services is a state agency responsible for providing and coordinating services and programs for at-risk youth to prevent delinquency and reduce the incidence of recidivism.  Among its' duties, OYS focuses on providing and supporting "front-end" prevention, diversion, and intervention services.  The agency is administratively attached to the Department of Human Services.

The following organizations or individuals have been invited to participate:

   o  Martha T. Torney, Executive Director of the State of Hawaii, Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services

   o  State of Hawaii, Judiciary, Family Court Representative

   o  Other organizations with a contract with the Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services

   o  Individuals or organizations whose services or employment may be affected by the elimination of jobs and          services under the Office of Youth Services

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

Contact: Glenn Booth (808) 536-2100