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September 7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:43:14)

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9/08/10   Wed    12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
     o     9/09/10   Thu     10:30 pm  Channel 53 (NATV)

The
Senate Committee on Ways & Means (WAM) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:
The purpose(s) of this informational briefing was to obtain information from the state department of transportation on the following matters:

1.            The status of the bid for the contract for Furnishing of Security Services at the Hawaii State Airports (Project No. ES1183-11) - amendment of                the specifications.
2.            The status of the bid for the contract for Furnishing of Taxi, Parking and Bus Management Services at the Hawaii State Airports.
3.           Update on the Airports Modernization Project.
4.            Current Status of Overtime usage at the Hawaii State Airports.
5.            Status of the Committee's July 22, 2010, information request regarding Mr. Brian Sekiguchi's vacation day on April 8, 2009, and work related and           gift disclosure documentation;
6.            Lihue Airport -
          a.            Status of the employee embezzlement investigation
          b.            Explanation of the overpayment, reinstatement, and settlement of the employee that walked off the job
          c.            Status of the Mitigation of TSA fines on Kauai - mitigation
          d.            Costs to the State, airlines, and travelers from the security breach at      Lihue Airport on September 11, 2009
7.        Grove Farm - status of the helipad expansion and status of information requested by the Committee in letter dated July 22, 2010, regarding                    enhancements to the access points for the Grove Farm land, the value and costs of the enhancements, and whether an enhancement fee was               negotiated as part of the contract
8.        Airports Personnel Officer Supervisor - status of the investigation of the Supervisor's travel and interaction with personnel on the island of  Hawaii, as requested in the Committee's July 22, 2010, information request
9.         Lihue Solar - status of the implementation of the cost-sharing program
10.       Ualena Street - breakdown of the total costs the State is paying and/or has paid for Parsons Consulting's use of this facility - including, but not  limited to, rent, maintenance  fees, renovation costs, office furniture rental, etc.

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100

September 7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 0:43:02)

     o     9/8/10     Wed    3:39 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]
     o     9/10/10   Fri       8:00 pm  Channel 54 (VIEWS)

Day Two of the 2010 Second Special Session (Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.) originally broadcast live will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:
Full Senate consideration of JC1 and GM1, judicial nominees presented to the Senate by the Chief Justice and Governor, for vacancies of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii and the District Court of the Second Circuit.

     o     JC1:  Submitting for consideration and confirmation to the District Court of the Second Circuit, Judicial Nominee, BLAINE J. KOBAYASHI.

     o     GM1:  Submitting for consideration and confirmation as Chief Justice to the Supreme Court, State of Hawaii, Gubernatorial Nominee, MARK E. RECKTENWALD, for a term of ten years.
    

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


September 7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Rebroadcast Schedule


Rebroadcasts (Total Running Time: 3:55:45)

          o     9/08/10  Wed  10:30 pm  Channel 53 (NATV)
          o     9/09/10  Thu   12:00 am  Channel 54 (VIEWS) [HITS feed]


The
House Committee on Human Services (HUS) and the House Committee on Housing (HSG) informational briefing which was originally broadcast live on Monday August 30, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be rebroadcast on the dates and at the times listed above.

Agenda:
10:00 a.m. (HUS only)
The purpose of this informational briefing was to bring awareness of racism and domestic
violence in our community. The briefing reviewed strategies to reduce racism and domestic
violence in our community.

The following organizations were invited to participate in this briefing:
     o     Department of Human Services, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
     o     Department of Human Services, Child Protective Services Branch
     o     Hawaii Civil Rights Commission
     o     Edwin Flores, Hawaii Family Law Clinic, DBA, Ala Kuola
     o     Individuals and organizations working to reduce racism
     o     Agencies and faith based organizations which receive state funding for victims of      domestic violence and youth programs and other related human services providers working with the state's youth.

10:30 a.m. (HUS/HSG)
The purpose of this joint informational briefing was to discuss possible land acquisition and/or use from, but not limited to, federal, state, county, private corporations and private landowners for the purpose of secured safe zones, affordable rental units, and/or Housing First units, for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Hawaii.

Statistical data confirms that Hawaii has 5,834 homeless. The briefing sought to review the possible acquisition and/or use of land, which may be used to serve the homeless.

The ten (10) largest landowners in Honolulu, Hawaii were invited to participate in the briefing to reduce homelessness in Hawaii.

A coordinated effort to better align land use with local, state, federal, and private homeless agencies will result in greater effectiveness toward reducing homelessness in Hawaii.

In conclusion, the Chairs of Housing and Human Services summarized the solutions

Ascertained from this briefing to effectively reduce homelessness in Hawaii.  The Committee Chairs may also have identified future legislation to reduce homelessness.

The following organizations were invited to participate in this briefing:
     o     Top ten (10) land owners in Honolulu, Hawaii
     o     Individual property owners
     o     State Department of Land and Natural Resources
     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Hawaii Public Housing Authority
     o     State Homeless Programs
     o     Department of Community Services, City and County of Honolulu
     o     Civic and Community Organizations who provide human services
     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.
         
12:15 p.m. (HUS only)

The purpose of this part of the informational briefing is to review concerns with higher case loads for employees of the Department of Human Services (DHS) eligibility units and to ascertain the adverse impact such workloads may have on families, individuals, the disabled, elderly, children, and DHS workers.

The following organizations and individuals have also been invited to participate in this briefing:
     o     Department of Human Services
     o     The Hawaii Government Employees Association
     o     All former and current employees of the Department of Human Services
     o     All providers of services under DHS
     o     Agencies and organizations which receive state funding for social services under      DHS

Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100


September 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The House Committee on Human Services (HUS) informational briefing on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. will be broadcast live on Oahu on Channel 53 and live to the Neighbor Islands via HITS.

Agenda:
10:00 a.m.
Recent data confirms that teen pregnancy costs taxpayers $22 million annually in Hawaii.  The purpose of this informational briefing is to review current state, federal, and private policy and programs to prevent teen pregnancy.  Under the Department of Human Services, it is estimated that $20 million in Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) funds are used to prevent teen pregnancy.  The briefing seeks to identify the role of the state in teen pregnancy prevention efforts.

The briefing will have keynote speakers Forrest Alton, the Director of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen pregnancy & Judith Clark, Executive Director of the Hawaii Youth Services Network.  The speakers will share promising practices from Hawaii and other states to prevent teen pregnancy, invest in youth, and save taxpayers costs associated with teen pregnancies.

The following organizations have also been invited to participate in this briefing:
     o     Department of Human Services
     o     Individuals and organizations working to prevent teen pregnancies
     o     Agencies and faith based organizations which receive state funding for teen pregnancy prevention and youth programs and other related human services providers working with the state's youth.

11:30 a.m.
The purpose of this informational briefing is to discuss elder care in Hawaii. According to the executive office on aging, by year 2020 one in four Hawaii residents will be age 60 or older.  Hawaii's elderly population is the fastest growing segment in the country.

This briefing will review the state's ability to address the needs of the elderly and review the need for changes in policy and public responsibility to adequately address the main issues for the elderly and their caregivers and families.

Consumer protection issues dealing with Hawaii's seniors, such as but not limited to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation will be topics of discussion.

Case Managers, case management agencies, non-emergency transportation service agencies, community care homes (foster homes), and Adult Day Care Centers under the purview of the Department of Human Services (DHS) will present information of their role in the long-term

healthcare continuum for the elderly in Hawaii and provide recommendations on improving healthcare and services for the elderly.

At the conclusion of the briefing, the Chair of the Human Services Committee will summarize the suggested solutions ascertained from this briefing to better address healthcare and services for Hawaii's elderly.  The Committee Chair may also identify future legislation aimed at reducing elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

The following organizations have been invited to participate in this briefing:
     o     State Department of Human Services
     o     Adult Protective Services (DHS)
     o     Community Ties of America (DHS)
     o     Honolulu Police Department (HPD)
     o     Dr. Cullen Hayashida, Kapiolani Community College
     o     Ohana Health Plan
     o     Evercare Hawaii
     o     Healthcare Association of Hawaii
     o     Adult Foster Homes/Care Homes under purview of DHS
     o     All non-emergency transportation agencies under DHS
     o     All case managers and case management agencies under DHS
     o     Other individuals or organizations related to caregivers, case managers, care home operators, and adult foster home operators.


Contact: Glenn Booth o (808) 536-2100