Excerpts from Capitol TV, March 24, 2011
Rep. Fontaine Address SB 1269 Retirement System
RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF COMPENSATION FOR PURPOSES OF THE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
Report Title: Employees’ Retirement System; Calculation of Retirement Benefits
Description: Establishes provisions for compensation to an employee or officer for Employees’ Retirement System service after June 30, 2011. Effective July 1, 2050. (SB1269 HD1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6virOm94_A
Rep. Cynthia Thieln Address SB1274 Health Insurance
RELATING TO HEALTH INSURANCE.
Report Title: Insurance; Health; External Review Procedure
Description: Provides uniform standards for external review procedures based on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Uniform Health Carrier External Review Model Act, to comply with the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Effective July 1, 2011. (SB1274 HD2)
Reps. Fontaine and Thielen Addresses SB755 Gambling
RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Report Title: Gambling; Peer-to-Peer Entertainment
Description: Authorizes events featuring peer-to-peer entertainment, including poker, in which each player receives the player’s personal winnings but in which no other person or entity derives any proceeds based on the outcome. Authorizes issuance of not more than two licenses to operate infrastructure for online peer-to-peer entertainment for a minimum fee of $100,000,000 per year, 20% of total wagers, and free advertising for State. Prohibits operator of events or licensee from participating, directly or indirectly, in peer-to-peer entertainment and prohibits participation by computer. Establishes peer-to-peer entertainment commission. Effective 7/1/2112. (HD1)
Caucus Members Join Rep. Pine to Vote No on SB752 Surcharge
RELATING TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.
Report Title: Community-Based Economic Development; Enterprise Zone Program; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Operation Special Fund; Temporary Surcharge Description: Amends the uses of the Hawaii Community-based Economic Development Revolving Fund to include operational and certain personnel funding for the community-based economic development program and its advisory council and the enterprise zone program. Appropriates funds. Clarifies that moneys in the Hydrogen Investment Capital Special Fund are to be expended by the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation. Establishes the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism Operation Special Fund (DBEDT Fund). Imposes a temporary surcharge on certain fees charged by certain departments for deposit into DBEDT Fund. Effective July 1, 2112. (SB752 HD1) ($)
Rep. Pine address SB1088 Baked Goods
RELATING TO UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS.
Report Title: Unemployment Benefits; Disqualification; Part-Time Work
Description: Repeals the June 30, 2012, sunset date of provisions related to partial unemployment benefits. Removes the eight-week limitation on partial unemployment benefit status. Makes mandatory, rather than discretionary, the waiver of registration and work search requirements for individuals who are partially unemployed. Establishes conditions for which an individual who has established eligibility based on full-time employment may be found to have good cause for voluntarily separating from subsequent part-time employment. Effective July 1, 2011. (SB1088 HD1)