MAO GIVE Day – 4/26/14 9am-12pm – RSVP 696-5569

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From: Angela Hoppe-Cruz, Education Resource Specialist, Kauhale MA`O
Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM
Subject: Fwd: GIVE Day

We are looking forward to our summer bridge program taking off in June and are still recruiting. For interested families and community members who want to learn more about our program and or volunteer for fun 🙂 Please join us for our monthly GIVE Day this Saturday, 4/26/14. RSVPs are encouraged to help us plan to make a small something to share. Call 696-5569.

DHS: Restricted Access to Electronic Welfare Benefits

From: Kayla Rosenfeld, DHS Public Information Officer
Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:10 AM
Subject: DHS Press Release – Restricted Access to TANF Benefits

Effective February 2014, Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF) recipients are restricted from withdrawing their cash benefits at certain types of businesses.

Restricted points of access include automated teller machines (ATM) or point of sale (POS) terminals at liquor stores, casinos, and gaming establishments. Retail establishments that provide adult-oriented entertainment (performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment) also are restricted locations.

The policy is an outcome of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-96). The law was enacted in 2012, but States were given time to determine how to best impose the restriction. Hawaii came into compliance this year.

The TANF program provides monthly cash benefits to families for food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials. The federally funded program is designed to help families achieve financial self -sufficiency. Grocery stores and retailers that primarily sell products other than liquor, and restaurants, bars or clubs that serve liquor are exempt from the restriction.  Continue reading

KHON2: ‘Lawmakers consider extension to child sex abuse lawsuit deadline’

Click image to watch video on the KHON2 site.

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By Jai Cunningham
KHON2, April 23, 2014

A large amount of legal paperwork is being filed seeking civil damages in sex assaults alleged to have happened decades ago.

The court filings come as the deadline approaches for an exemption on the statute of limitations regarding a victim of child sexual abuse to file a lawsuit against his or her alleged abuser.

“The window closes on April 24, and so I’m sure that’s why these plaintiffs are scrambling to get lawsuits filed in time,” said state Sen. Maile Shimabukuro (D-Waianae, Makaha, Makua).

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The clerks office at Circuit Court has processed six lawsuits filed in the last two days.

“It does concern me that with the deadline closing tomorrow, that there are many, many more out there, who are just going to run out of time,” said Shimabukuro.

Lawmakers are now mulling over extending the deadline.

“What we may end up having to do is give the Governor two different options — one that is more conservative, two years, and the other one that is five or more years extended on,” Shimabukuro said.

Shimabukuro says going forward, the legislature is also hoping to set an age limit as to when victims can no longer file a sex assault lawsuit, possibly at 55 years old.

“Many people feel as if that is too young,” Shimabukuro said. “Many of the victims who are filing are in their 70s, 80s because it has taken them so long to come to terms with the abuse that occurred… We’re hoping for some kind of age that is reasonable and gives victims enough time to be able to have the courage to come forward.”

Read HB2034 in its entirety.

Link to SB2687.

Related Story: “Marc Alexander, Diocese of Honolulu sued for child sex abuse” – Apr. 23, 2014.

Read this story on the KHON2 site.