Legislative Alert – SB765 Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229
415 South Beretania Street

SB765 would require an insurer in a claim under uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage to pay to the claimant an amount the insurer deems reasonable within thirty days of a demand for payment of the claim. SB 765 would also require any undisputed amount paid to a claimant to be disclosed to the arbitrator or judge and deducted from the amount of any judgment or award.

The deadline to submit testimony is Monday, February 2, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

For more information on SB765, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

Department of Human Services Announces Application Period for Preschool Open Doors Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will be accepting applications for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program between March 1 and April 30, 2015.

Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

POD is a DHS child care subsidy program that provides statewide services to eligible low- and moderate-income families sending their children to a licensed preschool, prior to kindergarten entry. The goal of POD is to promote school readiness and to provide children with the opportunity to gain essential foundational skills they need to be successful in life.

Families are reminded that a child must be five years old on or before July 31 to enter kindergarten. Families with children born between August 1, 2010 and July 31, 2011 are encouraged to apply for the POD program.  Underserved or at-risk children will receive priority consideration for the 2015-2016 POD year.

POD applications will be available from the DHS contractor, PATCH, beginning March 1, 2015.  To reserve your packet on Oahu call 791-2130; on the Neighbor Islands call 1-800-746-5620.

Starting March 1, applications also can be downloaded from the PATCH website http://www.patchHawaii.org.

Applications must be received by April 30, 2015 to be considered for the 2015-2016 program year.

Return the completed POD application to: PATCH – POD 560 North Nimitz Highway, Suite 218 Honolulu, HI 96817

POD subsidies help Hawaii families pay tuition at any of the state’s 424 licensed group child care facilities (i.e. preschools). Eligible families may select the preschool of their choice.  Contact the PATCH office to find a preschool in your area. Priorities for POD program selection are detailed in HAR 17-799 posted on the DHS website at http://humanservices.hawaii.gov/admin-rules-2/admin-rules-for-programs/.

For more information about DHS programs and services, visit www.humanservices.hawaii.gov.

Media Contacts: Kayla Rosenfeld, DHS Public Information Officer 586-4892; krosenfeld@dhs.hawaii.gov; http://humanservices.hawaii.gov

Legislative Alert – SB774 Scheduled for Senate Hearing: Monday, February 2, 2015

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a joint hearing before the Senate Committee on Water and Land, the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee on Hawaiian Affairs.

Monday, February 2, 2015, 3:15 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 224
415 South Beretania Street

SB774 would create a classification of agricultural public lands entitled “taro lands”, and would appropriate funds to the board of land and natural resources to create an inventory of lands classified as taro lands.

The deadline to submit testimony is Sunday, February 1, 2015, at 3:15 p.m.

For more information on SB774, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

Job Tree

Listing provided on January 27, 2015

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Parents and Children Together (PACT) Job Opportunities

Listings are current as of January 26, 2015.

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Senator Shimabukuro’s February Column in Westside Stories

Aloha!

Here is a preview of some of the bills I am working on this session:

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

Mobile Home Parks: Legalization of trailer parks for low-income individuals on public and private land.  Allows shipping containers to be used as residential structures at these parks.

Hawaiian Home Lands Rentals:  Makes permanent Acts which require the counties to issue affordable housing credits for each residential unit developed by DHHL.  Adds incentives for condominiums, rentals, and other multi-family developments.

AGRICULTURE

Farm Worker Housing: Allows shipping containers to be used for farm worker housing on agricultural lands, under certain restrictions.

Taro Lands: Preserves wetland taro lands and infrastructure on undeveloped lands; establishes a 4th taro lands classification for public lands, and permits structures for lo‘i taro fields in the agricultural district.  Establishes growth and perpetuation of traditional Hawaiian crops as a goal of the State Planning Act, and authorizes BLNR, with the Taro Security and Purity Task Force, to create an inventory of taro lands.

CONSUMER PROTECTION

Retirement Benefits: Allows divorcing spouses to obtain direct payment from the other spouse’s state “Employees Retirement System” (ERS) benefits.

Auto Accident Recovery: Requires insurance companies to promptly pay claimants the minimum undisputed monetary damages while litigation is on-going.

Worker’s Compensation: Requires doctors conducting “independent medical examinations” (IME) for workers compensation purposes to be practicing doctors in the state of HI.

Mahalo for the privilege of serving you.  Contact me with your concerns, at 586-7793.  Happy Valentine’s Day!

Photo caption: Sen. Shimabukuro met with DHHL to discuss rental housing, a potential columbarium in Waianae, Kaupuni Park, and DHHL’s legislative priorities.  L-R: Sen. Shimabukuro, DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani, DHHL beneficiary Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, DHHL legislative liaison Dreanalee Kalili, and DHHL Deputy Director William Aila, Jr.

Photo caption: Sen. Shimabukuro met with DHHL to discuss rental housing, a potential columbarium in Waianae, Kaupuni Park, and DHHL’s legislative priorities. L-R: Sen. Shimabukuro, DHHL Director Jobie Masagatani, DHHL beneficiary Kapua Keli`ikoa-Kama`i, DHHL legislative liaison Dreanalee Kalili, and DHHL Deputy Director William Aila, Jr. (click to enlarge)

Legislative Alert – SB392 Scheduled for Senate Hearing: This Saturday, January 31

Legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Committee on Human Services and Housing.

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:15 p.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 229
415 South Beretania Street

SB392 would amend the income tax credit for low-income household renters to adjust for inflation, and would apply to taxable years beginning after 12/31/2015.

The deadline to submit testimony is Friday, January 30, 2015, at 1:15 p.m.

For more information on SB392, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.