Legislative Alert – Employees Retirement System Bill (HB1370 HD1) Scheduled for House Desicion Hearing: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The House companion to legislation introduced by Senator Shimabukuro has been scheduled for a hearing before the House Committee on Finance.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Hawaii State Capitol, Conference Room 308
415 South Beretania Street

HB1370 HD1 provides statutory authority for the Employees’ Retirement System Administrator to make direct payment to a former spouse of a member of benefits or portion thereof pursuant to valid court judgment, order, or decree. Appropriates moneys to Employees’ Retirement System.

For more information on HB1370 HD1, including bill text and to submit testimony, click here for bill status.

The deadline to submit testimony is Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

Although late testimony may be submitted on the day of the hearing, any testimony submitted less than 24 hours prior should also be printed and sent to the FIN chair as a hard copy. In-person testimony will not be accepted at the public hearing.

Gary and Kukui Maunakea-Forth, Co-Founders of MA`O Organic Farms, Support PlayRugby USA

L-R: Kukui and Gary Maunakea-Forth, along with Sen. Shimabukuro, attended a dinner hosted by the New Zealand consulate to celebrate the arrival of PlayRugby USA to Hawaii.  The group hopes to partner with After-School All-Stars, the DOE, and other organizations to incorporate rugby into HI's after-school curriculum.  The group includes former professional "All Black" rugby team members, who visited Wai`anae Intermediate School during their stay in HI.  Gary Maunakea-Forth, co-founder of MA`O Organic Farms in Wai`anae, originally hails from New Zealand.  Gary played rugby while growing up in New Zealand, and teaches MA'O interns the sport.  For more information about MA'O, visit: https://www.facebook.com/maoorganicfarms Click image to enlarge

L-R: Kukui and Gary Maunakea-Forth, along with Sen. Shimabukuro, attended a dinner hosted by the New Zealand consulate to celebrate the arrival of PlayRugby USA to Hawaii. The group hopes to partner with After-School All-Stars, the DOE, and other organizations to incorporate rugby into HI’s after-school curriculum. The group includes former professional “All Black” rugby team members, who visited Wai`anae Intermediate School during their stay in HI. Gary Maunakea-Forth, co-founder of MA`O Organic Farms in Wai`anae, originally hails from New Zealand. Gary played rugby while growing up in New Zealand, and teaches MA’O interns the sport. For more information about MA’O, visit: https://www.facebook.com/maoorganicfarms
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Art Frank Advocates for the Wai’anae Coast & for the Disabled Community

Art Frank of the Wai'anae Coast has testified in support of measures for a Nanakuli contraflow lane study, and for the rights of the disabled. Click image to enlarge

Art Frank of the Wai’anae Coast has testified in support of measures for a Nanakuli contraflow lane study, and for the rights of the disabled.
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Nanakuli Residents Testify to Improve HI’s Criminal Justice System

Rachel Kailianu-Conner (left) and DeMont Conner (right) posed with Sen. Shimabukuro (center) after testifying in support of various measures seeking to improve our criminal justice system. Click image to enlarge

Rachel Kailianu-Conner (left) and DeMont Conner (right) posed with Sen. Shimabukuro (center) after testifying in support of various measures seeking to improve our criminal justice system.
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Maria Manosca of Wai’anae Participates in Kaiser Strike

Maria Manosca (far right) visited Sen. Shimabukuro (2nd from right) at the Capitol along with other Unite Here Local 5 Union co-workers from Kaiser who were on strike. Click image to enlarge.

Maria Manosca (far right) visited Sen. Shimabukuro (2nd from right) at the Capitol along with other Unite Here Local 5 Union co-workers from Kaiser who were on strike.
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Maralyn Kurshals of Wai’anae Finalist for UH Board of Regents

Maralyn Kurshals (left), a finalist for a UH Board of Regents open seat, and Wai'anae Coast resident, recently visited Maile at the Capitol.  For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=6941.  Click image to enlarge

Maralyn Kurshals (left), a finalist for a UH Board of Regents open seat, and Wai’anae Coast resident, recently visited Maile at the Capitol. For more information, visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/news/article.php?aId=6941.
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