STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1743

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 154
                                        




Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Labor and Environment, to which was
referred Governor's Message No. 154, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:

     LORRAINE H. AKIBA, gubernatorial nominee as Director of
     Labor and Industrial Relations, for a term to expire
     December 2, 2002,

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the background information submitted by the
nominee, your Committee finds that Lorraine H. Akiba holds a
Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of
California at Berkeley and a J.D. degree from Hastings College of
the Law.  Ms. Akiba has thirteen years of legal experience in
private practice including environmental law, real estate
products liability, and lender liability litigation.  Ms. Akiba
has been the Director of the Department of Labor and Industrial
Relations for the past four years.  She has been honored with
several awards and honors including Phi Beta Kappa membership and
Outstanding Lawyer of 1990 awarded by the Hawaii Women Lawyers.

     Testimony in support of the nominee was submitted to your
Committee by: the administrators, office chiefs and heads of
administratively attached agencies of the Department of Labor and
Industrial Relations, the USDA Forest Service Institute of
Pacific Islands Forestry, Maui County Private Industry Council,
Maui Economic Development Board, Inc., the Hawaii School-to-Work
Executive Council, the Workforce Development Council, the
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Maui Community College, the YWCA

 
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of Oahu, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Honolulu, Child and
Family Service, the Immigrant Center, the Chamber of Commerce of
Hawaii, the West Hawaii Bar Association, the Hawaii Nurses'
Association, the Hawaii Association of Realtors, the Hawaii Hotel
Association, the Hawaii Forest Industry Association, Pacific
Resource Partnership, two public sector and seven private sector
labor unions, thirteen businesses, and six concerned citizens.

     The testimony supporting the nomination of Ms. Akiba
indicated that she brings a high degree of commitment to her
duties as Director of Labor and Industrial Relations.  She has
provided strong leadership for her department.  Furthermore, Ms.
Akiba is articulate, dynamic, energetic, and compassionate.  Her
leadership focuses on empowering the employees of the Department
and fostering an atmosphere of collaboration and teamwork.

     Testimony in opposition to the nomination was received from
the Mason's Union.

     Your Committee members diligently questioned the nominee
regarding the relationship between the Department and the private
sector as well as the Department's ability, under her leadership,
to provide services to the State's employees and employers in the
face of limited resources.  Your Committee believes that the
nominee adequately responded to the Committee's inquiries.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Labor and Environment that is attached to this
report, your Committee, after full consideration of the
background, character, experience, and qualifications of the
nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position
to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and
consent to the nomination.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Labor and
                                   Environment,



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                                   BOB NAKATA, Chair

 
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