STAND. COM. REP. NO.233-02
RE: H.B. No. 2163
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Education and Labor and Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2163 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO REHIRING RETIRED TEACHERS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to allow the Department of Education (DOE) to rehire teachers who have been retired for at least one year until July 1, 2007.
The Lieutenant Governor, DOE, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Business Roundtable, Hawaii Association of Independent Schools, and Hawaii Teacher Standards Board submitted testimony in support of this bill.
Your Committees find that to address its teacher shortage, Act 308, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, allowed DOE to hire teachers who have been retired for two years with no loss of retirement benefits. However, this action has not resulted in as many retired teachers coming back to teach as was hoped. This bill will reduce the amount of time that a teacher must be retired to qualify for rehire without loss of retirement benefits, thereby increasing the pool of retired teachers who can return to service.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Education and Labor and Public Employment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2163 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Education and Labor and Public Employment,
SCOTT K. SAIKI, Chair
KEN ITO, Chair