STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2129
RE: S.B. No. 2884
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Senate
Twenty-Fifth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2010
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 2884 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COST ITEMS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to appropriate moneys to fund collective bargaining cost items for collective bargaining unit (10) relating to employer contributions to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund.
Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by one private organization. Testimony in opposition of this measure was submitted by two state agencies. Written testimony presented to the Committee may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.
Your Committee finds that the negotiations between the United Public Workers and the State concerning health plan contribution amounts to the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund have not been finalized or agreed upon. Your Committee also finds that establishing the employer health insurance premium contribution rate at sixty per cent of the premium cost would return the sharing of health plan premium costs between the State and employees of bargaining unit (10) to a more historical level.
Your Committee has amended this measure by
(1) Inserting special, federal, and other funding source categories for the appropriation;
(2) Adding that the employer shall pay $4.16 each month for every employee-beneficiary enrolled in the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund group life insurance plan;
(3) Describing the rounding calculation used to determine the employer's monthly contribution when it is less than one hundred per cent of the monthly premium amount; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purpose of consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2884, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2884, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair