STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3282
RE: H.B. No. 2495
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2495, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COST ITEMS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to provide employer contribution amounts for plan years 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 for Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund health benefit plan premiums for the public officers and employees of collective bargaining unit 11 (firefighters) and their excluded counterparts due to an impasse in negotiations.
Written comments on the measure were submitted by the Department of Budget and Finance.
Your Committee finds that the public employers and the Hawaii Fire Fighters Association are at an impasse and an arbitration hearing has not yet been scheduled. This measure provides a vehicle to implement any health benefit contribution established by a potential arbitration proceeding for bargaining unit 11.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying the reference to excluded public employees covered by this measure;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of style, clarity, and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2495, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2495, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DAVID Y. IGE, Chair