STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2454
RE: S.B. No. 2703
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred S.B. No. 2703 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to ensure that state child support enforcement laws are in compliance with recently enacted federal laws. Specifically, this measure:
(1) Clarifies the requirement for new hire reporting to include the date on which services for remuneration were first performed by the employee as part of the information furnished by employers to the Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency, a division within the Department of the Attorney General; and
(2) Clarifies that employers receiving a notice of medical support have twenty business days after the notice date to transfer the notice to the appropriate plan providing health care coverage and are required to notify the Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency when employment is terminated.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of the Attorney General.
Your Committee finds that the federal Claims Resolution Act requires employers to report to the State Directory of New Hires the date on which an employee first performs services for pay. This is an anti-fraud measure aimed at reducing the number of overpayments to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits. This measure will allow the State to comply with this new federal reporting requirement, which became effective on June 8, 2011.
Your Committee further finds that amendments to the federal Social Security Act requires employees to transfer a medical support notice twenty days after receiving the notice to the appropriate plan providing health care coverage and requires employers to notify the state child support enforcement agency when employment is terminated. This measure will allow the State to comply with this new federal requirement, which also became effective on June 8, 2011.
Your Committee recognizes that this measure not only ensures compliance with federal law, but also maintains eligibility for federal welfare funding and federal funding of child support enforcement programs.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to ensure further discussion; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Labor that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2703, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2703, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Labor,
CLAYTON HEE, Chair