Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 924

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 1




Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2013

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary and Labor, to which was referred H.B. No. 924, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:


     (1)  Require the Hawaii Labor Relations Board to provide written notice of a hearing to all parties by first class mail at least fifteen days before the date of a scheduled hearing to assist in streamlining the notification process; and


     (2)  Make housekeeping amendments to the law relating to the scope of negotiations between the public employer and the exclusive representative to conform to existing law.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Hawaii Labor Relations Board.


     Your Committee finds that the Hawaii Labor Relations Board currently uses registered or certified mail to provide notice to interested parties of a scheduled hearing.  The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations testified that the Hawaii Labor Relations Board spends $3,600 a year for postage expenses.  This measure requires the Board to provide notice via first class mail, which will allow the Board to realize savings of seventy-seven percent, or about $2,200 per year, and more efficiently allocate resources.  The money from the postage savings could be used by the Board to develop an electronic filing system.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its contents and replacing them with language from S.B. No. 868, S.D. 1 (Regular Session 2013), which has substantially similar language except for a reference to hearings pursuant to chapter 91, Hawaii Revised Statutes, rather than chapter 89, Hawaii Revised Statutes; an effective date of July 1, 2050; and technical, nonsubstantive differences.


     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 H.B. No. 924, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 924, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.


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