STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1155


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015


RE:   S.B. No. 1324

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred S.B. No. 1324, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to allow for the Employees' Retirement System (ERS) to make direct payments of a portion of a member's pension, annuity, or retirement allowance to a non-member former spouse pursuant to an award in a divorce action.


     The Family Law Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association; Farrell & Associates, LLLC; and Kleintop, Luria & Medeiros, LLLP supported this measure.  The Employees' Retirement System opposed this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting the language from House Bill No. 1370, H.D. 1, which is a similar measure that has the same purpose and was previously considered at public hearing and passed by your Committee.  Your Committee has further amended House Bill No. 1370, H.D. 1, by allowing for the ERS to assess a ten percent administrative fee equally upon the member and former spouse.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1324, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1324, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,