STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2923
RE: S.B. No. 2228
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2228, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish forfeiture of Employees' Retirement System benefits for felonies related to state or county employment.
Specifically, this measure:
(1) Authorizes a court to order the forfeiture of Employees' Retirement System benefits of a member, former member, or retirant upon the conviction of that individual for a felony related to the employment of the individual with the State or any county;
(2) Authorizes designated beneficiaries to receive benefits upon the death of the convicted member, former member, or retirant despite court-ordered forfeiture of benefits; and
(3) Establishes procedures for the Employees' Retirement System to follow upon receipt of an applicable court order.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Employees' Retirement System and one individual.
Your Committee finds that this measure will codify the public policy that contributors to the Employees' Retirement System who are convicted of a felony related to their employment with the State or any county should not be eligible to receive retirement benefits accrued during employment.
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 S.B. No. 2228, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair