STAND. COM. REP. NO. 284

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 503

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 503 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SALARY OVERPAYMENTS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

(1) Require each department to deduct the department's total salary overpayment from the department's budget request for the following fiscal biennium;

 

(2) Require employees who exhaust their sick leave to be placed on a manual accounting system; and

 

(3) Remove the two-year statute of limitations on the determination and notice of salary or wage overpayment.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation and University of Hawaii System. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Education, Department of Accounting and General Services, and State of Hawaii Employees' Retirement System.

 

Your Committee finds that salary overpayments have been an ongoing issue throughout many departments and agencies of the State with approximately half of all salary overpayments the result of employees calling in sick without having sufficient sick leave accumulated. This measure requires each department to deduct salary overpayments from the department's budget request; requires employees who use their sick leave to be placed on a manual accounting system; and removes the two-year statute of limitations on the determination and notice of salary overpayment. Holding state departments and agencies accountable for salary overpayments will decrease overpayment waste and increase state efficiency.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Specifying that employees who exhaust their vacation leave must be placed on a manual accounting system;

 

(2) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2025, to encourage further discussion;

 

(3) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment to correct an incorrect reference in the purpose section to conform to the substantive language of this measure; and

 

(4) 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 Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 503, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 503, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Government Operations,

 

 

 

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LAURA H. THIELEN, Chair