STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1295


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2019


RE:   S.B. No. 785

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred S.B. No. 785, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to:


(1)  Require the scope of collective bargaining negotiations to include benefits related to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF);


(2)  Repeal the prohibition of using binding arbitration to resolve impasses or disputes relating to EUTF State and county contributions; and


(3)  Repeal the prohibition against striking on the issue of contributions by the State and counties to EUTF.


     The Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO, and Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463, IAFF, AFL-CIO testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Budget and Finance opposed this measure.  The EUTF provided comments on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to January 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on this measure.


     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. 785, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 785, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



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