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HB 2015, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

The House Committee on Labor & Public Employment

The House Committee on Public Safety Friday,

February 12, 2016
10:00 a.m., Room 309

RE: HB 2015, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-­Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

Attention: Chairs Mark Nakashima and Gregg Takayama,
Vice Chairs Jarrett Keohokalole and Kyle Yamashita and Members of the Committee’s

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support HB 2015,that provides pertinent exemptions needed in Chapter 103­D Hawaii Revised Statutes Procurement Code, restructures the composition of the EUTF Board, retaining legal counsel other than the AG’s office and health plans based on collective bargaining contributions from both employers and employees.

UHPA supports these changes as a step in the right direction. Greater flexibility in response time to problems, a more representative Board serving its membership, an independent legal counsel, and appropriate contributions.

UHPA urges the committee to support HB 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                     Executive Director