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SB 2434, Relating to the Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor

Friday, February 5, 2016

9:30 a.m.,  Room 016

RE: SB2434, Relating to The Hawaii Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund

Attention: Chair Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair Maile Shimabukuro and Members of the Committee

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committee to support SB2434, that provides pertinent exemptions needed in Chapter 103-D 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 SB2434.

Respectfully submitted,

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                  Executive Director