Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Keeping an eye on the legislature: Bill didn’t get its 48-hour notice
The 2014 legislative session is underway in Hawaii. Will we see the same problematic practices as in past sessions? “Gut-and-replace” (where the public is duped by replacing language in a bill) or “Frankenbills” (where unrelated content is grafted onto a bill previously heard and passed by committees)? Will hearings be scheduled with inadequate notice so that the public is sidelined?
It pays to keep an eye open.
In any case, committee chairs need to know that someone is watching.
The request for a waiver was made on the House floor yesterday at around 1 p.m. by House Committee on Health Chair Della Au Belatti. The notice was posted via email at 2:09 p.m., short of the 48 hour minimum.
NOTICE OF HEARING
DATE: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
TIME: 8:30 AM
PLACE: Conference Room 329
415 South Beretania Street
MAKING AN EMERGENCY APPROPRIATION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES FOR THE MED-QUEST DIVISION.
Makes an emergency appropriation from the general revenues of the State of Hawaii for fiscal year 2013-2014 to address the budget shortfall for the general support for health care payments program (HMS 902) in the Department of Human Services. Effective upon approval