Chairs Rep. Rhoads and Rep. McKelvey, Vice Chairs Rep. Yamashita and Rep. Choy, members of LAB and ERB,
The League of Women Voters of Hawaii would like to comment on both similar bills addressing the Commission on Salaries – HB 450 and HB 570.
We support both bills on their inclusion of public hearings on proposed salary increases for certain members of the executive branch, the legislators and judges and justices. That will address one of the public's concerns as far as the process of determining the justification of such increases is concerned.
HB 570 goes further in specifying that the public hearings shall “be subject to the open meeting and public notice requirements of Chaper 92, and that the commission shall provide public notice not less than 72 hours prior to the hearing in accordance with section 1 – 28.5 “. We would like to suggest changing the word “may” to “shall” on line 17, on page 2 of HB 570, so that a summary of the comments will be available to all of the legislators.
We feel that this is especially important because the appointing authorities of the commission are only people whose salaries will be set by the commission.
We would like to suggest that hearings be held on all of the counties, but absent that, notification be sent to all of the islands inviting written comments from all.
Thank you for this opportunity to comment on HB 450 and HB 570.