Legislature Holds Special Session to Amend Maui Hospital Workers Bill
Lawmakers have reconvened in a special session today following the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 2077 relating to Maui hospital workers.
The bill provides state benefits to workers facing position abolishment, reduction-in-forces or workforce restructuring as the state moves forward with an agreement to have Kaiser Permanente assume control of operations at Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula Hospital and Lānaʻi Community Hospital.
Legislative leaders said they will not move to override the governor’s veto, but will work with him to fashion a bill that will protect the health, safety and welfare of Maui residents and ensure a smooth transition from public to private management of Maui hospitals.
The legislature will be in recess until Monday morning when it will reconvene at 11 a.m. to take up amendments to the bill.
Lawmakers say the recess will also give time for the governor to negotiate a settlement with the UPW in its lawsuit objecting to the transition.
A final vote on the amended bill is expected on Wednesday, July 20.