Senate Special Committee on COVID-19 meets again Thursday, April 9

The special committee will convene again tomorrow to assess and advise the Senate regarding the State of Hawaii's COVID-19 plans and procedures to include, but not limited to:

  1. Confirm the development of the state departmental plans and procedures;

  2. Review and assess current state departmental plans and procedures;

  3. Review and assess whether state departmental plans and procedures are properly and timely implemented to safeguard public health and safety; and

  4. To communicate and disseminate information obtained therefrom.

The special committee will be meeting with the following:

11:00 a.m.             Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Mr. Scott Murakami, Director

12:00 p.m.             Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness

                              Mr. Scott Morishige

Behavioral Health Services Administration

            Mr. Edward Mersereau, Deputy Director

Partners in Care

                              Ms. Laura E. Thielen, Executive Director

1:00 p.m.               Releasing of incarcerated persons

Honorable Daniel Foley (Ret.), Special Master

2:00 p.m.                Department of Public Safety

                              .Nolan Espinda, Director

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also be livestreamed via

No public testimony will be accepted.

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