At least three Democrats in the state Senate have urged Gov. Neil Abercrombie to veto a bill that would increase fees and bonding requirements on professional employer organizations.
Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Sen. Carol Fukunaga and Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., have warned the governor in letters that the bill could hurt some of the smaller firms that provide human resources functions for small businesses.
Chun Oakland had voted against the bill on final reading, while Ihara was excused. In an interesting twist, Chun Oakland, Fukunaga and Ihara are all part of the “chess club” leadership faction that includes Sen. Rosalyn Baker, the bill’s sponsor, and had co-sponsored the bill.
From Chun Oakland:
I am in agreement with the local business community and feel that the bond requirements as set forth in this bill for these organizations are unreasonable and will force many local, small businesses to close as they will be unable to meet the financial obligations as required in this bill. This bill will only benefit large Professional Employer Organizations that have large financial reserves that will help them offset the costs of this legislation.