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THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO REQUIRE FEDERAL
    CONTRACTING OFFICERS TO ADHERE TO FEDERAL LAWS THAT ARE
    DESIGNED TO IMPROVE EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS IN HAWAII WHEN
    UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ARE HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE.
 


 1        WHEREAS, in 1986, the United States Congress instituted a
 2   policy to include in all federal defense appropriations acts a
 3   provision providing that when the unemployment rate in Hawaii
 4   exceeds the national rate of unemployment, contractors of
 5   federal defense construction projects in Hawaii are required to
 6   employ Hawaii residents who are able to perform the contract;
 7   and
 8   
 9        WHEREAS, the clear intent of the congressional policy is
10   to help improve Hawaii's employment conditions, whenever
11   Hawaii's unemployment rate exceeds the national rate, by
12   requiring contractors who bid on federal defense construction
13   projects to hire Hawaii residents and thereby reduce the higher
14   unemployment rate in Hawaii; and
15   
16        WHEREAS, despite the expressed congressional policy on
17   hiring of Hawaii residents, contractors on federal defense
18   construction projects in Hawaii are inclined to hire
19   nonresident individuals who are willing to work for less than
20   the employee benefits required under Hawaii law for employees
21   employed in Hawaii; and
22   
23        WHEREAS, the ability of contractors on federal defense
24   construction projects to hire cheaper nonresident employees in
25   Hawaii impairs the ability of contractors in Hawaii to compete
26   on an equal footing for those same federal defense construction
27   projects while maintaining the high quality employee benefits
28   required by Hawaii law; and
29   
30        WHEREAS, a requirement that all contractors on federal
31   defense construction projects comply with the State's wage and
32   hour law, consistent with the Davis-Bacon Act, and with the
33   State's employee benefits law, including such employee benefits
34   as workers' compensation, prepaid health care, temporary
35   disability coverage, unemployment benefits, and other required
36   employee benefits, will significantly improve the ability of
37   Hawaii contractors to compete with all other contractors and

 
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 1   still maintain high levels of employee benefits; and
 2   
 3        WHEREAS, employment records of federal defense
 4   construction projects in Hawaii are open to public inspection
 5   and, if reviewed regularly, would significantly improve
 6   compliance with the congressional policy expressed in federal
 7   defense appropriations acts since 1986; now, therefore,
 8   
 9        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
10   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that Hawaii's
11   congressional delegation is requested to take any action
12   necessary to require federal contracting officers to adhere to
13   federal laws that are designed to improve the unemployment
14   condition in the localities that are suffering unemployment
15   rates that are higher than the national rate; and
16   
17        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
18   Resolution be transmitted to the members of Hawaii's
19   congressional delegation; the Commander in Chief, United States
20   Pacific Command; the Commander, Pacific Air Forces; Commanding
21   General, United States Army, Pacific; Commander in Chief,
22   United States Pacific Fleet; and Adjutant General, State of
23   Hawaii, Department of Defense.