STAND. COM. REP. NO. 573________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 532
                                     H.D. 2




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which
was referred H.B. No. 532, H.D. 1, entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO GENDER EQUITY IN SPORTS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to establish a structure to
ensure gender equity in athletic activities offered by the public
schools.

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this bill
from the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, the
Hawai'i Civil Rights Commission, the Hawaii Women Lawyers, the
Hawaii State Teachers Association, and several concerned
individuals.  Comments were received from the Department of
Education.

     Your Committee finds that gender equity in sports at the
public schools promotes equal opportunities for girls and boys
from kindergarten through high school.

     Your Committee amended this bill by:

          1.   Removing the enforcement section;

          2.   Requiring a strategic plan to achieve gender
               equity in sports in three years;


 
 
 
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          3.   Requiring the creation of indicators of progress
               and use of benchmarking to measure progress; and

          4.   Removing the "body contact sport" exception to
               allowing girls to try out for teams comprising
               solely of boys.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to
this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and
purpose of H.B. No. 532, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and
recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance, in
the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 532, H.D. 2.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Judiciary &
                                   Hawaiian Affairs,



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                                   PAUL T. OSHIRO, Chair