Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  H.B. No. 532
                                        H.D. 3
                                        S.D. 2

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B.
No. 532, H.D. 3, S.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to provide for gender equity in
sports in Hawaii's public schools.

     In particular, this bill prohibits discrimination in
interscholastic, club, or intramural athletics on the basis of
sex in grades nine to twelve of any public school, and requires
the Superintendent of Education to develop a strategic plan to
ensure equity in sports participation.  This bill also
establishes an advisory commission on gender equity in sports
within the Department of Education for administrative purposes,
which is to determine if any school does not exhibit substantial
progress toward compliance with Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972 and section 302A-1001.  Based upon its
findings and determinations, the advisory commission may make
recommendations to the Board of Education, the Superintendent of
Education, and the Legislature.

     Your Committee finds that this bill seeks to ensure that all
students in grades nine through twelve of public schools are
provided equal opportunities to participate in athletics,

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regardless of their gender, by establishing a framework for
monitoring compliance with gender equity standards and adopting
the same standards as set forth in Title IX of the United States

     Your Committee has amended this bill to make technical,
nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity and
consistency, including:

     (1)  Adding the new sections as a new subpart to chapter
          302A, part II, Hawaii Revised Statutes, rather than as
          a new chapter in the Hawaii Revised Statutes;

     (2)  Designating a portion of section  -1(b) of the first
          section being added by the bill as a new section;

     (3)  Substituting the word "subpart" in place of the words
          "chapter" and "section" in the new language added by
          this bill, as appropriate; and

     (4)  Making other technical, nonsubstantive changes for
          purposes of clarification.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
532, H.D. 3, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it
pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 532,
H.D. 3, S.D. 2.

                                 Respectfully submitted on behalf
                                 of the members of the Committee
                                 on Ways and Means,

                                 CAROL FUKUNAGA, Co-Chair

                                 ANDREW LEVIN, Co-Chair

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