STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1332

                                   Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.C.R. No. 36
                                        S.D. 1




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

Sir:

     Your Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental
Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 36 entitled:

     "SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING A STUDY REVIEWING
     THE STATE CIVIL DEFENSE SYSTEM,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to request the Director of
Civil Defense to conduct a study reviewing the State Civil
Defense system.

     Your Committee received testimony from the Hawaii State
Coordinating Council on Deafness and one individual requesting
that the study also address the accessibility of disaster-related
information, services, and resources to persons with
disabilities.  The State Civil Defense submitted testimony
indicating there is a lack of time and funding to conduct the
study requested in this measure.

     Your Committee finds that the State Civil Defense system is
under strict budget limitations and may not be able to
accommodate the study and review proposed by this measure.
However, your Committee believes that the accessibility of
disaster-related information, services, and resources to persons
with disabilities must be addressed.  In acknowledgement of the
budget limitations of the State Civil Defense System, your
Committee has amended this measure by replacing the contents of
this measure with language that urges Hawaii's congressional

 
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delegation to initiate, support and assist efforts to obtain
federal funding for:

     (1)  A study on the accessibility of disaster-related
          information, services, and resources to persons with
          disabilities in Hawaii, including persons who are deaf;
          and

     (2)  The necessary improvements to Hawaii's Civil Defense
          system to enhance the accessibility of disaster-related
          information services, and resources to persons with
          disabilities.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Transportation and Intergovernmental Affairs that is
attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent
and purpose of S.C.R. No. 36, as amended herein, and recommends
that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the
form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 36, S.D. 1.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Transportation
                                   and Intergovernmental Affairs,



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                                   CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair

 
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