Report Title:

Government Equipment

Description:

Allows the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate President to access any of their employee's state-owned computers. (HB2612 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2612

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO GOVERNMENT PROPERTY.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Chapter 84, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"84- Legislative computers; expectation of privacy. (a) In the respective house, the employer may access any state computer or computer connected to the legislative server used by an employee. No employee at the legislature shall have a reasonable expectation of privacy in any document, file, or other electronic information found on any such computer used by the employee. Access may be for the following reasons:

(1) Any work-related reason;

(2) Suspected misuse; and

(3) Random inspection for misuse.

Before any such computer at the legislature is accessed by the employer, except for normal maintenance or repair, the employer shall consult with a committee made up of a proportional number of majority and minority members from the affected house reflecting the makeup of each house. The members on each committee shall be appointed by the employer.

(b) For purposes of this section:

"Employee" means any nominated, appointed, or elected officer or employee of the legislature, including legislators and employees under contract to the State.

"Employer" means the speaker of the house of representatives and the senate president.

"Misuse" means any use of a computer other than that specifically allowed by the particular agency for which the computer is used."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.