STAND. COM. REP. NO.  80-10


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2010


RE:   H.B. No. 2897





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2897 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to subject a contractor to revocation or suspension of a license for knowingly or intentionally employing a person who is not eligible to work in the United States under federal law to perform work on any project or operation.


     The Hawaii Laborers' Union; Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO; and Pacific Resource Partnership supported this bill.  The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and Contractors License Board offered comments.


     Although most businesses follow the laws and rules governing their industries with regard to employment of individuals who are ineligible for employment within the United States, some unscrupulous employers take advantage of these individuals since their employment can often reduce costs.  However, the use of illegal workers cheats legal workers out of employment opportunities.


     Recent events involving the construction industry resulted in the discovery of a number of these illegal workers.  According to the Pacific Resource Partnership, between December 2007 and December 2008 at least 168 illegal undocumented workers were arrested in Hawaii with approximately 103 of these workers being employed by the construction industry.  These events demonstrate the need for this measure.  However, your Committee notes the concerns raised by testifiers regarding this matter and respectfully requests subsequent committees to scrutinize these issues as the bill makes its way through the legislative process.


     While this measure is an important step in dealing with this situation, your Committee notes that a more proactive approach to dealing with this problem should be taken.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2897 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,