Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.R. No. 81

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2010

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Economic Development and Technology, to which was referred S.R. No. 81 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to request the Auditor to initiate the first audit of the Wireless Enhanced 911 Fund, including a survey of the status of and available funding for any projects that have been undertaken or planned by public safety answering points during the audit period, and report to the 2011 Legislature on the status of the audit.


     The Department of Accounting and General Services submitted testimony in opposition to this measure.


     Written testimony presented to the Committee may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.


     Your Committee finds that due to the unprecedented revenue shortfalls of over $2,000,000,000 during this fiscal biennium, $16,000,000 in funds were deemed to be excess balances over Wireless Enhanced 911 project needs and transferred from the Wireless Enhanced 911 Fund in 2009, by Act 69, Session Laws of Hawaii 2009, and your Committee anticipates that at least $5,000,000 in additional funds may be transferred from the Fund in 2010.  Your Committee is concerned that this would seriously jeopardize the State's ability to improve and enhance its capabilities to respond to life-threatening circumstances.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by replacing the provisions relating to an audit with a request that the Wireless Enhanced 911 Board report to the Legislature on the Wireless Enhanced 911 Fund.  Specifically this measure is amended by:


     (1)  Amending the title to read:  "REQUESTING A REPORT OF THE WIRELESS ENHANCED 911 FUND";


     (2)  Replacing Whereas language relating to an audit with language describing funds transferred from the Fund to address revenue shortfalls; and the importance of leveraging federal, state, county and Wireless Enhanced 911 funds to improve and enhance the State's capabilities to respond to life-threatening circumstances;


     (3)  Specifying that the report include Fund income and disbursements, including any transfers of unexpended balances for the previous and current fiscal years;


     (4)  Changing the reporting date from twenty days prior to the 2011 Legislative Session to September 1, 2010; and


     (5)  Transmitting a copy of the measure to the Comptroller, rather than the Auditor.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development and Technology that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 81, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.R. No. 81, S.D. 1.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development and Technology,