STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3362
RE: S.C.R. No. 143
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 143 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE STATE'S FULL COMPLIANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET'S STATISTICAL POLICY DIRECTIVE NO. 15, ENTITLED "RACE AND ETHNIC STANDARDS FOR FEDERAL STATISTICS AND ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTING", AND THE PUBLICATION OF COLLECTED DATA SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Request the State's full compliance with the United States Office of Management and Budget's Statistical Policy Directive No. 15, entitled "Race and Ethnic Standards for Federal Statistics and Administrative Reporting"; and
(2) Request the publication of collected data subject to applicable state and federal laws.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Your Committees find that state agencies do not uniformly categorize their demographic data regarding Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders according to prevailing federal standards. These agencies also do not uniformly make their demographic data accessible to the public. For these reasons, entities like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that work to address health, social, economic, and other needs of specific communities are often unable to gather sufficient data to identify and address the needs of these communities and to develop programs that can bring about meaningful systemic change.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that the collected data requested to be made available to the public is race and ethnicity data;
(2) Amending the title accordingly; and
(3) Amending the stated approximate percentage of the State's population represented by Asian Americans, native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders from 48.6 percent to 70 percent, for accuracy.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 143, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 143, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Hawaiian Affairs and Public Safety, Government Operations, and Military Affairs,
WILL ESPERO, Chair
BRICKWOOD GALUTERIA, Chair