STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1387
RE: H.B. No. 1068
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Seventh State Legislature
Regular Session of 2013
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1068, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to improve public awareness of services available to victims of human trafficking.
Specifically, this measure requires certain establishments to post on their premises a human trafficking poster that provides information on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from Courage House Hawaii, IMUAlliance, Tahirih Association, Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, and several individuals.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that over the past three years, calls from Hawaii to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center have increased fourfold, indicating an escalation both in the amount of human trafficking taking place in the State and in state residents' awareness of human trafficking issues.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying the definition of "establishment";
(2) Adding a savings clause; and
(3) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate continued discussion.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1068, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1068, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DAVID Y. IGE, Chair