HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

358

TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE, 2013

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO VIDEOCONFERENCING.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new part to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"Part ii. COMMITTEE HEARINGS, GENERALLY

21- Videoconferencing; rules. Each chamber of the legislature shall establish, by rule, procedures to enable the legislature to receive live oral testimony from neighbor island residents at legislative committee hearings through the use of audio or audiovisual technology. Each chamber of the legislature shall seek out executive agency sites or facilities which have existing audio and audiovisual capabilities that could be used to allow neighbor island residents to present live testimony from the neighbor islands."

SECTION 2. Chapter 21 is amended by designating sections 21-1 to 21-19 as part I, entitled:

"PART I. Investigating Committees, General Powers, and Duties of Sergeant-at Arms"

SECTION 3. Section 21-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"21-1 Purpose. The purpose of this [chapter] part is to establish procedures governing legislative investigating committees to provide for the creation and operation of legislative investigating committees in a manner [which] that will enable them to perform properly the powers and duties vested in them, including the conduct of hearings, in a fair and impartial manner, consistent with protection of the constitutional rights of persons called to testify at such hearings and preservation of the public good."

SECTION 4. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2013-2014 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2014-2015 for establishing audiovisual technology throughout the State to enable neighbor island residents to present oral testimony at legislative committee hearings.

The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of accounting and general services for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.



 

Report Title:

Audiovisual Technology; Videoconferencing; Legislative Hearings; Testimony; Teleconferencing; Neighbor Islands

 

Description:

Requires both chambers of the Legislature to implement rules to enable the Legislature to receive live oral testimony from the neighbor islands through audio or audiovisual technology. Requires each chamber to seek out agency sites that have audio or audiovisual capability that could be used for live testimony. Appropriates funds to establish audiovisual systems throughout the State. (HB358 HD1)

 

 

 

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