CONFERENCE COMMITTEE REP. NO. 123

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                 , 2015

 

RE:    S.B. No. 273

       S.D. 2

       H.D. 2

       C.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam and Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Conference on the disagreeing vote of the Senate to the amendments proposed by the House of Representatives in S.B. No. 273, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO IDENTIFICATION CARDS,"

 

having met, and after full and free discussion, has agreed to recommend and does recommend to the respective Houses the final passage of this bill in an amended form.

 

     The purpose of this measure is to:

 

     (1)  Require the examiner of drivers to accept a sworn statement from a victim services organization, an attorney, a member of the clergy, correctional institution staff, a medical or other health professional, or a verification letter from a homeless service provider as documentary evidence of a homeless person's address;

 

     (2)  Require the Director of Transportation's rules to direct the examiner of drivers to waive all fees for the issuance of an identification card for homeless individuals; and

 

     (3)  Establish a working group to develop a plan to enable homeless individuals to obtain necessary documentary evidence to obtain a state civil identification card.

 

     Your Committee on Conference finds that legal identification is necessary to obtain and maintain certain financial and nonfinancial benefits, housing, employment, medication, and other life essentials.  Your Committee on Conference further finds that houseless citizens in Hawaii often face overwhelming barriers to obtaining valid identification, and that allowing qualified individuals to provide documentation verifying a homeless individual's address would assist homeless individuals in obtaining critical services and becoming more self-sufficient.

 

     Your Committee on Conference has amended this measure by:

 

     (1)  Expanding the working group to include a representative from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Social Security Administration, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Partners in Development Foundation's We Are Oceania Project;

 

     (2)  Removing the Director of Transportation or the Director's designee from the working group;

 

     (3)  Deleting replacement identification card from the types of identification cards for which the fee must be waived when issued to qualified homeless individuals; and

 

     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the managers of your Committee on Conference that is attached to this report, your Committee on Conference is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 273, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Final Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 273, S.D. 2, H.D. 2, C.D. 1.

 


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the managers:

 

ON THE PART OF THE HOUSE

 

ON THE PART OF THE SENATE

 

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DEE MORIKAWA, Co-Chair

 

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SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair

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KARL RHOADS, Co-Chair

 

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GILBERT S.C. KEITH-AGARAN, Co-Chair

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SYLVIA LUKE, Co-Chair