STAND. COM. REP. NO. 503

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 892

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committees on Economic Development and Technology, Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, and Energy and Environment, to which was referred S.B. No. 892 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO OMNIBUS HAWAI‘I RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to make various appropriations for the Hawaii resilience and sustainability strategy.

 

     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Enterprise Honolulu; and three individuals.  Your Committees received comments on this measure from the High Technology Development Corporation.

 

     Your Committees find that Hawaii needs a new way of thinking about how the State addresses critical infrastructure needs through the development of public-private partnerships that are specifically focused on research and development.  It is necessary that the State cultivates an environment for attracting partners with resources, technical expertise, and the willingness to develop an offshore high technology park that integrates state-of-the-art communications platforms, big data analytics, and unmanned aerial vehicles.

 

     Your Committees find that benefits of broadband internet access include the uncomplicated access to all types of information; economic development to accelerate business development and new opportunities for innovation, expansion, and e-commerce; enhancement of existing public safety measures connecting first responders to residents; and the facilitation of state healthcare delivery systems.

 

     Your Committees have amended this measure by inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.

 

     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Economic Development and Technology, Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, and Energy and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 892, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 892, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Economic Development and Technology, Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, and Energy and Environment,

 

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WILL ESPERO, Chair

 

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GLENN WAKAI, Chair

 

 

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MIKE GABBARD, Chair