Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    GOV. MSG. NO. 642




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred Governor's Message No. 642, submitting for study and consideration the nomination of: 


Crime Victim Compensation Commission


G.M. No. 642


for a term to expire 06-30-2022,


begs leave to report as follows:


     Your Committee reviewed the personal history, resume, and statement submitted by Martha Ross for service on the Crime Victim Compensation Commission.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of the nomination for the reappointment of Martha Ross from the Crime Victim Compensation Commission, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, and eleven individuals.


     Upon review of the testimony, your Committee finds that Ms. Ross's knowledge and prior experience qualify her for reappointment to the Crime Victim Compensation Commission.  Your Committee notes that Ms. Ross has a proven record of dedication and hard work as a member of the Crime Victim Compensation Commission over the past several years.  In addition, Ms. Ross is a licensed social worker who has demonstrated a commitment to the community and a deep understanding of victim advocacy with over thirty years of professional experience.  She spent seventeen years at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs where she held various positions, including Deputy Administrator of Programs; Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation; and Special Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.  Ms. Ross also worked as an Advocate and Counselor to victims and witnesses of violent crimes and established and coordinated the Victim-Witness Assistance Volunteer Program at the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu.  She is the CoFounder of the Violence Prevention Consortium, a collaboration of individuals, agencies, and organizations that aim to prevent violence in homes, schools, and communities.  Accordingly, your Committee finds that Ms. Ross's previous work as member of the Commission, professional background and knowledge, as well as her continuing commitment to the community and victims of crimes, will continue to be an asset to the Crime Victim Compensation Commission.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the background, experience, and qualifications of the nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and consent to the nomination.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,