STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2210
RE: S.B. No. 2042
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Labor and Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 2042, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to include school psychologists in bargaining unit (5).
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Association of School Psychologists and five individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii State Teachers Association.
Your Committees find that bargaining unit (5), Hawaii State Teachers Association, includes teachers, school counselors, and school librarians. Counselors and librarians that are not specific to schools are included in other bargaining units. School psychologists are included in bargaining unit (13), which includes professional and scientific employees, who cannot be included in any of the other bargaining units. Most members of unit (13) can obtain licensing through the department of commerce and consumer affairs to work outside of the department of education; however, school psychologists are exempt from licensing and other requirements under chapter 465, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Accordingly, your Committees acknowledge that, as specialists that are specific to working in schools, it may be appropriate to include school psychologists within bargaining unit (5). However, your Committees note that this measure is a work in progress and encourage the interested parties to continue to work together to determine the most appropriate bargaining unit for school psychologists.
Your Committees have amended this measure by inserting an effective date of January 1, 2065, to encourage further discussion.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Labor and Education that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2042, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2042, S.D. 2, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Labor and Education,
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair
JILL N. TOKUDA, Chair