STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1324
RE: H.B. No. 1165
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, to which was referred H.B. No. 1165, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO GENDER IDENTIFICATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Require a license or state identification card to include a person's full legal name, date of birth, gender designation, residence address, and license number; and
(2) Specify gender designation options by including a third option.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Transportation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women, Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Rainbow Family 808, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Pride at Work Hawaii, American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai‘i, Hawaii Women's Coalition, and six individuals.
Your Committee finds that the transgender community is subject to much discrimination and is the target of invasive questions, creating uncomfortable and unwarranted situations for many. Gender and sex markers on identification cards, such as driver's licenses, can increase the likelihood of discrimination for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in various situations. Your Committee believes that expanding gender options on government issued identification cards will aid in nondiscrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
Your Committee notes that it is the responsibility of the county examiner of drivers to issue driver's licenses at various county issuing locations, rather than the Department of Transportation.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by clarifying that the examiner of drivers, rather than the Department of Transportation, is prohibited from requiring documentation for an applicant's selection of, or amendment to, a gender designation, unless such documentation is necessary to establish that the applicant is legally entitled to a license.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1165, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1165, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation,
LORRAINE R. INOUYE, Chair