STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1774
RE: H.B. No. 273
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 273, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PRIVACY NOTICE FOR INSURANCE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish an exemption for insurers from the required annual privacy notice to customers under certain circumstances.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Medical Service Association, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, American Property Casualty Insurance Association, American Council of Life Insurers, and National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.
Your Committee finds that existing law requires an insurer to send annual privacy notice updates to all of its customers in accordance with the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). In 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which included amendments to the privacy provisions of the GLBA and eliminated the costly and time consuming requirement of the redundant annual privacy notices under certain conditions. So far, at least thirty-two states have adopted provisions under the FAST Act to allow insurers relief from the annual privacy notice requirement. This measure enacts provisions of the FAST Act to remove the annual requirement if an insurer meets certain conditions. This measure also benefits the environment by reducing the number of redundant consumer notices and saves regulators time and effort reviewing and approving superfluous consumer notices.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2019; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 273, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 273, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair