STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1515
RE: H.B. No. 532
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Technology, to which was referred H.B. No. 532, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO GOVERNMENT DATA,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish within the Office of Enterprise Technology Services a Chief Data Officer and data task force to develop, implement, and manage statewide data set policies, procedures, and standards.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Department of Education, Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Office of Information Practices, Ulupono Initiative, All Hawaii News, Big Island Press Club, Transform Hawai‘i Government, Elemental Excelerator, and one individual. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee finds that data held by state agencies must be readily available to other state agencies, unless expressly prohibited by law or applicable regulatory requirement, with minimal administrative obstacles, to enable effective, efficient, and transparent delivery of information resources and services. Your Committee further finds that it is equally vital that agencies make reasonable efforts to make data accessible to the public, because such data can inform public policy, stimulate innovation, encourage public engagement, and enhance transparency within the State. By establishing a Chief Data Officer and data task force, this measure ensures that efforts are dedicated to facilitating data sharing across state agencies and determining data sets that are appropriate for public disclosure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Technology that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 532, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Technology,
JARRETT KEOHOKALOLE, Chair