STAND. COM. REP. NO. 837

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 533

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 533, H.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BROADBAND,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Establish the Hawaii Broadband Office within the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT);

 

(2) Establish the position of State Broadband Strategy Officer;

 

(3) Change the name of the Broadband Assistance Advisory Council to the Broadband Advisory Council, amend its functions to eliminate promotion of telework, amend its membership, and transfer the Council and its administration from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (DCCA) to DBEDT; and

 

(4) Appropriate funds for the creation and staffing of the Hawaii Broadband Office.

 

DBEDT, DCCA, Department of Health, Department of Education, and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii submitted testimony in support of the measure.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 533, H.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair