STAND. COM. REP. NO. 109

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 710

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 710 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to add reproductive health decisions and utilization of family leave to the list of categories that are protected against discriminatory employment practices.

 

The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women; Hawaii Civil Rights Commission; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii; Midwives Alliance of Hawaii; Save Medicaid Hawaii; Hawaii Women's Coalition; Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii; LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Kokua Kalihi Valley; Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; and several individuals testified in support of this measure. An individual opposed this measure.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Amending the definition of "reproductive health decision" to include the use or attempted use of any assisted reproductive technology;

 

(2) Changing its effective date to January 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion; and

 

(3) Making a technical, nonsubstantive amendment for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 710, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 710, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,

 

 

 

 

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AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair