STAND. COM. REP. NO. 484
RE: S.B. No. 1343
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Higher Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 1343 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SELECTIVE SERVICE,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Require compliance with the federal Military Selective Service Act to be eligible for enrollment in a state-supported post-secondary educational institution, qualify for state financial assistance for post-secondary education, or be eligible for state or county employment or service; and
(2) Provide certain exceptions.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Headquarters of the Selective Service System and one individual. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, University of Hawai‘i System, Libertarian Party of Hawaii, and one individual.
Your Committees find that the United States Congress enacted the United States Military Selective Service Act in order to ensure that sufficient strength in armed forces exists in the nation to ensure national security, while simultaneously sharing the obligations and privileges of serving in the armed forces and the reserve components of the military through a system of selection that is just and fair. Your Committees further find that the United States Military Selective Service Act requires all male citizens and males residing in the United States, except for lawfully admitted non-immigrants, to register with the Selective Service System upon reaching the age of eighteen. This measure establishes compliance with the federal Military Selective Service Act as a prerequisite for participation in numerous state-supported programs, positions, and benefits.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Higher Education that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1343 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs and Higher Education,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair