Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:     S.B. No. 1526

        S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 1526 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to provide funding for a DOCARE DLNRTip app administrator position and software upgrades and app enhancements.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources and twelve individuals.  Your Committee received comments on this measure from one individual.


     Your Committee finds that the DOCARE DLNRTip app is a free, smartphone-based application that allows community members to anonymously report violations on public lands to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.  When submitting a tip, a user includes the subject, location, and any helpful photos or videos of the violation.  The DOCARE DLNRTip app's strengths include the ability to quickly report illegal acts, anonymity, and accessibility to anyone.  However, the DOCARE DLNRTip app suffers from the absence of backend database management and analytics processing.  Your Committee finds that additional funding is needed to enable database management and analytics processing to address the DOCARE DLNRTip app's existing weaknesses and enhance DLNR's ability to efficiently enforce violations.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; 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 Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1526, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1526, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water and Land,