STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1174
RE: S.B. No. 276
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 276 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate an unspecified amount of funds to the Department of Public Safety.
No written comments were received on this measure.
Your Committee finds that the renovations of the Women's Community Correctional Center Hookipa Makai Cottage are expected to be completed in January 2021. Authorizing the staff positions for the cottage without funding for the 2019-2020 fiscal year will assist in the process to recruit individuals to fill those positions for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
further finds that delays in the repair of a housing module at Halawa
Correctional Facility require that the two-hundred forty-eight inmates who were
previously relocated to the Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona so those
repairs could be made must remain in Saguaro for six additional months because
the project is taking more time than was anticipated. Accordingly, additional funds are required to
finance those housing costs and to fund costs to return the inmates to Hawaii.
Your Committee has
amended this measure by deleting its contents and inserting provisions that:
(1) Authorize twenty-three full-time equivalent (23.00 FTE) permanent staff positions for the Women's Community Correctional Center Hookipa Makai Cottage;
(2) Appropriate funds for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the twenty-three full time equivalent staff positions for the Women's Community Correctional Center Hookipa Makai Cottage; and
(3) Appropriate funds for housing costs of two hundred forty-eight inmates at Saguaro Correctional Center in Arizona and for costs to return the inmates to Hawaii.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 276, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 276, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair