STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2111

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 821

S.D. 1

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 Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 821, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO GENDER EQUITY,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to require all places of public accommodation and state building construction that are constructed or substantially modified after December 31, 2020, to provide baby diaper-changing accommodations and baby feeding accommodations that are equally accessible to men and women.

 

Hawaii Women's Coalition, Breastfeeding Hawaii, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Midwives Alliance of Hawaii, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Pride at Work Hawaii, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition of Hawaii, and a few concerned individuals supported this measure. Retail Merchants of Hawaii, Hawaii Restaurant Association, and ABC Stores opposed this measure. The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women and National Association of Social Workers Hawaii Chapter offered comments on this 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 S.B. No. 821, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, 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