STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3671
RE: H.B. No. 2091
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2091, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORD CHECKS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to allow the University of Hawaii to conduct criminal history record checks on current or prospective employees, and contractors and their employees whose duties include ensuring the security of campus facilities and persons.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the University of Hawai‘i System and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that the University of Hawai‘i System's on-campus residences and functions require public safety employees to patrol the areas at night. Because these public safety employees are civil service employees, the Department of Human Resource Development has historically performed background checks. However, this measure would allow the University to also conduct background checks to expedite hiring of employees and contractors providing security services. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the University stating that the inclusion of language allowing "its designee" to conduct background checks was found to be unnecessary to authorize the use third parties to conduct the background checks on behalf of the University.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the language authorizing "its designee" to conduct background checks; and
(2) Making it effective upon its approval.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2091, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2091, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair