Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:     S.B. No. 2837

        S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2020

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2837, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to amend the composition and policies of the Information Technology Steering Committee.  Specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Provides for appointment of members to four-year terms, without the need for Senate confirmation of the nominees;


     (2)  Reduces the number of appointees by one each by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives;


     (3)  Adds one member appointed by the Superintendent of Education and one member appointed by the President of the University of Hawaii to the Information Technology Steering Committee;


     (4)  Provides that each member of the Information Technology Steering Committee shall hold office until the member's successor is appointed, because cumulative experience and continuity in office are essential to the proper administration of the State's technology standards and policies; and


     (5)  Declares it to be the policy that it is in the public interest for members to continue in office as long as efficiency is demonstrated.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Department of Education, and Transform Hawaii Government.


     Your Committee finds that members of the Information Technology Steering Committee should serve without regard to term limits because their institutional knowledge of the State's complex information systems assists the Chief Information Officer in developing the State's information technology standards and policies.  Your Committee declares it to be in the public interest that members of the Information Technology Steering Committee remain in office until a successor is appointed to their position.


     Your Committee also finds that the inclusion of members from the Department of Education and the University of Hawaii ensures that the State's public educational institutions can participate in formulating information technology strategic plans and policies.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2837, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,