STAND. COM. REP. NO. 398
RE: H.B. No. 157
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 157, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS AND RECORDS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to authorize any board, subject to the State's Sunshine Law, to hold a closed executive meeting to consider statements and information obtained from witnesses or victims during the course of an investigation into the hire, evaluation, dismissal, or discipline of an officer or employee or of charges brought against the officer or employee, where consideration of matters affecting a witness' or victim's privacy will be involved.
Your Committee finds that investigations by a government agency into the hire, evaluation, dismissal, or discipline of government officers or employees or of charges against government officers or employees may involve witnesses or victims who are supervised by the government officer or employee being investigated or charged. This measure will encourage witnesses and victims of misconduct by government officers and employees to testify before government agencies by protecting their privacy and reducing the fear of threats and retaliation.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 157, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 157, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair