STAND. COM. REP. NO. 413
RE: S.B. No. 1046
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 1046 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Clarify membership and certain powers and duties of the Law Enforcement Standards Board;
(2) Establish new deadlines for the Law Enforcement Standards Board to complete its responsibilities; and
(3) Provide appropriate funds and resources to enable the Law Enforcement Standards Board to accomplish its mission.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Taxation, Department of the Attorney General, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawai‘i Police Department, and one individual. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Young Progressives Demanding Action and one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Public Safety.
Your Committee recognizes that the Law Enforcement Standards Board's duties include the establishment and enforcement of minimum employment standards for and certification of law enforcement officers throughout the State. Your Committee believes that these employment and certification standards are necessary for public health, safety, and welfare. Your Committee finds that in order to establish appropriate standards, the Law Enforcement Standards Board needs to consult with various stakeholders, consider reputable studies, and hire appropriate staff. Your Committee also finds that all of the foregoing steps will require time, monetary resources, and the active participation of board members. This measure will provide the Law Enforcement Standards Board with the necessary resources to comply with its statutory requirements.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1046, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1046, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,
CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair