STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1355


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2021


RE:   S.B. No. 1109

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness, to which was referred S.B. No. 1109, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to establish a framework for disaster recovery in the State.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Defense, State Disaster Recovery Coordinator of the Office of the Governor, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Office of Planning, and one individual.


     Your Committee finds that efficient and effective disaster recovery efforts require the coordination of numerous public and private entities.  Your Committee believes that the State is in need of a single leading authority to facilitate the identification, coordination, and delivery of recovery assistance during and after a disaster.  This measure will help to enhance the coordination of all affected stakeholders, mitigate the impacts of disasters, and improve disaster recovery efforts by establishing a disaster recovery program and framework for the State.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Requiring that the State Disaster Recovery Coordinator report to the Administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, rather than the Governor; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1109, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1109, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Pandemic & Disaster Preparedness,