Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 1207

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 1207, S.D. 1, entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to provide government agencies with additional flexibility to conduct procurements during emergency situations.


     More specifically, this measure:


     (1)  Authorizes the head of a purchasing agency to obtain emergency procurements to address equipment failures; make repairs to public property to protect against further loss of or damage to public property; and to prevent or minimize serious disruption in the continued functioning of government services;


     (2)  Removes the requirement that an emergency procurement receive prior approval from the chief procurement officer; and


     (3)  Requires a head of a purchasing agency to submit a report accounting for the emergency procurement to the chief procurement officer and the Legislature within sixty days of the end of the fiscal year in which the procurement was made.


     Your Committees received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Accounting and General Services.


     Your Committees received written comments in opposition to this measure from the Painting Industry of Hawaii Labor Management Cooperation Trust Fund; Hawaii Tapers Market Recovery Trust Fund; Hawaii Glaziers, Architectural Metal Glassworkers Local Union 1889 AFL-CIO Stabilization Trust Fund; and Carpet, Linoleum and Soft Tile Local Union 1926 Market Recovery Trust Fund.


     Your Committees find that this measure will allow government agencies to procure necessary goods, services, and construction more quickly and efficiently for smaller and more localized emergency situations.  Your Committees further find that this will help vital facilities to keep operating and allow essential government services to continue to be delivered to the public with less disruption.


     Your Committees have amended this measure by:


     (1)  Clarifying that a head of a purchasing agency may make an emergency procurement when a situation creates a threat to life, public health, welfare, public property, serious disruption to government services, or safety, including a situation caused by equipment failure;


     (2)  Correcting the text of section 103D-307, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to accurately reflect the printed version of the Hawaii Revised Statutes;


     (3)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and


     (4)  Making a technical nonsubstantive change for the purpose of style.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1207, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1207, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Ways and Means and Judiciary,