STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1018
RE: S.B. No. 135
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Higher Education & Technology, to which was referred S.B. No. 135, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TELECOMMUNICATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to require the Office of Enterprise Technology Services to establish a working group to:
(1) Conduct a study to identify state office buildings that are able to provide equitable telecommunication access to residents of the counties of Hawaii, Kauai, and Maui and residents of rural areas in the City and County of Honolulu, including residents with disabilities, to participate remotely in legislative hearings; and
(2) Submit a report of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature prior to the 2022 Regular Session.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Office of the Mayor of the City and County of Honolulu, and Disability and Communication Access Board.
Your Committee finds that the coronavirus pandemic closed many public and private places, including workplaces, and curtailed activities in everyday life and the way people interact with one another. The pandemic heightened the need for remote work and learning capabilities and brought this immediate need to the forefront. Your Committee further finds that this measure will assist in making legislative hearings more accessible to residents statewide, particularly residents in rural areas and residents with disabilities, thereby enabling greater citizen participation in the legislative process.
(1) Adding a person with a communication disability to the working group;
(2) Dissolving the working group on June 30, 2022; and
(3) 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 Higher Education & Technology that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 135, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 135, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education & Technology,
GREGG TAKAYAMA, Chair