STAND. COM. REP. NO. 407
RE: S.B. No. 1421
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Higher Education and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, to which was referred S.B. No. 1421 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DUAL USE TECHNOLOGY,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to:
(1) Create a Dual Use Technology Task Force within the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism consisting of representatives from the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Workforce Development Task Force, and Hawaii's technological and business community to:
(A) Explore potential research on technologies that can be used for both peaceful and military purposes, also known as "dual use technology", and development projects for technology companies;
(B) Establish high-growth new venture company infrastructure development for dual use technology companies; and
(C) Create ideas for high-income job opportunities for Hawaii residents and graduates of the State's educational institutions;
(2) Require the Dual Use Technology Task Force to submit preliminary and final reports of its findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation, to the Legislature prior to the convening of the regular sessions of 2023 and 2025, respectively; and
(3) Appropriate funding for the operation and administration of the Dual Use Technology Task Force.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; University of Hawai‘i System; Hawaii Technology Development Corporation; Hyperspective Studios, Inc.; Nalu Scientific, LLC; Oceanit; and Premier Solutions HI, LLC. Your Committees received comments on this measure from one individual.
Your Committees find that technologies developed for military use have been and continues to be appropriated by businesses for commercialization with extraordinary success. However, the State's heavy dependence on its tourism and hospitality industry has taken its focus away from developing innovative concepts and new approaches to technology, as well as availing itself to the extraordinary opportunity to take advantage of the strong military presence in the State and the research conducted on its behalf. The establishment of the Dual Use Technology Task Force will promote the development of the dual use technology industry in Hawaii that is essential to the recovery, continued growth, and diversification of the State's economy.
Your Committees also acknowledge the testimonies regarding certain initiatives being taken by the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation and University of Hawaii, such as the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research program that assists many Hawaii dual use technology businesses in securing federal Small Business Innovation Research funding, and the Hawaii Tech Bridge program, which is a new partnership with the Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific to facilitate new opportunities for Hawaii technology companies, including dual use technology companies, to provide solutions to the U.S. Navy. Your Committees recognize the concerns raised in the testimonies regarding the establishment of the Dual Use Technology Task Force affecting these priorities set forth in the Executive Budget.
Accordingly, your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting section 3 to eliminate the appropriation for the operations and administration of the Dual Use Technology Task Force; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Higher Education and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1421, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1421, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Higher Education and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism,
GLENN WAKAI, Chair
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair