STAND. COM. REP. NO. 995
RE: S.B. No. 508
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred S.B. No. 508 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
Your Committee finds that ocean safety and stewardship education will help prevent drownings and instill in students a sense of responsibility and respect for the ocean and marine environment. Providing hand-on education to students in actual coastal marine environments, such as the beach, will enhance the students understanding and the importance of such environments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that the ocean safety and stewardship education program may be conducted at a beach or another appropriate location, in addition to onsite at the school;
(2) Authorizing the Department of Education to provide an opt-out process for elementary public schools that have other comparable programs or conduct water safety training at a different grade level;
(3) Changing its effective date to January 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(4) 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 Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 508, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 508, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Education.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,
DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair