STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1632
RE: S.C.R. No. 261
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 261, S.D. 1, entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PETITION THE HAWAII SUPREME COURT SEEKING RELIEF TO PREVENT ACTION AGAINST THE REAPPORTIONMENT COMMISSION FOR THE COMMISSION'S FAILURE TO MEET STATUTORY OR CONSTITUTIONAL DEADLINES RELATING TO THE 2021 REAPPORTIONMENT PLANS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to request the Attorney General to petition the Hawaii Supreme Court seeking relief to prevent action against the Reapportionment Commission for the Commission's failure to meet statutory or constitutional deadlines relating to the 2021 reapportionment plans.
Your Committee finds that article IV, section 2, of the Hawaii State Constitution requires and provides procedures and a timetable for the convening of the Reapportionment Commission to be tasked with creating a reapportionment plan for the Legislature and the United States congressional districts within the State. Your Committee further finds that the Reapportionment Commission relies on data from the United States Census Bureau for accurate counts of the United States population on which to base reapportionment plans. Your Committee additionally finds that, because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, the United States Census Bureau has already indicated that redistricting data will not be available until after the constitutional deadline for the Reapportionment Commission to submit a final plan has passed. The Reapportionment Commission is not to blame for a delay caused by the United States Census Bureau. This measure requests the Attorney General to petition the Hawaii Supreme Court seeking relief to prevent action against the Reapportionment Commission stemming from this unavoidable delay.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 261, S.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,
MARK M. NAKASHIMA, Chair