STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1496
RE: S.C.R. No. 5
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 5 entitled:
"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF 21ST CENTURY DATA GOVERNANCE FOR FACT-BASED POLICYMAKING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to recognize the importance of data governance and to assess and modernize procedures for collecting, retaining, and sharing detailed and disaggregated data, including data that disaggregates Native Hawaiians from other Pacific Islanders, in pandemic response recovery efforts.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaiian Affairs Caucus of the Department of Public Health, Office of Enterprise Technology Services, Spoehr Foundation, Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, Hawaii Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Medical-Legal Partnership, Hawaii Children's Action Network Speaks!, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, The Queen's Health Systems, and numerous individuals.
Your Committee finds that improving data governance will help the State develop data-driven, fact-based, and well-tailored policies and interventions to address the unique needs of Hawaii's Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 5 and recommends its adoption.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair