STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1348

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.C.R. No. 67

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Government Operations and Labor, Culture and the Arts, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 67 entitled:

 

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 4 THROUGH OCTOBER 8, 2021, AS DIGITAL INCLUSION WEEK IN THE STATE OF HAWAII,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to recognize October 4 through October 8, 2021, as Digital Inclusion Week in the State to raise awareness of the need for digital equity and to promote digital inclusion.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Hawaii Workforce Development Council; HawaiiKidsCAN; LearningBond; Pacific International Center for High Technology Research; Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference; Hawaii Island Economic Development Board; Hawaii Dialogix Telecom; Code.org; Hawaii Executive Collaborative; Oahu County Democrats, Digital Equity Committee; Michaels Management; and five individuals. Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual.

 

Your Committees find that the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has highlighted the need for broadband infrastructure and digital equity for all of Hawaii's residents, especially those in rural and underserved communities. As broadband access is increasingly intertwined with the daily functions of modern life, your Committees believe that a Digital Inclusion Week will help to promote public awareness and attention on the critical issues of digital equity and digital inclusion.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by 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 Government Operations and Labor, Culture and the Arts that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 67, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 67, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Government Operations and Labor, Culture and the Arts,

 

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair

 

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SHARON MORIWAKI, Chair