THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

171

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

URGING ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND PROSECUTING ATTORNEYS IN THE STATE TO VIGOROUSLY ENFORCE AND PROSECUTE OFFENSES COMMITTED AGAINST ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHILE ON THE JOB.

 

 

 


     WHEREAS, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease, SARS-CoV-2, has given rise to the public's reliance upon a multitude of workers for essential services, such as health care, grocery and food service, hospitality, airline travel, and ground transportation; and

 

WHEREAS, essential workers' jobs often involve a high degree of face-to-face interaction with the public; and

 

     WHEREAS, in the course of their employment, essential workers are required to relay to customers and other members of the public government-enacted emergency rules and orders; and

 

WHEREAS, in the course of their employment, essential workers are also required to enforce these rules and orders; and

 

WHEREAS, an essential worker is defined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as those at "highest risk for work-related exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because their work-related duties must be performed on-suite and involve being in close proximity (<6 feet) to the public or to coworkers" and further lists the types of workers considered "essential workers;" and

 

     WHEREAS, it is unacceptable that essential workers are often harassed or confronted, sometimes physically, while trying to do their jobs by persons who do not wish to follow the emergency rules and orders; now, therefore,

 

     BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2021, the House of Representatives concurring, that all law enforcement officers and prosecuting attorneys in the State are urged to vigorously enforce and prosecute offenses committed against essential workers while on the job; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chief of Police and Prosecuting Attorney of each county.

 

 

 

Report Title: 

Essential Workers; Enforcement; Police; Prosecuting Attorney; COVID-19