THE SENATE

S.R. NO.

186

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE RESOLUTION

 

 

urging the hawaii 2.0 committee to provide a solution FOR MAINTAINING CRITICAL SERVICES BY includING lifeguard salaries in the state's recovery plan.

 

 


WHEREAS, ocean safety officers, or lifeguards, serve an essential function in a state surrounded by ocean waters; and

 

WHEREAS, lifeguards serve as primary responders for emergencies on the beaches and in near shore waters, performing ocean rescue, injury prevention, emergency medical first response, and dispatch mobile patrol; and

 

WHEREAS, lifeguards allow the public to enjoy the natural beauty of Hawaii's waters and contribute to the State's reputation as a desirable place to live and visit; and

 

WHEREAS, maintaining service levels has become even more critical over the past several decades due to a significant increase in ocean and beach use, including kayak rentals, stand up paddling, and surf instruction activities; and

 

WHEREAS, it is in the interest of public health, safety, and economic resiliency to provide funding for salaries, benefits, equipment, and other related expenses for state-funded lifeguards at state beaches; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Thirty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2021, that the Hawaii 2.0 Committee is urged to provide a feasible solution for maintaining critical services by including lifeguard salaries in the State's recovery plan; and

 


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Co-Chiefs of the Hawaii 2.0 Committee.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Hawaii Tourism Authority; Feasibility Study; Lifeguards; Ocean Safety Officers