STAND. COM. REP. NO.  749

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   H.B. No. 683

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 683 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1)  Authorize the Executive Director of the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission (Executive Director) to dismiss a discrimination complaint and issue a notice to the complainant of the right to sue, after a determination of reasonable cause of discrimination is made and conciliation fails; and

 

(2)  Provide that the Executive Director's determination that a complaint is to be dismissed and a notice of right to sue issued is not subject to reconsideration by the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission or judicial review.

 

     The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations supported this measure.  The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission supported this measure with a suggested amendment.  An individual commented on this measure.

 


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1)  Complying with the federal Fair Housing Act by enabling the Executive Director to demand that a respondent cease an unlawful discriminatory practice where the Executive Director has determined that there is reasonable cause to believe that an unlawful discrimination practice has occurred and conciliation efforts have failed to resolve the complaint, with respect to complaints alleging violations of both Chapter 515, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and the federal Fair Housing Act; and

 

(2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 683, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 683, H.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,

 

 

 

 

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KARL RHOADS, Chair