STAND. COM. REP. NO. 429

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 572

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 572 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to require a comprehensive performance audit of certain offices and programs within the Department of Public Safety.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Public Safety; Hawaii Government Employees Association AFSCME Local 152, AFL-CIO; Community Alliance on Prisons; Hoomanapono Political Action Committee; and eight individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Office of the Auditor.

 

Your Committee finds that the most recent performance audit of the Department of Public Safety was in 2017, and its scope was limited. Your Committee further finds that no comprehensive audit of the Department of Public Safety's offices, policies, and programs has been performed in recent history. Accordingly, your Committee finds that for accountability and transparency purposes it is in the best interests of the State to appropriate funds to audit certain offices and programs within the Department of Public Safety.

 

Your Committee notes that the estimated cost of the audit proposed by this measure is $200,000.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by extending the reporting deadline by one year to twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2021.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 572, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 572, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,

 

 

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair