STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2485
RE: S.B. No. 2144
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2022
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Human Services and Government Operations, to which was referred S.B. No. 2144 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ELECTRONIC INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and
intent of this measure is to require:
all electronic information technology developed, purchased, used, or provided
by a state entity be made accessible to persons with disabilities;
Office of Enterprise Technology Services, in consultation with the Disability
and Communication Access Board and a working group comprising stakeholders, to
develop and publish electronic information technology accessibility standards
to be implemented by all state entities;
review and revision of the standards every three years after the date of
publication, or as needed, to reflect advances or changes in information
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission, Executive Office on Aging, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii, Hawaii State Committee of Blind Vendors, Disability and Communication Access Board, and nine individuals. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Office of Enterprise Technology Services and one individual.
Your Committees find that standards are necessary to ensure disability access to electronic information technology, which is key for independence and equality to people with disabilities in the State. According to testimony from the Disability and Communication Access Board, because the term "electronic information technology" is so broad, it would take longer than six months after the effective date of this measure to develop and publish electronic information technology accessibility standards to be implemented by all state entities.
Committees have amended this measure by:
the six-month time frame for the Office of Enterprise Technology Services to
develop and publish accessibility standards;
(2) Inserting an effective date of December 31,
2050, to encourage further
technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Human Services and Government Operations that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2144, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2144, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Human Services and Government Operations,
SHARON MORIWAKI, Chair
JOY A. SAN BUENAVENTURA, Chair