Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2023


RE:   H.B. No. 1036

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Water & Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 1036 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to formally establish the Hawaii State Fusion Center as a program under the Office of Homeland Security, to be transferred to the Department of Law Enforcement on January 1, 2024, and delineates its roles and responsibilities.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Defense, Office of Homeland Security, Department of Human Services, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and one individual.


     Your Committee finds that the Hawaii State Fusion Center has played a critical role in the protection of Hawaii's residents and critical infrastructure by supporting public safety agencies and local communities.  Your Committee further finds that this measure will bring official state-level recognition of the Fusion Center's value through its codification and helps ensure the Office of Homeland Security will continue to provide the necessary support to keep the State and its residents and critical infrastructure safe.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Changing the effective date to June 30, 3000, to encourage further discussion; and


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


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water & Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1036, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1036, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Water & Land,