STAND. COM. REP. NO. 38
RE: H.B. No. 1329
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-Second State Legislature
Regular Session of 2023
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 1329 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to require the Department of Education to work with certain organizations to develop and implement an active shooter training program in all public schools under the jurisdiction of the Department.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education, Department of Law Enforcement, State Public Charter School Commission, and four individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from two individuals.
Your Committee finds that in 2022, fifty-one school shootings occurred nationwide, including the nation's second deadliest K-12 school shooting. Your Committee recognizes that, due to the unprecedented increase in school shootings, there is a need to provide a robust active threat training program.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Exempting public school students from participating in any active shooter training program developed by the Department of Education;
(2) Changing its effective date to June 30, 3000; and
(3) 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 Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1329, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1329, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair