STAND. COM. REP. NO. 815

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2023

 

RE: H.B. No. 723

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-Second State Legislature

Regular Session of 2023

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 723 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE SUNSHINE LAW,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Expand application of the State's Sunshine Law to legislatively appointed bodies, including task forces, working groups, special committees, and select committees; and

 

(2) Require the Senate and House of Representatives to hold public hearings on a biennial basis to solicit professional and public feedback on how the rules of each house of the Legislature can better effectuate the intent of the State's Sunshine Law.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from Pono Hawaii Initiative, Animal Rights Hawaii, and eleven individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Office of Information Practices, Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct, and League of Women Voters of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that this measure implements one of the recommendations made by the Commission to Improve Standards of Conduct established pursuant to House Resolution No. 9, Regular Session of 2022. This measure seeks to strike an appropriate balance between making legislatively appointed bodies subject to the State's Sunshine Law while not imposing an undue burden on the legislative process which is subject to a strict legislative timetable and deadlines as mandated under article III of the Hawaii State Constitution.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Deleting language that required the Senate and House of Representatives to hold public hearings on a biennial basis to solicit professional and public feedback on how the rules of each house of the Legislature can better effectuate the intent of the State's Sunshine Law;

 

(2) Amending the definition of "legislatively appointed bodies" to:

 

(A) Include commissions among the types of groups to be considered a legislatively appointed body; and

 

(B) Specify that the membership consists in part or in whole of non-legislative members, rather than entirely of state legislators; 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 Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 723, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 723, H.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 


 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs,

 

 

 

 

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DAVID A. TARNAS, Chair