Senate Concurrent Resolutions passed by the Legislature (1997) which include Specific Requests for Submission of Information

SCR 2, SD1

JUDGES AND JUSTICES, SALARY STRUCTURE AND PAY INCREMENTS FOR. Resolves that the Legislative Reference Bureau conduct a study and make recommendations on an appropriate salary structure for all state justices and judges, including pay supplements by increments for length of continuous creditable service in the State Judiciary.

Further resolves that the study include the feasibility of indexing judicial salary increases to the consumer price index or increases in compensation for other state civil service employees.

Further resolves that the Bureau consult with the Judicial Salary Commission to obtain relevant information.

Further resolves that the Bureau submit a report including findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than sixty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1330, 1670, HSCR 1879)

SCR 10, HD1

PUA KA'ILIMA 'O KAWAIHAE, HAWAII, MAINTENANCE AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT. Urges the Department of Transportation to establish a cooperative agreement with the Pua Ka'ilima 'O Kawaihae Community Association to maintain (give care to) the site.

Also urges the Department of Land and Natural Resources to establish a cooperative agreement with the Pau Ka'ilima 'O Kawaihae Community Association to develop and carry out educational programs at the site.

(SSCR 1389, HSCR 1835, 1841)

SCR 11, HD1

FOOD RESOURCES AND PRODUCTION, ACTION PLAN TO PROTECT, IMPROVE, AND EXPAND TRADITIONAL. Requests the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to facilitate and convene, with the assistance of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and other interested members of the Hawaiian community, a task force comprised of experts in agriculture, horticulture, economics, farming, fishing, and nutrition from the private sector, the University of Hawaii, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, representatives from farming and fishing associations, and individual taro farmers, fishermen, limu growers, and other cultural food producers, to develop a plan of action to protect, improve, and expand traditional food resources and production.

Also requests the task force to report on actions they have taken to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1390, HSCR 1849, 1861)

SCR 26, HD1 HR 33, HD1

YOUTH IN THE WAIALUA AND LAIE REGION, OAHU, SERVICES FOR. Urges the following entities to join in a concerted state and national effort to provide more human services for youth, such as youth centers to the Laie and Waialua regions:

  1. Office of Youth Services;

  2. Office of the Governor;

  3. Department of Education;

  4. Young Men's Christian Association;

  5. Young Women's Christian Association;

  6. Boys and Girls Club of Honolulu; and

  7. Department of Parks and Recreation.

Resolves that the Office of Youth Services consents to convening the group of public and private entities for the purpose of this measure, and to reporting to the Legislature, prior to the next Legislative Session, the progress of the group's efforts.

(SSCR 1230, HSCR 1836, 1862)

SCR 90, SD2 SR 29, SD2

GREEN SEA TURTLES, PRESERVATION OF. Resolves that fibropapilloma is in fact a serious threat to Hawaii's green sea turtle, a species protected by both state and federal statutes.

Further resolves that the Department of Land and Natural Resources report on the progress of the Sea Turtle Recovery Plan and research into the preservation of Hawaii's green sea turtles to the Legislature prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1264, 1637, HSCR 1843)

SCR 109

MAUNA KEA SCIENCE RESERVE, HAWAII, MANAGEMENT AUDIT OF. Requests the Auditor _______ to undertake an audit of the State's management of Mauna Kea and the Mauna Kea Science Reserve and to report findings and recommendations no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1391, HSCR 1886)

SCR 116, HD1

LEGAL SPECIALISTS, CERTIFICATION OF. Requests that the Judiciary study an _________ implementation procedure for the certification of legal specialists within the State of Hawaii.

Further requests that the Judiciary submit a progress report to the Legislature twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1289, 1626, HSCR 1870)

SCR 128, SD1 SR 60, SD1

MASSAGE SCHOOLS, LICENSING OF. Requests that the Auditor conduct a study to:

  1. Determine whether continued regulation of massage schools by the Department of Education or some other state agency is appropriate;

  2. Consider whether repeal or transfer of massage school licensure will:
    1. Impact eligibility and participation by massage students in federal student aid programs, and other grant and loan programs; and

    2. Impact massage school accreditation by private accrediting agencies.

    Requires the Auditor to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1648, HSCR 1847, 1887)

    SCR 152, SD1 SR 78, SD1

    CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, PROOF OF. Requests the Hawaii State Law Enforcement Coalition, in consultation with the Judiciary and the Hawaii Supreme Court's Standing Committee on the Rules of Evidence, to study ways to simplify proof of prior criminal convictions, in both district and circuit courts.

    Further requests that the Coalition, using the resources of the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1628, HSCR 1880)

    SCR 163 SR 83

    FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN HAWAII, AWARDING OF. Urges Hawaii's Congressional Delegation to work with the Commander-in-Chief of the United States Pacific Command to consider a system of dividing projects into smaller parts for awarding federal construction projects in Hawaii.

    (SSCR 1633, HSCR 1863)

    SCR 164, HD1

    RAPID TRANSIT PLAN FOR OAHU, DISCUSSIONS ON. Requests that representatives of the State Department of Transportation and the City and County of Honolulu's Department of Transportation Services, in consultation with the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, begin a new discussion on a rapid transit plan for the City and County of Honolulu. Further requests that the Directors of Transportation from the State and the City and County of Honolulu report findings and recommendations to the Legislature twenty days before the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1312 - filed, HSCR 1842)

    SCR 165

    WAIPAHU CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION ADVISORY COMMISSION, ESTABLISHMENT BY EXECUTIVE ORDER. Requests that the Governor of the State of Hawaii establish the Waipahu Centennial Celebration Advisory Commission by executive order in order to afford the Commission protection from civil liability.

    (SSCR 1314 - filed, HSCR 1881)

    SCR 166, SD1

    CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICES, MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR. Requests that the Auditor update Report No. 93-27, with special consideration given to the mandatory coverage of other than oral contraceptive services and the costs of such services as provided for in Senate Bill No. 1061, introduced during the Regular Session of 1997.

    Further requests that the Auditor submit findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1291 - filed, HSCR 1857, 1889)

    SCR 171, SD1, HD1, CD1

    HAWAII STATE LIBRARY SYSTEM, FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT AUDIT OF. Requests the Auditor to conduct a financial and management audit of the Hawaii Public Library System.

    Resolves that the portion of the audit reviewing financial practices include:

    1. A comparison of the per book cost under the Baker & Taylor Books contract with the per book cost under the previous "in house" system; and

    2. A review of all library financial accounts, including general fund expenditures, the special lost and paid fund, the special enhanced fee fund, the library foundation fund, the collection agency account, and federal funds expenditures.

    Further resolves that the portion of the audit reviewing managerial practices include:

    1. A review of organizational decision making, contracting, operational performance, and organizational productivity; and

    2. An investigation of allegations that the Hawaii State Public Library System did not provide critical information to Baker & Taylor Books that would enable it to select the appropriate materials for Hawaii's public libraries.

    Further resolves that the Auditor visit the libraries and communicate with the librarians in gathering information for this audit.

    Further resolves that the financial and management audit cover the 1994-1995, 1995-1996, and 1996-1997 fiscal years.

    Further resolves that this audit include a determination of whether the outsourcing of services is effective and efficient.

    Further resolves that the Auditor submit a report of the findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1381, 1673, HSCR 1877, CCR 168)

    SCR 182, SD1, HD1, CD1 SR 92, SD1

    EDUCATION POLICY FOR DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING, AND DEAF-BLIND CHILDREN, REVIEW OF. Urges the Board of Education to review its policy for working with Hawaii's deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind community members.

    Resolves that the Board review and consider the educational bill of rights for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind children when making decisions on deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind children's education.

    Further resolves that the Board submit a report on the status of the actions taken to address this issue to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1384, 1675, HSCR 1878, CCR 169)

    SCR 184

    COMMISSION ON HAWAII IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, ESTABLISHMENT OF. Establishes a commission on Hawaii in the 21st century consisting of eight members. Requires the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate to each appoint one member to represent government. Requires one member to represent business, one member to represent labor, and one member to be from the academic community.

    Requires the members to choose one member to serve as chairperson and the commission to be placed in the Legislative Reference Bureau for administrative purposes.

    Also requires the commission to work with the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies to formulate strategies.

    Also requires the commission to study the effects and changes produced by scientific and technological achievements and social changes with respect to the economic, political, cultural, and social systems and the environment of Hawaii and the world in order to assess the future of Hawaii.

    Also requires the commission to:

    1. Examine the impact emerging electronic technologies will have on the future economy of the State and the possibilities for the creation of new jobs and industries;

    2. Examine what changes must be made to our educational system, to our efforts at human resource development, and to our job training centers to take full advantage of the new job and industry possibilities resulting from emerging electronic technologies so that Hawaii's citizens can develop their full potential and live rich full lives;

    3. Examine how emerging electronic technologies can be used to make government operations more efficient and responsive to the citizenry through the development of an advanced communication system for legislative decision making, and for connecting all elements of the justice system;

    4. Examine the possibilities for a futures scanning process by which emerging problems and possibilities may be identified;

    5. Devise recommendations for legislative and administrative action; and

    6. Assist and coordinate the plans, programs, and activities of individuals, associations, corporations, and agencies, public and private, who are concerned with the future of Hawaii, to stimulate and promote an awareness of scientific, technological, and social system changes and their effect on Hawaii's economic, political, cultural, and social systems and environment.

    Also requires the commission to submit a report on its findings, activities, and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session 1998.

    (SSCR 1386, 1676, HSCR 1845, 1864)

    SCR 194

    TAX INCREMENT FINANCING FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS FOR NEW DEVELOPMENT, COUNTIES USE OF. Requests the counties to confer with tax experts to investigate and use the Tax Increment Financing Act to assist the economies of each of their communities.

    (SSCR 1279 - filed, HSCR 1865)

    SCR 203, SD1, HD1

    HONOLULU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, OAHU, HOMELESS PERSONS AT. Resolves that the Hawaii Housing Authority take the lead role in examining the plight of, and in creating a plan to mitigate the impact of, homeless persons frequenting and finding shelter at the Honolulu International Airport.

    Further resolves that the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism, and the Attorney General's Office cooperate in every way manageable with the Authority in this quest, and that private, non-profit entities, such as the Institute for Human Services, the Kalihi-Palama Health Center, the Mental Health Association of Hawaii, the Waikiki Health Center, and the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, be consulted and included in seeking available remedies to the current airport homeless problem.

    Further resolves that included in the plan of action will be an examination of current and proposed regulations and enforcement avenues available to carry out the purposes of this Concurrent Resolution and that the plan include the product of investigation into possible sources of funding, including, but not limited to, airport funds and other State and private resources.

    Requests the Director of the Hawaii Housing Authority and the Director of Transportation, jointly, to report findings and recommendations to the Legislature twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1346, 1636, HSCR 1840, 1867)

    SCR 242

    FEDERAL MOTOR FUELS TAX REVENUES, REDIRECTION INTO THE HIGHWAY TRUST FUND. Urges Hawaii's Congressional Delegation to support and enact measures before the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate to redirect the revenue from the 1993, 4.3 cent Federal Motor Fuels Tax increase into the Highway Trust Fund, and to remove the Highway Trust Fund from the unified budget, before Congress completes the fiscal year 1998 budget resolution.

    (SSCR 1324 - filed, HSCR 1868)

    SCR 256, HD1

    TORT SYSTEM, STUDY OF. Requests the Hawaii State Bar Association to conduct a study of Hawaii's tort system to identify and make recommendations regarding:

    1. The cost, consequences, and wisdom of attorneys' fees and other transaction costs as the cause, motivation or consequence of the filing, settlement or dismissal of liability claims;

    2. Circumstances in which statutory immunity and other forms mandatory definitive resolution would facilitate and improve the tort system in Hawaii;

    3. The role of insurance in assisting or impeding the proper function of tort liability; and

    4. Other mechanisms for ensuring recovery by wronged parties while reducing transaction costs.

    Resolves that participants in the study include representatives of Hawaii's business community organizations, plaintiffs' attorneys, insurance industry, appropriate state and county government agencies, the Judiciary, and tort scholars from the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law.

    Requests the Bar Association to submit an interim report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature on activities undertaken pursuant to this Concurrent Resolution no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998, and submit its final report no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1999.

    (SSCR 1294, 1630, HSCR 1869)

    SCR 257 *HCR 231 *HR 161

    UNITED STATES NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, APPOINTMENT OF A HAWAII RESIDENT AS A JUDGE TO. Requests the President of the United States and the United States Senate to work diligently and appropriately to award the State of Hawaii a full and equal measure of judicial representation on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by appointing and confirming a qualified resident of the State of Hawaii to any presently existing, vacant Ninth Circuit judgeship.

    *HCR 231 and *HR 161 Uses different wording.

    (SSCR 1631, HSCR 1882)

    SCR 270, SD1, HD1, CD1

    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL AUDIT OF. Requests the Auditor to perform a management and financial audit of decentralization in the Department of Education. Resolves that the audit also include a study of the effectiveness of a lumpsum budget approach in schools under the school/community based management system and whether utilizing the program planning budgeting system approach would enhance the lumpsum budgeting concept.

    Further resolves that the Auditor make recommendations on how to further the school/community based management system.

    Further resolves that the Department of Education fully cooperate with the Office of the Auditor in the performance of this management audit.

    Further resolves that the Auditor submit a report of findings and recommendations, including proposed legislation, if appropriate, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1258, 1684, HSCR 1876, CCR 170)

    SCR 275

    OLELO'S PUBLIC, EDUCATION, AND GOVERNMENT TELEVISION ACCESS, REVIEW OF. Requests Olelo to undertake a comprehensive review of its current status and _____ future goals, including a timetable for any projected changes and submit the comprehensive report to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

    (SSCR 1354 - filed, HSCR 1844)

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