A Good Session for Government Transformation Measures

THG-Supported Bills that Passed

Now that Legislative Session is over, the governor has until July 11th to pass, veto, or let bills become law without his signature. To request Governor Ige enact these bills below, please click here.

HB425 HD1 SD3 CD1, Relating to Technology Transfer at the University of Hawaii

One critical phase of innovation in our state is the ability to commercialize research ideas generated at the University of Hawaii. This phase, often known as “technology transfer,” is designed to strengthen our local economy by getting the new ideas, inventions and processes developed in universities to the private sector as quickly as possible. Technology transfer plays a vital role in UH’s ability to support its faculty and student researchers in these activities.

Currently, certain requirements of the State Ethics Code, if too stringently applied, inhibit the efficient and effective commercialization of research generated at UH. Accordingly, the bill makes specific sections of the Code of Ethics inapplicable to technology transfer activities sponsored by the University of Hawaii, if the activities comply with the regulatory framework and research compliance program approved by the Board of Regents.

HB607 HD1 SD2 CD1, Relating to Kupuna Care

Family caregivers are central players in Hawaii’s long-term care and health systems. Caregivers play an invaluable role by providing vital services and care for a rapidly growing elderly population. Because of the significant roles and responsibilities of caregivers in helping others, as well as the demands placed on them, this measure was passed to provide caregivers respite from the demands of caregiving and give them the necessary supports and services to sustain their own health.

The bill achieves these objectives by establishing the Kupuna Caregivers Program through the Executive Office on Aging and appropriates funds for the establishment and implementation of the Kupuna Caregivers Program.

HB627 HD2 SD2 CD1, Relating to Public-Private Partnerships

By leveraging synergies between the public and private sectors, public-private partnerships can improve the quality of life for Hawaii residents by defraying costs and expanding and improving government services beyond those currently available. Public-private partnerships have the potential to significantly increase the efficiency of state operations. This legislation authorizes DBEDT to establish a permanent private-public partnership coordinator position to develop and analyze plans for future public-private partnership projects, including the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium.

SB850 HD2 CD1, Relating to Information Technology

Because technology projects often involve substantial risk and expense, requiring independent verification and validation for certain projects contributes to the success of state modernization initiatives. The Chief Information Officer is expected to take a proactive approach in ensuring the successful development and implementation of technology projects and is, therefore, responsible for identifying the technology projects that should be subject to independent verification and validation.

SB722 SD1 HD1 CD1, Relating to Efficiency Measures

Because current projections of state general fund revenues show an increasingly weak economy, more scrutiny will be required to better control appropriations. More robust efficiency measures, such as leveraging of data resources, can enhance the level of scrutiny and help the legislature make difficult budget decisions to improve and continue important programs on a sustainable basis.

At present, state budget documents do not include efficiency measures tied to appropriation requests. The legislature is therefore restarting the efficiency measures pilot project, with clearer expectations and objectives to produce better data and a clearer determination of the benefits, appropriateness, and value of efficiency measures in budgetary planning. 

THG-Supported Bills that Remain Alive for the 2018 Legislative Session

While the 2017 Legislative session is over, we look forward to your support for the following measures next session to continue laying the foundation for more transparent, efficient and accessible state government.

HB1329 HD1, Relating to Technology Development

Teams participating in the Hawaii Annual Code Challenge (HACC) have produced applications with significant potential for government operations and also have the potential to be commercialized. The HACC provides a unique opportunity for the tech and startup community to collaborate with state government to develop innovative solutions to some of the pressing operational and social challenges facing Hawaii. This legislation passed the House and Senate subject matter committees but did not pass out of conference committee.

HB1481 HD1, Relating to Economic Development

This measure would have created a working group to gather input from departments and agencies to examine how blockchain technology could improve their business processes. Blockchain uses include cybersecurity, disaster recovery, clearance and settlement, supply chain transparency, title registries, communications, and document verification.

This technology holds significant potential to drastically change and improve public sector operations and private industry capabilities. This bill passed the House and the Economic Development, Tourism and Technology [ETT] Committee in the Senate but was not heard by the Ways and Means [WAM] Committee.

SB312 SD1, Relating to Open Government

This legislation requires that the public have electronic access to the materials members of state boards and commissions receive that provide board members with background on the items appearing on their meeting agendas. After passing out of the Senate and passing First Reading in the House, it was referred to the Judiciary (JUD) Committee, where it did not receive a hearing.

HB918 HD1 SD 1, Relating to Intervention

This measure proposes the development of an electronic system to track and monitor the progress of early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or are at biological risk for developmental delays. It passed all subject matter committees in the House and Senate and was discussed in conference committee but was not passed out for a floor vote.

 

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