Testimony

SEAC routinely provides testimony to the Hawaii State Legislature and the Board of Education and occasionally testifies on federal legislation.

Click here for Board of Education Testimony:

Testimonies to the 2017 Legislature:

SEAC pays attention to funding for the Department of Education and the Department of Health. Once bills are introduced, SEAC’s legislative committee prioritizes key issues and begins to follow hearings with testimony as needed. The following 2017 testimonies are listed in the order of submission (most recent to oldest).

  • HB 180, HD 1 and HB 182, HD 1 – February 14, 2017 testimony to the House Committee on the Judiciary supporting the intent of bills to increase funding for public education in Hawaii
  • SB 496 – February 13, 2017 testimony to the Senate Committee on Education supporting the intent of funding to the Department of Education to provide training on social and emotional learning to school personnel, parents and youth-serving agencies
  • SB 510 – February 13, 2017 testimony to the Senate Committee on Education supporting the intent of the Healthy Keiki: Ready to Learn program
  • SB 683 and SB 686 – February 3, 2017 testimony to the Senate Committee on Education supporting the intent of   bills to increase funding for public education in Hawaii
  • HB 180 and HB 182 – February 3, 2017 testimony to the House Committee on Education supporting the intent of bills to increase funding for public education in Hawaii

Testimonies to the 2016 Legislature:

The following 2016 testimonies are listed in the order of submission (most recent to oldest).

  • SB1700, HD 1, SD 1 – April 21, 2016 testimony  to the Committees on Health and Consumer Protection & Commerce in support of certain line items in the State Budget related to children with disabilities
  • SCR 153, SD 1 – April 14, 2016 testimony to the House Committees on Education and Human Services requesting DOE to conduct a two-year pilot project to implement contracts for services for students with disabilities on a block basis in addition to a one-to-one basis
  • HB 1814, HD 1, SD 1 – March 29, 2016 testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means in support of an appropriation for training and data keeping on restraints of students
  • SCR 153/SR 115 – March 28, 2016 testimony to the Senate Committees on Education and Human Services requesting DOE to conduct a two-year pilot project to implement contracts for services for students with disabilities on a block basis rather than on a one-to-one basis
  • SB 1311, SD 2 – March 21, 2016 testimony to the Committees on Health and Consumer Protection & Commerce asking that DOE have until July 1, 2017 to come into compliance with ABA licensing requirements in order to avoid a potential disruption in services to students with autism
  • HB 2510, HD 1 – March 15, 2016 testimony to the Senate Committees on Education and Housing in support of a housing voucher program for full-time public school classroom teachers
  • SB 1311, SD 1 – March 1, 1016 testimony to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means  in support of the amendments which removed language appearing to exempt school-based professionals and paraprofessionals from coming into compliance with Act 199 (ABA licensure).
  • HB 1814, HD 1 – February 25, 2016 testimony to the Committee on Finance in support of an appropriation for training and data keeping on restraints of students
  • SB 2887, SD 1 – February 23, 2016 testimony to the Committee on Ways and Means in support of amending the definition of developmental disabilities to include children from birth to nine who have a substantial developmental delay or specific congenital or acquired condition 
  • SB 2611 – February 12, 2016 testimony to the Senate Committee on Education in support of an appropriation for training and data keeping on restraints of students
  • SB 2610 – February 8, 2016 testimony to the Senate Committee on Education supporting a requirement that at least one member of the Committee on Weights be a special education representative
  •  HB 2510 – February 8, 2016 testimony to the House Committee on Education in support of a housing voucher program for full-time public school classroom teachers
  • HB 868, Proposed HD 1 – February 8, 2016 testimony to the House Committee on Education in support of the intent to allow certain school personnel to engage in behavior analysis without licensure provided that the activity is not a treatment for autism as defined in Act 235
  • HB 1715 – February 8, 2016 testimony to the House Committee on Education in support of  an appropriation to fund high-quality early childhood education in public schools
  • HB 1814 –  February 5, 2016 testimony to the House Committee on Education in support of an appropriation for training and data keeping on restraints of students

How to Receive Notices of Budget requests /hearings:  One very useful resource is the State Council on Developmental Disabilities Legislative Network. You can receive free notices of upcoming meetings related to children and adults with disabilities by signing-up at hiddclegnetwork@doh.hawaii.gov

Where to Learn More about the legislative process:  SEAC recommends reviewing how the process works. The state has compiled a Citizen’s Guide to Participation in the Legislative Process to better illustrate its steps.