I wrote a letter to Pine about this bill. Here is the gist of it. "I feel this bill needs to be put on hold. The intentions are being lost in the circumstances and loose language. There are also some other good points being made by TechHui that I have included below for your consideration. I think more time is needed to let the industry come up with a code of ethics, solutions, or perhaps even propose a committee made up of their peers to set and enforce regulatory standards."
She just emailed me back with this: (BTW I don't know who started the John Mizuno site, not sure what to to do about that)
Please tell your group that I am agreeing to table the bill to allow industry experts to find a solution to the unethical behavior by some web developers.
The legislative process is an emotional delicate balance of ideas. When multiple opinions and personalities clash, negotiations can be stifled if differences in opinions are not respected. This certainly is not an easy process, but no one said Democracy was easy. But this is what makes our country so great.
It would be helpful to encourage the owner of www.JohnMizuno.com to relinquish ownership of this name as soon as possible as legislators will be talking about how to deal with this and may handle this in a way that the industry does not agree with. When tensions are high at the legislature, the final bills that pass can often be unfavorable. The mortgage industry went after politicians and as a result they passed bills that hurt their industry.
Bills are introduced as possible solutions to a problem. Legislators use the legislative process through listening to testimony and taking phone calls to improve bills or table them while better solutions are formed. You never want bills to be worked on when threats are being made to politicians, many who are extremely popular in their districts and are most likely going to be there for life. They will dig their heals in deeper and no longer listen to you.
I highly suggest that you look at the cyber crime bills and try and support at least one or two of them. (there are so many) It will not look good to oppose all of them which many leaders strongly believe are to help victims. You also don't want politicians to kill the many good bills that are moving that supports the IT industry as a result.
I am encouraged by the new dialogue created between your community and the legislature. We are investing a lot into you and are hopeful that you will become strong partners in making the internet safer for all Hawaii citizens.