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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            H.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION

  URGING THE HAWAII APPLESEED PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CENTER TO
    CONTINUE ITS WORK ON A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF HAWAII
    STATUTES RELATING TO CHILD PROTECTION. 


 1        WHEREAS, the Child Protection Legislative Roundtable
 2   (Roundtable) recommended statutory revisions to strengthen
 3   child protection, which were enacted in the 1998 Session; and
 4   
 5        WHEREAS, the Senate Committee on Judiciary in the 1999
 6   Session passed to third reading S.B. No. 176, which creates a
 7   criminal offense for child abuse in the first and second
 8   degrees; and
 9   
10        WHEREAS, the Auditor conducted an audit of the child
11   protective services system and recommended in Report No. 99-5
12   certain statutory amendments to further strengthen child
13   protection; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, the Roundtable believes that further statutory
16   amendments are necessary to modify and integrate the following
17   chapters in the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS):
18   
19        (1)  Chapter 346, relating to the Department of Human
20             Services;
21   
22        (2)  Chapter 350, relating to child abuse;
23   
24        (3)  Chapter 350B, relating to the children's trust fund;
25   
26        (4)  Chapter 350C, relating to the adoption assistance
27             compact;
28   
29        (5)  Chapter 350E, relating to the interstate compact on
30             placement of children;
31   
32        (6)  Chapter 578, relating to adoption; and
33   
34        (7)  Chapter 587, relating to the Child Protective Act;
35   
36   and

 
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 1        WHEREAS, a piecemeal approach to revising laws may not be
 2   the most efficient nor effective means of developing an overall
 3   cohesive framework in which to effectively address and remedy
 4   child abuse problems; and
 5   
 6        WHEREAS, the issues surrounding a comprehensive statutory
 7   revision may be too complex for one agency, one department, or
 8   one branch of government to handle; and
 9   
10        WHEREAS, the Hawaii Appleseed Public Interest Law Center
11   (Hawaii Appleseed) provides the kind of assistance necessary in
12   reviewing, analyzing, and making recommendations for statutory
13   revisions relating to child protection laws, and has already
14   begun to do so; now, therefore,
15   
16        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
17   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
18   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that Hawaii Appleseed is:
19   
20        (1)  Urged to continue its comprehensive review of Hawaii
21             statutes relating to child protection; and
22   
23        (2)  Requested to facilitate discussions among all
24             interested parties in the process of its review;
25   
26   and
27   
28        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hawaii Appleseed consider
29   modifications to chapter 587, HRS, and related statutory
30   provisions in chapters 346, 350, 350B, 350C, 350E, and 578,
31   HRS, to improve the State's child protection system and better
32   reflect the spirit of recent federal enactments such as the
33   Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and the Child Abuse
34   Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996; and
35   
36        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all interested parties are
37   strongly encouraged to cooperate with Hawaii Appleseed in the
38   spirit of identifying ways in which the State's system of child
39   protection, and the laws providing a framework for that system,
40   can be improved with the goal of reaching consensus on the
41   difficult policy issues involved; and

 
 
 
 
 
 
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 1        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that where consensus is not
 2   possible, Hawaii Appleseed is requested to identify the
 3   competing viewpoints and related proposals, so that the
 4   Legislature can be fully informed and advised about the full
 5   range of policy options concerning child protection; and
 6   
 7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Hawaii Appleseed report its
 8   findings, recommendations, and proposed legislation to the
 9   Roundtable for consideration for the Regular Session of 2000;
10   and
11   
12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
13   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Administrative
14   Director of the Courts, the Executive Director of the Hawaii
15   Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, the Child Protection
16   Roundtable, the Directors of Human Services and Health, the
17   Attorney General, the Prosecuting Attorney of each County, and
18   the Public Defender.