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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE RESOLUTION

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO EXAMINE THE
   EFFECTS OF DECREASED FUNDING TO RECIPIENTS OF PUBLIC
   ASSISTANCE.



 1       WHEREAS, policies made in years past have adversely
 2   affected the welfare of public assistance recipients; and
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 4       WHEREAS, in 1995, the State set a limit on the amount of
 5   money it would spend on General Assistance, no matter how many
 6   people needed the program; and
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 8       WHEREAS, in 1996, as a part of Hawaii's welfare reform,
 9   monthly Temporary Assistance to Needy Families grants to 15,000
10   families were cut an additional twenty percent; and
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12       WHEREAS, as a result of these decisions and Hawaii's
13   unhealthy economy, decreases in financial assistance made life
14   unstable, causing unparalleled hardship and increased
15   homelessness among Hawaii's neediest; and
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17       WHEREAS, further discussion is needed to provide fair and
18   equitable solutions for recipients of public assistance; and
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20       WHEREAS, an independent study is needed to objectively
21   evaluate the effects of social policy among public assistance
22   recipients in order for the Legislature to make informed and
23   prudent decisions about appropriations and statutory changes;
24   now, therefore,
25   
26       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
27   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
28   of 1999, the Department of Human Services is requested to
29   examine the effects of decreased funding to recipients of
30   public assistance; and
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32       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that previous studies published by
33   SMS Consulting and the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of
34   Social Work be used as reference materials;

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Human
 2   Services is requested to submit the findings and
 3   recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days
 4   prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2000; and
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 6       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 7   Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Human Services.
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