THE SENATE                           S.R. NO.              5
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                    SENATE  RESOLUTION

  REQUESTING THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO
    CONVENE A TASK FORCE IN ORDER TO DETERMINE THE BEST
    ALTERNATIVE FOR ELIMINATING THE HOMELESS IN CHINATOWN.

 1        WHEREAS, in 1997, there were over 8,357 homeless
 2   individuals on Oahu, including downtown Chinatown; and
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 4        WHEREAS, allowing homeless individuals to congregate
 5   creates an atmosphere that encourages prostitution and drug
 6   dealing; and
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 8        WHEREAS, every attempt should be made to educate,
 9   rehabilitate, and integrate homeless individuals into the
10   community; now, therefore,
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12        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
13   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, that the
14   Senate Committee on Health and Human Services is requested to
15   convene a task force by July 1999, in order to determine the
16   best alternative for eliminating the homeless individuals in
17   Chinatown; and
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19        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chairperson of the Senate
20   Committee on Health and Human Services is to determine the
21   composition of the task force that will convene; and
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23        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the task force convened to
24   determine the best alternative to eliminate homeless from
25   Chinatown is requested to report findings and recommendations
26   to the Legislature twenty days before the convening of the
27   Regular Session of 2000; and
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29        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
30   Resolution be transmitted to the President of the Senate and
31   the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Human
32   Services.
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