Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 246

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Labor and Environment, to which was
referred Governor's Message No. 246, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:


     G.M. No. 246       ROGER BABCOCK, JR., PhD., SOLOMON K.
                        NAONE, JR., JOSE M. PADRON, and BERT
                        UYENO for terms to expire June 30, 2003, 

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the statements submitted by the nominees,
your Committee finds that the aforementioned nominees are
volunteers, willing to serve without compensation, who will work
with compassion and commitment to assist in administering various
government functions.  Your Committee further finds that the
nominees have been appointed based upon their professional
credentials, integrity, and a desire to make Hawaii better
through their participation on the Board of Certification of
Operating Personnel in Wastewater Treatment Plants.

     Your Committee specifically notes the following:

     Roger Babcock, Jr., is a professor in the Civil Engineering
Department of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He holds a
Doctoral degree in Civil Engineering from the University of
California at Los Angeles.  Mr. Babcock is a registered
professional engineer and a member of the American Society of

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Civil Engineers.  He also serves on the Navy Restoration Advisory
Board for the Pearl Harbor Area.

     Solomon K. Naone, Jr., is a wastewater treatment plant
supervisor with seventeen years experience in the field of
wastewater treatment.  He is a member of the Hawaii Water
Pollution Control Association.  Mr. Naone is a high school
graduate with two years of college.

     Jose M. Padron is an Administrator for the Department of
Health with over fifteen years of management experience.  He
holds Bachelors' degrees in History, Political Science, and
Behavioral Science as well as a Master's degree in Public
Administration.  Mr. Padron retired from the Air Force with the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Mr. Padron is a member of the Hawaii
Water Environmental Association

     Bert Uyeno is a wastewater treatment plant operator from the
island of Kauai.  He attended Kauai Community College and is a
certified grade 4 wastewater treatment operator.  He is a member
of the Kauai Operators Association and the Jaycees.

     Testimony in support of the four nominees was received from
the Department of Health.

     Your Committee notes that the four nominees have already
served one term on this board with distinction.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Labor and Environment that is attached to this
report, your Committee, after full consideration of the
background, character, experience, and qualifications of the
nominees, has found the nominees to be qualified for the
positions to which nominated and recommends that the Senate
advise and consent to the nominations.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Labor and

                                   BOB NAKATA, Chair

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