Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 322

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. 322, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:


     G.M. No. 322       RICHARD H. COX, for a term to expire
                        June 30, 2003; 

begs leave to report as follows:

     Upon review of the resume submitted by the nominee, your
Committee finds that the aforementioned nominee is a volunteer,
willing to serve without compensation, who will work with
compassion and commitment to assist in administering the
functions of the Board of Certification of Operating Personnel in
Wastewater Treatment Plants (Board).  Your Committee further
finds that the nominee has been appointed based upon his
professional credentials, integrity, and a desire to make Hawaii
better through participation on the Board.

     Your Committee specifically notes that Richard H. Cox has
served with distinction on the Commission on Water Resource
Management from 1987 to 1994 and from 1995 to 1999.  Mr. Cox has
also thirty years of experience working at Alexander and Baldwin
with responsibility for water resource management and the
company's water systems.  Mr. Cox has long been active in
professional organizations such as the American Water Works
Association (AWWA) and the American Water Resource Association.

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Mr. Cox received the prestigious Fuller Award from the AWWA for

     Testimony in support of the nominee was received from the
Department of Health and the Commissioners of the Commission on
Water Resource Management.

     Your Committee diligently questioned the nominee about his
role on the Board, the relevance of his previous experience, and
the goals he wishes to accomplish during his term on the Board.
Your Committee believes that the nominee adequately responded to
the Committee's inquiries.

     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
nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position
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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