Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  H.B. No. 1146
                                        S.D. 2

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


     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B.
No. 1146, S.D. 1, entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to make permanent the statutory
enactments of Act 216, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997, relating to
fees collected by the Department of Health.

     In particular, Act 216, Session Laws of Hawaii 1997, was
intended to make certain programs in the Department of Health
financially self-sustaining by, among other things:

     (1)  Creating the domestic violence prevention special fund
          for staff programs and grants or purchases of service
          that support or provide domestic violence intervention
          or prevention, and exempting this fund from central
          service expenses under section 36-27, Hawaii Revised
          Statutes, and departmental administrative expenses
          under section 36-30, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

     (2)  Creating the vital statistics improvement special fund
          in the department for the modernization and automation
          of the vital statistics system in the State;

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     (3)  Raising the fees for obtaining certified copies of
          birth, marriage, or death certificates issued by the
          department; and

     (4)  Crediting $1 from the costs of each certified copy of
          certificates to each of the two funds established by
          Act 216, and designating the remaining balance of this
          fee to be divided between two spouse and child abuse
          special accounts administered by the Department of
          Human Services and the Judiciary.

     In addition, this bill increases the fee amount to be
deposited into the vital statistics improvement special fund from
$1 to $3 and makes a corresponding increase from $4 to $6 for
each copy issued.  This bill also requires that copies of
certificates be provided by the Department of Health free of
charge to native Hawaiians, if the copies are requested in
writing by and provided directly to the Department of Hawaiian
Home Lands or the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in connection with a
claim or an entitlement.  Finally, this bill is repealed on
June 30, 2003.

     Your Committee agrees with the intent of this bill, and
finds that it provides continued funding for the improvement of
the vital statistics system and prevention of domestic violence
and sexual assault.

     Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this
measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2011.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
1146, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1146, S.D.

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                                 Respectfully submitted on behalf
                                 of the members of the Committee
                                 on Ways and Means,

                                 CAROL FUKUNAGA, Co-Chair

                                 ANDREW LEVIN, Co-Chair

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