STAND. COM. REP. NO. 833________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 547
                                     H.D. 3

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No.
547, H.D. 2, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to increase the supply of organs
for transplant recipients by:

     (1)  Creating a funding mechanism for educating the public
          about organ donation;

     (2)  Ensuring that hospitals notify the organ donor
          procurement organization; and

     (3)  Creating an advisory committee on anatomical gifts.

     Kaiser Permanente, the Organ Donor Center of Hawaii, the
National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii, the American Heart
Association of Hawaii, the Healthcare Association of Hawaii, the
Hawaii Nurses' Association, the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant
Education Program, and five individuals testified in support of
the bill.

     The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of
Health testified in support of the intent of the bill.

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     Your Committee has amended the bill by:

     (1)  Designating the Department of Health rather than the
          Office of the Lieutenant Governor as the administrator
          of the Hawaii Organ and Tissue Education Special Fund
          (Special Fund);

     (2)  Setting July 1, 2000, as the starting date for
          collecting the voluntary fee for deposit into the
          Special Fund;

     (3)  Distributing moneys in the Special Fund to the Organ
          Donor Center of Hawaii, which shall apportion the
          moneys, rather than apportioning the moneys directly
          from the Special Fund; and

     (4)  Making technical, nonsubstantive revisions for purposes
          of style and clarity.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
547, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third
Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 547, H.D. 3.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Finance,

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair