STAND. COM. REP. NO. 855________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 87
                                     H.D. 1

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.
87, H.D. 1, entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to address problems of drug
abuse, gang activity, and teen pregnancy in the Hilo-Hamakua-
Kohala region of the island of Hawaii by establishing the
Community-Based Youth Leadership Demonstration Project that will
focus on the formulation of activities and programs to help youth
develop the skills and attitudes needed to avert such problems.

     Kohala High and Intermediate School and numerous individuals
testified in support of this measure.  The Department of
Education testified in support of the intent of this measure.

     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.
87, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

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

                                   DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair