Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 1048
                                        S.D. 2

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


     Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No.
1048, S.D. 1, entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to allow foster boarding homes
to accommodate six or more minor siblings.

     The bill also requires inquiries into the criminal history
records of a foster boarding home operator for the first two
years after a boarding home certification and biennially
thereafter in conjunction with the certification schedule.

     Presently, foster boarding homes may be certified for up to
five children.  Large sibling groups, however, have had to be
separated in foster placement as a result of this restriction.
The separation of siblings in a stressful situation can be
traumatic, especially for younger children.

     This bill provides for large families by allowing siblings
to be placed in the same home.

     Your Committee has amended the bill by requiring the annual
(in addition to the biennial) inquiry of criminal history records
after the first two years, if the certification status of the
foster boarding home operator warrants such action.  Your

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Committee has also amended the bill by making technical changes
that have no substantive effect.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No.
1048, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1048,
S.D. 2.

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

                                   AVERY B. CHUMBLEY, Co-Chair

                                   MATTHEW M. MATSUNAGA, Co-Chair

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