Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  S.B. No. 861
                                        S.D. 1

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


     Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was
referred S.B. No. 861 entitled: 


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this measure is to require the Department of
Budget and Finance to set aside funds each fiscal year for
deposit into the healthy start special fund.

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure
from Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies and from a private citizen.

     Your Committee finds that creating a healthy start special
fund with a dedicated source of ongoing funding each year from
the general fund is needed to ensure that there is adequate
funding for valuable and indispensable programs meeting the needs
of at-risk pregnant women and families with very young children.
Dedicated funding of the healthy start program will avert social
costs resulting from abuse, neglect, and poor family situations
in the long run.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by adding early
childhood development as a supported program and changing the
June 30, 2010, termination date to a June 30, 2006, termination
date for the funding of the healthy start special fund.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this

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report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose
of S.B. No. 861, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass
Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 861,
S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Health and Human

                                   SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair

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