Report Title:

Vital Statistics

Description:

Provides a consistent fee structure for permits relating to burial and disinterment administered by the DOH. Provides funds to help automate and modernize the process of registering death events. (HB2503 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2503

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. Section 338-23, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"338-23 Permit for removal, burial, or other disposition of body. (a) When a death or fetal death occurs or a dead body is found, the body shall not be disposed of or removed from the registration district until a written permit has been issued by the local agent of the department of health, except that if the dead fetus is less than twenty-four weeks of gestation, no permit shall be required and except that if the death occurred as a result of an accident or other casualty occurrence, the local agent of the department of health may orally authorize the dead bodies to be removed from a registration district and airlifted or otherwise directly transported to the Honolulu registration district for the preparation and filing of death certificates and the issuance of written permits for further disposition.

(b) A $20 fee shall be charged by the department of health for any permit issued under this section.

(c) All fees received shall be remitted to the director of health, and the director shall deposit one half of the fee to the credit of the vital statistics improvement special fund established under section 338-14.6 and the remainder of the fee to the credit of the state general fund."

SECTION 2. Section 338-25.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"338-25.6 Fee. (a) A fee of [$5] $20 shall be charged by the director of health for the issuing of such permit[, the fee to be paid and accounted for to the treasury of the State,]; provided that subject to the provisions of section 338-25.5, the director shall issue a permit, free of charge, to any county, state or federal officer, acting in the officer's official capacity, or to representatives of the consular corps, or to any domestic or foreign corporation, association, or organization not operated for profit [which] that engages in public charity.

(b) All fees received shall be remitted to the director of health, and the director shall deposit one-half of the fee to the credit of the vital statistics improvement special fund established under section 338-14.6 and the remainder of the fee to the credit of the state general fund."

SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.