HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.C.R. NO.

13

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

CREATING A WORKING GROUP OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM HAWAIIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO form a coalition TO PROVIDE BETTER ACCESS TO STATE VITAL STATISTICS RECORDS.

 

 

WHEREAS, bills to provide federal recognition to the Hawaiian people and to encourage self-determination and self-government are pending in Congress; and

WHEREAS, if and when these bills pass, there will have to be some sort of enrollment process by which Hawaiians can be recognized as such; and

WHEREAS, access to vital statistics records held by the state Department of Health will be crucial in enabling Hawaiians to enroll themselves to qualify for federal recognition; and

WHEREAS, the Department of Health and Hawaiian organizations need to work collaboratively to assess which documents are needed and how they are to be provided; and

WHEREAS, a working group should be established to initiate this assessment; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, the Senate concurring, that the Department of Health, the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the O`ahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Ka Lahui Hawai`i, and `Ilio`ulaokalani are requested to form a working coalition to discuss the pending needs of the Hawaiian community in regard to documentation needed to support Hawaiian identity for enrollment and how the State can participate and assist in that; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department is requested to report to the Legislature on the progress of the working group no later than twenty days before the convening of the regular session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Health, the President of the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations, the President of the O`ahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Kia`aina of Ka Lahui Hawai`i, and the President of `Ilio`ulaokalani .

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

DOH, Hawaiians, access to records