STAND. COM. REP. NO.2943
RE: H.B. No. 1970
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations, to which was referred H.B. No. 1970 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE HAWAII STATE EMERGENCY RESPONSE COMMISSION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to replace the University of Hawaii (UH) Dean of the School of Public Health with the UH Dean of the School of Medicine as a voting member of the Hawaii State Emergency Response Commission (Commission).
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health and the UH School of Public Health Alumni Association.
Your Committee finds that the closure of the School of Public Health has left a void on the Commission. The Commission members have already voted to fill the vacant position with the Dean of the UH School of Medicine. Therefore, your Committee supports this amendment to the Hawaii Revised Statutes to authorize the change in membership.
Your Committee amended this measure by replacing its contents with the contents of S.B. No. 2001, S.D. 1, to provide greater flexibility in the future. If the School of Public Health again receives accreditation, your Committee believes that the Governor should have the flexibility to appoint either the Dean of the School of Medicine or the Dean of the School of Public Health to the Commission. Senate Bill No. 2001, S.D. 1, provides that flexibility.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1970, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1970, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations,
CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair