STAND. COM. REP. NO.131-02
RE: H.B. No. 2042
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 2042 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ACCESS TO VITAL STATISTICS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to appropriate funds for the Department of Health (DOH) to establish a system to allow individuals of Hawaiian ancestry to access and obtain copies of their vital statistics records to prove their ancestry and ethnicity without charge to the individual requesting the information.
The Oahu Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and two concerned individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and DOH supported the intent of this measure.
Access to vital records, particularly to those of Hawaiian ancestry, continues to be time-consuming and costly for the individuals requesting the information. A pending measure in Congress, if passed, will result in even more requests for copies of records, and will place an increased burden upon DOH. One testifier mentioned that a study was done in 1991, the Hawaiian Genealogy Master Plan, that provides solutions for the access to records if funding were available.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Appropriating funds provided that matching federal funds or funds from public or private sources become available;
(2) Establishing a task force within DOH that will provide coordination and consultation of access to vital statistics records and will be responsible for securing the matching funds;
(3) Requiring the task force to convene no later than August 1, 2002; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2042, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2042, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair