STAND. COM. REP. NO.228-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.B. No. 2054

H.D. 1




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. 2054 entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this bill is to provide incentives for incoming dentists to serve underserved populations by amending Hawaii's dentistry regulation law for dentists who work:

(1) For safety net dental providers; or

(2) In a federally designated dental health professional shortage area.

This bill allows the Board to issue:

(1) A temporary license without examination for a maximum of three years to dentists who practice under obligation of the National Health Service Corps or any state-supported professional education program; and

(2) A license without examination to dentists who, among other things, work for a safety net dental provider organization or in a private practice located in a federally designated dental health professional shortage area.

The Hawaii Primary Care Association, AlohaCare, Kokua Kalihi Valley, and Mobile Care Health Project testified in support of this measure. Opposing this bill were the Board of Dental Examiners (Board) and three dentists.

Your Committee has amended this bill by:

(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2020 to facilitate further discussion; and

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of style and clarity.

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. 2054, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2054, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,