STAND. COM. REP. NO.137-02
RE: H.B. No. 2496
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Human Services and Housing, to which was referred H.B. No. 2496 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CHILD CARE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to better protect children by:
(1) Providing that a person who cares for two or fewer unrelated children is exempt from child care licensing and registration requirements; and
(2) Allowing the Department of Human Services (DHS) to investigate possible violations of the child care law and obtain an inspection warrant from the District Court.
DHS submitted testimony in support of this bill.
Your Committee finds that the provision exempting persons caring for no more than two unrelated children from the child care licensing process was inadvertently deleted when the definition of child care facility was amended several years ago. Your Committee further finds that this bill would help to enforce regulatory restrictions on child care facilities by giving child care licensing workers the authority, which it currently lacks, to investigate complaints of unlicensed child care.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services and Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2496 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services and Housing,
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair