STAND. COM. REP. NO.572-02
RE: H.B. No. 2521
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 2521, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONTROL OF DISEASE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to allow the Department of Health (DOH) to respond to health emergencies. Specifically, this measure would allow DOH to:
(1) Enter into agreements with health care facilities and providers to assist with epidemic control activities;
(2) Require that information be provided to DOH concerning the location of individuals allegedly exposed to a dangerous disease;
(3) Sequester items suspected of being contaminated by toxic or infectious substances; and
(4) Quarantine individuals according to procedures established to protect the individual's rights.
DOH and Healthcare Association of Hawaii testified in support of this measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2521, H.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair