STAND. COM. REP. NO.1044-02
RE: H.R. No. 104
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Human Services and Housing and Health, to which was referred H.R. No. 104 entitled:
"HOUSE RESOLUTION REQUESTING FEDERAL REIMBURSEMENT FROM CONGRESS FOR STATE EXPENSES RELATED TO MIGRANTS TO HAWAII FROM MICRONESIA AND THE MARSHALL ISLANDS OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this resolution is to request Congress to appropriate $85,000,000 to reimburse Hawaii for expenses incurred for education and social services provided to Micronesians and Marshall Islanders who migrated to Hawaii over the past 15 years.
Several concerned citizens testified in support of this measure.
Your Committees find that Micronesians and Marshall Islanders have been allowed in Hawaii as non-immigrants as a result of the Compact of Free Association. The State has borne the majority of the costs of care and education for these non-immigrants, but has received very little reimbursement from the federal government.
Your Committees have amended this resolution by:
(1) Inserting a quote from the United States Code (USC) stating the intent of Congress is not to cause any adverse consequences;
(2) Inserting a quote from the USC authorizing Congress to appropriate funds to cover costs incurred; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity and style.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Human Services and Housing and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of H.R. No. 104, as amended herein, and recommend that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.R. No. 104, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Human Services and Housing and Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair