STAND. COM. REP. NO.718-02
RE: S.B. No. 2075
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Health and Human Services and Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 2075, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DENTAL HYGIENISTS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to expand the public health settings in which licensed dental hygienists are allowed to provide services.
The Board of Dental Examiners, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Hawaii Medical Association, Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association, Early Head Start, Family Support Services of West Hawaii, Healthy Start, and several concerned citizens testified in support of this measure.
Many concerned citizens testified in opposition to this measure.
Your Committees find that licensed dental hygienists currently work in a variety of settings under the general or direct supervision of a licensed dentist. This bill would expand the settings in which hygienists could provide services and assist in improving Hawaii's general oral health by reaching a larger percentage of the population.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health and Human Services and Housing that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2075, S.D. 2, and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Human Services and Housing,
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair