STAND. COM. REP. NO.1133-02
RE: S.B. No. 2106
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 2106, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Remove the sunset date of the marriage and family therapists statute; and
(2) Authorize reciprocity agreements to recognize licenses of marriage and family therapists from other states, provided that the state's license requirements are as stringent as Hawaii's current requirements.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Hawaii Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Bobby Benson Center, Hawaii International Child Placement & Family Services, Inc., Christian Science Committee on Publication for Hawaii, Argosy University, and a number of concerned individuals.
Your Committee finds that marriage and family therapists serve a valuable role in ministering to mental, emotional and nervous disorders within the context of the individual's family relationships. Your Committee further finds that the current regulation of marriage and family therapists is scheduled to expire on December 31, 2002.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2106, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce,
KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair