STAND. COM. REP. NO.921-02
RE: S.B. No. 2568
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 S.B. No. 2568, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO LANGUAGE ACCESS FOR PERSONS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by providing assistance to persons with limited English proficiency. Specifically, this measure:
(1) Establishes the Hawaii Commission on Language Access to develop a statewide plan to enhance access to services for persons with limited English proficiency; and
(2) Allocates funding to the Departments of Health and Human Services to improve their ability to provide services, programs, and activities to persons with limited English proficiency.
The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, Catholic Charities, Community and Immigrant Services, Na Loio, and the Inter-Agency Council for Immigrants testified in support of the bill. The Department of Budget and Finance opposed the measure.
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 S.B. No. 2568, S.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services and Housing,
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair