STAND. COM. REP. NO.745-02
RE: S.B. No. 2754
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. 2754 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CHILD CARE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Clarify that a caregiver who cares for two or fewer unrelated children is exempt from child care licensing and registration; and
(2) Allow the Department of Human Services (DHS) to investigate possible violations of the child care law and to authorize DHS to obtain an inspection warrant from the District Court when necessary.
DHS testified in support of this measure. The Honolulu Police Department offered comments.
Your Committee finds that DHS sometimes has difficulty in investigating complaints of illegal child care, particularly in situations where an individual is caring for more than two unrelated children. In most cases, when DHS approaches a caregiver who may be a potential violator, DHS workers are allowed into the home. However, there are some situations where the worker is not allowed on the premises, making it difficult for DHS to enforce the law.
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. 2754 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services and Housing,
MICHAEL P. KAHIKINA, Chair