STAND. COM. REP. NO.1163-02
RE: S.B. No. 2763
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 2763, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO BIRTH DEFECTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to require the Department of Health (DOH) to establish the Hawaii Birth Defects Program (Program) and to conduct birth defects studies based on information collected by the Program.
DOH, Kaiser Permanente, March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii Birth Defects Program Advisory Committee, Hawaii Medical Service Association, and two concerned individuals testified in support of the bill. The Christian Science Committee on Publication for Hawaii submitted comments on the measure.
Your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Moving the penalty provision from the Program to a new part in chapter 324, Hawaii Revised Statutes (Birth Defects Studies); and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of style and clarity.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2763, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2763, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair