STAND. COM. REP. NO.784-02
RE: S.B. No. 2764
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 2764, S.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO VITAL STATISTICS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill, as received, is to require the Department of Health (DOH) to ensure adequate safety measures to safeguard its electronic vital statistics records.
Your Committee circulated a proposed H.D. 1 at the public hearing, which also incorporates portions of S.B. No. 2761, S.D. 2, and H.B. 2506, H.D. 1.
The proposed H.D. 1:
(1) Requires DOH to ensure adequate security measures to safeguard its electronic records;
(2) Streamlines the process of registering births, deaths, and burials by centralizing the process within the Department of Health (DOH) instead of in separate districts;
(3) Establishes a $20 fee for a permit for removal, burial, or other disposition of a dead body (Disposition Permit) with one-half of the fee deposited into the Vital Statistics Improvement Fund (Improvement Fund) and the remaining half deposited into the general fund; and
(4) Increases the fee for a disinternment permit (Disinternment Permit) from $5 to $20 with one-half of the fee deposited into the Improvement Fund and the remaining half deposited into the general fund.
The Office of Information Practices (OIP) testified in support of the proposed measure. DOH supported the intent of the proposed measure.
OIP was in support of the measure primarily because of the inclusion of adequate electronic safeguards. DOH testified that they would like that provision removed and that safeguards are already in place to protect confidentiality of information.
Upon further consideration, your Committee has further amended the proposed H.D. 1 to:
(1) Remove the provision of electronic safeguards;
(2) Reduce the amount of the fees for the Disposition Permit and Disinternment Permit from $20 to $10;
(3) Require that a 100 percent of the fees from the Disposition Permit and Disinternment Permit be deposited into the Improvement Fund; and
(4) Make other technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2764, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2764, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair