STAND. COM. REP. NO.909-02
RE: S.B. No. 594
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 594, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO NEUROTRAUMA,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Establish the Neurotrauma Advisory Board within the Department of Health (DOH) to assist in the development of programs and services related to neurotrauma, including public education, professional training, research, and creation of a registry;
(2) Create the Neurotrauma Special Fund (Fund) to be used for funding programs related to neurotrauma;
(3) Exempt the Fund from government-wide pro rata shares of central service expenses and departmental administrative expenses; and
(4) Establish surcharges to be imposed on individuals convicted of various traffic safety offenses and to be deposited into the Fund.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this bill from DOH, the Disability and Communication Access Board, State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Brain Injury Association of Hawaii, the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific, Hawaii Centers for Independent Living, the Craine Institute of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation, Inc., Hawaii Services for Disabled, a member of the Brain Injury Association, a member of the State Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board, and numerous concerned individuals. The Department of Budget and Finance submitted testimony in opposition.
Your Committee has amended this bill as follows:
(1) Eliminating the surcharge of $5 to be charged for driving a vehicle at a speed exceeding the maximum speed limit by less than ten miles per hour;
(2) Further clarifying the purposes of this bill in section 1;
(3) Amending the definition of "neurotrauma;"
(4) Increasing the number of members on the Neurotrauma Advisory Board to twenty-one members and amending the board membership composition;
(5) Imposing surcharges on offenses of driving under the influence of an intoxicant, as set forth in section 291E-61, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), instead of in section 291-4, HRS, which was repealed; and
(6) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity and style only.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 594, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 594, S.D. 1, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs,
ERIC G. HAMAKAWA, Chair