STAND. COM. REP. NO.3343

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.R. No. 68

S.D. 1

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.R. No. 68 entitled:

"SENATE RESOLUTION CONVENING AN INTERIM STUDY BY THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES TO EXPLORE WAYS TO MAXIMIZE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAMS,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to convene an interim study by the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services to explore ways to maximize federal funding for health and human services programs.

Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by Hawaii Long Term Care Association, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Hawai'i Together, Blueprint for Change, National Association of Social Workers-Hawaii Chapter, and Parents and Children Together. The Legislative Reference Bureau submitted comments.

Your Committee finds that due to the tenuous financial condition presently being faced by our state government, many programs have faced budget cuts or have had to provide more services within existing resources. Your Committee further finds that while this has challenged the continuing operations of many programs, there are others that have sought and received federal funds to sustain them. Your Committee agrees that a statewide effort to maximize federal funding to supplement or leverage state funding should be pursued.

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

(1) Adding the following organizations to the working group; the Hawaii Performance Partnership Board, Hawai'i Together, Blueprint for Change, and Hawaii Youth Services Network;

(2) Requesting the working group report be submitted to the Senate rather than the Legislature; and

(3) Requesting that certified copies of the measure be transmitted to the President of the Senate, the Legislative Reference Bureau, the Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, Hawaii Performance Partnership Board, Hawai'i Together, Blueprint for Change and Hawaii Youth Services Network.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health and Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.R. No. 68, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, in the form attached hereto as S.R. No. 68, S.D. 1.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health and Human Services,

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DAVID MATSUURA, Chair