STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1149-08
RE: S.B. No. 3050
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Fourth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2008
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Human Services & Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 3050, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to require caregivers, social workers, and certain advocacy service providers to report suspected abuse of a dependent adult to the Department of Human Services (DHS).
DHS, the Attorney General (AG) and Office of Hawaiian Affairs testified in support of this bill. The National Association of Social Workers – Hawaii Chapter supported the intent of this measure. The Hawaii Disability Rights Center and a concerned individual provided comments.
Your Committee notes concerns raised in DHS's and the AG's testimony which recommends citing the Code of Federal Regulations with regard to the consent of the dependent adult or their guardian or legal representative, and respectfully requests the Committee on Judiciary to further examine that issue.
Your Committee has amended this bill by:
(1) Clarifying the definition of "caregiver"; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services & Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3050, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3050, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services & Housing,
MAILE SHIMABUKURO, Chair