STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1682-08
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 Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 3050, S.D. 1, H.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, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Hawaii Disability Rights Center submitted testimony in support of this measure. Christian Science Committee on Publication for Hawaii submitted comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that DHS may receive oral reports of suspected abuse, pursuant to federal law, with or without the consent of the dependent adult or the dependent adult's guardian;
(2) Clarifying that this bill applies to licensed social workers and certain non-licensed social workers employed in social worker positions; and
(3) Making technical, non-substantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 3050, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 3050, S.D. 1, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
TOMMY WATERS, Chair