STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3263
RE: H.B. No. 2273
Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui
President of the Senate
Twenty-Sixth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2012
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2273 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CONCUSSIONS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the Department of Education and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association to develop a concussion educational program for students and student athletes who are fourteen to eighteen years old.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the American Physical Therapy Association - Hawaii Chapter.
Your Committee finds that in recent years, there has been a significant increase in Hawaii in the number of concussions sustained by youth engaged in sports or recreational activities. Your Committee further finds that the concussion educational program required by this measure will help ensure that public and private high school students, school personnel, and parents are provided with consistent and up-to-date information on concussions and the management of symptoms and injuries related to concussions.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Deleting the definition of "school athletics" as unnecessary;
(2) Requiring students to obtain written clearance from a "licensed health care provider" instead of a "physician" before returning to sports and academics following a concussion;
(3) Deleting the term "mild traumatic brain injury" from the definition of "concussion"; and
(4) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2273, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2273, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DAVID Y. IGE, Chair