STAND. COM. REP. NO.  543

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2015

 

RE:   H.B. No. 782

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2015

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 782 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE CYTOMEGALOVIRUS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to raise awareness of cytomegalovirus by requiring:

 

(1)  The Department of Health to establish a public education program to educate and inform pregnant women and women who may become pregnant of this virus; and

 

(2)  The responsible physician of a newborn infant identified as, or suspected of, having a hearing impairment, to test the newborn infant for cytomegalovirus.

 

     Numerous individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Health commented on this measure.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1)  Deleting the screening requirement that physicians of newborn infants identified as, or suspected of, having a hearing impairment, test the newborn infant for cytomegalovirus;

 

(2)  Deleting the provision requiring the Department of Health to establish administrative rules to carry out this measure;

 

(3)  Requiring the Department of Health to:

 

(A)  Convene a working group of various stakeholders to participate in the development of a public awareness program to inform and educate pregnant women and women who may become pregnant about cytomegalovirus; and

 

(B)  Submit a report to the Legislature prior to the convening of the 2016 Regular Session that includes recommendations for developing, implementing, and funding the public education program under the measure;

 

(4)  Appropriating funds for fiscal year 2016-2017 to implement the public education program;

 

(5)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050; and

 

(6)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 782, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 782, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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DELLA AU BELATTI, Chair