TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO CHILD CARE FACILITIES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 346-153, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§346-153 Records of [
and complaints;] inspections; release to public. (a) For
every child care facility, the department shall maintain records for the current
and previous two years of: results of its inspections; notifications to providers
of deficiencies; corrective action taken; complaints of violations of rules adopted
under this part; results of its investigations; resolution of complaints; and suspensions,
revocations, reinstatements, restorations, and reissuances of licenses, temporary
permits, and registrations issued under this part.
(b) Notwithstanding any other law to the
contrary, the records described in [
this section] subsection (a) shall
be available for inspection in the manner set forth in chapter 92F and may be
posted by the department on a public website[ ;] in accordance with
this section; provided that with respect to records of family child care
homes and group child care homes, sensitive personal information, including home
addresses, or information provided to the department with the understanding that
it would not be publicly divulged shall be deleted or obliterated prior to making
the records available to the public. Nothing in this section shall authorize the
department to release the names of or any other identifying information on complainants.
The department may withhold information on a complaint for which an investigation
is being conducted for not more than ten working days following the date of filing
of the complaint; provided that if an investigation relates to an alleged criminal
offense, no information shall be released until the investigation has been completed
and the director has determined that no legal proceeding will be jeopardized by
(c) Beginning with inspections occurring on January 1, 2019, the department shall post on its website electronic copies of reports for all inspections it performs of child care facilities subject to this part. Except as provided in subsection (b), each report shall be posted on the department's website within thirty working days of the conclusion of each inspection and shall include:
(1) The date of the inspection;
(2) A description of violations of relevant state laws or rules, if applicable;
(3) Plans of correction and the status of corrective actions in response to any violations, if applicable;
(4) A list and description of all corrective actions taken by the child care facility, if applicable, to be submitted by the facility and added to the report at a later time, as determined by the department; and
(5) Other information regarding the quality and condition of the child care facility as the department deems appropriate.
(d) The department shall submit an annual report to the legislature on all records and actions subject to this section. For all actions that involve a complaint of a suspected violation or an actual violation discovered by the department, the report shall include the department's findings regarding the suspected or actual violation and any corrective action ordered by the department, including the suspension or revocation of any license, permit, or registration."
SECTION 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2017-2018 and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2018-2019 to implement and comply with the reporting requirements for child care facilities as required by this Act.
The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of human services for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2090.
Child Care Facilities; Inspections; Reports; Oversight; Appropriation
Requires the Department of Human Services (DHS) to post on its website, reports of child care facility inspections beginning with inspections occurring on January 1, 2019, and suspected or actual complaint violations, including DHS's findings and corrective actions. Appropriates funds to implement and comply with the reporting requirements for child care facilities. (SB511 HD1)
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