STAND. COM. REP. NO.  166-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2207

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Intrastate Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2207 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to require the Board of Dental Examiners (Board) to adopt rules establishing a tiered regulatory framework for the regulation of dental assistants in Hawaii and submit a report to the Legislature detailing the rules that were adopted.


     Numerous individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Board, Hawaii Dental Association, Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association, and two concerned individuals provided comments on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Deleting the educational requirement for basic-level dental assistants;


     (2)  Clarifying that, as a requirement for certification as an advanced-qualified dental assistant, a dental assistant received expanded function training in duties as specified by rules adopted by the Board rather than specifying that the training be in the application of pit and fissure sealants or advanced remedial intra-oral dental tasks;


     (3)  Specifying that the report submitted by the Board to the Legislature be on the progress of adopting rules for the tiered regulatory framework for dental assistants rather than on detailing the rules adopted;


     (4)  Changing its effective date to July 1, 3000, to facilitate further discussion; and


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


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Intrastate Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2207, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2207, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Intrastate Commerce,