Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 1235

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1235, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate grant funds to support Hana Health on Maui and for emergency services at Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center.


     For the purposes of a public hearing, your Committee circulated a proposed S.D. 2 (Proposed Draft) of the measure and notified the public that your Committee would be accepting testimony on the Proposed Draft, which deletes the contents of the S.D. 1 of this measure and appropriates funds to improve cardiac care at Hilo Medical Center.


Your Committee received testimony in support of the Proposed Draft from the Mayor's Office of the County of Hawaii; Community First; Ohana Health; Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce; Hawaii Island Economic Development Board; Hawaii Health Systems Corporation; Hilo Medical Center; Hui Malama Ola Na Oiwi; JCCIH GAC; Orchidland Safety Committee; United Public Workers; Volcano CAN; YWCA of Hawaii Island; Zonta Club of Hilo; and forty-four individuals.


     Your Committee finds that offering interventional cardiology for heart attack treatment to patients in the County of Hawaii, mitigating the need to airlift patients to Maui or Oahu and improving patient outcomes, is in the public interest.


Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting the Proposed Draft with the following additional amendments:


(1)  Changing the appropriation from $2,000,000 to an unspecified amount;


(2)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and


(3)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for 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 S.B. No. 1235, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1235, S.D. 2.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,