STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3437
RE: H.B. No. 2493
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 H.B. No. 2493, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EPIDEMIOLOGISTS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to remove the statutory cap on the number of exempt epidemiologist positions that the Department of Health may establish.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Hawaii Public Health Institute, and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i.
Your Committee finds that by providing the Department of Health with increased flexibility in establishing epidemiologist positions, the Department will be able to more effectively track and characterize emergent disease outbreaks that threaten public health in Hawaii.
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. 2493, H.D. 2, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair