STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1178-18

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2018

 

RE: S.B. No. 2056

S.D. 2

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health & Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 2056, S.D. 2, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to require each restaurant in the State that offers a children's meal combination to offer a healthy beverage as the default beverage for that combination.

 

The Department of Health, Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, American Heart Association, Hawaii Public Health Association, Hawaii Primary Care Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Hawaii Public Health Institute, Hawaii Children's Action Network, Blue Zones Project, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Filipina Advocacy Network, and a few concerned individuals provided testimony in support of this measure. The American Diabetes Association provided testimony commenting on this measure.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Including fruit juice combined with water or carbonated water, provided it contains no added sweeteners, to the default beverages that may be offered with children's meals; and

 

(2) Allowing, rather than requiring, restaurants to offer certain beverages as the default beverage with a children's meal and to self-report the restaurant's beverage offerings.

 

Your Committee notes testimony from the Department of Health that one manner by which this measure may be implemented is to create a self-certification process on the Department's website by which restaurants may annually certify that they offer healthy default beverages for children's meals. The list of restaurants that have current certification would then be accessible on the website for the public.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health & Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2056, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2056, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health & Human Services,

 

 

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair