STAND. COM. REP. NO. 372

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 1468

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1468 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE WAIANAE COAST COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to continue operations of Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center's school-based health care center at Nanakuli High and Intermediate School by appropriating funds to hire one full-time advanced practice registered nurse and perform various infrastructure improvements.

 

The Department of Education Complex Area Superintendent of Nanakuli-Waianae, Hawaii Primary Care Association, American Nurses Association in Hawaii, Oahu County Democrats, and a few individuals testified in support of this measure. The Department of the Attorney General and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion.

 

Your Committee notes the Attorney General's concern that expenditure of these funds may violate Article VII, Section 4 of the Hawaii Constitution as it is unclear if these funds were applied for in a manner that meets the standards for grants, awards, or appropriations for state funds to a specified recipient as set forth in Chapter 42F, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

 

Your Committee further notes that Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, after consulting with the Department of Education, has requested that the position they are seeking to hire is for a licensed clinical psychologist, not an advanced practice registered nurse.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1468, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1468, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair