STAND. COM. REP. NO. 25
RE: H.B. No. 147
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 147 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DISTRICT HEALTH OFFICERS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
Your Committee amended this measure by:
(1) Amending the proposed statutory language to be more permissive so as to allow, but not require, the District Health Officer position to be filled by a licensed physician; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion.
Your Committee notes the Department of Health's concerns that requiring District Health Officers to also be licensed physicians will narrow an already small pool of eligible applicants. Your Committee also notes the Department of Health's oral testimony stating that drawing in licensed physicians who are also qualified health care administrators to apply for the positions would require matching competitive private sector pay rates.
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. 147, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 147, 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,
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair