STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1305
RE: H.B. No. 466
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 466, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR THE AGING AND DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Executive Office on Aging, Policy Advisory Board for Elder Affairs, State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Maui County Office on Aging, Zonta Club of Hilo, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, AARP Hawaii, and three individuals.
Your Committee finds the Aging and Disability Resource Center streamlines access to long-term supports and services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and family caregivers. In fiscal year 2017 alone, the Aging and Disability Resource Center assisted over 11,000 older adults navigate the service system to access federal and state publicly-funded supports and services. By appropriating sufficient funds for the effective and continued operation of the Aging and Disability Resource Center, this measure helps sustain the capacity for the Executive Office on Aging and the county Area Agencies on Aging to operate as a statewide, fully functional Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Your Committee has amended this measure by inserting an appropriation amount of $3,100,000 for each year of the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 466, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 466, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health,
ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair