STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1114
RE: S.B. No. 1417
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1417, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FILIPINO VETERANS BURIAL ASSISTANCE,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish a sustained funding source within the Office of Veterans' Services for the repatriation and burial costs for Filipino-American World War II veterans.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Office of Veterans' Services and Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance.
Your Committee finds that this measure will provide funding for funeral and burial service support to any qualifying Filipino veteran and, if desired, transportation of the veteran's remains to the Philippines.
Your Committee further notes that an appropriation of $100,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum for fiscal year 2020-2021 are needed to effectuate the purposes of this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation to an unspecified amount; and
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
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 S.B. No. 1417, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1417, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair