STAND. COM. REP. NO. 736
RE: S.B. No. 226
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. 226, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SUICIDE PREVENTION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds to support youth suicide early intervention, prevention, and education initiatives in the counties of Kauai, Hawaii, and Maui.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Education, County of Hawaii Office of the Mayor, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawaii Family Forum, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific Health, Sutter Health Kahi Mohala, Papa Ola Lokahi, The Queen's Health Systems, Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Pacific Health, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and three individuals.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Your Committee finds that this measure will increase interventions and sustain youth suicide prevention projects to address the higher rates of suicide among youth in Kauai, Hawaii, and Maui counties. Your Committee notes that appropriations in the following amounts are necessary to achieve the intent of this measure:
(1) $25,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the county of Kauai;
(2) $50,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the county of Hawaii; and
(3) $50,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sum for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the county of Maui.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriations to unspecified amounts; 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. 226, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 226, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair