STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1697
RE: S.B. No. 235
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Health and Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 235, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,"
beg leave to report as follows:
(1) Appropriate funds to add permanent positions and funds for the enforcement of non-point source water pollution; and
(2) Appropriate funds from the Sanitation and Environmental Health Special Fund to add permanent sanitarian positions and funds for improved food safety.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Removing the appropriation for positions and funds for the enforcement of non-point source water pollution and inserting an appropriation for the various positions and operating expenses for HTH840 – Environmental Management;
(2) Adding robust preamble language to highlight the environmental impact of the discharge of treated wastewater into public waterways; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
Your Committees note that the State recently received a grade of D+ for its wastewater infrastructure in a recent review by the American Society of Civil Engineer's Hawaii Section, as reported on March 8, 2019, in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Your Committees recognize that it is the responsibility of the various counties to oversee the State's wastewater infrastructure. However, your Committees find that it is the responsibility of the Department of Health to enforce statewide regulations. Therefore, your Committees respectfully request the Department of Health to provide data on the number of violations and fines relating to wastewater that have been issued to the counties by the Department of Health over the past three-year period.
Your Committees note a concern that the amount appropriated from the Sanitation and Environmental Health Special Fund for the 14 new sanitarian positions is not sustainable and that future funding for these positions may need to come from State general funds.
Your Committees further note the Department of Health's testimony that the Sanitation and Environmental Health Special Fund is currently operating at a surplus and will be able to absorb the cost of these new positions.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health and Energy & Environmental Protection that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 235, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 235, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Energy & Environmental Protection,
NICOLE E. LOWEN, Chair
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair