STAND. COM. REP. NO. 402

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 529

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 529 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HUMAN SERVICES,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish within the Department of Human Services and Department of Health a two-year pilot project authorizing each department to contract the services of a dedicated capture manager responsible for securing grants and other funding opportunities.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Primary Care Association. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Human Services and Department of Health.

 

Your Committees find that there are many opportunities for securing grants from both public and private sources that could be used to support the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in the State. However, your Committees acknowledge that applying for grants can be time-consuming and complex and that failure to accurately interpret the details of grant requirements may lead to problematic compliance issues, all of which can result in the diversion of valuable department resources. This measure authorizes the Department of Human Services and Department of Health to contract with a dedicated individual responsible for securing grant and other funding opportunities for each department, which will benefit the departments and the recipients they serve.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Authorizing the Department of Health and Department of Human Services to establish one three-year full-time temporary exempt position each, who shall be responsible for supporting awarded grants, developing internal capacity, and developing a sustainability plan for a grant development program;

 

(2) Inserting a blank appropriation to the Department of Health and Department of Human Services for purposes of establishing the full-time temporary exempt position;

 

(3) Clarifying that the appropriations included in this measure shall not lapse at the fiscal biennium but that all unencumbered monies shall lapse as of June 30, 2022;

 

(4) Extending the measure's repeal date from June 30, 2021, to June 30, 2022, to accommodate the three-year full time temporary exempt position; and

 

(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purpose of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Human Services that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 529, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 529, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health and Human Services,

 

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RUSSELL E. RUDERMAN, Chair

 

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ROSALYN H. BAKER, Chair