STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1699
RE: S.B. No. 549
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 549, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTHY BEVERAGES FOR CHILDREN,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to help improve the health of Hawaii's children by requiring restaurants that sell children's meals which include a beverage to make the default beverage a healthy beverage.
The Hawaii Public Health Institute, Hawaii Children's Action Network, American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association, Blue Zones Project - Hawaii, Kahoomiki: Hawaii Council on Physical Activity & Nutrition, and many concerned individuals supported this measure. A concerned individual opposed the measure. The Department of Health, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Hawaii Restaurant Association, and American Beverage Association submitted comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Modifying the type and serving size of nonfat or low-fat (one per cent) dairy milk or non-dairy beverage that is nutritionally equivalent to fluid milk that is considered a healthy default beverage for children's meals;
(2) Removing the Department of Health's authority to impose fines on restaurants that violate the requirement to serve a healthy default beverage for children's meals; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 549, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 549, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair