STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1939

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 549

S.D. 1

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 549, S.D. 1, H.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 promote healthy meal options for children and support parents' efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle by ensuring that healthy beverages are the default option in children's meals purchased at restaurants in the State.

 

The Hawaii Dental Hygienists' Association, Blue Zones Project, American Heart Association, Kahoomiki, Hawaii Primary Care Association, Hawaii Public Health Institute, American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Children's Action Network, and many individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The Department of Health, American Beverage Association, and Hawaii Restaurant Association submitted comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing the allowable serving size for milk or its nutritional equivalent from six ounces to eight ounces;

(2) Specifying that fruit juice or vegetable juice combined with water or carbonated water may also be an option as a default beverage;

 

(3) Specifying that the allowable serving size for fruit juice or vegetable juice shall not exceed eight ounces; and

 

(4) Deleting "natural" and its description from the definition of "one hundred per cent fruit juice or vegetable juice."

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 549, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 549, S.D. 1, H.D. 2.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,

 

 

 

 

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ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair