Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:     S.B. No. 813

        S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health, to which was referred S.B. No. 813 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate or authorize funds, amend positions, or amend means of financing for various operating expenses of the Department of Health.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging, and Maui County Office on Aging.


     Your Committee finds that this measure expresses adjustments to the programs or positions included, maximum sums appropriated or authorized, or means of financing indicated for the Department of Health in the General Appropriations Act of 2017, as amended by the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2018.


     Your Committee's intent in recommending this measure for passage is for the adjustments expressed to be incorporated into the General Appropriations Act of 2019 or other appropriate legislative vehicle or to be adopted separately.  As such, your Committee requests your Committee on Ways and Means to incorporate the adjustments expressed by this measure into the appropriate legislative vehicle or amend this measure to include any provisions necessary to effectuate its purpose and intent.


     Your Committee notes that funding for the emergency medical services base budget for Puna, Lanai, and Kauai was inadvertently left out of the Governor's Executive Budget request.


     Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1)  Inserting a general fund appropriation of $11,872,596 for fiscal year 2020 and $15,040,191 for fiscal year 2021 to add funds to meet collective bargaining requirements and recurring personnel costs for service providers contracted to provide pre-hospital emergency medical service (HTH730/MQ); and


(2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 813, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 813, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.


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