STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1686

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.C.R. No. 213

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 213 entitled:

 

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION URGING HAWAII'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND THE GOVERNOR TO COLLABORATE WITH THE LEGISLATURE TO ENSURE EXPEDITED BURIALS FOR VETERANS, DECEASED ACTIVE DUTY MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, AND THEIR SPOUSES AT VETERANS CEMETERIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF HAWAII,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to urge Hawaii's congressional delegation and the Governor to collaborate with the Legislature to ensure expedited burials for veterans, deceased active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, and their spouses at veterans' cemeteries throughout Hawaii.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the State Office of Veterans Services.

 

Your Committee finds that a spouse of a predeceased United States veteran buried at the Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery passed away on February 19, 2018, but could not be buried for more than five weeks due to administrative delays at the cemetery. Your Committee further finds that a proper and timely burial is a long‑standing cultural practice and sacred rite of Native Hawaiians. Your Committee therefore finds that in keeping with the respect and honor of burials practiced by Native Hawaiians, this measure urges Hawaii's congressional delegation and the Governor to collaborate with the Legislature to ensure expedited burials for veterans, deceased active duty members of the United States Armed Forces, and their spouses at veterans' cemeteries throughout Hawaii.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee concurs with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 213 and recommends its adoption.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs,

 

 

 

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CLARENCE K. NISHIHARA, Chair