HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1000

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO CHILD CARE.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Access to safe, affordable, and nurturing child care is a critical need for Hawaii's children and working parents. The purpose of this Act is to amend provisions of chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to: (1) improve the safety of children in Hawaii's regulated and legally exempt child care settings by requiring criminal history checks of adult relatives who provide care for a child whose family receives a child care subsidy from the department of human services; (2) clarify that the department of human services may take both administrative and judicial action to enforce child care licensing provisions of chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and increase penalties by making them apply on a daily basis; (3) explain when investigation information will be released to the public; and (4) clarify that when the child care licensing program receives a report of death or injury of a child in a child care setting, the program will share information it receives with, and cooperate with, child welfare services and law enforcement.

SECTION 2. Section 346-152.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) [To be eligible] In order to provide child care for a child whose family receives a child care subsidy from the department, persons exempt pursuant to section 346-152 shall be required to agree to:

(1) A criminal history record check, a sex offender registry check, a child abuse record check, and an adult abuse perpetrator check in the same manner as a prospective applicant or licensed provider in accordance with section 346-154; [provided that the criminal history record check shall be limited to a criminal history record check conducted through files maintained by the Hawaii criminal justice data center for the following relatives of the child who requires care: grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings aged eighteen or older living in a separate residence;]

(2) Completion of a pre-service or orientation training and ongoing training in health and safety topics;

(3) Any monitoring inspection visits by the department or its designee to determine compliance with minimum health and safety standards at the location where child care is being provided for a child whose family receives a child care subsidy from the department, including investigations by the department when the department has received a report of health and safety concerns. "

SECTION 3. Section 346-153, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"346-153 Records of deficiencies and complaints; release to public. (a) For every child care facility, the department shall maintain records for the current and previous two years of: results of its inspections; notifications to providers of deficiencies; corrective action taken; complaints of violations of rules adopted under this part; results of its investigations; resolution of complaints; and suspensions, revocations, reinstatements, restorations, and reissuances of licenses, temporary permits, and registrations issued under this part.

(b) Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the records described in this section shall be available for inspection in the manner set forth in chapter 92F and may be posted by the department on a public website; provided that with respect to records of family child care homes and group child care homes, sensitive personal information, including home addresses, or information provided to the department with the understanding that it would not be publicly divulged shall be deleted or obliterated prior to making the records available to the public. Nothing in this section shall authorize the department to release to the public the names of or any other identifying information on complainants. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the department's child care licensing program from sharing information and cooperating with the department's child protective services and law enforcement on investigations.

(c) The department may withhold information [on a] about an investigation of a complaint [for which an investigation is being conducted] of a violation for not more than ten working days [following the date of filing of the complaint;] after the date the investigation report is completed; provided that if an investigation relates to an alleged criminal offense, no information shall be released until the criminal investigation has been completed and the director has determined that no legal proceeding will be jeopardized by its release."

SECTION 4. Section 346-156, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"346-156 Penalty[.]; remedies. (a) Any person, entity, agency, or organization violating any provision of this [chapter] part or any rule made pursuant thereto shall be [fined as follows:

(1) Up] subject to penalties including a fine of up to $1,000 for [the first] each day of violation; [and

(2) Up] provided that the fine may be up to $3,000 for [the second violation and each succeeding violation.] each day for a violation of section 346-161 or 346-171.

(b) The department may enforce this part in either administrative or judicial proceedings or both."

SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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BY REQUEST

 


 


 

Report Title:

Improve Safety of Children in Care; Criminal History Checks; Records of Deficiencies and Complaints; Role and Response to Reports of Death or Injury in a Child Care Setting; Release of Information for Purposes of Investigation; Penalties, Administrative and Judicial Action

 

Description:

Requires criminal history checks of adult relatives who provide care for a child whose family receives a child care subsidy from the Department of Human Services, clarifies that the Department of Human Services may take both administrative and judicial action to enforce child care licensing provisions of chapter 346, Hawaii Revised Statutes, clarifies the role and response of the child care licensing program when it receives a report of death or injury of a child in a child care setting, and addresses the release of information pending an investigation.

 

 

 

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