STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3-20
RE: H.B. No. 1661
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1661 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HEALTH,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to effectuate its title.
H.B. No. 1661 was introduced as a short-form bill, which is sometimes referred to as a "vehicle" bill primarily used to introduce a bill containing only a general idea as to the purpose of the bill without specific details in the long form.
Your Committee has amended the bill to provide the substantive contents of the bill in long form so that a public hearing may be properly held on its substantive contents.
The purpose of this measure is to amend definitions associated with involuntary hospitalizations to ensure that mentally ill individuals take medication and undergo treatment that is necessary to prevent them from causing danger to themselves or to others.
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 action to report out H.B. No. 1661, as amended herein, and recommends that it be recommitted to your Committee on Health, for the purpose of holding a public hearing thereon, in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1661, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,
JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair