STAND. COM. REP. NO. 415-20
RE: H.B. No. 2340
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2340, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DEAD BODIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to clarify prohibited actions related to anatomical gifts and disposition of bodies.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health, Willed Body Program at the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and two individuals.
Your Committee finds that this measure will protect vulnerable donors and their loved ones from making anatomical gifts to people or entities other than recipients who are capable of handling bodies with care and respect for legitimate medical or research purposes. Your Committee further finds that this measure will also prevent body donations to people or entities who may not take the necessary steps to create a death certificate and obtain a disposition permit for the body.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that organ procurement organizations are the entities that can receive an anatomical gift, be responsible for the final disposition of an anatomical gift, and are exempt from the offense of abuse of a corpse for removing body parts or organs for transplantation or therapy prior to obtaining a disposition permit; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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 H.B. No. 2340, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Judiciary in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2340, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
ROY M. TAKUMI, Chair