STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3754
RE: H.B. No. 2340
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 2340, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO DEAD BODIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to clarify prohibited actions related to anatomical gifts and the disposition of bodies.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health and University of Hawai‘i System.
Your Committee finds that anatomical gifts of human bodies, elected by individuals prior to their death, are vital to the education and training of medical students. 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) Changing the phrase "organ procurement organization" to "procurement organization" throughout the measure;
(2) Inserting an effective date of January 1, 2021; and
(3) 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 Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2340, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2340, H.D. 2, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
KARL RHOADS, Chair