STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2894
RE: S.B. No. 2342
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2342 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE KUPUNA CAREGIVERS PROGRAM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the Kupuna Caregivers program and to reduce the number of hours that a family caregiver must be employed outside the home to qualify for program assistance.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the American Association of Retired Persons Hawaii, Young Progressives Demanding Action, Hawaii Public Health Association, Pono Hawaii Initiative, Policy Board for Elder Affairs, International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 142, Faith Action for Community Equity, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Aloha Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, Hawaii Public Health Association, and two individuals.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Executive Office on Aging.
Your Committee finds that the Kupuna Caregivers program helps to reduce the burden on family caregivers by providing the resources and services that caregivers need to care for both themselves and their family members.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation from $2,000,000 to an unspecified sum;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2342, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2342, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair