STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1480

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.C.R. No. 34

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Human Services, to which was referred S.C.R. No. 34 entitled:

 

"SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND TOURISM AND THE COUNTY OF HAWAII OFFICE OF AGING TO CONDUCT A STUDY ON THE NECESSITY AND FEASIBILITY OF A SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN THE KA'U DISTRICT,"

 

beg leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to request that the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism and the County of Hawaii Office of Aging conduct a study on the necessity and feasibility of a senior living center in the Kau District.

 

Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii County Council and one individual. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.

 

Your Committees find that seventeen percent of Hawaii's existing population consists of seniors, sixty-five years of age and older, and according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hawaii has the highest life expectancy in the United States for those individuals over sixty-five years of age.

 

Your Committees further find that the County of Hawaii Office of Aging is responsible for assessing the needs of the county's older adult population and is best suited, in coordination with the Executive Office of Aging and the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to conduct a study on the necessity and feasibility of a senior living center in the Kau District.

 

Your Committees also note that it is important to base the study on the most recent information and to clarify the reporting guidelines to the Legislature.

 

Your Committees have amended this measure by:

 

(1) Requesting that data from the 2020 Decennial Census be used to provide the most recent and accurate figures for the requested study, which will be available in October 2021;

 

(2) Including the Executive Office of Aging to assist in the study regarding the necessity and feasibility of a senior living center in the Kau District;

 

(3) Requesting that the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism and the Executive Office of Aging, in coordination and cooperation with the County of Hawaii Office of Aging, submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and the County of Hawaii Office of the Mayor no later than January 1, 2022, rather than no later than July 1, 2021;

 

(4) Amending its title in accordance with its amended purpose; and

 

(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Human Services that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of S.C.R. No. 34, as amended herein, and recommend its adoption in the form attached hereto as S.C.R. No. 34, S.D. 1.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism and Human Services,

 

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JOY A. SAN BUENAVENTURA, Chair

 

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GLENN WAKAI, Chair