STAND. COM. REP. NO. 938
RE: H.B. No. 363
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Seventh State Legislature
Regular Session of 2013
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Health and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred H.B. No. 363, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to make an appropriation to the Department of Health to demolish the Ewa Beach fire station and construct an energy-efficient and environmentally-sustainable emergency medical services facility at the same location.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health and Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
Your Committees find that the relocation of Honolulu Fire Department engine twenty-four, which services Ewa Beach, could result in longer emergency response times to the Ewa Beach area. Your Committees further find that the prior location of engine twenty-four is an ideal location for an ambulance service.
Additionally, prior to the hearing on this measure, your Committees received a request for an additional appropriation for emergency medical services for the community of Makalei. Your Committees find that the Makalei area is presently without an ambulance service and that providing ambulance services is essential to providing life-saving medical response services to West Hawaii.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting an appropriation of $500,000 for fiscal years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 for the establishment of an ambulance service at the Makalei fire station; and
(2) 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 Health and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 363, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 363, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,
WILL ESPERO, Chair
JOSH GREEN, Chair