STAND. COM. REP. NO.  858-14


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2014


RE:   H.B. No. 1616

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 1616 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to improve health outcomes for the people of Hawaii by updating the Hawaii State Planning Act's objectives for health to include identifying and addressing social determinants of health to eliminate health disparities for Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, and Filipino populations.


     The Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Office of Community Services; Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services; Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice; Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development; Kaiser Permanente; Waimanalo Health Center; Hookakoo Corporation; Healthy Pacific Organization; Aha Kane; and numerous concerned individuals testified in support of this measure.  


Your Committee has amended this measure:


     (1)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2030, to encourage further discussion; and


     (2)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1616, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1616, H.D. 1.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,