STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1254


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2017


RE:   S.B. No. 522

      S.D. 1

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 522, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to strengthen the Safe Sleep Policy with respect to child care facilities registered or licensed by the Department of Human Services (DHS) by requiring these facilities to:


(1)  Place any child less than a year old on the child's back to sleep unless an alternate sleep position is authorized;


(2)  Discuss the Safe Sleep Policy with the child's parent or legal guardian before the child is enrolled in the facility;


(3)  Complete training in safe sleep practices; and


(4)  Report the death of a child, employee, or household member, and any illness or injury received at the facility to DHS within one working day of the occurrence.  


     Numerous individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Health, DHS, Hawaii Children's Action Network, and two individuals commented on this measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2090, to facilitate further discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 522, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 522, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,