Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    S.B. No. 1036

       S.D. 1




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




     Your Committees on Health and Human Services, to which was referred S.B. No. 1036 entitled:




beg leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to abolish the Community Council on Purchase of Health and Human Services (Community Council).


     Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Health and State Procurement Office.  Your Committees received testimony in opposition to this measure from Child and Family Service and Domestic Violence Action Center.


     Your Committees find that the Community Council, established by section 103F-202, Hawaii Revised Statutes, has not met since 2010.  Your Committees further find that the Community Council was valuable and necessary when it was established, but since that time, the focus of health and human services procurements has changed.  Therefore, it is appropriate to now repeal the establishment of the Community Council.


     Your Committees further finds that S.B. No. 1019, Regular Session of 2021, also relates to state procurement; however, the measure's title is defective, and it would be appropriate to include the contents of S.B. No. 1019 into this measure.  Your Committees note the testimony of the State Procurement Office, which proposed multiple amendments to improve the State's procurement code.  Your Committees also note the testimony of the Department of Health on S.B. No. 1019, which suggested amendments to improve that measure.


     Therefore, your Committees have amended this measure by:


     (1)  Inserting the contents of S.B. No. 1019 into this measure;


     (2)  Amending the contents of S.B. No. 1019 to clarify that the individual programs, and not the State Payor Committee, will evaluate, score, and make recommendations for the award of contracts for services;


     (3)  Including the Director of the Department of Human Services as a member of the State Payor Committee;


     (4)  Amending various provisions of the State's procurement code; and


     (5)  Inserting an effective date of July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.


     As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Health and Human Services that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1036, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1036, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Health and Human Services,