House Concurrent Resolutions passed by the Legislature (1997) which include Specific Requests for Submission of Information

HCR 18, HD1, SD1

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE, HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE OF. Requests the Auditor to conduct a study assessing the costs of mental health and substance abuse services in Hawaii and the social and financial effects of mandating:

  1. All individual, group accident, and sickness insurance policies issued in this State;

  2. Individual or group hospital or medical service plan contracts; and

  3. Nonprofit mutual benefit association and health maintenance organization health plan contracts,

to include within their hospital and medical coverage benefits for alcohol dependence, drug dependence, and mental illness treatment services that is no less extensive than coverage for any other medical illness, not as an option, for the cost of care for the subscriber or any dependent of the subscriber who is covered by the policy.

Further requests the Auditor to include in the study estimates of the numbers of persons who might benefit from mandated health insurance coverage for mental illnesses and substance abuse, related reductions, or increases in overall health care costs.

Resolves that the study include estimated annual costs, allocated to the separate categories of mental health and substance abuse services, including but not limited to:

  1. Providing mandated health insurance coverage for mental illness and alcohol and drug dependence for a minimum of thirty days of in- hospital services per year;

  2. Allowing the exchange of each day of in-hospital services for:
    1. Two days of nonhospital residential services;

    2. Two days of partial hospitalization services; or

    3. Two days of day treatment services;

  3. Providing a minimum of thirty physician or psychologist visits per year to hospital and nonhospital facilities or visits to mental health outpatient facilities for day treatment and partial hospitalization services;

  4. Allowing the exchange of each day of in-hospital services for two outpatient visits;

  5. Providing a minimum of twenty-four visits per year for outpatient services; and

  6. Providing alcohol and drug dependence benefits that limit the number of treatment episodes but may not limit the number to less than two treatment episodes per lifetime.

Further resolves that the Auditor submit a report of the findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1132, 1508, 1729, SSCR 1740)

HCR 40

HAWAII-MADE PRODUCTS, PROMOTION OF. Requests the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to work with local industries, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Department of Agriculture, and other appropriate agencies, such as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to:

  1. Showcase Hawaii-made products;

  2. Develop a marketing plan to promote Hawaii-made or Hawaii-grown products; and

  3. Report its progress and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1317, 1758, SSCR 1741)

HCR 48, HD1 HR 44, HD1

FILIPINO VETERANS' CHILDREN, PERMITTING THE IMMIGRATION OF. Urges the members of Hawaii's Congressional Delegation to introduce and support legislation permitting the spouses and adult children of Filipino veterans of World War II to immigrate to the United States without limit as to number and without the requirement of financial sponsorship.

Resolves that the Legislature recognizes the potential of the Filipino- American community, in conjunction with other community groups, government agencies, and private organizations, to help the immigrating children and spouses adjust to their new country and acquire meaningful work that would allow them to contribute to society as a whole.

(HSCR 1361, SSCR 1641, 1845)

HCR 49

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS, NEED FOR THE REGULATION OF. Requests the Auditor to perform a sunrise review of the regulation of occupational therapy practitioners, and in particular to study, assess, and report on:

  1. The probable effects of regulating the practice of both occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants in Hawaii;

  2. Whether doing so would be consistent with the policies set forth in section 26H-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and

  3. The preferred form through which such regulation should be provided, if appropriate.

Further requests that in conducting this study, the Auditor consider the form of regulation proposed by the Occupational Therapy Association of Hawaii as contained in H.B. 1099 H.D. 1 (1997).

Further requests the Auditor to study and report on the volume of work required of, and the additional resources needed by the implementing agency and the financial impact on applicants and licensees.

Further requests the Auditor to submit a report of findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1173, 1505, 1731, SSCR 1770)

HCR 59 HR 51

WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN 1998, CONVENING OF. Requests the President of the United States to convene a White House Conference on Children and Youth in 1998.

(HSCR 1574, SSCR 1715)

HCR 72, SD1

DIVERSIFIED AGRICULTURE, COMPREHENSIVE RURAL TRANSITION PLAN THAT PROMOTES. Requests the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) to promptly develop and implement, pursuant to its statutory responsibilities under Chapter 163D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, a comprehensive rural transition plan that promotes new and diversified agriculture in the State and increases the level of rural employment and development.

Resolves that the ADC, in developing the rural transition plan, consider all feasible alternative uses for lands previously used for sugar production throughout the State.

Requests that the ADC report on the progress of its efforts to develop and implement the transition plan, including any recommended legislation, to the Legislature no later than November 30, 1997.

(HSCR 1389, 1757, SSCR 1742)

HCR 107, HD1 *HR 62, HD1

AIRCRAFT CARRIER, FUNDING OF AND HOMEPORTING AT PEARL HARBOR, OAHU. Urges the United States Congress to proceed with the funding of the new carrier known as CVN-77.

Resolves that Pearl Harbor be designated as the homeport for the CVN-77 subject to the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement.

*HR 62 Resolves that Pearl Harbor be strongly considered as a homeport as soon as possible.

(HSCR 1543, 1814, SSCR 1732)

HCR 119, HD1, SD1 HR 73, HD1

NATIONAL PARKS, REGULATION OF FLIGHTS OVER. Supports the passage of Senator McCain's National Parks Overflights Act of 1997, and resolves that the impact of this proposed legislation can be greatly enhanced if all affected parties are willing to put their best efforts into working together in a spirit of collaboration to seek ways for all visitors to enjoy our national parks.

Further resolves that as Congress reviews this legislation, it is urged to consider the efforts that have gone into the development of voluntary agreements worked out between the United States National Park Service and private industry to resolve the overflight problem.

(HSCR 1326, 1831, SSCR 1748)

HCR 125, HD1, SD1

MENTAL ILLNESS, INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT AND TREATMENT FOR. Requests the Department of Health to establish, within the Department for administrative purposes only, a task force on involuntary commitment and treatment for mental illness, to be called the mental health statutes task force.

Requires the task force to make recommendations for the improvement of the involuntary commitment and treatment laws in order to reduce the wait lists for proper mental health treatment in the jails and community, reduce the number of injuries to patients and staff at the Hawaii State Hospital, and make the system more efficient.

Also requires the task force to develop legislative proposals seeking to:

  1. Ensure that both involuntary commitment decisions and involuntary treatment decisions are made expeditiously and simultaneously in a single hearing when possible, so that persons with severe neurobiological disorders can receive medically appropriate treatment in a timely manner;

  2. Ensure that criminal court commitment is limited to persons with severe neurobiological disorders who are in need of inpatient treatment;

  3. Assure that hospital lengths of stay are appropriate, based on the clinical condition of the defendant and the final disposition of the defendant's case; and

  4. Ensure that our mental health statutes safeguard individual rights and due process requirements.

Also requires that in developing the legislative proposals above, the task force consider at least the following issues:

  1. Feasibility of a formalized guardianship and conservator system for individuals with permanent incapacity;

  2. Administrative reviews allowing authorization of involuntary treatment when a guardian is lacking or when the incapacity is not considered permanent;

  3. Judicial authorization of medical treatment, at the time of initial commitment, for all individuals who need such treatment, particularly those who also need the treatment to regain fitness to stand trial or to prevent harm to themselves or others;

  4. Prohibiting the use of hospitals or healthcare facilities primarily as a means of ensuring a defendant's safekeeping and appearance in court or as a convenience in prioritizing criminal cases;

  5. Periodic judicial review of those persons found unfit to proceed to trial;

  6. Criminal commitments based primarily on a current need for inpatient treatment as determined by a medical professional with appropriate education, training, and experience;

  7. Exclusion of intoxication from the definition of "mental disorder" for purposes of chapter 704, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

  8. Creation of a psychiatric security review board to make admission, discharge, and treatment decisions regarding individuals with a physical or mental disease, disorder, or defect, which prevents those individuals from being responsible for their behavior;

  9. Appropriate use of civil commitment in lieu of prosecution under section 706-607, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and

  10. Development of criteria for a "gravely disabled" standard for use as a basis for involuntary commitment to ensure humane and adequate treatment for persons who, unless treated, will continue to a reasonable medical probability, to physically or mentally deteriorate to the point where the person will become a danger to self or others.

Also requires the task force to consider the following matters:

  1. Constitutionality of broadening the civil commitment standard under section 334-60, Hawaii Revised Stautes;

  2. Comparative analysis of voluntary, involuntary, and penal code admission, treatment, and discharge data at the Hawaii State Hospital from 1975 to the present, noting significant changes and comparing that data with similar data from other states and jurisdictions;

  3. Processes and procedures currently in use by all individuals, agencies, and courts in connection with current mental health statutes, with an analysis of the effect of the interaction between and interdependence of all interested parties;

  4. Establishment of court clinics, staffed with appropriately trained medical professionals, to assist the Judiciary in cases where mental illness is a factor; and

  5. Annual mental health law conferences.

Also requires the task force to be composed of eleven members, consisting of:

  1. Five members from government including one member each from the Department of Health, Department of the Attorney General, Department of Public Safety, Office of the Public Defender, and Office of the Prosecutor;

  2. One member from a professional medical association for psychiatrists;

  3. One member from a professional association for clinical psychologists;

  4. One member from a nonprofit or advocacy organization representing the interests of persons with mental illness;

  5. One member from the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law;

  6. One member who is a recipient of involuntary commitment and treatment for mental illness; and

  7. One member of the family of a recipient of involuntary commitment and treatment for mental illness.

Also requires the task force to invite and seek the participation and advice of the Judiciary in matters of mutual concern to the task force and the Judiciary.

Resolves that except for the governmental members to be appointed by the respective department head, and the member from the University of Hawaii School of Law to be appointed by the Dean of the law school, all members to be appointed by the Director of Health.

Requires the task force to submit a report which includes its findings and recommendations, and a proposal for legislative action, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1468, 1792, SSCR 1761)

HCR 128, HD1, SD1

UNITED STATES MILITARY PRESENCE IN OKINAWA, EVALUATION OF. Requests the President of the United States and the Department of Defense, in concert with the Japanese Prime Minister, to continue their efforts to negotiate and expedite an agreeable solution for a potential relocation, adjustment, and realignment of the current presence of the United States military forces in Okinawa, and other Japanese land areas, with the intent to return land and facilities not needed for direct military purposes to Okinawa, as recommended by the Final Report of the Special Action Committee on Okinawa and the Treaty Obligations to provide the United States with land for the defense of Japan. Further requests the President of the United States and the Department of Defense to evaluate the distribution of forces in Japan and Asia, with consideration given to Okinawa's internal affairs and the international situation, and consider the possibility of relocating facilities to other areas in Japan and Asia.

(HSCR 1425, SSCR 1733)

HCR 147 HR 93

KALIHI VALLEY STATE PARK, OAHU, CONVEYANCE TO THE STATE. Requests the State Department of Land and Natural Resources and the Department of Parks and Recreation of the City and County of Honolulu to expedite the conveyance of Kalihi Valley Park from the City and County to the State.

(HSCR 1495, 1747, SSCR 1765)

HCR 152, HD1 HR 98, HD1

HAWAIIAN STUDIES PROGRAM, DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY FOR. Resolves that the Department of Education determine state and district level management authority for the Hawaiian Studies Program and that the Superintendent of Education report to the Legislature on the assignment of management authority for the Program, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1344, 1578, SSCR 1751)

HCR 153, HD1

SMALL BOAT HARBORS AND BOAT RAMPS, AUDIT OF. Requests the Office of the Auditor to conduct an audit of the management of all state-run small boat harbors and boat ramps.

Also requests the audit to followup on the Auditor's prior recommendations with respect to the accounting for revenues, expenditures, and services provided.

Also requests the audit to include a review of all revenues and costs for propriety including the pro-rated share of indirect program costs attributed to each facility, such as the outstanding debt service.

Also requests the audit to include an assessment of a wide range of alternatives to the current management structure and delivery of services and also make recommendations for revision to the financial reporting system to make it more user friendly.

Also requests the Office of the Auditor to report any findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1386, 1751, SSCR 1744)

HCR 165

REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS, LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION OF. Requests the Auditor to analyze the probable effects of the proposed regulatory measure of House Bill No. 566 to require licensure or certification of all real estate appraisers and conformance with Uniform Standards Of Professional Appraisals Practice in all appraisals, assess whether the proposed regulatory measure is consistent with the policies set forth in section 26H-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, assess alternative forms of regulation, and include a study of the impact of this measure on:

  1. All appraisers;

  2. Financial institutions;

  3. The real estate market; and

  4. Consumers.

Also requests the Auditor to submit findings and recommendations, including any proposed implementing legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1507, 1732, SSCR 1771)

HCR 168, HD1, SD1

EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM, INCLUSION OF CONSERVATION AND RESOURCES ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS, DEPUTY SHERIFFS, AND LIQUOR COMMISSION INVESTIGATORS. Requests the Employees' Retirement System to conduct a study to determine the costs of including Conservation and Resources Enforcement Officers, Deputy Sheriffs, and Liquor Commission Inspectors as Class A members of the Employees' Retirement System.

Also requests agencies that employ persons in these positions to provide all data and information requested by the Employees' Retirement System in connection with this study.

Also requests the Employees' Retirement System to submit a report of its findings to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1444, 1744, SSCR 1719)

HCR 174 HR 114

AMERASIAN CHILDREN OF UNITED STATES SERVICEMEMBERS IN THE PHILIPPINES, ASSISTANCE FOR. Urges Hawaii's Congressional Delegation to:

  1. Propose legislation providing options for and assistance to Filipino Amerasians, including but not limited to humanitarian assistance and emigration to the United States and financial assistance to nongovernmental organizations in the Philippines through USAID grants;

  2. Support legislation to extend the preferential treatment in the admission of Amerasian children to those children of American Servicemembers born in the Philippines; and

  3. Urge the President of the United States to communicate with the President of the Republic of the Philippines regarding this issue and to provide relief through Executive Order.

(HSCR 1379, 1727, SSCR 1846)

HCR 178

NUTRITION EDUCATION FOR NATIVE HAWAIIANS, CONTINUATION OF. Urges the Department of Health to continue the promotion of nutrition education for the native Hawaiian population.

(HSCR 1343, 1465, 1794, SSCR 1762)

HCR 205 HR 141

NATIVE HAWAIIANS PARTICIPATION IN AN EARLY CANCER DETECTION PROGRAM. Requests the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, in the interest of improving the overall health and well-being of the native Hawaiian community, to urge all native Hawaiians to routinely participate in cancer screening and testing programs that their physicians, health plans, community organizations, or other entities may recommend.

(HSCR 1341, 1478, SSCR 1763 - filed)

HCR 206, HD2 HR 142, HD2

WAIMANALO HOMES, OAHU, RESIDENTS OF. Requests the Waimanalo Residents Association, Hawaii Housing Authority, Housing Finance and Development Corporation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to study the issues and identify options that may enable the residents of Waimanalo Homes to remain living there. Also requests that they research the following issues:

  1. The extent of the promise(s) given to the residents by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Hawaii Housing Authority, and any other relevant agency concerning the nature of their tenancy (i.e., promises to lease or to provide "buy back" provisions);

  2. Whether the ceded land site can be alienated or leased;

  3. The extent to which Chapter 516 (mandatory conversion of leasehold property to fee simple property) is implicated if the site is leased;

  4. Whether the consent of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is necessary as a condition precedent to the sale or lease of the site;

  5. The circumstances, if any, under which the Department of Housing and Urban Development will agree to the sale or lease of the site;

  6. Whether the consent of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is necessary as a condition precedent to the sale or lease of the site;

  7. The circumstances, if any, under which the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will agree to the sale or lease of the site;

  8. The extent of options which are available to the residents via the private sector (e.g., self-help housing, mutual housing, etc.);

  9. The residents' financial plan that addresses the following scenarios:
    1. The purchase of the subject land;

    2. The leasing of the subject land; and

    3. The renovation of the existing units;

  10. Whether title insurance and mortgage financing will be available for developments on ceded land given the existing litigation;

  11. Any other relevant and indispensable issues;

  12. That residents show that they can purchase the units;

  13. That residents provide HHA with a result of the votes of the resident body regarding how many want to purchase the units and how many do not;

  14. That residents provide HHA with the results of a vote of the resident body regarding how many want modernization of the units and how many do not; and

  15. Whether HUD will permit the Waimanalo Housing project to de-program for modernization.

Also requests the aforementioned parties to complete their research and findings prior to May 1, 1997, in order to prevent the lapsing of 8 million dollars in federal funds designated for the renovation of Waimanalo Homes.

Resolves that the Hawaii Housing Authority compile and transmit such research and findings to the Legislature on or before May 1, 1997.

Resolves that in the meantime, the residents are requested to avail themselves of administrative remedies designed to prevent the renovation of Waimanalo Homes.

(HSCR 1514, 1795, SSCR 1730)

HCR 210

HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN, IMPLEMENTATION OF. Resolves that the Legislature supports the Hazard Mitigation plan, and urges the State Department of Defense, Civil Defense Division to do whatever is necessary to implement the State's responsibilities to ensure expeditious implementation of the strategies and recommendations of the plan.

Requests the Department to report on the progress of implementing the plan, including any recommendations for legislative action that might be necessary, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1309, 1819, SSCR 1738 - filed)

HCR 215, HD1

LAND USE PLANNING SYSTEM, REVIEW OF. Resolves that a Joint Legislative Committee on Land Use Planning (Committee) be established to operate during the interim between the 1997 and 1998 legislative sessions to:

  1. Review the existing state land use planning system;

  2. Examine alternatives to the present system, in particular the recommendations that the state and county planning agencies jointly put forth, and, if warranted, propose changes; and

  3. Recommend legislation to implement the proposed changes, or, if that is not possible in the time available, report progress and recommend next steps.

Resolves that there be ten members of the Committee to be appointed as follows:

  1. Five members to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives from among the membership of the House, with one member to be designated by the Speaker as co-chair of the Committee; and

  2. Five members to be appointed by the President of the Senate from among the membership of the Senate, with one member to be designated by the President as co-chair of the Committee.

Further resolves that the Committee submit a report to the House of Representatives and the Senate at least 20 days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

Further resolves that the Committee adopt a process that provides for both committee deliberation and substantial public participation using a variety of approaches, such as interviews with key participants, including the Governor and relevant state department directors, county council members, mayors, relevant county department directors, and representatives from among state and county planners, landowners, developers, and environmentalists.

Further resolves that the Committee consult with organizations that can provide systematic and objective information on approaches to land use planning responsibilities of state and local governments in other jurisdictions.

(HSCR 1497, 1733, SSCR 1766)

HCR 231

UNITED STATES NINTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS, APPOINTMENT OF A HAWAII RESIDENT AS A JUDGE TO. See SCR 257.

(HSCR 1476, SSCR 1735)

HCR 238, HD1 HR 169, HD1

HALAWA VALLEY, MOLOKAI, FLIGHTS IN. Requests the Federal Aviation Administration to study the feasibility of the installation of appropriate navigational aids to assist pilots, or the establishment of a policy to ban flights in Halawa Valley.

Also requests the Federal Aviation Administration to report findings and recommendations to the Legislature twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

Urges the members of Hawaii's Congressional Delegation to exercise their best efforts and to do all things necessary to help facilitate this important safety effort by the Federal Aviation Administration.

(HSCR 1395, SSCR 1643)

HCR 239, HD1 HR 170, HD1

SURFING AND OUTRIGGER CANOE RACING, DESIGNATION AS OLYMPIC SPORTS. Requests the International Olympic Committee to recognize and to initiate the process of designating surfing and outrigger canoe racing as Olympic sports.

(HSCR 1580, SSCR 1745)

HCR 245 HR 176

HALEIWA BYPASS, NAMING IN HONOR OF THE LATE REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPH P. LEONG. Requests the Department of Transportation to name the Haleiwa bypass after the late Representative Joseph P. Leong.

(HSCR 1393, SSCR 1644)

HCR 250, HD1

BIG ISLAND PILOT PROJECT ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, EVALUATION OF. Requests the Auditor to evaluate and assess whether the Big Island demonstration project is meeting the demands of the Felix v. Waihee consent decree, and is doing so in a cost-effective and well-managed way, thereby establishing a system of care that provides prompt access to a continuum of programs, placements, and services to class members.

Also requests the Auditor to incorporate:

  1. A management component identifying management issues that would either hinder or facilitate movement toward a seamless system of care for this demonstration project, and ultimately statewide; and

  2. A financial audit.

Also requests the Auditor to report findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1550, 1778, SSCR 1836)

HCR 251, HD1 HR 178, HD1

OUTRIGGER CANOE PADDLING PILOT PROJECT FOR HAWAII'S SECONDARY SCHOOLS, ESTABLISMENT OF. Requests the Department of Education to establish a pilot project involving joint partnerships with private Hawaiian canoeing associations to organize interscholastic Hawaiian canoeing teams in the public secondary schools in the State; and

Resolves that the Superintendent of Education submit a progress report to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1522, 1776, SSCR 1753 - filed)

HCR 252, HD1, SD1 *HR 179, HD1

AMERICA'S SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION, SCHEDULING HAWAII AS A HOST. Resolves that the Legislature welcomes the prospect of the America's Smithsonian exhibition scheduling Honolulu as a host city, offers its support for such a move to the extent that it can, and invites other public agencies in Hawaii to do the same.

Urges Hawaii's Congressional Delegation in Washington, D.C., to support the scheduling of Hawaii and Honolulu as a host site for the continuing America's Smithsonian tour by exploring the feasibility and taking any other steps necessary to ensure the scheduling of Hawaii and Honolulu.

*HR 179, HD1 Requests the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to explore the feasibility of attracting the touring exhibition, working in cooperation with existing facilitators of this event from the City and County of Honolulu, provided that the exhibition should be at no cost to the state, if possible.

Further requests the Department to submit a status report including any recommendations and proposed legislation, if necessary, to the Legislature twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1404, 1799, SSCR 1769)

HCR 257, HD2 HR 184, HD2

HILO-HAMAKUA COMMUNITY, HAWAII, DETERMINATION OF FUTURE OPTIONS FOR. Requests the Department of Land and Natural Resources to work with governmental agencies and community organizations to determine how the commercial forest industry and the Hilo-Hamakua community can work together to help determine future options for the community.

Resolves that the group include the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, the Hawaii Forest Industry Association, Hamakua Timber, the Rural South Hilo Community Association, the North Hilo Community Council, the Hamakua District Development Council, Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate, New Oji Paper Co. Ltd., one representative from the Friends of Hamakua, and the state representative, state senator, and county council member who represent the Hilo-Hamakua region.

Requests that, at the outset, the Department of Land and Natural Resources establish a mechanism for the selection of a neutral facilitator to guide the discussions of the group.

Resolves that the main focus of this group is to have a dialogue on how all parties can best work together and that the group examine:

  1. The overall plans for developing the commercial forest industry in the Hilo-Hamakua region from the initial stages of land clearance and tree planting to the harvest of timber;

  2. The economic impacts that this industry is expected to have on the community in terms of job opportunities, job stability, secondary benefits, and so forth; and

  3. The opportunities available to the community to have input on the development of this industry.

Further resolves that the Hawaii Forestry and Communities Initiative work with the other partners to assure that forestry solutions in the Hilo-Hamakua community are socially, culturally, and economically workable.

Further resolves that this group, like any other community organization, is free to participate in any existing regulatory or decision making process as determined by its members.

Further requests the Department of Land and Natural Resources to submit a report summarizing the findings of the group to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1354, 1534, 1749, SSCR 1746)

HCR 259, HD1 HR 186, HD1

HUNTING AREA RESERVES COUNCIL, ESTABLISHMENT OF. Requests the Department of Land and Natural Resources to work with hunting organizations throughout the

State as well as other users of forest lands to discuss the feasibility of establishing a Hunting Area Reserves Council and that the discussion focus on:

  1. The primary duties and responsibilities of the Council;

  2. Its composition in terms of type of expertise as well as geographic representation; and

  3. Any other pertinent issues.

Resolves that the Department submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1500, 1826, SSCR 1768)

HCR 281

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM, LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL PLAN FOR. Resolves that the Department of Education, in conjunction with Aha Kauleo Kaiapuni Hawaii (the Hawaiian Language Immersion Advisory Council), develop a long range financial and operational plan to ensure the development of the Program.

Further resolves that the Department and Aha Kauleo Kaiapuni Hawaii immediately focus on the implementation of the following recommendations found in the Plan:

  1. Establish a plan of action to attain the vision and goals of the Program to include a timeline of specific activities and a projection of resource requirements;

  2. Collaborate and consolidate the efforts of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Board of Education, the University of Hawaii, Aha Punana Leo, and other interested Hawaiian organizations, businesses, and individuals to support the Program; and

  3. Make a concerted effort to provide financial support, growth, and maintenance, especially seeking alternative sources of funding from the private sector from sources such as matching funds, sustained grants from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the federal government.

Further resolves that in addition to ensuring the development of the Program, the long range financial and operational plan also include a study that:

  1. Determines the current number of students in each of the Punana Leo and Hawaiian language immersion schools, the current number of students that are on waiting lists for these schools, and the general region of the island from which they would travel to school;

  2. Estimates future changes in the number of students on the waiting lists;

  3. Assesses the potential size of enrollment in existing Hawaiian language immersion schools if sufficient funding were available; and

  4. Identifies sites on each island where additional Hawaiian language immersion schools may be situated if projected enrollment exceeds available classroom facilities.

Further resolves that the Department and Aha Kauleo Kaiapuni Hawaii submit the long range financial and operational plan to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(HSCR 1346, 1554, 1779, SSCR 1757 - filed)

HCR 286, HD1 HR 203, HD1

LEEWARD OAHU, HIGHWAY FOR. Resolves that the Department of Transportation give priority to the development of a mauka highway as an alternative to Farrington highway on the Leeward Coast.

Further resolves that the Department work with the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization to include this mauka highway project on the Oahu Transportation Improvement Program list to be eligible for federal construction funds.

(HSCR 1371, 1762, SSCR 1734 - filed)

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