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

SR 4 HR 22

NATIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK, DESIGNATION OF. Requests the Governor to designate February 9 to 15, 1997 as "National Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week" in order to promote good safety habits for young pedestrians and bicyclists, childrens' passenger safety, and driver and parental awareness to reduce the incidence of vehicular death, injury, and disability among Hawaii's children.

SR 13

CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS OF. Requests the Department of Education to protect the educational rights of children with disabilities by ensuring that state and federal moneys for special education and related services are not co-opted through site-based management and fiscal flexibility in the name of fiscal necessity.

(SSCR 1617)

SR 16, SD1

SCHOOL PARKING SITUATIONS, REVIEW OF. Requests the Department of Education to review all public school parking situations, including cost implications and the possibility of reducing parking facilities on some campuses.

Further requests the Department to determine fair and reasonable methods for accommodating present and future parking demands on campuses, taking into account the individual needs of public elementary, intermediate, and high school campuses.

Further requests the Department to submit its findings and recommendations with proposed legislation, if appropriate, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1667)

SR 29, SD2

GREEN SEA TURTLES, PRESERVATION OF. See SCR 90, SD2.

(SSCR 1265, 1638)

SR 35

SCHOOL-TO-WORK TRANSITION CENTER AT KA'U HIGH AND PAHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, HAWAII, ESTABLISHMENT OF. Requests the Department of Education to establish a school-to-work transition center at Ka'u High and Pahala Elementary School on the island of Hawaii.

(SSCR 1621)

SR 42

TROPICAL RAINFORESTS, PROHIBITING THE DEFORESTATION OF. Urges the Congress of the United States to prohibit the participation of American corporations in the deforestation of tropical rainforests.

(SSCR 1651)

SR 44, SD1

AERIAL SPRAYING OF HERBICIDES, EVALUATION OF THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF. Requests the Department of Health to compile, digest, and evaluate the available hard scientific evidence as it relates to the possible health effects of the aerial spraying of glyphosate and other herbicide compounds.

Further requests that in conducting this study, the Department include an evaluation of the available scientific literature for the possible health effects of aerial spraying of glyphosate and other herbicide compounds as it may specifically apply to:

  1. The Hamakua region on the Island of Hawaii; and

  2. The efforts to eradicate marijuana plants.

Further requests the Department to report its findings to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1652)

SR 46, SD1

BURIAL PLOTS, INTERRING FAMILY MEMBERS IN. Requests the counties to impose only a simple permit requirement in order to obtain permission to inter family members in family burial plots under state law.

Further requests the County of Hawaii to repeal or rescind any ordinances, rules, or procedures that may exceed this simple permit requirement.

(SSCR 1305, 1640)

SR 54, SD1

STUDENT CONDUCT, COMMUNICATION PLAN TO INFORM PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND THE COMMUNITY ABOUT. Requests the Department of Education to develop a communication plan to inform parents, students, and the community about the Chapter 19 rules.

Further requests the Department to report its progress to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1713)

SR 57

TEACHER HARASSMENT FROM STUDENTS, IMPLEMENTATION OF RULES AGAINST. Urges the Department of Education to develop and implement a policy and program to prevent school violence against teachers and students.

(SSCR 1619)

SR 60, SD1

MASSAGE SCHOOLS, LICENSING OF. See SCR 128, SD1.

(SSCR 1649)

SR 63, SD1

MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS, COORDINATION OF. Requests the Department of Health to consider the recommendations of the Big Island Subarea Health Planning Council's Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, under the State Health Planning and Development Agency, regarding mental health and substance abuse programs for dual diagnosis individuals.

Further requests the Department to report findings and recommendations, including any necessary proposed legislation, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1624)

SR 74, SD1

TEACHERS, RETIRED, SICK LEAVE CREDIT FOR. Requests the Department of Education to expedite the calculation of sick leave credit for retired teachers and further requests the Hawaii State Employees' Retirement System to pay the adjusted retirement compensation within an acceptable time period that is determined through coordinated efforts with the appropriate labor unions.

Further requests the Superintendent of Education and the Administrator of the Hawaii State Employees' Retirement System to report findings and progress to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1378, 1669)

SR 78, SD1

CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS, PROOF OF. See SCR 152, SD1.

(SSCR 1629)

SR 80, SD1

QUEST AND MEDICAID PATIENTS, DRUG FORMULARY FOR. Requests the Department of Human Services, with the assistance of the Department of Health, to examine and reconsider the appropriateness of the formulary approved for QUEST and Medicaid patients.

Resolves that a more expeditious and less cumbersome process of authorizing the use of non-formulary drugs be developed.

Further resolves that the Department specifically include in its examination and reconsideration at least the six items specified in the resolution.

Further requests the Department to report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

(SSCR 1339, 1656)

SR 83

FEDERAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN HAWAII, AWARDING OF. See SCR 163.

(SSCR 1634)

SR 92, SD1

EDUCATION POLICY FOR DEAF, HARD-OF-HEARING, AND DEAF-BLIND CHILDREN, REVIEW OF. See SCR 182, SD1, HD1, CD1.

(SSCR 1385, 1686)

SR 115, SD1

NOMINATIONS BY THE GOVERNOR, WITHDRAWAL OF. Resolves that the Senate incorporate within the rules of Senate a rule stating that whenever the Senate's obligation to advise and consent to any nomination made by the Governor under the Constitution of the State of Hawaii is in any way impaired by an improper nomination, a request to withdraw the nomination be immediately made to the Governor by resolution.

Further resolves that the Governor withdraw the name of Gregory G. Y. Pai as a nominee to the Public Utilities Commission for this Regular Session of 1997.

(SSCR 1022)

SR 118, SD1

DENTAL HEALTH CARE, IMPACT OF PROVIDER REIMBURSEMENT ASSIGNMENT PRACTICES. Requests the Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) to conduct a study of the impact of provider reimbursement assignment practices of health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs (health maintenance organizations), mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs (individual physicians associations), government, and employer plans, and other organizations providing dental health care coverage in Hawaii, on dental care benefits, costs, billing practices, competition, and quality of care.

Resolves that the study include but not be limited to:

  1. Descriptions and comparisons of the quality, accessibility, costs, and choices of dentists' services in other states utilizing a system similar to the current system in Hawaii;

  2. Descriptions and comparisons of "freedom of choice", "equal reimbursement", or other similar statutes that have been adopted in other states that mandate equality of payments by health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans to any dental patients;

  3. Analysis of the effect in other states of the adoption of "freedom of choice", "equal reimbursement", or other similar statutes, upon the quality, accessibility, costs, and availability of dentists' services, and the dental coverage provided by health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans;

  4. A determination of the expected impact in Hawaii on the cost, utilization, and scope of dentists' services and coverages provided by health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans in the event health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans are authorized by the patient to pay directly to nonparticipating dentists, the amount of a claim under the same payment schedule and criteria that would have been paid to participating dentists, under a preferred provider contract;

  5. An assessment of whether passage of legislation in Hawaii, in which health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans are compelled to pay directly to nonparticipating dentists, the amount of a claim under the same payment schedule and criteria that would have been paid to participating dentists, under a preferred provider contract, would conflict with federal or state statutes or regulations concerning competition;

  6. An assessment of whether passage of legislation in Hawaii, in which health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans are compelled to pay directly to nonparticipating dentists, the amount of a claim under the same payment schedule and criteria that would have been paid to participating dentists under a preferred provider contract, would reduce the competition between companies, or cause existing companies to go out of business, by the examination of states that have enacted "freedom of choice" legislation;

  7. An assessment of whether passage of legislation in Hawaii, in which health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans are compelled to pay directly to nonparticipating dentists, the amount of a claim under the same payment schedule and criteria that would have been paid to participating dentists under a preferred provider contract, would cause dental fees to rise significantly, by the examination of states that have enacted "freedom of choice" legislation;

  8. An assessment of whether passage of legislation in Hawaii, in which health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans are compelled to pay directly to nonparticipating dentists, the amount of a claim under the same payment schedule and criteria that would have been paid to participating dentists under a preferred provider contract, would eliminate the incentive for a dentist to participate with a plan, thereby reducing access and quality while raising costs; and

  9. An assessment of the following additional mechanism to increase access to quality dental care for privately and publicly funded dental plans consumers, should direct and equal reimbursement become law: A licensed dentist may not exclude from their practice any patient requesting care who provides existence of coverage from a health insurer, health/dental plan, HMO, mutual benefit society, dentist sponsored plan, IPA, government, or employer plan, regardless as to the dentist's participating status with that plan.

Further resolves that the LRB conduct this study in consultation with: the Office of Consumer Protection; the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs; the Insurance Commissioner; the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; the Chief of the Dental Health Division, Department of Health; other relevant and public agencies; the Hawaii Dental Association; the Hawaii Medical Service Association; Hawaii Dental Service; other relevant private health insurers, health/dental plans, HMOs, mutual benefit societies, dentist sponsored plans, IPAs, government, and employer plans, and other relevant private sector organizations providing dental care coverage or information thereof.

Further resolves that the LRB conduct this study using to the extent available, valid standards of measure, state experience, and other data sets.

Further resolves that responses to specific findings and conclusions of the study by the primary parties involved be included in the study report.

Further resolves that the LRB 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.

(SSCR 1353, 1678)

SR 119, SD1

PROCESS SERVERS, POLICIES REGARDING. Requests the Department of Public Safety to review and assess its policy regarding the issuance of badges and/or identification cards to those who have completed training in serving legal documents.

Resolves that the Department submit a report, including suggested amendments to the Hawaii Revised Statutes which will reflect the Department's recommendations for more effective service of process, to the Legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 1998.

Further requests the Department to issue appropriate interim identification cards to process servers for their presentation upon request when serving process.

(SSCR 1335 - filed)

SR 122

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

Further requests the Administration to report findings and recommendations to the Legislature no later than 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.

(SSCR 1261)

SR 124, SD1

TOURISM MARKETING AND PROMOTION, FUNDING OPTIONS FOR. Requests the Legislative Reference Bureau to conduct a study on alternative funding options and corresponding outcomes that may be possible for tourism marketing and promotion, including those referred to in this Resolution, and to recommend ways of improving accountability and the measurement of performance targets and objectives.

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

(SSCR 1227, 1681)

SR 125, SD1

SPORTS TOURISM, STUDY OF. Requests the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to conduct a comprehensive study, in collaboration with the Senate Committee on Economic Development and the House Committee on Tourism, of Hawaii's sports tourism industry and to formulate with those committees a plan for future expansion of this promising visitor industry sector.

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

(SSCR 1229, 1683)

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