HONOLULU – The state legislature wants the state administration to track body fat on children ages 2 to 18 years old.
Senate Bill 2351 requires primary care physicians and pediatricians to provide an annual body mass index measurement to patients from age two to eighteen years and then tally that up and report the age and body mass index statistics to the Hawaii health information exchange.
The bill mandates health plans to cover expenses related to body mass index measurement beginning on Jan 1, 2015.
If some senators get their way, bureaucracy at the Senate Department of Health and state Office on Aging will increase.
Senate Bill 2228 would create new positions in the agency relating to aging such as a fall prevention coordinator, an Alzheimer’s disease and dementia services coordinator, an elder justice coordinator position and a long-term supports and services system and resource development coordinator.
Senators will decide today whether to pass Senate bill 2222, which bans flavored tobacco products in the state.
Senate Health Chair Josh Green is pushing through a bill that would require labeling of cell phones, warning of electromagnetic regulations.
Some companies, like Apple, already have warnings on their products and recommend carrying the phone at least a centimeter from your ear.
Community volunteers in Hawaii Kai and Kailua struggle for months to raise funds for their annual fourth of July fireworks show, and now the state legislature wants its cut.
The Legislature has proposed an increase in the state license for pyrotechnic displays from $110 to $300.
Senate bill 2303, if passed, would also impact pyrotechnic companies like the one that puts on the weekly show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
On Maui, a bill to name a long awaited public high school that isn’t yet built after former Congresswoman Patsy Mink is getting support at the legislature but stirring controversy on the island, particularly in Kihei.
Another bill pending approval today would make Kindergarten mandatory for children who are 5 years old.