An effort to reunite an elderly couple of more than six decades to live together in a community care home has been begun again.

House Bill 600, which would allow two private pay clients to live together in a community care foster family home (CCFFH), has been carried over from last year’s legislative session, where it stalled in conference committee.

Because no hearing has been scheduled for the bill, the son of 442nd veteran Noboru Kawamoto and his caretakers are spearheading a petition drive to get the bill heard and passed.

A rally for Noboru and Elaine Kawamoto is also scheduled at the State Capitol on Tuesday, April 5.

On Monday at the 442nd Veterans Club, the Kawamoto’s son Norman said his father misses his wife very much. Under current state law, they are only able to see each other a couple of times a week.

“Right now, he’s cautiously optimistic,” Kawamoto said of his father. “He’s hoping that the legislators will release this bill, but he misses my mom something terribly. I’d like to really get them together for their final years and I think they’d be happy together in the same care home.”

Currently, the state only allows one private pay client in a CCFFH. The law requires the care home to leave a bed open for someone who is on Medicaid, but the couple has enough money to pay for the services, so they do not qualify for Medicaid.

Kawamoto was then 94 years of age and his wife 88.