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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.            
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                                
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                    HOUSE  CONCURRENT 
                        RESOLUTION

REQUESTING A STUDY TO DETERMINE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES
   OF DESIGNATING THE PRINCIPAL OF EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL AS A
   LIMITED CHIEF PROCUREMENT OFFICER.



 1       WHEREAS, the Hawaii public procurement code (Procurement
 2   Code) was overhauled in 1993, when the Legislature passed Act
 3   8, Special Session Laws of Hawaii 1993, which intended to
 4   create a sense of fairness by establishing policy to be applied
 5   equally and uniformly to the State and counties; and
 6   
 7       WHEREAS, while the intent of the Procurement Code is
 8   laudable, its implementation has been cumbersome, especially
 9   for public schools, and the unintended result has been delays
10   that prevent schools from operating efficiently; and
11   
12       WHEREAS, school purchases are often unnecessarily
13   restricted by waiting for approvals, and delays have been
14   dramatically apparent in the attempt by schools to keep up with
15   technology; and
16   
17       WHEREAS, one concept that has been proposed to solve the
18   procurement problem for schools is to authorize principals to
19   make certain kinds of purchases for their schools that are
20   exempt from the Procurement Code; and
21   
22       WHEREAS, under this concept, exempted purchases would be
23   made public and published quarterly on a school-by-school basis
24   to ensure that principals make reasonable purchasing decisions;
25   now, therefore,
26   
27       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
28   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
29   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that the Legislative Reference
30   Bureau is requested to conduct a study to determine the
31   advantages and disadvantages of designating the principal of
32   each public school as a limited chief procurement officer for
33   the purpose of making purchases for the school that are
34   exempted from the Hawaii Public Procurement Code under chapter
35   103D, Hawaii Revised Statutes; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Department of Education is
 2   requested to cooperate with the Legislative Reference Bureau in
 3   conducting this study; and
 4       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of the Legislative
 5   Reference Bureau submit to the Legislature no later than twenty
 6   days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of 2000 a
 7   report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations,
 8   including proposed legislation, if applicable; and
 9   
10       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
11   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the
12   Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau, the Chairperson
13   of the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Education, and
14   the Administrator of the State Procurement Office.
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