HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.187           
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION

REQUESTING THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU TO FACILITATE
   DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN ALL AFFECTED PARTIES AND SEEK A
   COLLABORATIVE RESOLUTION TO STRENGTHEN RESEARCH AND
   EXTENSION SERVICES OF THE COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE
   AND HUMAN RESOURCES.


 1       WHEREAS, section 304 (1), Hawaii Revised Statutes, provides
 2   for the establishment and purpose for the College of Tropical
 3   Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) as follows:
 4   
 5       (1) The grants of moneys and the purposes of such grants
 6           authorized by the Act of Congress approved August 30,
 7           1862, known as the Morrill Act, providing for the
 8           endowment and maintenance of colleges for the benefit
 9           of agriculture and the mechanic arts, and by the Acts
10           of Congress approved March 2, 1887, March 16, 1906, and
11           February 24, 1925, providing for agricultural
12           experiment stations in connection with colleges of
13           agriculture and mechanics arts, and by any other acts
14           of Congress for similar purposes, heretofore assented
15           to in behalf of the college of Hawaii, are hereby
16           reassented to in behalf of the college of Agriculture
17           as integral part of the University of Hawaii; and
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19       (2) The assent of the legislature hereby is given to the
20           provision and requirements of the Acts of Congress of
21           May 8, 1914, as supplemented by the Act of May 16,
22           1928, and to the provisions and requirements of the Act
23           of Congress of May 22, 1928, and the board of regents
24           may receive the grants of money appropriated under such
25           acts, and organize and conduct agricultural extension
26           work which shall be carried on in connection with the
27           college of agriculture of the university, in accordance
28           with the terms and conditions expressed in the
29           aforesaid acts; and
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31       WHEREAS, substantial public discussion is already underway,
32   with various strong opinions and numerous proposal being made
33   as to a possible future of the CTAHR resulting in confusion and
34   heightened concern on a number of issues relating to the future
35   of education, research and extension services which support
36   Hawaii's agricultural industries; and

 
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 1       WHEREAS, it is evident from public discussion that further
 2   mutual consideration of all perspectives, issues and proposals
 3   would be beneficial and that a collaborative resolve as to
 4   appropriate future action with regard to future research and
 5   extension services might be achievable with sincere effort; and
 6   
 7       WHEREAS, in recognition of the desirability of providing
 8   for such discussion and efforts to resolve this issue
 9   collaboratively, the Legislature so desires to provide for a
10   neutral forum in which all interested stakeholders may enter
11   into a good faith discussion of all issues related to the
12   future of research and extension programs supporting Hawaii's
13   agricultural industries; now, therefore;
14   
15       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
16   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
17   of 1999, that the Legislative Reference Bureau is requested to
18   immediately facilitate discussion among all interested
19   stakeholders to include public workshops on all islands, with
20   respect to the issues arising out of and related to the CTAHR;
21   and
22   
23       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
24   Bureau and all interested stakeholders are strongly encouraged
25   at all times to operate in good faith and with the goal of
26   reaching a collaborative resolve and, where agreement is not
27   possible, to identify the competing viewpoints and goals and
28   associated proposals so that the Legislature may be fully
29   informed and advised of the full range of policy options
30   available; and
31   
32       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
33   Bureau is requested to function solely as a facilitator and
34   information resource and not as an advocate for any position,
35   and is further requested to seek the services of professional
36   neutral facilitators such as the Judiciary Center for
37   Alternative Dispute Resolution if beneficial to achieving the
38   goals of this Resolution; and
39   
40       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
41   Bureau is requested to provide a brief written progress status
42   report to the Legislature, via the respective Chairs of the
43   House Committee on Higher Education and the Senate Committee on
44   Education and Technology, and to all other interested
45   stakeholders who request a report, on a monthly basis through
46   and including November 1999; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislative Reference
 2   Bureau is requested to submit a final report to the Legislature
 3   twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular Session of
 4   2000, identifying with specificity the progress undertaken, the
 5   areas of collaborative resolve, and with respect to the
 6   remaining issues, the policy options for consideration by the
 7   Legislature; and
 8   
 9       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
10   Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the Mayors of the
11   City and County of Honolulu and the Counties of Hawaii, Kauai
12   and Maui, the President and the Board of Regents of the
13   University of Hawaii, the Chairperson of the Board of
14   Agriculture, and the Legislative Reference Bureau, which in
15   turn is requested to transmit copies of this Resolution to all
16   potentially interested stakeholders.
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