Blind Vendors; Private Lawyers

Allows Randolph-Sheppard revolving account to be used to hire
private attorneys for the state committee of blind vendors.
Requires transfer of $30,000 annually from the account to the
state committee's bank account.

THE SENATE                              S.B. NO.           1499
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  Section 347-12.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 2 amended to read as follows:
 3      "[[]347-12.5[]]  Randolph-Sheppard revolving account.(a)
 4 There is established within the state treasury the Randolph-
 5 Sheppard revolving account.  The revolving account shall be used
 6 by the department of human services for:
 7      (1)  The provision of the following benefits for blind
 8           vendors:
 9           (A)  A retirement or pension plan;
10           (B)  Health insurance; and
11           (C)  Sick and vacation leave;
12      (2)  The maintenance and replacement of equipment used in
13           the blind vending program;
14      (3)  The purchase of new equipment to be used in the blind
15           vending program; and
16      (4)  The provision of management services, which shall
17           include, but not be limited to:
18           (A)  The hiring of consultants;
19           (B)  The sponsoring of training seminars;

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 1           (C)  Transportation;
 2           (D)  Per diem for vendors to attend meetings of the
 3                state committee of blind vendors;
 4           (E)  Services for the state committee of blind
 5                vendors[;] to include the hiring of private
 6                attorneys; and
 7           (F)  Other costs related to the blind vending program.
 8      (b)  Income from vending machines on federal, state, and
 9 county properties that are within reasonable proximity to, and in
10 direct competition with, a blind vendor may be deposited into the
11 account and then disbursed to the blind vendor.
12      (c)  The revolving account shall consist of funds derived
13 from:
14      (1)  Vending machine income generated by federal, state, and
15           county operations;
16      (2)  Any other legally accepted source of income; and
17      (3)  Donations.
18      (d)  At the beginning of each fiscal year, the director of
19 human services shall transfer not more than $30,000 from the
20 Randolph-Sheppard revolving account into a checking account, in a
21 financial institution selected by the state committee of blind
22 vendors that is licensed to do business in this State, in the
23 name of the state committee of blind vendors.  Any other law to

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 1 the contrary notwithstanding, the state committee of blind
 2 vendors is authorized to expend not more than $30,000 in each
 3 fiscal year for purposes in keeping with this chapter.  No later
 4 than sixty days after the close of each fiscal year, the state
 5 committee of blind vendors shall submit a report to the
 6 department of human services and the legislature detailing
 7 activity in the account including expenditures."
 8      SECTION 2.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
 9 New statutory material is underscored.
10      SECTION 3.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
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