STAND. COM. REP. NO. 34

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 154
                                     




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii

Sir:

     Your Committee on Culture and the Arts, to which was
referred H.B. No. 154 entitled: 

     "A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC TELEVISION,"

begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to transfer the assets of the
Hawaii Public Broadcasting Authority to the Hawaii Public
Television Foundation, a private not-for-profit organization.

     The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs testified in
support of this bill.  

     Due to continuing and significant reductions in public
funding, Hawaii Public Television devised a detailed five year
strategic plan designed to move from a state agency to a not-for-
profit community foundation.  Your committee supports this
strategic plan.

     HGEA-AFSCME submitted written testimony opposing this
measure.  Their primary concern was the fate of the employees who
have invested a significant part of their lives with public
television.  Your committee was satisfied with Hawaii Public
Television's effort to work with HGEA-AFSCME and urged both
parties to continue the dialogue.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Culture and the Arts that is attached to this
report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose

 
 
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of H.B. No. 154 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be
referred to the Committee on Finance.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Culture and the
                                   Arts,



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                                   K. MARK TAKAI, Chair