STAND. COM. REP. NO. 174________

                                 Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                   , 1999

                                 RE: H.B. No. 512

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


     Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No.
512 entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

     The purpose of this bill is to make the Hawaii Teacher
Standards Board permanent by repealing its June 30, 2000, sunset

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this bill
from the Board of Education, the Hawaii State Teachers
Association, the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board, the Hawaii
Business Roundtable, the Hawaii State Parent, Teacher, Student
Association, and a teacher educator.  Your Committee also
received comments on this bill from a former teacher.

     Your Committee finds that the continued existence of the
Hawaii Teacher Standards Board is essential to ensuring that our
public school students are taught by qualified teaching
professionals.  Your Committee also finds that the Hawaii Teacher
Standards Board has done outstanding work in the past and should
be permitted to continue its work into the future.  Your
Committee further finds that the June 30, 2000, sunset date is no
longer necessary and can only hinder the work of the Hawaii
Teacher Standards Board.

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     In order to expedite the passage of this bill, which must be
referred to your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
and then to your Committee on Finance, this Committee purposely
has not made needed conforming amendments to this measure.
Specifically, the sunset dates in section 302A-501(b), Hawaii
Revised Statutes, and section 7 of Act 122, Session Laws of
Hawaii 1996 (as it relates to section 302A-602, Hawaii Revised
Statutes--formerly section 297-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes), need
to be repealed.  Your Committee believes that these amendments
can be made by your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
or your Committee on Finance when time permits.

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your
Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No.
512 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to
the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Education,

                                   KEN ITO, Chair

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