Report Title:

Legislative analyst

Description:

Appropriates funds for the office of the legislative analyst. (HB1822 HD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1822

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

RELATING TO THE LEGISLATIVE ANALYST.

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

SECTION 1. One of the primary functions of the legislature is to develop sound economic and fiscal policies for the State. The complexities of legislative decision-making and state budgeting require lawmakers to be provided with current and accurate fiscal data and analyses to aid in their lawmaking responsibilities, including the preparation of fiscal notes. To address the legislature's need to be able to base their policy decisions on well-researched information and analysis, Act 347, Session Laws of Hawaii (SLH) 1990, was passed to provide the legislature with its own separate fiscal policy office.

Since the legislature meets only four months of the year, it has come to rely heavily on the use of session-only staff. As a result, the legislature has been at a disadvantage in ensuring that approved appropriations are executed in compliance with legislative policy. This requires constant training and supervision of the staff.

Other states have established nonpartisan, highly specialized legislative fiscal analysis offices, in addition to the professional staffs of each chamber's money committee, to review executive branch proposals and to appraise the performance of the executive branch in administering legislative enactments.

The purpose of this Act is to appropriate funds necessary to implement the provisions of Act 347, SLH 1990, to establish the office of the legislative analyst.

Section 2. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $1,000,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003 to fund the office of the legislative analyst.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by the legislature for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002.