Report Title:

Higher Education; eminent domain

Description:

Authorizes the State to use eminent domain proceedings to acquire land to expand the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2244

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 


 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

relating to the university of hawaii.

 

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

SECTION 1. The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH-Manoa) is situated on three hundred twenty acres of land at the entrance of Manoa Valley in Honolulu. UH-Manoa opened in 1907 and is the oldest UH campus in the growing UH system. Currently, approximately seventeen thousand people are enrolled in courses at UH-Manoa and studying for their undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees through the doctoral level, including law and medicine. UH-Manoa is also known as an international research facility and extends its services to the community.

Because of the geographic location of the UH-Manoa campus, the housing and educational facilities are very limited. The legislature finds that in order for UH-Manoa to improve its educational standing in the United States and abroad, it must expand to accommodate the growing needs of its students and faculty.

The legislature finds that the purchase of land on the Diamond Head and Ewa side of University Avenue, by the University of Hawaii is necessary for the much-needed expansion of the UH-Manoa campus. The legislature further finds that the condemnation of this land will greatly benefit both the university and the public by enabling the university to enlarge its campus and provide improved facilities for its students and faculty. In addition, the State's economy will greatly benefit as the university upgrades its facilities and makes corresponding improvements to its curriculum.

The purpose of this Act is to expand the UH-Manoa campus to enable the university to improve its educational facilities and quality of education which vitally affect the public interest and welfare of the people of Hawaii and the economy of the State.

SECTION 2. The University of Hawaii shall utilize its eminent domain powers to institute proceedings to purchase land located on the Ewa and Diamond Head side of University Avenue and identified as:

(1) Tax Map Key Number 2-8-06: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 32,

35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 57, 58, 59, and 60; and

(2) Tax Map Key Number 2-8-24: 13, 15, 24, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 37,

for the purpose of expanding the UH-Manoa campus to improve its educational facilities and quality of education to better serve the public's interest.

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003 to acquire lands adjacent to the UH-Manoa to expand its campus.

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

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002.

INTRODUCED BY:

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