HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.R. NO.

31

TWENTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2002

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 
   


HOUSE RESOLUTION

 

requesting the Department of Human Services to draft necessary proposed legislation to enable the State Committee of Blind Vendors to expend funds from the Randolph-Sheppard revolving account to hire lawyers or other consultants for the purpose of benefiting blind vendors of Hawaii.

 

 

WHEREAS, moneys from the Randolph-Sheppard revolving account, established under section 347-12.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, are to be expended for:

"(1) The provision of the following benefits for blind vendors:

(A) A retirement or pension plan;

(B) Health insurance; and

(C) Sick and vacation leave;

(2) The maintenance and replacement of equipment used in the blind vending program;

(3) The purchase of new equipment to be used in the blind vending program; and

(4) The provision of management services, which shall include, but not be limited to:

(A) The hiring of consultants;

(B) The sponsoring of training seminars;

(C) Transportation;

(D) Per diem for vendors to attend meetings of the state committee of blind vendors;

(E) Services for the state committee of blind vendors; and

(F) Other costs related to the blind vending program;"

and

WHEREAS, although not established in the Hawaii Revised Statutes or the Hawaii Administrative Rules, the State Committee of Blind Vendors contends that the Department of Human Services is required to consult with blind vendors before money is expended from this revolving account; and

WHEREAS, the State Committee of Blind Vendors further contends that the Department of Human Services unilaterally decides how moneys in the revolving account are expended and that consultation of blind vendors seems simply to be an exercise; and

WHEREAS, the State Committee of Blind Vendors charges that the Department of Human Services has not fully supported Hawaii's laws protecting blind vendors, for example, by not authorizing expenditures from the revolving account to pay for lawyers hired by the State Committee of Blind Vendors for the purpose of benefiting vendors and their program; and

WHEREAS, it is essential that Hawaii's blind vendors have the right to expend funds from the revolving account for certain purposes, including the hiring of lawyers, without permission from the State in order to improve conditions for the blind vending program; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2002, that the Department of Human Services is requested to draft necessary proposed legislation to enable the State Committee of Blind Vendors to expend funds from the Randolph-Sheppard revolving account to hire lawyers or other consultants for the purpose of benefiting blind vendors of Hawaii; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Human Services is requested to submit this proposed legislation for consideration by the Legislature not less than twenty days before the convening of the Regular Session of 2003; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governor, the Director of Human Services, and the Administrator of Ho`opono.

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Randolph-Sheppard Revolving Account; Committee of Blind Vendors