STAND. COM. REP. NO.2884
RE: H.B. No. 1959
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 1959, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purposes of this measure are to:
(1) Repeal the HOPE endowment special fund; and
(2) Transfer the remaining balance to the University of Hawaii tuition and fees special fund to be used for programs to support underrepresented students and promote diversity.
Your Committee received oral testimony in support of the measure from the University of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that reallocating the remaining balance of the HOPE endowment special fund would facilitate the continuation of a diverse student body in the University of Hawaii. Such a multiplicity of viewpoints and backgrounds will enhance the quality of student learning and social development, and is consistent with the original purpose of the HOPE endowment special fund.
Your Committee has amended the measure by replacing its contents with the contents of S.B. No. 2067, S.D. 2, which are substantially similar, except for technical nonsubstantive differences and effective dates of "upon its approval" in the House version and July 1, 2002 in the Senate version. Your Committee also made technical nonsubstantive amendments to reflect preferred drafting style.
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. 1959, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1959, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair