STAND. COM. REP. NO.3237

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.B. No. 1959

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1959, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO HIGHER EDUCATION,"

begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to repeal the Hawaii Opportunity Program in Education Endowment Special Fund but to retain the Hawaii Opportunity Program in Education itself within the University of Hawaii.

Furthermore, this measure transfers the balance in the special fund to the University of Hawaii tuition and fees special fund, to be used for programs to support underrepresented students and promote diversity.

Your Committee finds that this measure provides the University of Hawaii with the resources and flexibility to fund programs to recruit and retain financially needy students from underrepresented ethnic groups and to fund student diversity programs. It is your Committee's intent that the moneys be used to promote diversity by recruiting students in Hawaii and on the mainland.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1959, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,

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BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair