STAND. COM. REP. NO.2001
RE: H.B. No. 1
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE EXPENSES OF THE LEGISLATURE, THE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR, THE LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE BUREAU, AND THE OMBUDSMAN,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to authorize funds for the current expenses of the legislature up to and including June 30, 2003, and to provide funds for the expenses of the legislative service agencies during the 2002-2003 fiscal year.
Your Committee finds that the total appropriation for all legislative agencies has been reduced by 2.4 per cent from last year's appropriation, and believes that the attached budget can adequately finance the expenses of the legislature for the coming fiscal year.
Your Committee notes that the appropriation made to the legislative reference bureau includes the sum of $72,562, which reflects the amount of the annual dues of the state legislature payable to the Council of State Governments.
Finally, your Committee agrees with the amendment to this bill made by the House of Representatives to extend the appropriation, from June 30, 2002, to June 30, 2003, for the purpose of meeting costs and expenses related to Felix v. Cayetano consent decree studies.
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. 1, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair