STAND. COM. REP. NO.47-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.B. No. 2026

 

 

 

Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committees on Higher Education and Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 2026 entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII,"

beg leave to report as follows:

The purpose of the bill is to attract more students to the nursing profession and to staff adequately the nursing program by: (1) providing funding for two full-time nursing faculty positions and (2) creating the Nursing Scholarship Program (Program) for the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH-Manoa) and the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene at UH-Manoa and the Hawaii Government Employees Association strongly supported the measure. The Healthcare Association of Hawaii and the Hawaii Nurses' Association submitted testimony in support of the bill.

Your Committees believe that the Program will provide a valuable opportunity for students as well as help alleviate the impending nursing shortage. However, your Committees recommend that an effort be made to try to find potential private donors to fund the Program.

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Higher Education and Health that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2026 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Higher Education and Health,

 

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DENNIS A. ARAKAKI, Chair

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ROY TAKUMI, Chair