STAND. COM. REP. NO.3046
RE: H.B. No. 2165
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Education and Labor, to which was referred H.B. No. 2165, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to clarify that the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board (HTSB) retains sole jurisdiction over teacher license issuance and revocation.
Testimony in support of the measure was submitted by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the Department of Education, HTSB. A private citizen testified in opposition to the measure.
Specifically, the measure clarifies that:
(1) The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board has jurisdiction over all matters concerning the issuance and revocation of teacher licenses; and
(2) The Department of Education has jurisdiction over all matters concerning the issuance and revocation of certificates issued to individuals who are not required to obtain a teacher license.
In addition, the measure requires the Department of Education and the Department of Human Resources Development to facilitate the establishment, rather than transfer, of positions as required by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board in order to allow the board to hire its own staff.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Replacing the sum appropriated for fiscal year 2002-2003 to conduct the new functions of the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board with an unspecified amount;
(2) Deleting a provision allowing the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board to grant extensions of credentials on a case-by-case basis until June 30, 2002;
(3) Deleting references to "credentials" and "credentialing" in section 4 (relating to section 302A-803, Hawaii Revised Statutes) in order to ensure consistency with section 13 of Act 312, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001;
(4) Changing its effective date from upon approval to July 1, 2002, in order to coordinate the application of this measure with the application of section 13 of Act 312, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001; and
(5) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and style.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Education and Labor that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2165, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2165, 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 Committees on Education and Labor,
BOB NAKATA, Chair
NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair