STAND. COM. REP. NO.202-02

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: H.B. No. 2235

H.D. 1




Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii


Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2235 entitled:


begs leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this bill is to establish the Pacific Center for Ecosystem Science to be placed within the University of Hawaii (UH) for administrative purposes by:

(1) Issuing general obligation bonds; and

(2) Appropriating funds for five full-time associate professors.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Hawaii Nature Center, Secretariat for Conservation Biology, Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, Manoa Neighborhood Board No. 7, and several individuals submitted testimony in support of this bill. The Department of Land and Natural Resources submitted testimony in support of the intent of this bill. The HawaiióLaieikawai Association, Inc. submitted testimony in opposition to this bill. UH submitted comments on this bill.

Upon further consideration, your Committee has amended this bill by:

(1) Replacing the amount of the appropriation with an unspecified amount to facilitate further discussion; and

(2) Changing the effective date from July 1, 2002, to July 1, 2025.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2235, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2235, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,