Report Title:

UH Stadium Corporation; Transfer of Aloha Stadium

 

Description:

Creates the University of Hawaii stadium corporation and transfers jurisdiction over Aloha Stadium to the corporation.

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

2429

TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO RECREATION.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to create the University of Hawaii stadium corporation and transfer jurisdiction over Aloha Stadium to the corporation. The primary duty of the stadium corporation is to operate, maintain, manage, and improve Aloha Stadium with the University of Hawaii as the major tenant. The secondary duty is to generate net income from Aloha Stadium that may be transferred to the intercollegiate athletics program of the University of Hawaii. The stadium corporation is to be headed by a board of directors consisting of eleven members. One member is to be the University of Hawaii president. Five members are to be appointed by the University board of regents without necessity of senate confirmation. Five other members are to be appointed by the governor, subject to the confirmation of the senate. All appointed members are required to have experience in business, marketing, accounting, economics, engineering, architecture, or sports administration. The stadium corporation is provided with certain autonomy and flexibility to perform its duties.

The legislature finds that Aloha Stadium is a public asset with major structural deficiencies, yet untapped potential. The legislature further finds that transferring jurisdiction over Aloha Stadium to a public body with corporate powers is in the public interest. The legislature believes that such a corporation would be better able to maximize the usage and, consequently, income of Aloha Stadium and generate support for the capital improvement of Aloha Stadium to extend its useful life substantially. The legislature also believes that placing Aloha Stadium under a corporation may result in the generation of net income transferable to the University of Hawaii's intercollegiate athletics program.

SECTION 2. Chapter 304A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new subpart to part VII to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

" . University of Hawaii Stadium Corporation

304A-A University of Hawaii stadium corporation; creation. There is established as a body corporate the University of Hawaii stadium corporation. The corporation shall be a public instrumentality and shall be a part of the University of Hawaii for administrative purposes pursuant to section 26-35.

304A-B Duties of stadium corporation. (a) The stadium corporation shall have the primary duty of maintaining, operating, managing, and improving Aloha Stadium with the University of Hawaii as the major tenant. The stadium corporation shall perform this duty within the limits of available legislative appropriations.

(b) The stadium corporation shall have the secondary duty of generating net income that may be transferred to the intercollegiate athletics program of the University of Hawaii.

304A-C Stadium corporation board of directors. (a) The stadium corporation shall be under the general management and control of a board of directors.

(b) The board of directors shall consist of eleven members. The president of the university shall serve as an ex officio, voting member. Five members shall be appointed by the board of regents without necessity of confirmation by the senate. Five other members shall be appointed by the governor pursuant to section 26-34. All appointed members shall be appointed to four-year terms commencing on July 1 and expiring on June 30; except that two of the initial appointees of each appointing authority shall be appointed to two-year terms. All appointed members shall have experience in business, marketing, accounting, economics, engineering, architecture, or sports administration.

(c) No person shall be appointed consecutively to more than two full terms as a member of the board of directors.

(d) When an appointed member vacates the member's seat on the board of directors, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment.

(e) The officers of the board of directors shall be elected by the members.

(f) Members of the board of directors shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses, including travel expenses, while attending meetings and discharging official duties and responsibilities.

(g) The board of directors may adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws under chapter 91 governing the conduct of its business and the exercise of its powers.

304A-D Powers of stadium corporation. To perform its duties, the stadium corporation, under the direction of the board of directors, shall have the following powers:

(1) To have a corporate seal;

(2) To sue and be sued in its own name;

(3) To establish policies for the maximum appropriate usage of Aloha Stadium;

(4) To prescribe and collect fees and charges for the use of Aloha Stadium; provided that the stadium corporation shall provide waivers or discounts for intercollegiate athletics events of the University of Hawaii and interscholastic athletics and musical events of Hawaii's public and private lower education schools;

(5) To make and execute contracts and other instruments with other government agencies and private persons;

(6) To adopt, amend, and repeal rules in accordance with chapter 91;

(7) To promote and market Aloha Stadium;

(8) To solicit and accept gifts, grants, devises, or bequests for Aloha Stadium;

(9) To serve as trustee or beneficiary under the terms of any gift, indenture, or bequest; and

(10) To do any or all other acts reasonably necessary to carry out its duties and the purposes of this subpart.

304A-E Officers and employees of the stadium corporation. (a) The board of directors shall appoint a stadium manager and deputy stadium manager, each of whom shall have such qualifications as the board deems necessary. The stadium manager and deputy stadium manager shall serve at the pleasure of the board and shall be exempt from chapters 76 and 89, but shall be entitled to participate in any employee benefit program generally applicable to employees of the State. The board of directors shall set the salaries of the stadium manager and deputy stadium manager. The stadium manager shall serve as the chief executive officer of the stadium corporation and administer Aloha Stadium, subject to the direction of the board. The deputy stadium manager shall be the first assistant to the stadium manager, perform all duties assigned by the stadium manager, and serve as acting stadium manager in the absence of the stadium manager.

(b) The stadium manager shall appoint such other officers and employees as may be authorized by the board of directors to administer the stadium corporation. The board of directors shall set the salaries of the officers and employees. The officers and employees shall serve at the pleasure of the stadium manager, and shall be exempt from chapters 76 and 89, but shall be entitled to participate in any employee benefit program generally applicable to employees of the State.

(c) Each employee holding a permanent appointment to a civil service position under the former stadium authority as of July 1, 2008, shall continue in the position. Those employees shall continue to be subject to chapter 76 and, if applicable, chapter 89 until vacating the position.

304A-F Aloha Stadium special fund. (a) There is created the Aloha Stadium special fund within the treasury of the State.

(b) The following shall be deposited into the special fund:

(1) Income earned by the stadium corporation from fees and charges for the use of Aloha Stadium;

(2) Interest earned on moneys in the special fund; and

(3) Any legislative appropriations.

(c) Moneys in the Aloha Stadium special fund shall be appropriated and expended to operate, maintain, manage, and improve Aloha Stadium and, if required by the legislature, to reimburse the general fund for debt service paid on general obligation bonds issued for capital improvement projects for Aloha Stadium.

Moneys in the special fund shall not be appropriated or expended to pay debt service on any revenue bonds.

(d) In addition to subsection (c), unappropriated and unencumbered moneys in the special fund that the board of directors determines are not necessary to be retained as reserves may be transferred to the University of Hawaii for its intercollegiate athletics program. A transfer of such unappropriated and unencumbered moneys shall be approved by the board of directors without necessity of approval by the board of regents, university president, director of finance, or legislature.

(e) Nothing in this section or this subpart shall be construed as prohibiting the appropriation and expenditure of other moneys, such as general funds or general obligation bond funds, for Aloha Stadium.

304A-G Fees and charges. In establishing or amending fees and charges for the use of Aloha Stadium, the stadium corporation shall be exempt from chapter 91. The stadium corporation, however, shall establish or amend the fees and charges at an open meeting held in conformance with chapter 92.

304A-H Funding of capital improvement projects for Aloha Stadium. (a) Debt service on general obligation bonds for capital improvement projects for Aloha Stadium that were issued before the effective date of this Act shall be paid from the general fund.

(b) After the effective date of this Act, capital improvement projects for Aloha Stadium shall be funded by the Aloha Stadium special fund or general obligation bonds. The legislature shall use its discretion to determine whether the debt service on the general obligation bonds should be reimbursed by the Aloha Stadium special fund or paid only with general funds.

(c) No revenue bonds shall be authorized or issued to fund any capital improvement project for Aloha Stadium.

304A-I Payments from Aloha Stadium special fund. Moneys appropriated by the legislature from the Aloha Stadium special fund shall be payable by the director of finance upon vouchers approved by the stadium manager.

304A-J Security personnel, powers. The person employed as the chief security officer for Aloha Stadium by the stadium corporation shall have all of the powers of a police officer, including the power of arrest; provided that such powers shall be in force and effect only while the person is in the actual performance of the person's duties at Aloha Stadium.

304A-K Enforcement; penalty. (a) Any law enforcement officer who has police powers to arrest offenders and issue citations shall have the authority to enforce any rule adopted by the stadium corporation.

(b) Except as otherwise provided under subsection (c), any person violating any rule of the stadium corporation regulating conduct at Aloha Stadium shall be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

(c) Any person violating any rule of the stadium corporation regulating parking or traffic at Aloha Stadium shall have committed a traffic infraction as set forth in chapter 291D, the adjudication of which shall be subject to the provisions of that chapter."

SECTION 3. Chapter 304A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to part V, subpart C, to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"304A-_ Aloha Stadium special fund. The Aloha Stadium special fund shall be subject to part VII, subpart __."

SECTION 4. Section 37-35, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"37-35 Estimated expenditures; approval. [The] (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the director of finance shall review all estimates submitted under section 37-34 and, having due regard for:

(1) The probable further needs of the department or establishment for the remainder of the term for which the appropriation was made;

(2) The terms and purposes of the appropriation, the progress of collection of revenues, and condition of the treasury; and

(3) The probable receipts and total cash requirements for the ensuing quarter, shall approve, increase, or reduce the amount of the [estimate; provided that the] estimates. The director shall act promptly upon all estimates and notify each department or establishment, as well as the comptroller, of the department's or establishment's allotment.

(b) The director of finance shall approve the estimates submitted by the University of Hawaii, other than the University of Hawaii stadium corporation, when:

(1) The sum of the estimates for each funding source does not exceed the applicable allotment ceilings established by the governor under section 37-34;

(2) The progress of collection of revenues, the condition of the treasury, and the probable receipts and total cash requirements for the ensuing quarter permit; and

(3) All other legal requirements are satisfied.

[The director shall act promptly upon all estimates and notify each department or establishment of its allotment, and shall notify the comptroller.] The director of finance shall approve the estimates submitted by the University of Hawaii stadium corporation when in conformance with legislative appropriations."

SECTION 5. Section 40-84, HRS, is amended to read as follows:

"40-84 Petty cash funds; regulations. Whenever the head of any state department, board, bureau, commission, or other agency deems it necessary to have a petty cash fund for the proper transaction of the business of the agency, a written application therefor shall be made to the comptroller setting forth the details covering the purposes and uses of and for the fund. The comptroller, before issuing a state warrant for that purpose, shall determine whether or not the business of the agency warrants the establishment of such a fund, and if the comptroller is satisfied that such a fund is necessary, the comptroller shall issue a state warrant to such agency for an amount as the comptroller shall determine, not to exceed the sum of $100,000, except that this limitation of $100,000 shall not apply to the University of Hawaii and the [stadium authority.] University of Hawaii stadium corporation.

The comptroller may prescribe such rules as the comptroller may deem necessary for the proper administration and accountability of these funds."

SECTION 6. Section 78-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (f) to read as follows:

"(f) This section shall not apply to persons recruited by the University of Hawaii under the authority of section [[]304A‑1001[].] or by the University of Hawaii stadium corporation."

SECTION 7. Section 89-6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (g) to read as follows:

"(g) The following individuals shall not be included in any appropriate bargaining unit or be entitled to coverage under this chapter:

(1) Elected or appointed official;

(2) Member of any board or commission; provided that nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a member of a collective bargaining unit from serving on a local school board of a charter school or the charter school review panel established under chapter 302B;

(3) Top-level managerial and administrative personnel, including the department head, deputy or assistant to a department head, administrative officer, director, or chief of a state or county agency or major division, and legal counsel;

(4) Secretary to top-level managerial and administrative personnel under paragraph (3);

(5) Individual concerned with confidential matters affecting employee-employer relations;

(6) Part-time employee working less than twenty hours per week, except part-time employees included in bargaining unit (5);

(7) Temporary employee of three months' duration or less;

(8) Employee of the executive office of the governor or a household employee at Washington Place;

(9) Employee of the executive office of the lieutenant governor;

(10) Employee of the executive office of the mayor;

(11) Staff of the legislative branch of the State;

(12) Staff of the legislative branches of the counties, except employees of the clerks' offices of the counties;

(13) Any commissioned and enlisted personnel of the Hawaii national guard;

(14) Inmate, kokua, patient, ward, or student of a state institution;

(15) Student help;

(16) Staff of the Hawaii labor relations board;

(17) Employee of the Hawaii national guard youth challenge academy; [or]

(18) Employee of the office of elections[.]; and

(19) Officers and employees of the University of Hawaii stadium corporation."

SECTION 8. Section 103D-102, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

"(c) Notwithstanding subsection (a), this chapter shall not apply to:

(1) [contracts] Contracts made by any regional system board of the Hawaii health systems corporation[.]; and

(2) The University of Hawaii stadium corporation."

SECTION 9. Section 304A-2003, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]304A-2003[]] Appropriations; accounts; depositories. [Moneys] Except as otherwise provided for moneys appropriated from the Aloha Stadium special fund, moneys appropriated by the legislature for the university shall be payable by the director of finance, upon vouchers approved by the board of regents or by any officer elected or appointed by the board under section 304A‑105 and authorized by the board to approve such vouchers on behalf of the board. All moneys received by or on behalf of the board or the university shall be deposited with the director of finance; except that any moneys received from the federal government or from private contributions shall be deposited and accounted for in accordance with conditions established by the agencies or persons from whom the moneys are received and except that, with the concurrence of the director of finance, moneys received from the federal government for research, training, and other related purposes of a transitory nature and moneys in trust, special, or revolving funds administered by the university may be deposited in depositories other than the state treasury; provided that the university informs the director of finance of the depositories in which moneys from the funds have been deposited and submits copies of annual statements from each of the depositories in which the moneys from the funds are deposited. All income from tuition and fees charged for regular courses of instruction and tuition related course and fee charges against students shall be deposited to the credit of the University of Hawaii tuition and fees special fund pursuant to section [[]304A-2153[]]. Income from university projects as defined and described in section [[]304A‑2167.5[]] and sections [[]304A-2671[]] to [[]304A-2684[]], may be credited to special or other funds."

SECTION 10. Section 304A-2005, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]304A-2005[]] Special and revolving funds; management. In managing special and revolving funds under its control, except for the Aloha Stadium special fund, the board of regents shall ensure that:

(1) The purposes for which special and revolving funds are expended, encumbered, or transferred benefit those upon whom fees and charges are imposed through these funds; and

(2) Fees and charges are fair and equitable with respect to the level and quality of services provided to those upon whom fees and charges are imposed."

SECTION 11. Section 304A-2006, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"[[]304A-2006[]] Special and revolving funds; fees and charges; public meetings exemption. [In] Except as otherwise provided under section 304A-G, in establishing or amending fees or charges that generate receipts for deposit into any University of Hawaii special or revolving fund, the board of regents shall be exempted from the public notice, public hearing, and gubernatorial approval requirements of chapter 91. The fees and charges may be established at an open meeting subject to the requirements of chapter 92. These fees and charges may include laboratory fees, special instructional fees, fees for admission to events, rental rates for facilities, equipment, or real property, and services provided to other government agencies and to the public."

SECTION 12. Section 304A-2101, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:

"(a) The general fund budget appropriations for the university shall be an amount not less than three times and not greater than five times the amount of regular tuition and related fee revenues estimated for that fiscal year[.]; provided that general fund appropriations for the payment of debt service on bonds issued for capital improvement projects for Aloha Stadium shall be excluded when calculating compliance with the required minimum and maximum general fund budget appropriations for the university."

SECTION 13. Section 304A-2671, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "university project" to read as follows:

""University project" means any undertaking or improvement that is constructed or maintained by the university in furtherance of a university purpose. A [university project] "university project" includes, but is not limited to, land, fixtures, appurtenances, improvements, utilities, equipment, and furnishings necessary or convenient for the use and occupancy of a university project for the purposes for which it was constructed or is used. A "university project" shall not include Aloha Stadium."

SECTION 14. Section 445-112, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"445-112 Where and when permitted. No person shall erect, maintain, or use a billboard or display any outdoor advertising device, except as provided in this section:

(1) The display of official notices and signs, posted by order of any court or public office, or posted by any public officer in the performance of a public duty, or posted by any person required to do so by any law or rule having the force of law;

(2) Any outdoor advertising device announcing a meeting or series of meetings is not prohibited by this section if displayed on the premises where the meeting or series of meetings will be or is being held. Meeting, as used in this section, includes all meetings regardless of whether open to the public or conducted for profit and includes but is not limited to sports events, conventions, fairs, rallies, plays, lectures, concerts, motion pictures, dances, and religious services;

(3) Any outdoor advertising device indicating that the building or premises on which it is displayed is the residence, office, or place of business, commercial or otherwise, of any individual, partnership, joint venture, association, club, or corporation, and stating the nature of the business;

(4) Any outdoor advertising device that advertises property or services that may be bought, rented, sold, or otherwise traded in on the premises or in the building on which the outdoor advertising device is displayed;

(5) The offering for sale of merchandise bearing incidental advertising, including books, magazines, and newspapers, in any store, newsstand, vending machine, rack, or other place where such merchandise is regularly sold;

(6) Any outdoor advertising device offering any land, building, or part of a building for sale or rent, if displayed on the property so offered or on the building so offered;

(7) Any outdoor advertising device carried by persons or placed upon vehicles used for the transportation of persons or goods, except as provided under section 445‑112.5, relating to vehicular advertising devices;

(8) Any outdoor advertising device warning the public of dangerous conditions that they may encounter in nearby sections of streets, roads, paths, public places, power lines, gas and water mains, or other public utilities;

(9) Signs serving no commercial purpose that indicate places of natural beauty, or of historical or cultural interest and that are made according to designs approved by the department of business, economic development, and tourism;

(10) Any outdoor advertising device or billboard erected, placed, or maintained upon a state office building, if erected, placed, or maintained by authority of a state agency, department, or officer for the sole purpose of announcing cultural or educational events within the State, and if the design and location thereof has been approved by the department of business, economic development, and tourism;

(11) Signs urging voters to vote for or against any person or issue, may be erected, maintained, and used, except where contrary to or prohibited by law;

(12) Signs stating that a residence that is offered for sale, lease, or rent is open for inspection at the actual time the sign is displayed and showing the route to the residence; provided that the sign contains no words or designs other than the words "Open House", the address of the residence, the name of the person or agency responsible for the sale, and an arrow or other directional symbol and is removed during such time as the residence is not open for inspection;

(13) The erection, maintenance, and use of billboards if the billboard is used solely for outdoor advertising devices not prohibited by this section;

(14) The continued display and maintenance of outdoor advertising devices actually displayed on July 8, 1965, in accordance with all laws and ordinances immediately theretofore in effect;

(15) The continued maintenance of any billboard actually maintained on July 8, 1965, and the display thereon of the same or new advertising devices, all in accordance with all laws and ordinances in effect immediately prior to July 9, 1965;

(16) Any outdoor advertising device displayed with the authorization of the University of Hawaii on any scoreboard of any stadium [owned by the] on a university[.] campus. An outdoor advertising device displayed under this paragraph shall be on the front of the scoreboard and face the interior of the stadium;

(17) Any temporary outdoor advertising device attached to or supported by the structure of any stadium [owned by the] on a University of Hawaii[,] campus, located within and facing the interior of the stadium, and authorized to be displayed by the university. For the purpose of this paragraph, "temporary" means displayed for a short period before the official start of organized athletic competition, during the organized athletic competition, and for a short period after the official end of the organized athletic competition; and

(18) Any outdoor advertising device displayed with the authorization of the University of Hawaii stadium [authority] corporation on any scoreboard of [any] Aloha Stadium [operated by the stadium authority]. An outdoor advertising device displayed under this paragraph shall be on the front of the scoreboard and face the interior of the stadium."

SECTION 15. Chapter 109, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

SECTION 16. On July 1, 2008, all right and title to the real property comprising Aloha Stadium shall be transferred to the University of Hawaii stadium corporation from the stadium authority.

SECTION 17. All moneys in the stadium special fund on June 30, 2008, shall be transferred to the Aloha Stadium special fund created under section 304A-F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, on July 1, 2008.

All accounts payable to and accrued liabilities of the stadium authority on June 30, 2008, shall be transferred to the University of Hawaii stadium corporation on July 1, 2008.

All contracts and other agreements between the stadium authority and another party in effect on June 30, 2008, shall be assigned to the University of Hawaii stadium corporation on July 1, 2008.

SECTION 18. All judicial and administrative actions involving the stadium authority that are pending on June 30, 2008 shall be transferred to the department of accounting and general services on July 1, 2008.

SECTION 19. All rules, policies, procedures, guidelines, and other material adopted or developed by the stadium authority to implement provisions of the Hawaii Revised Statutes which are reenacted or made applicable to the University of Hawaii stadium corporation by this Act, shall remain in full force and effect until amended or repealed by the University of Hawaii stadium corporation pursuant to chapter 9l, Hawaii Revised Statutes, in the interim, every reference to the stadium authority in those rules, policies, procedures, guidelines, and other material is amended to refer to the University of Hawaii stadium corporation as appropriate.

SECTION 20. All appropriations, records, equipment, machines, files, supplies, contracts, books, papers, documents, maps, and other personal property heretofore made, used, acquired, or held by the department of stadium authority relating to the functions transferred to the department of University of Hawaii stadium corporation shall be transferred with the functions to which they relate.

SECTION 21. In codifying the new sections added by section 2 of this Act, the revisor of statutes shall substitute appropriate section numbers for the letters used in designating the new sections in this Act.

SECTION 22. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 23. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2008; provided that the amendments made to section 89-6(g), Hawaii Revised Statutes, by section 6 of this Act shall not be repealed when section 89-6(6), Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed and reenacted pursuant to Act 245, Session Laws of Hawaii 2005.

 

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