Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority; Board of Directors
Allows the natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority (NELHA) to communicate directly with governor and legislature and make employment decisions and purchase supplies, equipment, and furniture without DBEDT approval, with the exception of actions in regard to the center of excellence for research in ocean sciences. Increases from eleven to thirteen, the number of members on the board; increases from three to five, the number of public members, with two of them selected from tenants of NELHA and three from the general public; prevents the tenant members from voting on lease rent or water rate issues; and requires a super majority vote of seven members to make decisions on lease rent or water rate issues. (CD1)
TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2007
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE NATURAL ENERGY LABORATORY OF HAWAII AUTHORITY.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Chapter 227D, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
"§227D- Exemptions. (a) The authority shall be exempt from section 26-35(a)(1), (4), and (5).
(b) The authority shall:
(1) Communicate directly with the governor and the legislature;
(2) Make all decisions regarding employment, appointment, promotion, transfer, demotion, discharge, and job descriptions of all officers and employees of or under the jurisdiction of the authority without the approval of the director of business, economic development, and tourism; provided that the authority shall follow all applicable laws; and
(3) Purchase all supplies, equipment, and furniture without the approval of the director of business, economic development, and tourism.
(c) This section shall not apply to any of the authority's powers or actions related to the Center of Excellence for Research in Ocean Sciences."
SECTION 2. Section 227D-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
governing body of the authority shall consist of a board of directors having [
thirteen voting members. [ Three] Five members [ from
the general public] shall be appointed by the governor for staggered terms
pursuant to section 26-34[ ,]. Two of these members shall be
selected by the governor from among the tenants holding leases on property
within the natural energy laboratory of Hawaii authority research and
technology park; provided that tenant members shall be recused from voting on
issues relating to water rates or lease rents. The remaining three shall
be selected from the general public, except that one [ of these members]
shall be a resident of the county of Hawaii[ . The members shall be
selected], on the basis of their knowledge, interest, and proven
expertise in[ ,] but not limited to[ ,] one or more of the
following fields: finance, commerce and trade, corporate management, marketing,
economics, engineering, energy management, real estate development, property
management, aquaculture, and ocean science. The chairperson and secretary
of the research advisory committee shall serve on the board. The director
of business, economic development, and tourism, the chairperson of the board of
land and natural resources, the president of the University of Hawaii, the
mayor of the county of Hawaii, an appointed member from the board of the high
technology development corporation, and an appointed member from the board of
the Hawaii strategic development corporation, or their designated
representatives, shall serve as ex officio, voting members of the board.
The director of business, economic development, and tourism shall serve as the chairperson
until such time as a chairperson is elected by the board from the
membership. The board shall elect other officers as it deems necessary.
On issues relating to lease rents or water rates, an affirmative vote of seven members shall be required to decide the issue."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect upon its approval; provided that section 1 shall be repealed on July 1, 2013.