STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2990
RE: H.B. No. 2245
Honorable Colleen Hanabusa
President of the Senate
Twenty-Fourth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2008
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 2245, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to authorize the transfer of all University of Hawaii funds, with the exception of general funds, into the University of Hawaii Commercial Enterprises Revolving Fund for the establishment of new enterprises.
Testimony in support of the measure was submitted by the University of Hawai‘i System.
Your Committee finds that, pursuant to Act 193, Session Laws of Hawaii 2001, the University of Hawaii was authorized to transfer all funds at its disposal, except general funds, into the University of Hawaii Commercial Enterprises Revolving Fund. This authority has resulted in the University's ability to initiate successful endeavors, including the University of Hawaii Rainbowtique outlet that generates revenues through the sale of licensed university merchandise. However, under Act 193, this authority was revoked on June 30, 2004. This measure reinstates the University's authority to cull moneys under its control for establishing new commercial enterprises.
However, your Committee is concerned that tuition and fees special fund moneys, the use of which is often not readily associated with known or directly-related expenditures, would be included as a source of funding for the commercial enterprises revolving fund. Exclusion of these funds will still provide greater flexibility to the University to engage in activities that will generate additional revenues for the common benefit of the entire system.
Accordingly, your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Specifying that the University of Hawaii has the authority to transfer all funds at its disposal, except general funds and tuition and fees special fund moneys, into the University of Hawaii Commercial Enterprises Revolving Fund for the establishment of new enterprises; provided that no more than ten per cent of the tuition and fees special fund moneys may be loaned to the revolving fund to finance new enterprises; and
(2) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2008.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2245, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2245, 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 Committee on Education,
NORMAN SAKAMOTO, Chair