Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 347

       H.D. 2

       S.D. 1




Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fifth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2009

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 347, H.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to exempt the University of Hawaii and the Board of Regents from the requirements of the Hawaii Public Procurement Code, with certain exceptions.


     Testimony in support was submitted by the University of Hawaii System, University of Hawaii at Manoa Athletics Department, and Hawaii Business Roundtable.  The State Procurement Office; Sheet Metal Contractors Association; Air Central, Inc.; Subcontractors Association of Hawaii; and one individual submitted testimony in opposition.  The American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawaii and American Public Works Association provided comments.  Written testimony presented to the Committee may be reviewed on the Legislature's website.


     Your Committee finds that this measure would give the University of Hawaii a temporary exemption from specified provisions of the Procurement Code.  The University was previously provided with procurement exemptions from 1998 through 2004, and has requested similar provisions to expedite critical deferred maintenance and capital renewal projects on all its campuses.


Your Committee has heard a number of concerns raised regarding the exemptions, particularly when other state agencies must comply with procurement requirements.  Your Committee had requested that the University and the State Procurement Office work to resolve their differences and focus on the very specific concerns that might be addressed in this measure.  While these discussions are ongoing, your Committee finds there is some agreement regarding protested solicitations and awards and the related administrative proceedings for review.


     Your Committee has amended this measure accordingly, by:


     (1)  Deleting the exemption for the University Hawaii and the Board of Regents for all but part X of chapter 103D, section 103D-304, and chapter 104, Hawaii Revised Statutes;


     (2)  Exempting the University and the Board from small purchase requirements of less than $250,000;


     (3)  Requiring the University and the Board to implement an electronic procurement system for procurements in excess of $25,000; and


     (4)  Exempting the University and the Board from the bid protest and hearings provisions of sections 103D-701(f) and 103D‑709(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes.


     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. 347, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 347, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations.


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