HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE, 2012
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the Pacific international space center for exploration systems, including its proposed aerospace research technology park project, is an economic driver for the island of Hawaii that promotes the establishment and growth of new sustainable and green industries, associated jobs, workforce development, internships, and STEM programs. The legislature also finds that the Pacific international space center for exploration systems aerospace research technology park project will attract investment that will help to leverage costs of expanding the island of Hawaii's broadband capacity.
The legislature further finds there is continued need for Pacific international space center for exploration systems to work closely with the University of Hawaii, but also recognizes the need for swift and independent decisions and actions in the rapidly evolving aerospace sector to keep Hawaii competitive and attractive to industry partners. This is especially critical with the recent emergence of private commercial space access and a resurgence of global space initiatives. Supporting these initiatives will involve significant private sector investment in the testing, proving, and development in robotics, broadband, energy production, energy storage, recycling, and renewable and sustainable technologies that can have immediate application and use for the Hawaii economy and the general well-being of the State.
SECTION 2. Chapter 201, part V, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new subpart B to read as follows:
"B. Pacific International Space Center for
§201- Pacific international space center for exploration systems. (a) There is established the Pacific international space center for exploration systems within the office of aerospace development in the department of business, economic development, and tourism.
(b) The space center may employ, subject to chapter 76, technical experts and officers, agents, and employees, permanent and temporary, as required. The space center may also employ officers, agents, and employees, prescribe their duties and qualifications, and fix their salaries, without regard to chapter 76, when in the determination of the board, the services to be performed are unique and essential to the execution of the functions of the space center.
§201- Pacific international space center for exploration systems board; establishment; duties. (a) There is established the Pacific international space center for exploration systems board of directors, consisting of seven members, to include the following:
(1) The executive director of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems;
(2) The director of the office of aerospace development;
(3) The president of the University of Hawaii or designated representative;
(4) The University of Hawaii at Hilo chancellor or designated representative; and
(5) Three members of the aerospace industry,
to be appointed by the governor, pursuant to section 26-34; provided that of the members appointed under paragraph (5), one member shall be appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the president of the senate, and one member shall be appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the speaker of the house of representatives. The three members of the aerospace industry shall serve four-year staggered terms; provided that the initial appointments shall be as follows: one member shall be appointed for four years; one member shall be appointed for three years; and one member shall be appointed for two years.
The board shall select a chairperson and a vice chairperson from among its members.
(b) Five members shall constitute a quorum, whose affirmative vote shall be necessary for all actions by the space center. The members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the performance of their duties.
(c) The board shall appoint an executive director, who shall serve at the pleasure of the board and shall be exempt from chapter 76. The board shall set the salary and duties of the executive officer.
§201- General powers. (a) The board may:
(1) Sue and be sued;
(2) Have a seal and alter the seal at pleasure;
(3) Make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers; and
(4) Adopt bylaws and rules, which shall be exempt from chapter 91, for its organization, internal management, and to carry into effect its purposes, powers, and programs.
(b) In addition to other powers conferred upon it, the board may do all things necessary and convenient to carry out the powers expressly provided in this subpart."
SECTION 3. Chapter 201, part V, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by designating sections 201-71 to 201-75 as a new subpart and inserting a title before section 201-71 to read:
"A. General Provisions"
SECTION 4. Section 201-71, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding two new definitions to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Board" means the Pacific international space center for exploration systems board of directors.
"Space center" means the Pacific international space center for exploration systems."
SECTION 5. Section 201-73, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§201-73 Powers and duties of director. In addition to any other powers and duties provided in this part, the director shall:
(1) Oversee, supervise, and direct the planning,
evaluation, and coordination of space-related activities and identify and
promote opportunities for expanding and diversifying aerospace-related
industries in the State, [
which may] that shall include a Pacific
international space center for [ space] exploration systems to
support space exploration and settlement;
(2) Initiate discussions for private and international involvement in space-related activities in the State;
(3) Assist the University of Hawaii, local companies, research institutions, and other interested organizations in establishing partnerships with corporate, government, and university entities that can promote and enhance the State's aerospace industry;
(4) Leverage aerospace and related technological capabilities in the State's academic, public, and private sectors to enhance the State's ability to procure both federal and private research and development grants and to increase the State's competitiveness in national and global aerospace markets;
(5) Promote innovative education and workforce development programs that will enhance public awareness of the State's aerospace potential and enable residents to pursue employment in Hawaii's aerospace industry;
(6) Monitor national and global trends in the aerospace industry and recommend programs and policies that can support aerospace industry development statewide;
(7) Review the effectiveness of present publications, pamphlets, and other sources of information about Hawaii's space-related activities produced and distributed by the State;
(8) Serve as a clearinghouse for information on Hawaii's space-related activities to include but not be limited to those of the University of Hawaii and federal agencies located in Hawaii;
(9) Target existing businesses that can provide products or services of importance to the space industry to support the expansion of these businesses in Hawaii;
(10) Increase contact and maintain liaison with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies and facilities;
(11) Institute procedures by which citizen input on proposed space facilities development shall be invited at the earliest possible time in the development process;
(12) Adopt, amend, and repeal rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary to carry out this part;
(13) Contract for services as may be necessary for the purposes of this part; and
(14) Do all other things necessary or proper to carry out the purposes of this part."
SECTION 6. All rights, powers, functions, and duties of the University of Hawaii pertaining to the Pacific international space center for exploration systems are transferred to the office of aerospace development of the department of business, economic development, and tourism.
All officers and employees whose functions are transferred by this Act shall be transferred with their functions and shall continue to perform their regular duties upon their transfer, subject to the state personnel laws and this Act.
No officer or employee of the State having tenure shall suffer any loss of salary, seniority, prior service credit, vacation, sick leave, or other employee benefit or privilege as a consequence of this Act, and such officer or employee may be transferred or appointed to a civil service position without the necessity of examination; provided that the officer or employee possesses the minimum qualifications for the position to which transferred or appointed; and provided that subsequent changes in status may be made pursuant to applicable civil service and compensation laws.
An officer or employee of the State who does not have tenure and who may be transferred or appointed to a civil service position as a consequence of this Act shall become a civil service employee without the loss of salary, seniority, prior service credit, vacation, sick leave, or other employee benefits or privileges and without the necessity of examination; provided that such officer or employee possesses the minimum qualifications for the position to which transferred or appointed.
If an office or position held by an officer or employee having tenure is abolished, the officer or employee shall not thereby be separated from public employment, but shall remain in the employment of the State with the same pay and classification and shall be transferred to some other office or position for which the officer or employee is eligible under the personnel laws of the State as determined by the head of the department or the governor.
SECTION 7. All appropriations, records, equipment, machines, files, supplies, contracts, books, papers, documents, maps, and other personal property heretofore made, used, acquired, or held by the University of Hawaii relating to the functions transferred to the office of aerospace development of the department of department of business, economic development, and tourism shall be transferred with the functions to which they relate.
SECTION 8. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, all responsibilities of the University of Hawaii heretofore held with regard to the Pacific international space center for exploration systems are transferred to the office of aerospace development of the department of business, economic development, and tourism.
SECTION 9. It is the intent of this Act not to jeopardize the receipt of any federal aid nor to impair the obligation of the State or any agency thereof to the holders of any bond issued by the State or by any such agency, and to the extent, and only to the extent, necessary to effectuate this intent, the governor may modify the strict provisions of this Act, but shall promptly report any such modification with reasons therefor to the legislature at its next session thereafter for review by the legislature.
SECTION 10. The director of finance is authorized to issue general obligation bonds in the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary, and the same sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is appropriated for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the purpose of constructing the Pacific international space center for exploration systems aerospace research technology park project.
SECTION 11. The appropriation made for the capital improvement project authorized by this Act shall not lapse at the end of the fiscal biennium for which the appropriation is made; provided that all moneys from the appropriation unencumbered as of June 30, 2014, shall lapse as of that date.
SECTION 12. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2012-2013 for the purpose of constructing the Pacific international space center for exploration systems aerospace research technology park project.
The sums appropriated shall be expended by the Pacific international space center for exploration systems for the purposes of this Act.
SECTION 13. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 14. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2012.
Pacific international space center for exploration systems
Transfers the Pacific international space center for exploration systems from the University of Hawaii to DBEDT's office of aerospace development. Establishes a PISCES board of directors.
Appropriates funds. Authorizes GO bonds.
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