Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 2143




Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2012

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Human Services, to which was referred H.B. No. 2143 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to amend the minimum number of resident member nominees that the Residency Advisory Board of the Hawaii Public Housing Authority must submit to the Governor for consideration for appointment to the Authority's Board of Directors.


     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Human Services and Hawaii Public Housing Authority of the Department of Human Services.


     Your Committee notes that when the resident member seat on the Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors becomes vacant, the Resident Advisory Board must develop a list of five interested, qualified individuals for consideration by the Governor for appointment.  When the Resident Advisory Board is unable to provide a list of five names to the Governor, the resident member seat on the Board of Directors may remain vacant for extended periods.  This deprives the residents of a voice on the Board and jeopardizes the State from receiving federal funds since the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the Board to have a resident member.  This measure provides the Resident Advisory Board the flexibility to submit a list of no less than three but no more than five nominees to fill the resident member seat, ensures the residents have a voice on the Board, and ensures Hawaii is in compliance with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's requirement of having a resident member on the Board.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2143, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services,