STAND. COM. REP. NO.  221-14

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2014

 

RE:   H.B. No. 2075

      H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

     Your Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts, to which was referred H.B. No. 2075 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO TUITION ASSISTANCE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose of this measure is to assist members of the Hawaii National Guard to further their education and achieve a higher education degree by broadening the scope of the Hawaii National Guard's Tuition Assistance Program (Program).  Specifically, this bill:

 

     (1)  Expands the Program to include any officers of the Hawaii National Guard grades O-1 through O-5;

 

     (2)  Clarifies that any Hawaii National Guard member who is a student working toward a degree on any campus of any accredited postsecondary educational institution authorized by the State, and not just undergraduate students would be eligible for tuition assistance;

 

     (3)  Provides priority consideration for tuition assistance for Hawaii National Guard members who are working toward an undergraduate degree, as well as qualified enlisted personnel and warrant officers; and

 

     (4)  Appropriates funds to provide tuition assistance to qualified members of the Hawaii National Guard.

 

     The State Adjutant General and Director of State Civil Defense, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Department of Hawaii-Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Hawaii Alliance of Student Veterans, and several concerned individuals testified in support of this measure.

 

     Your Committee has amended this bill by:

 

     (1)  Changing the appropriation for the provision of tuition assistance from $1,000,000 to an unspecified sum;

 

     (2)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion; and

 

     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

     Should the Committee on Finance deliberate on this measure, your Committee respectfully requests that it consider appropriating $1,000,000 to provide tuition assistance to qualified members of the Hawaii National Guard.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2075, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2075, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Higher Education.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Veterans, Military, & International Affairs, & Culture and the Arts,

 

 

 

 

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K. MARK TAKAI, Chair