STAND. COM. REP. NO. 3587
RE: H.B. No. 2501
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2501, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROMISE PROGRAM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to codify and appropriate moneys for the Hawaii Community College Promise Program, which provides scholarships for the unmet direct cost needs of qualified students enrolled at any University of Hawaii community college campus.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Education, Kamehameha Schools, and
Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance and the University of Hawaii System.
Your Committee finds that in light of the fact that moneys allocated for the Promise Program in the 2017 state budget helped provide scholarship opportunities to one thousand community college students, the permanent establishment of the program is warranted.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Replacing the Hawaii community college promise program special fund with a subaccount of the University's general fund; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2501, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2501, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair