STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2721
RE: S.B. No. 2239
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 S.B. No. 2239, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COLLEGE PLACEMENT EXAMINATION FEES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to assist certain students in paying for SAT or ACT registration fees.
More specifically, this measure appropriates moneys to the Department of Education to pay for SAT or ACT registration fees for:
(1) Public school students in twelfth grade; and
(2) Public charter school students in the eleventh or twelfth grade,
who have not taken the SAT or ACT.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the State Public Charter School Commission, the OCC Legislative Priorities Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and one concerned individual.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Education.
Your Committee recognizes that the Department of Education currently covers the cost of all eleventh grade students to take a college admission test. However, your Committee believes that it is important to extend access to these tests to public charter school students and public school students who were unable to take the test in the eleventh grade.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the appropriation from $150,000 to an unspecified amount;
(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(3) Making technical nonsubstantive changes for 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 S.B. No. 2239, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2239, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair