STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1456
RE: H.B. No. 1070
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 1070, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to prohibit public schools from being required by the Department of Education to expend their own school funds to maintain any geographically disadvantageous land on or adjacent to its property.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Education.
Your Committee finds that certain public schools have geographical features, such as streams or rough terrain, on or adjacent to their property and have been required to expend their own school funds to maintain these features. Since all public schools do not have streams or rough terrain on or adjacent to their property, schools that do should not be unfairly disadvantaged. This measure ensures fairness in schools' financial resources, allowing for more resources to be better spent on actual education-related needs.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1070, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair