STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2058
RE: H.B. No. 1274
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1274, 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 appropriate funds to the Department of Education for developing and implementing computer science professional development programs for teachers.
Prior to decision making on this measure, your Committee made available for public review a proposed Senate Draft 1 (Proposed Draft) of this measure, which amends the measure by replacing its contents with provisions that allow graduate student assistants employed by the University of Hawaii to collectively bargain.
Your Committee received testimony in support of the Proposed Draft from the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Hawaii State Teachers Association, LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, Pride at Work Hawaii, ILWU Local 142, Academic Labor United, Labor Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and six individuals.
Your Committee received testimony in opposition to the Proposed Draft from the University of Hawaii.
Your Committee received comments on the Proposed Draft from the Department of Budget and Finance.
Your Committee finds that the right to collectively bargain would allow University of Hawaii graduate student assistants to negotiate grievance procedures with access to arbitration; negotiate their salary, wages, and benefits; and protect themselves against arbitrary and capricious employment behavior.
Your Committee has amended this measure by adopting the Proposed Draft, which takes effect on January 1, 2051.
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. 1274, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1274, H.D. 1, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair