STAND. COM. REP. NO. 301
RE: H.B. No. 1277
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Lower & Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 1277 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII PROMISE PROGRAM,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to increase access to higher education in Hawaii by expanding Hawaii Promise Program scholarships to include qualified students at a four-year campus of the University of Hawaii, not just students at a University of Hawaii community college, and make an appropriation to the program.
The University of Hawai‘i, Kamehameha Schools, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Education Alumni Association, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and a few concerned individuals supported this measure. The Department of Education submitted comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing its effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Lower & Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1277, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1277, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Lower & Higher Education,
JUSTIN H. WOODSON, Chair