STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1332
RE: H.B. No. 1455
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 1455, H.D. 2, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the University of Hawaii Maui College's International Office for various positions and study abroad opportunities for University of Hawaii Maui College students.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the University of Hawai‘i System, University of Hawai‘i Maui College Student Government Council, O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, and one individual.
Your Committee finds that the University of Hawaii Maui College's International Office works continuously to connect students from Maui and abroad to develop meaningful relationships in an increasingly globalized world. Through study abroad programs, students are able to experience cultures and educational opportunities in countries like Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. This measure empowers students by providing more opportunities for them to gain global experiences, expand their network, and build lasting relationships beyond Hawaii.
Your Committee notes that concerns have been raised regarding certain travel, like the Achieving the Dream Conference, and requests the University of Hawaii Maui College to submit a report to your Committee regarding how travel can be more reasonably limited to provide funds for the study abroad programs.
Your Committee has amended this measure by making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1455, H.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1455, H.D. 2, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,
DONNA MERCADO KIM, Chair