STAND. COM. REP. NO. 998
RE: S.B. No. 1419
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 1419, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the University of Hawaii to include all long-term leases the University enters into with the intent to purchase as part of its capital improvement projects budget request.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i. Your Committees received comments on this measure from the University of Hawai‘i System.
Your Committees find that while the University of Hawaii is autonomous in matters related to entering into long-term leases with the intent to purchase, the funds expended by the University and the accompanying contractual obligations associated with these leases are matters of statewide concern. This measure provides greater transparency and oversight for these long-term leases by ensuring that the public and Legislature are more aware of how public funds are being spent.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1419, S.D. 1, and recommend that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair
KARL RHOADS, Chair