STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1007
RE: S.B. No. 1515
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 S.B. No. 1515 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to expand out-of-school programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Specifically, this measure establishes the Hawaii three to six out-of-school program and corresponding special fund to support out-of-school programs, including programs offered by private providers after school hours, during weekends, and during school inter-sessions.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Education, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and one individual.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from one individual.
Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Budget and Finance and Department of Human Services.
Your Committee finds that funding the Hawaii three to six out-of-school program for all middle schools would cost an estimated $9,800,000. Funding the program for middle schools where Native Hawaiian students make up more than fifty percent of the student population would cost an estimated $1,400,000, and funding the program for middle schools where Native Hawaiian students make up more than twenty-five percent of the student population would cost an estimated $4,400,000.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying that the establishment of the Hawaii three to six out-of-school program shall not impose liability on the State, its employees, or its agents;
(2) Clarifying the sources from which the Department of Education may seek funding;
(3) Changing the amounts appropriated from unspecified amounts to $4,400,000 for each fiscal year of the 2019-2021 fiscal biennium; and
(4) Making technical nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
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 S.B. No. 1515, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1515, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair