HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. It is in the State's best interest to support critical government functions with the most talented and qualified staff. The legislature finds that there continues to be persistent vacancies in various state departments and agencies without a clear root cause as to the breakdown in the recruitment and hiring process to fill these vacant positions.
The legislature also finds that the department of human resources development currently lacks a key type of employee position to serve as a liaison between the department of human resources development and state departments and agencies to facilitate and expedite the hiring and recruitment for civil service positions within the department of human resources development's jurisdiction.
The purpose of this part is to establish an administrative assistant position within the department of human resources development.
SECTION 2. Section 26-5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§26-5 Department of human resources development. (a) The department of human resources development shall be headed by a single executive to be known as the director of human resources development.
(b) The department shall administer the state human resources program, including human resources development and training, and central human resources services such as recruitment, examination, classification, pay administration, and payment of any claims as required under chapter 386.
(c) There shall be within the department of human resources development a board to be known as the merit appeals board which shall sit as an appellate body on matters set forth in section 76-14. The board shall consist of three members. All members shall have knowledge of public employment laws and prior experience with public employment; provided that at least one member's experience was with an employee organization as a member or an employee of that organization and at least one member's experience was with management. The governor shall consider the names of qualified individuals submitted by employee organizations or management before appointing the members of the board. The chairperson of the board shall be designated as specified in the rules of the board.
(d) The provisions of section 26-34 shall not apply and the board members shall be appointed by the governor for four-year terms and may be re-appointed without limitation; provided that the initial appointments shall be for staggered terms, as determined by the governor. The governor shall fill any vacancy by appointing a new member for a four-year term. The governor may remove for cause any member after due notice and public hearing.
(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed as
in any manner affecting the civil service laws applicable to the several counties,
the judiciary, or the
(f) There is established within the department of human resources development an administrative assistant position exempt from chapter 76. The administrative assistant shall be appointed by and report to the director of human resources development.
The administrative assistant shall:
(1) Facilitate and expedite the hiring and recruitment for civil service positions under the jurisdiction of the department of human resources development; and
(2) Have the authority to reclassify and abolish vacant positions within state departments and agencies that are under the jurisdiction of the department of human resources development, subject to the following conditions:
(A) Prior to reclassifying or abolishing any vacant position as provided under this paragraph, the administrative assistant shall submit a report to the legislature no later than twenty days prior to each regular session. The report shall include a list of vacant positions for reclassification or abolishment, identify the agency each position is attached to, provide reasons for reclassifying or abolishing the position, and state the duration the position has been vacant; and
(B) The administrative assistant may reclassify or abolish any vacant position as provided under this paragraph no earlier than sixty days after the report has been submitted to the legislature as provided under this paragraph.
(f)] (g) There is established in the state treasury
the human resources development special fund, to be administered by the
department of human resources development, which shall consist of: all revenues received by the department as a result
of entrepreneurial efforts in securing new sources of funds not provided for in
the department's budget for services rendered by the department, all revenues
received by the department from the charging of participant fees for in-service
training that are in addition to general fund appropriations in the
department's budget for developing and operating in-service training programs,
appropriations made by the legislature to the fund, and moneys directed to the
department from any other source, including gifts, grants, and awards.
Moneys in the human resources development special fund shall be used for the following purposes:
(1) Supporting the department's entrepreneurial initiatives, training activities, and programs;
(2) Administrative costs of the department's entrepreneurial initiatives, training activities, and programs; and
(3) Any other purpose deemed necessary by the director for the purpose of facilitating the department's entrepreneurial initiatives, training activities, and programs.
(g)] (h) The department of human resources development
shall submit, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of each regular
session [ of the legislature[ ]] beginning with the regular
session of 2007, a report of the number of exempt positions that were converted
to civil service positions during the previous twelve months. The report shall include but not be limited
(1) When the position was established;
(2) The purpose of the position;
(3) Rationale for the conversion; and
(4) How many exempt positions remain in each state department after the conversions."
SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $480,436 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the sum of $472,436 or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2020-2021 for the following expenditures of HRD102 – workforce attraction, selection, classification, and effectiveness:
(1) $147,464 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and $139,464 for fiscal year 2020-2021, including one permanent full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) position to support the learning management system upgrade;
(2) $132,972 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and $132,972 for fiscal year 2020-2021 for one permanent full-time equivalent (1.0 FTE) administrative assistant position; and
(3) $200,000 for fiscal year 2019-2020 and $200,000 for fiscal year 2020-2021 for two permanent full-time equivalent (2.0 FTE) senior recruiter positions.
The sums appropriated shall be expended by the department of human resources development for the purposes of this part.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.
DHRD; Operations; Employee Recruitment; Administrative Assistant Position; Appropriations
Establishes the Administrative Assistant position exempt from Chapter 76, HRS, within the Department of Human Resources Development. Appropriates funds to DHRD for HRD102 expenditures – workforce attraction, selection, classification, and effectiveness. (HB867 CD1)
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