THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

190

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

S.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO THE BUDGET OF THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


PART I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.

SECTION 2. DEFINITIONS. As used in this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:

"Means of financing" or "MOF" means the source from which funds are appropriated or authorized to be expended for the programs and projects specified in this Act. All appropriations are followed by letter symbols. These letter symbols, where used, shall mean the following:

A general funds

T trust funds

"Position ceiling" means the maximum number of permanent and temporary full-time equivalent positions authorized for a particular program during a specified period or periods, as denoted by an asterisk (*) for permanent full-time equivalent positions and a pound sign (#) for temporary full-time equivalent positions.

"Program ID" means the unique identifier for the specific program and consists of OHA, the abbreviation for the office of Hawaiian affairs, followed by the organization number for the program.

PART II. PROGRAM APPROPRIATIONS

SECTION 3. APPROPRIATIONS. The following sums, or so much thereof as may be sufficient to accomplish the purposes and programs designated herein, are appropriated or authorized from the means of financing specified to the office of Hawaiian affairs for the fiscal biennium beginning July 1, 2019, and ending June 30, 2021. The total expenditures and the number of positions in each fiscal year of the biennium shall not exceed the sums and the numbers indicated for each fiscal year, except as provided elsewhere in this Act, or as provided by general law.


 


PROGRAM APPROPRIATIONS

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS

ITEM

NO.

PROG.

ID.

PROGRAM

EXPENDING

AGENCY

FISCAL

YEAR

2019-2020

M

O

F

FISCAL

YEAR

2020-2021

M

O

F

 

Hawaiian Affairs

 

OHA150 - OFFICE OF THE TRUSTEES

OPERATING OHA

OHA

 

OHA160 - ADMINISTRATION

OPERATING OHA

OHA

OHA175 - BENEFICIARY ADVOCACY

OPERATING OHA

OHA


PART III. PROGRAM PROVISIONS

SECTION 4. Provided that the general fund appropriations in part II of this Act shall be expended by the office of Hawaiian affairs.

SECTION 5. Provided that of the funds appropriated for beneficiary advocacy (OHA175), the sum of $           in general funds and $           in trust funds for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sums for fiscal year 2020-2021 shall be expended to provide for social services, including referral services and case management, to at-risk office of Hawaiian affairs beneficiaries to immediately address unexpected crises; provided further that program activities shall be designed with an overall objective to provide financial assistance to improve stability during emergency situations; and provided further that notwithstanding section 10-17(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes, any funds expended for the purposes of this section shall be in accordance with chapter 103D or 103F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, or a competitive grants process, as appropriate.

SECTION 6. Provided that of the funds appropriated for beneficiary advocacy (OHA175), the sum of $           in general funds and $           in trust funds for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sums for fiscal year 2020-2021 shall be expended to provide for educational improvement programs for native Hawaiian students; provided further that program activities shall be designed to help native Hawaiian students succeed academically; and provided further that notwithstanding section 10-17(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes, any expenditures for the purposes of this section shall be in accordance with chapter 103D or 103F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, or a competitive grants process, as appropriate.

SECTION 7. Provided that of the funds appropriated for beneficiary advocacy (OHA175), the sum of $           in general funds and $           in trust funds for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sums for fiscal year 2020-2021 shall be expended to provide for legal services and legal representation to office of Hawaiian affairs beneficiaries for:

(1) The assertion and defense of quiet title actions;

(2) Assistance with ahupuaa and kuleana tenant rights, including rights of access and rights to water;

(3) Land title assistance, including review of title and genealogy;

(4) Preservation of traditional and customary practices;

(5) Protection of culturally significant places; and

(6) Preservation of native Hawaiian land trust entitlements;

provided further that notwithstanding section 10-17(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes, any funds expended for the purposes of this section shall be made in accordance with chapter 103D or 103F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, as appropriate.

SECTION 8. Provided that of the funds appropriated for beneficiary advocacy (OHA 175), the sum of $           in general funds and $           in trust funds for fiscal year 2019-2020 and the same sums for fiscal year 2020-2021 shall provide for housing improvement programs to assist native Hawaiians, including those that are homeless, at-risk of homelessness, in transitional housing, in unstable or unaffordable rentals, or in pursuit of homeownership, to increase their capacity to attain housing stability. Programs shall be designed with an overall objective to address barriers that hinder native Hawaiians from obtaining stable housing; provided that notwithstanding section 10-17(e), Hawaii Revised Statutes, any funds expended for the purposes of this section shall be in accordance with chapter 103D or 103F, Hawaii Revised Statutes, or a competitive grants process, as appropriate.

PART IV. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS AND EFFECTIVE DATE

SECTION 9. Provided that whenever necessary, the board of trustees of the office of Hawaiian affairs or the board's designee may transfer sufficient funds and positions between programs for operating purposes; provided further that these transfers shall be consistent with legislative intent; and provided further that the office of Hawaiian affairs shall submit a report to the legislature of all uses of this authority for the previous twelve month period from December 1 to November 30, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular sessions of 2020 and 2021.

SECTION 10. If any provision of this Act, or the application thereto to any person or circumstance, is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of the Act that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Act are severable.  If any portion of a specific appropriation is held to be invalid for any reason, the remaining portion shall be expended to fulfill the objective of that appropriation to the extent possible.

SECTION 11. In the event manifest clerical, typographical, or other mechanical errors are found in this Act, the board of trustees of the office of Hawaiian affairs is authorized to correct these errors.  All changes made pursuant to this section shall be reported to the legislature at its next session.

SECTION 12. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2019.



 

Report Title:

OHA Package; State Budget; Program Appropriations; Operating Costs; OHA150; OHA160; OHA175

 

Description:

Appropriates funds for Fiscal Biennium 2019-2021 for operations of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs divisions. Includes operating budgets for Office of Trustees OHA150; Administration OHA160; and Beneficiary Advocacy OHA175. (SD1)

 

 

 

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