HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

574

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO DISASTER RELIEF.

 

 

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

 


SECTION 1. Section 37-41.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"37-41.5 Department of education; carryover of funds. (a) The department of education may retain up to five per cent of any appropriation, except for appropriations to fund financing agreements entered into in accordance with chapter 37D, at the close of a fiscal year and the funds retained shall not lapse until June 30 of the first fiscal year of the next fiscal biennium. The department of education shall submit:

(1) A report to the director of finance ninety days after the close of each fiscal year, which shall be prepared in the form prescribed by the director of finance and shall identify the total amount of funds that will carry over to the next fiscal year; and

(2) A copy of this report to the legislature, as well as a report identifying the carryover of funds on a school-by-school basis, at least twenty days prior to the convening of the next regular session of the legislature.

(b) Appropriations allocated to the schools shall remain within the budget of the school to which they were originally allocated; provided that the retention of an appropriation shall not be used by the department as a basis for reducing a school's future budget requirements.

[(c) In addition to the five per cent retainage under subsection (a), the department of education may retain any appropriation received pursuant to section 127A-16(a) or as reimbursement for disaster relief pursuant to section 127A-16(d) at the close of the fiscal year in which the appropriation or reimbursement was received and the funds retained shall not lapse until June 30 of the first fiscal year of the next fiscal biennium. Such funds shall be considered as separate and distinct from the funds the department of education is authorized to retain pursuant to subsection (a).]"

SECTION 2. Section 127A-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

"127A-16 Major disaster special fund. (a) There is established within the state treasury the major disaster special fund, which shall consist of:

(1) Moneys appropriated to the fund by the legislature;

(2) Federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief; and

(3) All interest attributable to investment of money deposited in the fund.

Moneys in the major disaster special fund shall be used for purposes identified in subsection (b) and shall lapse to the general fund if not expended within five years after receipt.

[(a)] (b) The administrator shall submit requests to the legislature to appropriate from the general revenues of the State sufficient moneys as may be necessary for expenditure by or under the direction of the governor for immediate relief in response to an emergency or disaster in any part of the State; provided that:

(1) The governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency;

(2) The governor [may] shall not expend in excess of $10,000,000 for immediate relief as a result of any single emergency or disaster; and

(3) In addition to the funds in paragraph (2), an additional $5,000,000 may be made available solely for the purpose of matching federal disaster relief funds when these funds become available to the State following a presidential disaster declaration.

In expending the moneys, the governor may allot any portion thereof to any agency, office, or employee of the State or a county for the most efficient relief for the population. Notwithstanding this subsection, the only exception to paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) is that the administrator may use up to $250,000 per year to support the emergency management reserve corps.

[(b)] (c) No later than [sixty] thirty days after any allotment by the governor or the expenditure of any fund moneys, the administrator shall report to the legislature on the purpose of the allotment or expenditure.

[(c) Except as provided in subsection (d), federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief shall be deemed to be trust moneys and may be deposited into a trust account with and under the control of the Hawaii emergency management agency. These moneys and any interest earned thereon shall be used for the purpose identified in subsection (a) and shall not lapse to the general fund.

(d) In cases in which the department of education expends the funds appropriated to the department for purposes deemed to be reimbursable by federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief, the federal reimbursement moneys shall not lapse to the general fund and shall be credited directly to the department of education without regard to whether the original appropriation has lapsed. Such funds shall carry over in accordance with section 37-41.5(c).

(e) Any unspent funding under $2,500,000 shall be rolled over to the next fiscal year to support future emergencies and disasters.]

(d) The administrator shall submit an annual report to the legislature no later than September 1 of each year on the following:

(1) The amount of federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief that the State or any county could have applied for during the prior fiscal year, broken down by department, agency, and county;

(2) The amount of federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief that the State or any county applied for and the amount received during the prior fiscal year, broken down by department, agency, and county;

(3) The justification for any difference in the amount of federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief that the State or county was eligible for and the amount the State or county applied for;

(4) The average amount of time between the submittal of an application for a Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement and receipt of the funds; and

(5) The number of disaster accounts opened for the prior fiscal year."

SECTION 3. If any part of this Act is found to be in conflict with federal requirements that are a prescribed condition for the allocation of federal funds to the State, the conflicting part of this Act is inoperative solely to the extent of the conflict and with respect to the agencies directly affected, and this finding does not affect the operation of the remainder of this Act in its application to the agencies concerned. The rules under this Act shall meet federal requirements that are a necessary condition to the receipt of federal funds by the State.

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, 2050.


 


 

Report Title:

Major Disaster Fund; Special Fund Federal Reimbursements; Reports

 

Description:

Repeals language authorizing the DOE to retain federal disaster relief funds. Amends the major disaster fund to be a special fund. Requires federal disaster relief funds to lapse to the general fund if not expended within five years. Shortens the time for reporting the purpose of any allotment or expenditure of fund moneys. Repeals language requiring unspent funds to be rolled over. Requires annual reports to the legislature on federal disaster relief funds. Effective 7/1/2050. (HD1)

 

 

 

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