HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

862

THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021

H.D. 2

STATE OF HAWAII

S.D. 1

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO STATE GOVERNMENT.

 

 

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

 


PART I

SECTION 1. Chapter 304A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new subpart to part VII to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"SUBPart    . Pacific international space center for exploration systems.

304A-    Definitions. As used in this subpart:

"Board" means the board of directors of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems.

"Space center" means the Pacific international space center for exploration systems.

304A-    Pacific international space center for exploration systems. (a) There is established the Pacific international space center for exploration systems, to be placed within the University of Hawaii at Hilo Imiloa for administrative purposes only.

(b) The space center may employ, subject to chapter 76, technical experts and officers, agents, and employees, permanent and temporary, as required. The space center may also employ officers, agents, and employees, prescribe their duties and qualifications, and fix their salaries, without regard to chapter 76, when in the determination of the board, the services to be performed by those employed are unique and essential to the execution of the functions of the space center.

304A-    Pacific international space center for exploration systems; board of directors; establishment; duties. (a) There is established the board of directors of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems, consisting of nine members, to include:

(1) The director of business, economic development, and tourism, or the director's designated representative;

(2) The president of the University of Hawaii, or the president's designated representative;

(3) The chancellor of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, or the chancellor's designated representative; and

(4) Six members from government, industry, and academia, both national and international, with appropriate professional interests and backgrounds;

provided that of the members appointed under paragraph (4), two members shall be appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the president of the senate, two members shall be appointed from a list of nominees submitted by the speaker of the house of representatives, and two members shall be appointed by the governor; provided further that the members appointed pursuant to paragraph (4) shall be subject to section 26-34.

The board shall select a chairperson from among its members.

(b) Five members shall constitute a quorum, whose affirmative vote shall be necessary for all actions by the space center. The members of the board shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary expenses, including travel expenses, incurred in the performance of their duties.

(c) The board shall appoint an executive director to the space center who shall be exempt from chapter 76. The board shall set the salary and duties of the executive director.

304A-    General powers. (a) The board may:

(1) Sue and be sued;

(2) Adopt a seal and alter the seal at pleasure;

(3) Make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers; and

(4) Adopt bylaws and rules, which shall be exempt from chapter 91, for its organization and internal management, and to carry into effect its purposes, powers, and programs.

(b) In addition to other powers conferred upon it, the board may do all things necessary and convenient to carry out the powers expressly provided in this subpart.

304A-    Powers and duties of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems executive director. In addition to any other powers and duties provided in this subpart, the executive director shall:

(1) Oversee, supervise, and direct the planning, evaluation, and coordination of space-related activities, and identify and promote opportunities for expanding and diversifying aerospace-related industries in the State pertaining to the space center;

(2) Establish partnerships with corporate, government, and University of Hawaii entities that can promote and enhance the State's aerospace industry; and where possible, help to generate additional revenue for the University of Hawaii and create classes and other educational opportunities for students;

(3) Work with local universities and community colleges to facilitate internships for students with the space center and associated companies;

(4) Continue to work with the University of Hawaii on course development, teaching, workforce development, and outreach;

(5) Promote innovative educational and workforce development programs that will enhance public awareness of the space center and enable residents to pursue employment in Hawaii's aerospace industry;

(6) Act as the public representative of the space center;

(7) Monitor national and global trends in the aerospace industry and promote global awareness of the space center;

(8) Pursue projects in the aerospace sector that can be leveraged for improvements to the State's broadband and alternative energy capabilities;

(9) Serve as a clearinghouse for information on the space center and associated activities;

(10) Target existing businesses that can provide products or services of importance to the space center and its projects to support the expansion of these businesses in Hawaii;

(11) Increase contact and maintain liaison with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, related aerospace organizations, and other federal agencies and facilities;

(12) Maintain and expand liaisons with local business and citizen groups;

(13) Adopt, amend, and repeal rules pursuant to chapter 91 necessary to carry out this subpart;

(14) Contract for services as may be necessary for the purposes of this subpart;

(15) Oversee and manage the unmanned aircraft systems program; and

(16) Do all other things necessary or proper to carry out the purposes of this subpart.

304A-    Pacific international space center for exploration systems special fund. (a) There is established in the state treasury the Pacific international space center for exploration systems special fund, into which shall be deposited:

(1) Revenues, moneys, and fees from services, rentals, publications, royalties, and patents generated under this subpart;

(2) Gifts, donations, and grants received by the Pacific international space center for exploration systems; and

(3) Proceeds from revenue bonds issued by the director of finance.

(b) Moneys in the fund shall be used by the Pacific international space center for exploration systems for the operation, maintenance, and management of its projects, facilities, services, and publications and for the design and construction of new facilities and the renovation of or addition to existing facilities.

(c) All moneys remaining in the Pacific international space center for exploration systems special fund at the close of each fiscal year that are deemed, by the director of finance, to be in excess of the moneys necessary to carry out the purposes of this section in the next fiscal year shall lapse to the credit of the state general fund."

SECTION 2. Part V of chapter 201, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is repealed.

PART II

SECTION 3. (a) The Challenger center Hawaii program shall be transferred from the office of aerospace development and placed within the department of education for administrative purposes.

(b) All appropriations, records, equipment, machines, files, supplies, contracts, books, papers, documents, maps, and other personal property heretofore made, used, acquired, or held by the office of aerospace development for the Challenger center Hawaii program shall be transferred to the department of education with the functions to which they relate.

(c) All rights, powers, functions, and duties of the office of aerospace development as they relate to the Challenger center Hawaii program are transferred to the department of education.

All employees who occupy civil service positions and whose functions are transferred to the department of education by this Act shall retain their civil service status, whether permanent or temporary.  Employees shall be transferred without loss of salary, seniority (except as prescribed by applicable collective bargaining agreements), retention points, prior service credit, any vacation and sick leave credits previously earned, and other rights, benefits, and privileges, in accordance with state personnel laws and this Act; provided that the employees possess the minimum qualifications and public employment requirements for the class or position to which transferred or appointed, as applicable; provided further that subsequent changes in status may be made pursuant to applicable civil service and compensation laws.

Any employee who, prior to this Act, is exempt from civil service and is transferred as a consequence of this Act may retain the employee's exempt status, but shall not be appointed to a civil service position as a consequence of this Act.  An exempt employee who is transferred by this Act shall not suffer any loss of prior service credit, vacation or sick leave credits previously earned, or other employee benefits or privileges as a consequence of this Act; provided that the employees possess legal and public employment requirements for the position to which transferred or appointed, as applicable; provided further that subsequent changes in status may be made pursuant to applicable employment and compensation laws.  The superintendent of the department of education may prescribe the duties and qualifications of these employees and fix their salaries without regard to chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes.

SECTION 4. On July 1, 2021, the budget of the office of aerospace development that is specifically allocated to the Challenger center Hawaii program shall be transferred to the department of education.

PART III

SECTION 5. The Pacific international space center for exploration systems special fund established in section 201‑80.2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, and repealed by section 2 of this Act is abolished and any remaining unencumbered balance shall lapse to the Pacific international space center for exploration systems special fund established under section 1 of this Act.

SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.



 

Report Title:

Office of Aerospace Development; Aerospace Advisory Committee; Hawaii Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site Advisory Board; Repeal; University of Hawaii at Hilo Imiloa

 

Description:

Abolishes the office of aerospace development, aerospace advisory committee, and the Hawaii unmanned aerial systems test site advisory board. Transfers administration of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems from the department of business, economic development, and tourism to the University of Hawaii at Hilo Imiloa. Transfers the administration, along with all rights, powers, functions, and duties of the Challenger center Hawaii program from the office of aerospace development to the department of education. Transfers all appropriations for the Challenger center Hawaii program from the office of aerospace development to the department of education. Specifies that the executive director of the Pacific international space center for exploration systems shall oversee and manage the unmanned aircraft systems program. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

 

 

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