THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to the school facilities agency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The purpose of this Act is to clearly describe the powers and responsibilities of the school facilities agency and its executive director, school facilities board, and administrative staff by amending some of the provisions of Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2020, which established the school facilities agency.
SECTION 2. Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2020, is amended by amending section 1 to read as follows:
"SECTION 1. Chapter 302A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new subpart to part VI to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:
" . School Facilities Agency
As used in this subpart, [
unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
"Agency" means the school facilities agency established by section 302A‑B.
"Project" means the development and construction of new school facilities, including infrastructure; access and other support for new school facilities; major renovation of school facilities; public-private partnership projects; capital improvement projects funded by the legislature for completion by the agency; acquisition of real property, personal, or mixed property for new school facilities; and planning, development and leasing of public school land or facilities to private partners pursuant to section 302A-1151.1.
"Facilities" include school classrooms, auditoriums, libraries, office and maintenance buildings, gymnasiums, and athletic fields.
§302A-B School facilities agency; established. (a) There is established the school facilities agency, which shall be a body corporate and a public instrumentality of the State, for the purpose of implementing this subpart. The agency shall be placed within the department for administrative purposes only.
(b) To enable
the agency to perform its duties, the agency shall be headed by an executive director
exempt from chapters 76 and 89. The governor
shall appoint [
an] the executive director [ to enable the agency
to perform its duties. The appointment shall be: (1) Exempt from chapter 76 and the term limitation in
section 26-34; (2) Subject to the advice and
consent of the senate; and (3) For a term of
six years. If a vacancy occurs during a term, the governor shall appoint an executive director for
a six-year term that shall begin on the first date of employment of the new
executive director.] in the manner prescribed in
section 26-34, provided that neither the number of terms, nor the number of
consecutive years served specified in section 26-34 shall apply to the
executive director, and the executive director's term shall be for six years,
which commences the day the senate advises and consents to the executive
director's nomination. If a vacancy
occurs during a term, the governor shall appoint an interim executive director
whose appointment shall expire if the senate does not advise and consent to the
nomination of an executive director at the next regular session of the
legislature after the vacancy occurs.
The salary of the executive director shall be set by the school
facilities agency board and the executive director shall be included in any
benefit program generally applicable to the officers and employees of the
(c) The executive director shall:
(1) Serve as the agency's
chief executive officer[
;] and chief procurement officer;
(2) Be responsible for carrying out the purposes of the agency; and
(3) Serve on a full-time basis.
§302A-C Powers; generally. (a) Except
as otherwise limited by this chapter, the agency shall be responsible
for all public school development, planning, and construction related to
capital improvement projects assigned by the legislature, governor, or board of
The agency shall act as
its procurement officer.]
(b) Any award of a contract for construction shall be subject to the requirements of section 103D-302; provided that the agency shall give preference to construction bids submitted by a contractor or subcontractor domiciled within the State. Notwithstanding subsection (a), professional services contracts for licensees under chapter 464 shall be procured in accordance with section 103D-304.
(c) Except as otherwise limited by this chapter, the agency may also:
(1) Have a seal and alter the same at its pleasure;
(2) Subject to subsection (b), make and execute contracts and all other instruments necessary or convenient for the exercise of its powers and functions under this subpart;
(3) Make and alter bylaws for its organization and internal management;
(4) Adopt rules pursuant
to chapter 91 with respect to its projects, operations, properties, and facilities[
including qualifications for persons and entities wishing to enter into a public-private
partnership with the agency, as permitted in paragraph (7);
reacquire,] or contract to acquire [ or reacquire] by grant or
purchase real, personal, or mixed property or any interest therein; to [ own,
hold, hold title,] clear, improve, and rehabilitate and to sell, assign,
exchange, transfer, convey, lease, or otherwise dispose of or encumber the
Acquire or reacquire
by condemnation real, personal, or mixed property or any interest therein for
public facilities, including but not limited to streets, sidewalks, parks,
schools, and other public improvements;] Condemn private property for public
use pursuant to chapter 101;
By itself, or
in partnership] Enter into partnerships with qualified persons, including
public-private partnerships[ ,] as defined in the agency's rules, to
acquire, [ reacquire,] construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, improve,
alter, or provide for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, or alteration
of any project; [ own, hold, hold title,] and sell, assign,
transfer, convey, exchange, lease, or otherwise dispose of or encumber any
project[ ,]; and in the case of the sale of any project, accept a
purchase money mortgage in connection therewith; [ and repurchase or
otherwise acquire any project that the agency has theretofore sold or otherwise
conveyed, transferred, or disposed of;]
(8) Arrange or
contract for the planning, replanning, opening, grading, or closing of streets,
roads, roadways, alleys, or other places, or for the furnishing of facilities
or for the acquisition of property or property rights or for the furnishing of
property or services in connection with a project; (9)] (8) Grant options to purchase any project
or to renew any lease entered into by it in connection with any of its
projects, on terms and conditions as it deems advisable;
(10)] (9) Prepare or cause to be prepared plans,
specifications, designs, and estimates of costs for the construction,
reconstruction, rehabilitation, improvement, or alteration of any project, and
from time to time to modify the plans, specifications, designs, or estimates;
(11) Provide advisory,
consultative, training, and educational services, technical assistance, and
advice to any person, partnership, or corporation, either public or private, to
carry out the purposes of this subpart, and engage the services of consultants
on a contractual basis for rendering professional and technical assistance and
(12)] (10) Procure insurance against any loss in
connection with its property and other assets and operations in amounts and
from insurers as it deems desirable;
(13)] (11) [ Contract] Apply for and
accept gifts or grants in any form from any public agency or from any other
source, including gifts or grants from private individuals and private entities;
(14)] (12) Issue bonds for
the purpose of financing any project; and
(15)] (13) Do any and all things necessary to
carry out its purposes and exercise the powers given and granted in this subpart.
(d) P he agency shall consult with the Hawaii state public any construction or renovation projects for school lands that are adjacent to or have Hawaii state public library facilities on them.
§302A-D School facilities board. (a) There is established within the department for administrative purposes only a school facilities board.
(b) The school facilities board shall consist of five
voting members. The [
voting] members shall:
(1) Be appointed by the governor pursuant to section 26‑34;
an interest in public school facilities; [
(3) Include one member [
or previously engaged in the construction industry[ .] for at least
five years; and
(4) Serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses, including travel expenses, necessary for the performance of their duties.
The school facilities board shall [
advise the agency on policies
relating to public school development, planning, and construction within the
jurisdiction of the agency. The board
shall] be responsible for:
(1) Advising the agency on [
strategies to complete construction projects of the agency;] any matter related
to the development and capital improvement projects the agency is authorized and
responsible for initiating and completing under this chapter, including preferred
strategies to complete those projects; and
(2) Evaluating the performance of the agency's executive director on an annual basis.
(d) The school facilities board shall select a chairperson by a majority vote of its voting members. A majority of the voting members serving on the board shall constitute a quorum to conduct business. The concurrence of the majority of the voting members serving on the board shall be necessary to make any action of the board valid.
The school facilities board may form workgroups and subcommittees[
including with] that include individuals who are not school
facilities board members, to:
(1) Obtain resource information from construction and education professionals and other individuals as deemed necessary by the school facilities board;
(2) Make recommendations to the school facilities board; and
(3) Perform other functions as deemed necessary by the school facilities board to fulfill its duties and responsibilities.
Two or more school facilities board members, but less than a quorum, may discuss matters relating to official school facilities board business in the course of their participation in a workgroup or subcommittee, and these discussions shall be a permitted interaction as provided for in section 92-2.5; provided that all other provisions of chapter 92 shall apply.
(f) The school facilities board may testify
before the legislature on any matter related to its duties and
(f) Members of the school
facilities board shall serve without compensation but may be reimbursed for
expenses, including travel expenses, necessary for the performance of their
(h) No member of the school facilities board
shall have a
§302A-E Use of public lands; acquisition of state
lands. (a) If state lands, other than public lands,
under the control and management of another department are required by the school
facilities agency for [
its] purposes[ ,] of this chapter,
the department or agency having [ the] control and management of [ those]
the required lands, upon a request by the school facilities
agency and with the approval of the governor, [ may] shall convey title
or lease those lands to the school facilities agency upon terms and
conditions as may be agreed to by the parties; provided that [ any lands for
which] at the request of the school facilities agency, the
department [ currently] shall transfer any land to which it holds
title [ that are agreed to be transferred shall be transferred] to the
agency [ no later than January 1, 2021].
(b) If public land set-aside to a department or agency pursuant to section 171-11, are required by the school facilities agency for purposes of this chapter, the school facilities agency shall submit a request to the governor to withdraw the set-aside and to re-set-aside the land to the agency pursuant to section 171-11.
(c) Notwithstanding the foregoing and section
302A-C(c), no [
public] lands shall be conveyed or leased to the
agency as provided in this section if the conveyance or lease would impair any
covenant between the State or any county or any department or board thereof and
the holders of bonds issued by the State or county, department, or board.
(c)] (d) [ If state] When public lands [ held
by] transferred to the agency are no longer needed for school facilities
purposes, title to those lands shall be [ returned to the public trust
administered by] transferred to the department of land and natural
resources[ .] and the lands shall be reclassified as public lands.
§302A-F School facilities special fund. (a) There is established within the state treasury a special fund to be known as the school facilities special fund into which shall be deposited:
(1) All moneys the agency
receives, including funds appropriated or transferred by the
legislature for [
any public school development, planning, or construction related
to a capital improvement project;] deposit into the special fund;
Funds collected pursuant to section 302A-1608(a); provided that these
moneys shall be deposited into the appropriate subaccount established pursuant to
(3) Any [
moneys received by the department in the form of a grant, gift, endowment, or
donation for [ any public school] the development, planning, or
construction [ related to a capital improvement project, including funds
transferred to the special fund by the agency pursuant to subsection (e);] of
new school facilities or major renovations of school facilities; and
allocated to the special fund by the governor or board for a project;] All
other moneys received by the agency and not deposited into a trust funds, including
unrestricted grants, gifts and donations; proceeds from sales of property, lease,
rent, payments; and receipts, interest, refunds, and other payment of receipts.
(5) Any other
appropriation by the legislature to the special fund; and (6) Income and capital
gains earned by the special fund.]
The agency shall establish and appropriately name subaccounts within the
school facilities special fund
to accept deposits of revenues from school impact fees that are required to be
expended within a specific school impact district pursuant to 302A-1608(a) or
to another] for a [ specific] specified
purpose pursuant to part V, subpart B of this chapter.
(c) The school facilities special fund shall be administered by the agency and used to fund any school development, planning, or construction project within the jurisdiction of the agency.
(d) Subject to chapter 84, but any law to the contrary notwithstanding, the governor may authorize expenditures from the school facilities special fund of any donation, grant, bequest, and devise of money from any private institution, person, firm, or corporation for the purposes of funding the salaries of the executive director and any officers, agents, and employees of the agency. If all or any portion of any salary of the executive director or any officer, agent, or employee of the agency is funded pursuant to this subsection, the agency shall submit a report to the legislature detailing the use of any funds authorized under this subsection no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the next regular session following the expenditure authorization.
(e) The agency may transfer any other
unencumbered or unrestricted moneys received in the form of grants and donations
for school development, planning, or construction to the school facilities
special fund. (f)] (e) The agency shall submit to the director of
finance a report that shall be prepared in the form prescribed by the director
of finance and shall identify the total amount of funds in the school
facilities special fund that will carry over to the next fiscal year. The agency shall submit the report to the
director of finance within ninety days of the close of each fiscal year and a
copy of the information contained in the report to the director of finance
shall be included within the agency's report to the legislature pursuant to
(g)] (f) Within the school facilities special fund
there shall be established accounts and subaccounts as may be necessary from
time to time in order to ensure compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, as
§302A-G Annual report. At least twenty days prior to the convening of each regular session, the agency shall submit to the governor, board of education, and legislature, a complete and detailed report of its activities during the prior fiscal year.""
SECTION 3. Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2020, is amended by amending section 10 to read as follows:
10. The school facilities agency shall
collaborate with the department of education and submit a report to the
legislature, no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular
session of [
2021,] 2022, identifying
positions of the department of education that should be transferred to the
school facilities agency established by section 1 of this Act, including
positions responsible for public school development, planning, and construction
related to capital improvement projects, along with proposed legislation to further
implement the transfer of positions and related records and equipment to
effectuate the purpose of this Act."
SECTION 4. Section 76-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) The civil service to which this chapter applies shall comprise all positions in the State now existing or hereafter established and embrace all personal services performed for the State, except the following:
(1) Commissioned and enlisted personnel of the Hawaii National Guard as such, and positions in the Hawaii National Guard that are required by state or federal laws or regulations or orders of the National Guard to be filled from those commissioned or enlisted personnel;
(2) Positions filled by persons employed by contract where the director of human resources development has certified that the service is special or unique or is essential to the public interest and that, because of circumstances surrounding its fulfillment, personnel to perform the service cannot be obtained through normal civil service recruitment procedures. Any such contract may be for any period not exceeding one year;
(3) Positions that must be filled without delay to comply with a court order or decree if the director determines that recruitment through normal recruitment civil service procedures would result in delay or noncompliance, such as the Felix-Cayetano consent decree;
(4) Positions filled by the legislature or by either house or any committee thereof;
(5) Employees in the office of the governor and office of the lieutenant governor, and household employees at Washington Place;
(6) Positions filled by popular vote;
(7) Department heads, officers, and members of any board, commission, or other state agency whose appointments are made by the governor or are required by law to be confirmed by the senate;
(8) Judges, referees, receivers, masters, jurors, notaries public, land court examiners, court commissioners, and attorneys appointed by a state court for a special temporary service;
(9) One bailiff for the chief justice of the supreme court who shall have the powers and duties of a court officer and bailiff under section 606-14; one secretary or clerk for each justice of the supreme court, each judge of the intermediate appellate court, and each judge of the circuit court; one secretary for the judicial council; one deputy administrative director of the courts; three law clerks for the chief justice of the supreme court, two law clerks for each associate justice of the supreme court and each judge of the intermediate appellate court, one law clerk for each judge of the circuit court, two additional law clerks for the civil administrative judge of the circuit court of the first circuit, two additional law clerks for the criminal administrative judge of the circuit court of the first circuit, one additional law clerk for the senior judge of the family court of the first circuit, two additional law clerks for the civil motions judge of the circuit court of the first circuit, two additional law clerks for the criminal motions judge of the circuit court of the first circuit, and two law clerks for the administrative judge of the district court of the first circuit; and one private secretary for the administrative director of the courts, the deputy administrative director of the courts, each department head, each deputy or first assistant, and each additional deputy, or assistant deputy, or assistant defined in paragraph (16);
(10) First deputy and deputy attorneys general, the administrative services manager of the department of the attorney general, one secretary for the administrative services manager, an administrator and any support staff for the criminal and juvenile justice resources coordination functions, and law clerks;
(11) (A) Teachers, principals, vice-principals, complex area superintendents, deputy and assistant superintendents, other certificated personnel, not more than twenty noncertificated administrative, professional, and technical personnel not engaged in instructional work;
(B) Effective July 1, 2003, teaching assistants, educational assistants, bilingual/bicultural school-home assistants, school psychologists, psychological examiners, speech pathologists, athletic health care trainers, alternative school work study assistants, alternative school educational/supportive services specialists, alternative school project coordinators, and communications aides in the department of education;
(C) The special assistant to the state librarian and one secretary for the special assistant to the state librarian; and
(D) Members of the faculty of the University of Hawaii, including research workers, extension agents, personnel engaged in instructional work, and administrative, professional, and technical personnel of the university;
(12) Employees engaged in special, research, or demonstration projects approved by the governor;
(13) (A) Positions filled by inmates, patients of state institutions, persons with severe physical or mental disabilities participating in the work experience training programs;
(B) Positions filled with students in accordance with guidelines for established state employment programs; and
(C) Positions that provide work experience training or temporary public service employment that are filled by persons entering the workforce or persons transitioning into other careers under programs such as the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, as amended, or the Senior Community Service Employment Program of the Employment and Training Administration of the United States Department of Labor, or under other similar state programs;
(14) A custodian or guide at Iolani Palace, the Royal Mausoleum, and Hulihee Palace;
(15) Positions filled by persons employed on a fee, contract, or piecework basis, who may lawfully perform their duties concurrently with their private business or profession or other private employment and whose duties require only a portion of their time, if it is impracticable to ascertain or anticipate the portion of time to be devoted to the service of the State;
(16) Positions of first deputies or first assistants of each department head appointed under or in the manner provided in section 6, article V, of the Hawaii State Constitution; three additional deputies or assistants either in charge of the highways, harbors, and airports divisions or other functions within the department of transportation as may be assigned by the director of transportation, with the approval of the governor; four additional deputies in the department of health, each in charge of one of the following: behavioral health, environmental health, hospitals, and health resources administration, including other functions within the department as may be assigned by the director of health, with the approval of the governor; an administrative assistant to the state librarian; and an administrative assistant to the superintendent of education;
(17) Positions specifically exempted from this part by any other law; provided that:
(A) Any exemption created after July 1, 2014, shall expire three years after its enactment unless affirmatively extended by an act of the legislature; and
(B) All of the positions defined by paragraph (9) shall be included in the position classification plan;
(18) Positions in the state foster grandparent program and positions for temporary employment of senior citizens in occupations in which there is a severe personnel shortage or in special projects;
(19) Household employees at the official residence of the president of the University of Hawaii;
(20) Employees in the department of education engaged in the supervision of students during meal periods in the distribution, collection, and counting of meal tickets, and in the cleaning of classrooms after school hours on a less than half-time basis;
(21) Employees hired under the tenant hire program of the Hawaii public housing authority; provided that not more than twenty-six per cent of the authority's workforce in any housing project maintained or operated by the authority shall be hired under the tenant hire program;
(22) Positions of the federally funded expanded food and nutrition program of the University of Hawaii that require the hiring of nutrition program assistants who live in the areas they serve;
(23) Positions filled by persons with severe disabilities who are certified by the state vocational rehabilitation office that they are able to perform safely the duties of the positions;
(24) The sheriff;
(25) A gender and other fairness coordinator hired by the judiciary;
(26) Positions in the Hawaii National Guard youth and adult education programs;
(27) In the state energy office in the department of business, economic development, and tourism, all energy program managers, energy program specialists, energy program assistants, and energy analysts;
(28) Administrative appeals hearing officers in the department of human services;
(29) In the Med-QUEST division of the department of human services, the division administrator, finance officer, health care services branch administrator, medical director, and clinical standards administrator;
(30) In the director's
office of the department of human services, the enterprise officer, information
security and privacy compliance officer, security and privacy compliance
engineer, and security and privacy compliance analyst; [
Alzheimer's disease and related dementia services coordinator in the executive
office on aging[ .]; and
(32) The positions of the executive director and the full time staff of the school facilities agency.
The director shall determine the applicability of this section to specific positions.
Nothing in this section shall be deemed to affect the civil service status of any incumbent as it existed on July 1, 1955."
SECTION 5. Section 171-64.7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) This section applies to all lands or interest therein owned or under the control of state departments and agencies classed as government or crown lands previous to August 15, 1895, or acquired or reserved by the government upon or subsequent to that date by purchase, exchange, escheat, or the exercise of the right of eminent domain, or any other manner, including accreted lands not otherwise awarded, submerged lands, and lands beneath tidal waters that are suitable for reclamation, together with reclaimed lands that have been given the status of public lands under this chapter, including:
(1) Land set aside pursuant to law for the use of the United States;
(2) Land to which the United States relinquished the absolute fee and ownership under section 91 of the Organic Act prior to the admission of Hawaii as a state of the United States;
(3) Land to which the University of Hawaii holds title;
(4) Land to which the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation in its corporate capacity holds title;
(5) Land to which the department of agriculture holds title by way of foreclosure, voluntary surrender, or otherwise, to recover moneys loaned or to recover debts otherwise owed the department under chapter 167;
(6) Land that is set aside by the governor to the Aloha Tower development corporation; or land to which the Aloha Tower development corporation holds title in its corporate capacity;
(7) Land that is set aside by the governor to the agribusiness development corporation; or land to which the agribusiness development corporation in its corporate capacity holds title;
(8) Land to which the Hawaii technology development corporation in its corporate capacity holds title;
(9) Land to which the
department of education holds title; [
(10) Land to which the
Hawaii public housing authority in its corporate capacity holds title[
(11) Land to which the school facilities agency holds title."
SECTION 6. Section 302A-1602, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending the definition of "school facilities" to read as follows:
facilities" means the facilities owned or operated by the school facilities
,] or the department, or the facilities included in the school
facilities agency or the department of education capital budget or
capital facilities plan."
SECTION 7. Section 302A-1603, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
"(b) The following shall be exempt from this section:
(1) Any form of housing permanently excluding school-aged children, with the necessary covenants or declarations of restrictions recorded on the property;
(2) Any form of housing that is or will be paying the transient accommodations tax under chapter 237D;
(3) All nonresidential development; and
(4) Any development with an executed education contribution agreement or other like document with the school facilities agency or the department of education for the contribution of school sites or payment of fees for school land or school construction."
SECTION 8. Act 210, Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, is amended by amending part II by substituting "school facilities agency" for every reference to the "department of education" to require the city and county of Honolulu to convey fee simple interest in the properties listed therein not previously conveyed to the department of education to the school facilities agency instead.
SECTION 9. The department of education shall transfer the total fund balance in the state educational facilities improvement fund as of September 15, 2020 to the school facilities special fund no later than days of the effective date of this Act.
SECTION 10. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 11. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
School Facilities Agency; Department of Education
Describes the powers and responsibilities of the school facilities agency by amending Act 72, Session Laws of Hawaii 2020. Transfers the total fund balance in the state educational improvement fund to the school facilities special fund by a certain date.
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