STAND. COM. REP. NO.  411-14


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2014


RE:   H.B. No. 2257

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred H.B. No. 2257 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to enable the state to recruit and retain competent educational leadership by increasing the salary cap of the Superintendent of Education (Superintendent) from $150,000 to $250,000 per year.


     The Board of Education and Hui for Excellence in Education provided testimony in support of this measure.


     In recognizing that providing an attractive benefits package can compensate for lower base salary, your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Giving the Board of Education (Board) the option of considering altering the benefits package of the Superintendent, who is exempt from chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes, in exchange for a salary that exceeds the salary level of civil service employees who receive benefits under chapter 76, Hawaii Revised Statutes;


     (2)  Requiring the Board to submit to the legislature a report no later than 20 days prior to the convening of the regular session following each instance it adjusts the Superintendent's salary and include whether it considered the option to withhold or alter the Superintendent's benefits package and its justification for its decision; and


     (3)  Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2257, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to the Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2257, H.D. 1.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,