STAND. COM. REP. NO 487
RE: S.B. No. 1196
Honorable Donna Mercado Kim
President of the Senate
Twenty-Eighth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2015
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Education, to which was referred S.B. No. 1196 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EDUCATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for the establishment and maintenance of a bookmobile to serve the rural areas of the island of Hawaii.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii State Public Library System. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Education.
Your Committee finds that there are rural communities on the island of Hawaii where the availability of educational resources is limited. Bookmobiles serve as a vehicle for outreach services provided by the library beyond the walls of the library. With proper funding for maintenance, staff, and materials, bookmobiles are an effective way to provide library patrons access to resources otherwise denied to them due to their geographic isolation or limited financial means.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1196 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Education,
MICHELLE N. KIDANI, Chair