STAND. COM. REP. NO.  321-16


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2016


RE:   H.B. No. 1800

      H.D. 1




Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Eighth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2016

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Higher Education, to which was referred H.B. No. 1800 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to enhance legislative oversight of the University of Hawaii by ensuring that appropriations to the University are expended for the specific purposes intended by the Legislature by:


     (1)  Requiring that any appropriation made by the Legislature to the University of Hawaii for a specific purpose as described in an appropriations vehicle must be expended by the University for the specific purpose described in that appropriations vehicle;


     (2)  Providing that if the University of Hawaii does not expend all of the funds for the specific purpose described by the Legislature, the University must submit a report to the Legislature no later than 20 days before the convening of the next Regular Session that includes, among other things, a detailed explanation of why the funds were not expended or, if the funds were expended for a different purpose, why they were expended for that purpose; and


     (3)  Requiring that during the fiscal year following the submission of the report identified in paragraph (2), an amount equal to any funds appropriated for the prior fiscal year that were not expended in accordance with the specific purpose as described by the Legislature, plus any related recurring appropriations, must be returned by the Director of Finance or the University of Hawaii to the general fund.


     A concerned individual supported this measure.  The University of Hawaii opposed the measure.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by changing its effective date to July 1, 2525, to facilitate further discussion.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Higher Education that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1800, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1800, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Higher Education,