COM. REP. NO. 1416
RE: S.B. No. 813
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2021
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce, to which was referred S.B. No. 813, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
purpose of this measure is to
require each charter school authorizer to provide the authorizer's respective
charter school with a list of independent auditors, rather than selecting three
independent auditors, from which their respective charter school is to select
an independent auditor for its annual financial audit.
Your Committee finds
that, under existing state law, each charter school must complete an
independent financial audit on an annual basis.
However, the State Public Charter School Commission may only approve
three independent auditors from which charter schools may choose. Since the State Public Charter School
Commission oversees thirty-seven public charter schools, it has been difficult
for the three independent auditors to meet the strict deadlines for the annual
audits, especially for neighbor island public charter schools. This measure will increase audit services and
reduce the delay in the completion of audits for charter schools across the
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 813, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce,
AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair