Volunteer services

Establishes a state volunteer services office, an executive
board, and the state volunteer services trust fund.

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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                     A BILL FOR AN ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding
 2 a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as
 3 follows:
 4                             "CHAPTER
 6        -1  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the
 7 context otherwise requires:
 8      "Board" means the executive board of the state volunteer
 9 services office.
10      "Office" means the state volunteer services office.
11         -2  State volunteer services office; establishment.
12 There shall be established within the office of the governor, for
13 administrative purposes only, the state volunteer services
14 office.  The office of the governor shall provide the office with
15 staff, facilities, security, janitorial services, utilities,
16 fiscal, and necessary legal services.  The office shall be
17 located in the capitol.
18         -3  Executive board.  The responsibility for general
19 administration and the proper operation of the office shall be

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 1 vested in an executive board to be known as the board of the
 2 state volunteer services office.  The board shall have the power
 3 in accordance with law to formulate policy and to exercise
 4 control over the office.  The board shall consist of seven
 5 members appointed by the governor and shall include
 6 representatives of the department of education, the University of
 7 Hawaii, and a nonprofit agency.  The term of each member shall be
 8 for four years, commencing on July 1, and expiring on June 30;
 9 provided that of the seven members appointed for terms commencing
10 July 1, 2000:
11      (1)  Three members shall serve for four years;
12      (2)  Three members shall serve for three years; and
13      (3)  One member shall serve for two years.
14      The members shall serve without compensation but shall be
15 reimbursed for travel and other necessary expenses incurred in
16 the performance of their official duties.
17         -4  Organization; quorum; meetings.  The board shall
18 elect from its own membership, a chairperson and a vice-
19 chairperson.  The board shall meet at least four times a year and
20 a majority of all members to which the board is entitled shall
21 constitute a quorum to do business.  The board shall adopt rules
22 in accordance with chapter 91 as are necessary in carrying out
23 the purposes of this chapter.
24         -5  Duties; scope of work.  The board shall establish a
25 comprehensive program on volunteerism, which shall include but
26 not be limited to the following:
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 1      (1)  Conducting research on various aspect of volunteerism
 2           to identify and address volunteer needs and issues;
 3      (2)  Conducting an annual assessment on the use of
 4           volunteers in state government;
 5      (3)  Producing and distributing information to all public
 6           and private programs and agencies that use volunteers
 7           or maintain related interest;
 8      (4)  Providing workshops for volunteers, volunteer
 9           administrators, board of directors, and programs
10           interested in using volunteers;
11      (5)  Responding to constituent and agency requests by
12           telephone, mail, and full-day on-site meetings;
13      (6)  Maintaining a volunteer resource-lending library;
14      (7)  Sponsoring and participating in a statewide volunteer
15           recognition program to increase visibility of
16           volunteers and to recognize their accomplishments;
17      (8)  Maintaining communication with national, state, and
18           local organizations to obtain and distribute
19           information resources on volunteerism; and
20      (9)  Conducting special volunteer projects.
21         -6  State volunteer services trust fund.(a)  There is
22 established as a separate fund of the office of the governor, the
23 state volunteer services trust fund.  All funds contributed to

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 1 the trust fund, including income and capital gains earned
 2 therefrom, shall be used exclusively to carry out the purposes of
 3 the office as defined in this chapter.  The trust fund shall
 4 consist of any and all types of private, federal, and public
 5 contributions, which do not include any state funding, and any
 6 income, interest, and capital gains earned.  All funds, and any
 7 income, interest, and capital gains earned by investment of those
 8 funds, shall be expended by the board to carry out the purposes
 9 of the office as set out in section   -5.
10      (b)  The state volunteer services trust fund shall be
11 subject to the terms and conditions provided in this section.
12 The trust fund shall not be placed in the state treasury and the
13 State shall not administer the fund nor be liable for its
14 operation or solvency.  The trust fund shall be a trust fund
15 pursuant to section 37-62 administered by the board.
16      (c)  Any funds deposited in the trust fund, and any income,
17 interest, and capital gains earned therefrom, that are not used
18 for the purposes of the office as set out in section  -5, shall
19 be invested in accordance with the provisions of the articles,
20 bylaws, resolutions, or other instruments executed on behalf of
21 the board in a manner intended to obtain a reasonable commercial
22 rate of return on investment of the fund.

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 1      (d)  If the trust fund is terminated, all funds, including
 2 the income, interest, and capital gains earned by the investment
 3 of funds, shall be transferred to the general fund.
 4      (e)  The board:
 5      (1)  May enter into contracts as approved by the governor,
 6           with any association, individuals, or corporations to
 7           further the purposes of this section;
 8      (2)  Shall require a certified public accountant to compile
 9           the financial statements, the results of which shall be
10           submitted to the governor not more than thirty days
11           after receipt by the board; and
12      (3)  Shall retain for a period of three years, any
13           documents, papers, books, records, and other evidence
14           that is pertinent to the trust fund, and permit
15           inspection or access thereto by the governor, the
16           legislature, the auditor, or their duly authorized
17           representatives.
18         -7  Annual report.  The board shall submit a report on
19 its activities to the legislature at least twenty days prior to
20 the convening of each regular legislative session.  The annual
21 report shall include the total number and amount of gifts and
22 grants received, contracts entered into, and progress and
23 accomplishments made during the year."

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 1      SECTION 2.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.
 3                         INTRODUCED BY:___________________________