University of Hawaii

Allows the Hawaiian Language College to contract with providers
when contracting in the Hawaiian language following University of
Hawaii procedures.  (SD1)

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES                H.B. NO.           H.D. 3
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                S.D. 1
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                   A  BILL  FOR  AN  ACT



 1      SECTION 1.  The legislature finds that the Hawaiian language
 2 college was established at the University of Hawaii at Hilo in
 3 1997, to serve as a focal point for the revitalization of the
 4 Hawaiian language.  As can be expected, questions were raised
 5 about this new college during its beginnings.  However, since
 6 then the commitment of the faculty and the progress made by the
 7 college have demonstrated its viability and relevance to the
 8 community.
 9      One of the problems faced by the Hawaiian language college
10 is the statutory requirement to contract with the Research
11 Corporation of the University of Hawaii for research and training
12 activities that cannot be provided by state agencies.  Since the
13 Hawaiian language college has decided to conduct its business in
14 the Hawaiian language, it is difficult to do business with the
15 research corporation, which is set up to operate in the English
16 language.  It should be noted that the Hawaiian language is one
17 of the two official languages of the State (the other being
18 English).  An exception should be made to allow the college to
19 contract directly with providers.  This will enable it to expand

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 1 and operate more efficiently.
 2      SECTION 2.  Section 304-10.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is
 3 amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
 4      "(a)  Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, when the
 5 university determines that neither the university nor another
 6 state agency can more effectively or efficiently accomplish the
 7 purposes of the sponsored research and training activities, the
 8 university shall contract with the Research Corporation of the
 9 University of Hawaii established under chapter 307 to provide
10 management and other services as described in subsection (b) to
11 support the university's research and training activities[.];
12 provided that, when conducting business in the Hawaiian language,
13 the college of Hawaiian language may contract directly with
14 providers, following University of Hawaii procedures.  Contracts
15 by the university with the research corporation pursuant to this
16 section shall be limited to sponsored research and training
17 projects, except that university projects supported by state-
18 appropriated funds may also be contracted to the research
19 corporation pursuant to rules adopted by the university."
20      SECTION 3.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed.
21 New statutory material is underscored.
22      SECTION 4.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.