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Bills introduced in response to 'Wonder Blunder'

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:38:46 AM HST
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 11:47:36 AM HST
HONOLULU -

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is proposing six bills in her legislative package that directly impact the University of Hawaii after the Stevie Wonder concert hoax.

The bills are based on findings and recommendations from the Senate Special Committee on Accountability’s informational briefings to review the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, chaired by Senator Kim in September and October 2012.

“The discussion and call for University of Hawaii flexibility and autonomy has been around since the 1980s.  Over the past three decades the Executive and Legislative branches of the State of Hawaii have worked together to provide the University of Hawaii with more flexibility and autonomy.  However, that autonomy and self governance has evolved to a point where the Senate feels that, in the interest of statewide concern, the University of Hawaii needs to be held more accountable and operate in full transparency,” explained Kim.

The proposed bills range in topics from procurement for construction projects, to revising the number of University General Counsels, having the Board of Regents undergo annual training on board policies and procedures, requiring the Board of Regents to file annual disclosures of financial interest which would become public record, clarifying how the members of the Board of Regents are selected by the Governor, and revising the makeup of the Board of the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii.

For reference purposes, the bills are as follows:

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