From a press release Wednesday (Jan. 30):
Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is proposing six bills in her legislative package that directly impact the University of Hawaii. 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 …
“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 bills are:
SB 1383 – Repeals the President of the University of Hawaii’s authority to serve as the Chief Procurement Officer for construction contracts.
SB 1384 – Limits the Board of Regents to appointing one University General Counsel.
SB 1385 – Requires the Board of Regents to undergo annual training and certification.
SB 1386 – Requires the Board of Regents to file annual disclosure of financial interest.
SB 1387 – Gives the Governor the authority to reject the list of nominees to the Board of Regents presented by the Regents