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Kim introduces bills to address 'Wonder blunder' issues at UH

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:51 p.m. HST, Jan 30, 2013

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim has introduced a package of bills to address accountability and transparency at the University of Hawaii after the loss of $200,000 in the failed Stevie Wonder concert

The bills are based on recommendations from the Senate Special Committee on Accountability, convened last year to investigate the botched concert and how the university managed the crisis.

In a news release, Kim said Hawaii’s executive and legislative branches have worked to give UH more flexibility and autonomy over the last three decades.

“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,” she said.

The proposed bills address procurement, training for Board of Regents members and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii.

A UH spokeswoman said the university is reviewing the bills.

The bills are:

>> Senate Bill 1383: Repeals the UH president’s authority to serve as the chief procurement officer for construction contracts.

>> SB 1384: Limits the Board of Regents to appointing one 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 financial disclosures.

>> SB 1387: Gives the governor the authority to reject the list of nominees to the Board of Regents presented by the Regents Candidate Advisory Council.

>> SB 1388: Removes the UH president’s authority to also serve as president of the Research Corporation of UH board of directors. 

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hon2255 wrote:
About time, need to put a collar on Greenwood , no leadership from upper campus. Running Amok. Should have canned months ago.
on January 30,2013 | 04:35PM
turbolink wrote:
Good start!
on January 30,2013 | 04:41PM
Chie wrote:
Kim should resign and become President at UH.
on January 30,2013 | 05:04PM
engineersoldier wrote:
This is the problem with this dragon lady, she is petty, vindictive and won't let go an issue. Clearly, our state is faced with many problems that are far more important than this. With Kim and Souki, our legislature has gone from bad to hopeless.
on January 30,2013 | 05:39PM
Anonymous wrote:
and losing 200K is not important?...not important enough to ensure it doesn't happen again?...well then, all you have to do is put that 200K back and then we can move on to the, "many problems that are far more important than this".....by the way it has NEVER been disclosed as to WHO was the person that made the ACTUAL wire transfer of that 200K.....because concerning procurement policies, THAT person, at the very least, is accountable for the loss...and it WAS a person that wired that money...the money didn't get transferred by itself.
on January 31,2013 | 01:24AM
false wrote:
The trouble with the legislature is that its purpose is to make new laws. We don't have enough laws that we need to convene every year to make more of them? They should put their effort into determining which laws AREN'T necessary and should be repealed. The list would be a long one.
on January 30,2013 | 06:47PM
jcb wrote:
Apparently Senator Kim's idea of a well run University is to have more legislative oversight. Yeah, that's going to work. They can't even get their own act together.
on January 30,2013 | 06:53PM
Nevadan wrote:
Kim for Governor !
on January 30,2013 | 08:32PM
yojimbo wrote:
a great step in the right direction.
on January 30,2013 | 11:48PM
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