The Committee on Higher Education and The Arts
The Committee on Economic Development, Environment and Technology

Thursday, February 11, 2016
1:25 p.m., Room 224

RE: SB 2940, Relating to Technology Transfer at the University of Hawai‘i

Attention:           Chairs Brian Taniguchi and Glenn Wakai, Vice Chairs Lorraine Inouye and Sam Slom                     Members of the Committees

The University of Hawaii Professional Assembly (UHPA) urges the committees to
support the passage of SB 2940 clarifying sections of the State Ethics Code in order to assist the timely technology transfer activities at the University of Hawai‘i.

The proposed amendment would be in line with other Universities who have enacted exemptions from specific statutes in order to support their respective Universities. This benefits both the State and the University by removing current roadblocks and creating an effective and efficient transfer of the results of research in a collaborative manner.

UHPA supports the passage of SB2940.

Respectfully submitted

Kristeen Hanselman                                                                                                                                                       Executive Director