Honolulu, Hawaii
                                                     , 1999

                                   RE:  GOV. MSG. NO. 281

Honorable Norman Mizuguchi
President of the Senate
Twentieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 1999
State of Hawaii


     Your Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection, to which
was referred Governor's Message No. 281, submitting for study and
consideration the nomination of:


     G.M. No. 281       ERIC HIGASHIHARA, for a term to expire
                        June 30, 2003, 

begs leave to report as follows:

     An individual submitted testimony in support of the nominee.

     Upon review of the statement submitted by the nominee, your
Committee finds that the nominee is a volunteer, willing to serve
without compensation, and will assist in administering the
functions of the Pest Control Board (Board) with compassion and

     Your Committee further finds that Eric Higashihara is a
financial adviser with American Express Financial Advisors, Inc.,
with an applied science background in horticulture.  Mr.
Higashihara has also been active in the community, volunteering
with the Boy Scouts, Castle Medical Center, and Alvah A. Scott
Elementary School Ethnobotanical Garden.  The nominee's varied
and diverse experiences will assist him in carrying out his
duties as a public member of the Board and representing the
interests of consumers.

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     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your
Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection that is attached to
this report, your Committee, after full consideration of the
background, character, experience, and qualifications of the
nominee, has found the nominee to be qualified for the position
to which nominated and recommends that the Senate advise and
consent to the nomination.

                                   Respectfully submitted on
                                   behalf of the members of the
                                   Committee on Commerce and
                                   Consumer Protection,

                                   BRIAN KANNO, Co-Chair

                                   BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Co-Chair

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