Report Title:

Hawaii Invasive Species Council



Establishes the Hawaii invasive species council to coordinate efforts to control and eradicate alien invasive species. (HB2212 HD1)


H.B. NO.



H.D. 1









SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the silent invasion of Hawaii by alien invasive species is the single greatest threat to Hawaii's economy, natural environment, and the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people and visitors. Invasive species cause millions of dollars in crop damage, the extinction of native species, the destruction of native ecosystems, and the spread of many diseases.

The purpose of this Act is to establish the Hawaii invasive species council to coordinate state efforts to control and eradicate alien invasive species.

SECTION 2. The Hawaii Revised Statutes is amended by adding a new chapter to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:



-1 Hawaii invasive species council. (a) There is established the Hawaii invasive species council to coordinate state activities to fight invasive species. The council shall be attached to the department of for administrative purposes and shall be composed of the president of the University of Hawaii and the head of each of the following departments:

(1) Agriculture;

(2) Land and natural resources;

(3) Business, economic development, and tourism;

(4) Health;

(5) Transportation; and

(6) Commerce and consumer affairs.

Representatives of federal agencies and members of the private sector shall be asked to participate or consulted for advice and assistance.

(b) The Hawaii invasive species council shall:

(1) Maintain a broad overview of the invasive species problem in the State;

(2) Coordinate the efforts of the participating state departments and agencies related to invasive species;

(3) Identify and prioritize each state department or agency's organizational and resource shortfalls with respect to invasive species;

(4) Create and implement a plan that includes the prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, enforcement, and education of the public with respect to invasive species, as well as fashion a mission statement articulating the State's position against invasive species;

(5) Coordinate and promote the State's position with respect to federal issues, including:

(A) Quarantine preemption;

(B) International trade agreements that ignore the invasive species problem in Hawaii;

(C) Prohibiting first-class mail inspection;

(D) Quarantine of domestic pests arriving from the mainland should be provided by the federal government;

(E) Coordinating efforts with federal agencies to maximize resources and reducing or eliminating system gaps and leaks including deputizing U.S. Department of Agriculture's plant protection and quarantine inspectors to enforce Hawaii's laws;

(F) Promoting the amendment of federal laws as necessary, including the Lacey Act (so that federal and state laws are consistent) and laws related to inspection of domestic airline passengers, baggage and cargo;

(G) Coordinating efforts and issues with the federal Invasive Species Council and its National Invasive Species Management Plan;

(6) Identify and record all invasive species present in the State and designate appropriate state agencies to manage efforts related to each invasive species identified;

(7) Identify all state, federal, and other moneys expended for the purposes of the invasive species problem in the State;

(8) Identify all federal and private funds available to the State to fight invasive species and advise and assist state departments in acquiring these funds;

(9) Advise the governor and legislature on budgetary and other issues regarding invasive species;

(10) Provide annual reports to the legislature twenty days prior to each legislative session on budgetary and other related issues;

(11) Coordinate with counties in the fight against invasive species to increase resources and funding and to address county-sponsored activities that involve invasive species;

(12) Review state agency mandates and commercial interests that sometimes call for maintenance of potentially destructive alien species as resources for sport hunting, aesthetic resources, or other purposes;

(13) Review the fines and penalties structure to ensure maximum deterrence for invasive species related crimes;

(14) Suggest appropriate legislation to improve the State's administration of invasive species programs and policies; and

(15) Any other function necessary to effectuate the purposes of this chapter."

SECTION 3. There is appropriated out of the general revenues of the State of Hawaii the sum of $ or so much thereof as may be necessary for fiscal year 2002-2003 to effectuate the purposes of this Act.

The sum appropriated shall be expended by for the purposes of this Act.

SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2002.