STAND. COM. REP. NO.597-02
RE: H.B. No. 2212
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 2212, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ALIEN INVASIVE SPECIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to:
(1) Establish the Hawaii Invasive Species Council to coordinate state activities to fight invasive species; and
(2) Appropriate funds for this purpose.
Testifying in support of this bill were The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii, Hawaii Audubon Society, the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, Maui Invasive Species Committee, Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii's Thousand Friends, Pineapple Growers Association of Hawaii, and a concerned individual. The Department of Land and Natural Resources supported the intent of this bill. The Conservation Council for Hawaii offered comments, and the Department of Budget and Finance opposed this measure.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2212, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,
DWIGHT Y. TAKAMINE, Chair