STAND. COM. REP. NO.3550
RE: H.B. No. 2538
Honorable Robert Bunda
President of the Senate
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2538 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AQUATIC RESOURCES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to exempt the sport fish special fund from assessments made for special fund central service expenses and departmental administrative expenses.
The bill also:
(1) Clarifies that funds from the Department of Land and Natural Resources' sport fish special fund and commercial fisheries special fund may be used for the enforcement of the State's aquatic resources law;
(2) Gives the Department of Land and Natural Resources discretion to issue freshwater fishing licenses;
(3) Clarifies the type of license and permit fees that are deposited into the commercial fisheries special fund; and
(4) Repeals conflicting provisions on the disposition of revenues relating to commercial marine activities.
Your Committee finds that the bill will not only clarify the law with respect to enforcement issues and the use of the sport fish and commercial fisheries special funds, but will ensure compliance with applicable federal regulations so that state eligibility for federal funds is not jeopardized.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2538, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
BRIAN T. TANIGUCHI, Chair