STAND. COM. REP. NO.604-02
RE: H.B. No. 2552
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. 2552, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF LANDOWNER FOR SAFE HARBOR AGREEMENTS AND HABITAT CONSERVATION PLANS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to provide opportunities to promote the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered species in concert with economic development and regional conservation efforts through safe harbor agreements and habitat conservation plans. Specifically, this bill:
(1) Expands the definition of a "landowner" who can enter into safe harbor agreements and habitat conservation plans to include the public sector; and
(2) Subjects the Board of Land and Natural Resources approval of any safe harbor agreement or habitat conservation plan for public lands to legislative disapproval, to ensure public scrutiny on proposed actions to take place on public lands.
The Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Estate of James Campbell, Department of Transportation, Housing and Community Development Corporation of Hawaii, and Hawaii Leeward Planning Conference supported the intent of this measure.
The Conservation Council for Hawaii, Sierra Club, Hawaii's Thousand Friends, Earthjustice, Hawaii Audubon Society, Life of the Land, Hawaiian Botanical Society, and concerned citizens testified in opposition to 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. 2552, 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