STAND. COM. REP. NO.268-02
RE: H.B. No. 2631
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, to which was referred H.B. No. 2631 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MEAT GRADING,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to update and clarify the provisions relating to the grading of meat.
Testimony in support of this measure was received from the Board of Agriculture.
Your Committee finds that this bill updates the meat grading law to allow administrative changes and provide clarity and internal consistency by:
(1) Removing the responsibility for the meat grading program from the Animal Husbandry Division and providing that establishment of fees, standards, and rules for grading services, and enforcement of the meat grading law is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture;
(2) Specifying within the title of Part VI of Chapter 147, Hawaii Revised Statutes (Grades and Standards), all meat products for which grade standards may be developed and grading services offered, by amending the title to include the terms "mutton" and "lamb;" and
(3) Making other technical, nonsubstantive amendments to the meat grading law.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2631 and recommends that it pass Third Reading.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce,
KENNETH T. HIRAKI, Chair