STAND. COM. REP. NO.2296

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2002

RE: S.B. No. 2134

 

 

Honorable Robert Bunda

President of the Senate

Twenty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2002

State of Hawaii

Sir:

Your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 2134 entitled:

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AGRICULTURE,"

beg leave to report as follows:

The purpose of this measure is to continue the exemption of the transportation of seed corn to a processing facility from the public utility commission rate in perpetuity.

Testimony in support of this measure was submitted by the Board of Agriculture, Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center, Hawaii Farm Bureau, and Kauai County Farm Bureau. The Department of Budget and Finance submitted comments on this measure.

Your Committees find that the infant seed industry, ninety-three per cent of which is corn seed, has accomplished visible and significant progress since 1997. This industry has grown in sales from an estimated $25 million in 1997 to $35 million in 2001. Over the same period, out-of-state shipments of seed corn increased from three million pounds to 4.4 million pounds, commanding a ten per cent annual growth rate. Therefore, your Committees feel that repealing the sunset date of this measure will be of great benefit to our local farmers which in turn, benefits the State.

As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Agriculture that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2134 and recommend that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Housing.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Transportation, Military Affairs and Government Operations and Agriculture,

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JAN YAGI BUEN, Chair

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CAL KAWAMOTO, Chair