STAND. COM. REP. NO.778-02
RE: S.B. No. 2482
Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-First State Legislature
Regular Session of 2002
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 2482, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION TO ABATE AGRICULTURAL THEFT,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this bill is to appropriate an unspecified amount of funds for the establishment of an Agricultural Theft Abatement Task Force.
The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Hawaii Aquaculture Association, Pineapple Growers Association of Hawaii, Hawaii Food Industry Association, and a concerned citizen supported this measure. The Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney of the City and County of Honolulu supported the intent of this bill. The Hawaii Forest Industry Association offered comments.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Expanding the definition of "agricultural commodities" to include timber and lumber; and
(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for purposes of style and clarity.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2482, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2482, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,
FELIPE P. ABINSAY, Chair