STAND. COM. REP. NO.2539
RE: S.B. No. 2482
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 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 measure is to appropriate funds for the establishment of an agricultural theft abatement task force.
Your Committee finds that agriculture theft is a serious problem that results in substantial economic losses to farmers and jeopardizes farming enterprises throughout the State. Your Committee further finds that combating agricultural theft is a complicated endeavor, requiring cooperation and coordination among Hawaii's agricultural industry, law enforcement, and various state agencies. Accordingly, your Committee believes that the interagency approach provided by this measure will assist efforts to develop and implement strategies to deter agricultural theft.
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 S.B. No. 2482 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