HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2009

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Clift Tsuji, Chair

Rep. Jessica Wooley, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Lyla B. Berg

Rep. K. Mark Takai

Rep. Isaac W. Choy

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Glenn Wakai

Rep. Joey Manahan

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

 

 

COMMITTEE ON TOURISM, CULTURE, & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Rep. Joey Manahan, Chair

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Lyla B. Berg

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Isaac W. Choy

Rep. Glenn Wakai

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Jessica Wooley

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. K. Mark Takai

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

TIME:

9:00am

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 1471

Status

RELATING TO FARMS.

Establishes a pilot program to develop safe food certification for small farms that form agricultural cooperatives and establish purchasing agreements with hotels and restaurants.

 

TCI/AGR, FIN

HB 246

Status

RELATING TO BIODIESEL FEEDSTOCK.

Appropriation for Hawaii county economic opportunity council for operation of laboratory and research farm expansion for the Hawaii biotech tissue culture center to mass produce biodiesel feedstock.

 

AGR, EEP, FIN

HB 213

Status

RELATING TO DEVELOPMENT.

Requires agencies issuing permits, licenses, or approval to expedite permit applications of developments or improvements within agricultural parks and non-agricultural park lands.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 918

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LAND USE.

Allows construction of certain non-significant farming structures without a building permit.

 

AGR, WLO

HB 889

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PARKS.

Makes farmers' markets a permitted use in an agricultural park.

 

AGR

HB 244

Status

RELATING TO PUBLIC UTILITIES.

Directs public utilities to establish discounted rates for providing services used for agricultural activities located in agricultural districts

 

AGR, CPC

HB 243

Status

RELATING TO IRRIGATION SYSTEMS.

Appropriates funds for the repair and maintenance of irrigation systems.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 240

Status

MAKING A GRANT-IN-AID APPROPRIATION TO THE COUNTIES TO FINANCE DROUGHT MITIGATION PROJECTS AND MEASURES.

Appropriates funds to the counties for drought mitigation purposes.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 255

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Directs department of agriculture, in conjunction with agribusiness development corporation, to develop an agricultural water plan for Ka`u and south Kona.

 

AGR, FIN

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on Friday, January 30, 2009.

No public testimony will be accepted.

 

 

HB 237

Status

RELATING TO MACADAMIA NUTS.

Appropriates funds to fund a marketing study for Hawaii's macadamia nut industry, including the best structure for the establishment of a Hawaii Macadamia Nut Commission.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 404

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes an agricultural products transportation program to provide grants to qualified agricultural producers to alleviate ocean and air intrastate transportation costs.

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing with a transmittal cover indicating:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

     The Committee the comments are directed to;

     The date and time of the hearing;

     Measure number; and

     The number of copies the Committee is requesting.

 

While every effort will be made to copy, organize, and collate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed to the incorrect office, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 5 copies (including an original) to Room 327 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-8544(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (Neighbor Islands); or

EMAIL: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to AGRtestimony@capitol.hawaii.gov.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the Legislative Web site after the hearing adjourns. This public posting of testimony on the Web site should be considered when including personal information in your testimony.

 

If you require special assistance or auxiliary aids and/or services to participate in the House public hearing process (i.e., sign or foreign language interpreter or wheelchair accessibility), please contact the Committee Clerk at 586-8480 or email your request for an interpreter to HouseInterpreter@Capitol.hawaii.gov at least 24 hours prior to the hearing for arrangements. Prompt requests submitted help to ensure the availability of qualified individuals and appropriate accommodations.

 

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Rep. Joey Manahan

Chair

 

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Rep. Clift Tsuji

Chair