HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2010

 

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

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

TIME:

8:30am

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2083

Status

RELATING TO MILK LABELING.

Requires milk and soy milk beverages to be labeled with the date of pasteurization or the date of packaging.

 

AGR, CPC/JUD

HB 2503

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Authorizes an expansion of the permissible uses of the Pesticides Use Revolving Fund to include personnel costs for compliance monitoring.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2504

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Allows for Nursery Certification fees to be deposited into the Pest Inspection, Quarantine, and Eradication Fund.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2729

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Amends the definition of "agricultural commodity" to include livestock of the bovine, equine, swine, sheep, or goat species and the carcasses or meat of those species.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2775

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes fees for permits, letters, and the registration of plants, animals, and microorganisms allowed entry into the State.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2779

Status

RELATING TO STATE LEASES.

Allows agricultural or aquacultural lessees on state land to erect or use temporary structures, without state or county approval or a county building permit, if they were built according to the Uniform Building Code and the lessees sign a waiver.

 

AGR, WLO

HB 2913

Status

RELATING TO TAXATION.

Imposes an agricultural rent windfall income tax surcharge on lessors who charge excessive rent for agricultural land.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2948

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes restrictions on the interisland movement of certain agricultural and nonagricultural articles; amends requirements related to the notification of arrival, labeling, authority to inspect, and importation of certain agricultural and nonagricultural articles; establishes a misdemeanor offense and increases the fine applicable to violators.

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

DECISION MAKING

 

The following measure(s) were previously heard on January 29, 2010.

 

HB 2290

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes an agriculture inspection and certification special fund under the department of agriculture. Requires that special fund moneys be used for inspecting, certifying, weighing, classifying, or grading of agricultural products to be exported from or shipped within the State.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2293

Status

RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

Requires the deposit of a portion of the agricultural loan repayments into a new department of agriculture staffing special fund. Requires moneys in the special fund to be expended on department personnel salary and fringe benefit costs that were previously paid from the general fund. Requires report to the legislature. Takes effect on 7/1/2010 and sunsets on 6/30/2015.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2294

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Makes various amendments to the agricultural inspection and biosecurity laws, including the following: (1) changes the designation of the pest inspection, quarantine, and eradication service fee to a "tax", (2) makes the department of taxation responsible for collecting that tax, (3) requires the deposit of fees and fines relating to agricultural inspections into the pest inspection, quarantine, and eradication fund, and (4) repeals the certification services revolving fund, permit revolving fund, and microorganism revolving fund and transfers the moneys in those funds into the pest inspection, quarantine, and eradication fund.

 

AGR, FIN

 

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     Measure number; and

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Rep. Clift Tsuji

Chair