HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2011

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Clift Tsuji, Chair

Rep. Mark J. Hashem, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Karen L. Awana

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Isaac W. Choy

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Gil Riviere

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, January 28, 2011

TIME:

11:00am

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 290

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes the Agriculture Inspection and Certification Special Fund under the Department of Agriculture for the inspection, certification, weighing, or grading of agricultural commodities that are to be imported into, exported from, or shipped within the state. Deposits all fees, civil penalties, and other moneys collected by DOA into the Special Fund. Allows DOA to enter into agreements with government and private agencies to hire and pay inspectors to perform certification and audit services, maintain food safety, and establish and maintain an Internet food safety promotional and reporting system. Repeals the Certification Services Revolving Fund. Requires the establishment or increase of certain fees to cover the operation and maintenance costs of agriculture inspection and certification programs, and central services and departmental administrative expense assessments. Appropriates funds for DOA's agriculture inspection and certification program.

 

AGR, JUD, FIN

HB 325

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Appropriates funds to establish a refrigerated food storage facility at Hilo International Airport.

 

AGR, TRN, FIN

HB 627

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes a tax credit for qualified agricultural processing facilities that process agricultural products grown within the agricultural district.

 

AGR, WLO, FIN

HB 701

Status

RELATING TO SCHOOLS.

Requires the DOE to purchase agricultural products for school meals programs that have a farm within a school's regional administrative district. Requires the agriculture education program to arrange for opportunities for students to work, volunteer, or study on farms within a school's regional administrative district.

 

AGR, EDN, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Clift Tsuji

Chair