STAND. COM. REP. NO.  1076


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2011


RE:   S.B. No. 145

      S.D. 2

      H.D. 1





Honorable Calvin K.Y. Say

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2011

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred S.B. No. 145, S.D. 2, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this bill is to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in unspecified amounts to provide additional funding needed for the repair and maintenance of certain irrigation systems throughout the State.


     The Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, and several concerned individuals testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Agriculture; Monsanto Company; Hawaii Agriculture Research Center; Syngenta Hawaii; Pioneer Hi-Bred International Kunia Research Center; Halms Enterprise, Inc.; Aloun Farms; and several concerned individuals supported this bill with amendments.

     Your Committee has amended this measure by deleting its contents and inserting provisions that:

     (1)  Authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of:


          (A)  $9,960,000 for fiscal year 2011-2012; and  


          (B)  $9,900,000 for fiscal year 2012-2013,


          to finance capital improvements for certain irrigation systems throughout the State;


     (2)  Specify available federal matching funds for projects that qualify for such funds;


     (3)  Extend the date upon which the appropriations will lapse to June 30, 2015; and


     (4)  Change the effective date to July 1, 2020, to promote further discussion.


     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. 145, S.D. 2, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 145, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Finance.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture,