HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SIXTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2012

 

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

 

 

COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION & BUSINESS

Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair

Rep. Isaac W. Choy, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Karen L. Awana

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Clift Tsuji

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Barbara C. Marumoto

Rep. Mark J. Hashem

Rep. Kymberly Marcos Pine

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 03, 2012

TIME:

8:00am

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

HB 2151

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL-BASED COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS.

Defines agricultural-based commercial operations and authorizes agricultural-based commercial operations in agricultural districts.

 

AGR/ERB, WLO

HB 2317

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL TOURISM.

Repeals the prohibition against overnight accommodations as part of agricultural tourism activities of a farming operation, and expressly allows counties to authorize these uses by ordinance.

 

AGR/ERB, WLO

HB 2432

Status

RELATING TO PROCUREMENT.

Exempts the purchase of fresh meats and produce and animals and plants by any governmental body from the Hawaii Public Procurement Code.

 

AGR/ERB, FIN

HB 2877

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires DOE to establish an agricultural education pilot program. Establishes the agricultural education pilot program special fund. Provides a tax credit for businesses that assist the pilot program.

 

AGR, EDN, FIN

HB 2301

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires the DOA to develop a food sustainability standard to promote local food production.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1827

Status

RELATING TO COFFEE.

Imposes a 1 cent fee on each pound of green coffee beans grown in or imported into the State to be deposited into a special fund to control and eradicate the coffee borer beetle. Establishes provisions to eradicate and control pests and infections on coffee trees. Appropriation. Sunset.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1869

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Makes agricultural theft a class B felony.

 

AGR, JUD

HB 1948

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Strengthens existing law to require proof of identification from sellers of agricultural commodities. Makes the failure to maintain required certificates while in possession of agricultural commodities prima facie evidence of the offense of theft in the second degree. Effective July 1, 2012.

 

AGR, JUD

HB 2667

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Authorizes the department of agriculture to lease land under its jurisdiction to qualified farmers at a reduced rate for food production. Requires the department of agriculture to adopt rules pursuant to chapter 91, HRS, to administer and implement the lease program.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 2668

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Amends important agricultural land tax credit to allow an additional fifteen per cent credit for drought mitigation and change the tax credit cap from $7,500,000 per year to $5,000,000 per year for the 2012 tax year and $7,000,000 per year for the 2013, 2014, and 2015 tax years. Creates a livestock feed tax credit for 2013. Creates feed development tax credit program from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2015.

 

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 424 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For comments less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 586-6511(Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islanders without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web);

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

WEB: For comments less than 4MB in size, transmit from the Web page at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.

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. Angus L.K. McKelvey

Chair

 

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Rep. Clift Tsuji

Chair