THE SENATE

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2014

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair

Senator Russell E. Ruderman, Vice Chair

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, Chair

Senator Ronald D. Kouchi, Vice Chair

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 06, 2014

TIME:

3:30 p.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 225

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 2196

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO ENERGY.

Re-establishes the energy systems development special fund, which was repealed on June 30, 2013.  Increases the amount of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to be deposited into the environmental response revolving fund, energy security special fund, and agricultural development and food security special fund.  Extends the repeal of various allocations of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax from June 30, 2015, to June 30, 2030.

 

ENE/AGL, WAM

SB 2658

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO SOLAR ENERGY.

Requires that solar facilities on agricultural lands with an overall productivity rating of class B or C occupy up to thirty, rather than ten, per cent of the acreage of the parcel or two or more adjacent parcels having met the applicable county requirements for the joint development or joint lot use of those parcels; provided that the area occupied by the solar facilities in excess of twenty acres shall only be made available for agricultural activities compatible with the solar energy facilities.  Requires that solar energy facilities be removed from the land within twelve months when the facilities are no longer in operation.

 

ENE/AGL, WTL

SB 2435

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Gives preference to moneys deposited in the agricultural development and food security special fund from the environmental response, energy, and food security tax for the acquisition of real property for agricultural production.  Increases the allocation of the environmental response, energy, and food security tax to the agricultural development and food security special fund.

 

AGL/ENE, WAM

SB 2347

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Requires nursery stock to be treated for the eradication of pests before the sale or transport of the nursery stock from one island to another island within the State or intraisland.  Limits the exception to possess, propagate, sell, transfer, or harbor prohibited animals to those being used for scientific research.  Eliminates the element of intent from the penalty for owning, possessing, harboring, transferring, and importing prohibited animals and pests.

 

AGL/ENE, JDL

SB 2458

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO BIOSECURITY.

Appropriates funds for FY 2014-2015 for the department of agriculture's biosecurity program.

 

AGL/ENE, WAM

SB 2970

      Status & Testimony

RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS TO ASSIST BIOTORK HAWAII, LLC.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Biotork Hawaii, LLC with the planning, permitting, design, construction, equipping, and operation of a facility to convert agricultural crops and byproducts to biofuels and various feed.

 

AGL/ENE, WAM

 

Decision Making to follow, if time permits.

 

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Testimony may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing.

 

FOR AMENDED NOTICES:  Measures that have been deleted are stricken through and measures that have been added are underscored.  If a measure is both underscored and stricken through, that measure has been deleted from the agenda.

 

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Senator Clarence K. Nishihara

Chair

 

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Senator Mike Gabbard

Chair