HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-EIGHTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2015

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Clift Tsuji, Chair

Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Tom Brower

Rep. Sam Satoru Kong

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Takashi Ohno

Rep. Isaac W. Choy

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Lynn DeCoite

Rep. Justin H. Woodson

Rep. Ken Ito

Rep. Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami

Rep. Gene Ward

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

TIME:

8:30 a.m.

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 320, SD1

(SSCR543)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL DISTRICTS.

Permits composting in agricultural districts if a special use permit is obtained. Restricts composting on lands in agricultural district with soil classified by the land study bureau's detailed land classification as overall (master) productivity rating class A or B to on-site uses using the lesser of one acre or ten per cent of the land. (SD1)

 

AGR, EEP

SB 376, SD2

(SSCR803)

Status

RELATING TO A FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Establishes the Hawaii farm to school program and a farm to school coordinator position. Appropriates funds. Effective Date 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

AGR, EDN, FIN

SB 774, SD1

(SSCR833)

Status

RELATING TO THE PROTECTION OF TARO.

Creates a classification of agricultural public lands entitled "taro lands". Appropriates funds to the board of land and natural resources to create an inventory of lands classified as taro lands. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD1)

 

AGR, WAL, FIN

SB 1040, SD2

(SSCR585)

Status

RELATING TO FARMERS' MARKETS.

Requires Hawaii fresh produce or items made with Hawaii grown produce sold at farmers' markets to be displayed with a label or sign containing an identity statement declaring the Hawaii produce's county of geographic origin. Requires non-Hawaii produce sold at farmers' markets to be displayed with a label or sign containing an identity statement declaring the produce "imported". Effective 07/01/2050. (SD2)

 

AGR, CPC

SB 1060, SD2

(SSCR814)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LOANS.

Allows for agricultural loans to be administered for livestock biosecurity projects. (SD1)

 

AGR, FIN

SB 512, SD2

(SSCR735)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes the Hawaii one plan steering committee. Appropriates funds to develop and operate the Hawaii one program to provide conservation plans online. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

AGR, FIN

HCR 76

Status

REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO CONDUCT A FINANCIAL AND MANAGEMENT AUDIT OF THE HAWAII INVASIVE SPECIES COUNCIL.

 

 

AGR, FIN

HCR 95

Status

DESIGNATING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER OF EACH YEAR AS "FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH" IN HAWAII TO STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT FARM TO SCHOOL INITIATIVES IN HAWAII'S SCHOOLS.

 

 

AGR, FIN

HCR 183 / HR 121 /

Status / Status

REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE TO EXAMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF TRANSFERRING THE PLANT QUARANTINE BRANCH FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

 

 

AGR, TRN, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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     The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

     The date and time of the hearing; and

     Measure number.

 

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Rep. Clift Tsuji

Chair