Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2017


RE:   H.B. No. 775

      H.D. 1





Honorable Joseph M. Souki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2017

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Agriculture, to which was referred H.B. No. 775 entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this short-form measure is to amend the laws relating to agriculture.


     H.B. No. 775 was introduced as a short-form bill, which is sometimes referred to as a "vehicle" bill primarily used to introduce a bill containing only a general idea as to the purpose of the bill without specific details in the long form.


     Your Committee has amended the bill to provide the substantive contents of the bill in long form so that a public hearing may be properly held on its substantive contents.


     As amended, this measure changes the procedures that must be followed prior to the sale of eggs imported from outside of the State.  Specifically, this bill:


     (1)  Repeals the requirement that permission from the Department of Agriculture is needed prior to the removal of the eggs from any dock or landing;


     (2)  Repeals the requirement for a certificate from the Department of Agriculture that the eggs contained in a shipment are properly marked prior to being processed, sold, or offered for sale; and


     (3)  Requires importation and other documents to be furnished to the Department of Agriculture prior to the eggs being processed, sold, or offered for sale.


     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 action to report out H.B. No. 775, as amended herein, and recommends that it be recommitted to your Committee on Agriculture, for the purpose of holding a public hearing thereon, in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 775, H.D. 1.



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