HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2017

 

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

Rep. Richard P. Creagan, Chair

Rep. Lynn DeCoite, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Gregg Takayama

Rep. Kaniela Ing

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

TIME:

8:30 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

Public testimony and comments will be accepted for the following bills. Decision making will take place on

February 1, 2017, at 11:30am, room 312.

 

 

HB 780

Status

RELATING TO NUTRIENT CYCLING.

Makes an appropriation for a regional nutrient cycling pilot program on Maui. Requires DOA to report on the efficacy of the pilot project.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 781

Status

RELATING TO THE P-20 AGRICULTURE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP.

Appropriates funds for the hiring of a coordinator and for interisland travel and operating expenses of the P-20 Agriculture Education Working Group within the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. Outlines the duties of the working group and opens participation in the working group to additional persons and entities.

 

AGR, HED, FIN

HB 783

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes a two-year agricultural theft and vandalism pilot project to examine the effectiveness of prosecuting agricultural theft and agricultural vandalism in the county of Hawaii. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, JUD, FIN

HB 784

Status

RELATING TO ENTERPRISE ZONES.

Expands the definition of an eligible business activity to include businesses that provide renewable energy infrastructure to agricultural producers. Extends the tax credit eligibility periods in enterprise zones for agricultural producers and for businesses providing renewable energy infrastructure to agricultural producers until the Hawaii constitutional mandate of "self-sufficiency" is fulfilled. Expands the qualifications of a qualified business to include those businesses that increase gross volume of agricultural products or gross volume of renewable energy infrastructures to agricultural producers within enterprise zones located within the same county by two percent annually. Specifies the kinds of agricultural investments that are eligible for the business tax credit.

 

AGR, EEP, FIN

HB 786

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Replaces sugar and pineapple industries as the agriculture priority in the Hawaii State Planning Act with agriculture farming methods that improve Hawaii's food, soil, and water quality.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 787

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LAND.

Permits private overnight campgrounds on land within agricultural districts in all counties, subject to specified conditions and adoption of appropriate county ordinances.

 

AGR, WAL

HB 1007

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes and appropriates funds for the Korean natural farming pilot program to combat various agricultural pests in Hawaii. Repeals on June 30,     .

 

AGR, FIN

 

DECISION MAKING ONLY

The following bills are scheduled for decision-making purposes only to insert substantive provisions into the short form bill. No public testimony will be accepted. A public hearing will be scheduled at a later date, at which time testimony will be accepted.

 

HB 774

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

 

AGR

HB 775

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

 

AGR

HB 776

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

 

AGR

HB 777

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

 

AGR

HB 778

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Short form bill relating to agriculture.

 

AGR

 

 

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

Persons wishing to offer comments should submit testimony at least 24 hours prior to the hearing. Testimony should indicate:

     Testifier's name with position/title and organization;

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

     The date and time of the hearing; and

     Measure number.

 

While every effort will be made to incorporate all testimony received, materials received on the day of the hearing or improperly identified or directed, may be distributed to the Committee after the hearing.

 

Submit testimony in ONE of the following ways:

PAPER: 8 copies (including an original) to Room 324 in the State Capitol;

FAX: For testimony less than 5 pages in length, transmit to 808-586-6779 (Oahu) or 1-800-535-3859 (for Neighbor Islander without a computer to submit testimony through e-mail or the Web); or

WEB: For testimony less than 10MB in size, transmit from http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx.

 

Testimony submitted will be placed on the legislative website. This public posting of testimony on the website 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 586-9605 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. Richard P. Creagan

Chair