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 15, 2017

TIME:

8:40 AM 11:55 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HB 167

Status

RELATING TO THE DECOMMISSIONING AND RELOCATION OF THE ANIMAL QUARANTINE STATION IN HALAWA VALLEY.

Authorizes general obligation bonds and appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for the decommissioning and relocation of the animal quarantine station in Halawa Valley.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 452

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS.

Requires that all agricultural products labeled or advertised as organic shall be certified as organic by a qualified certification agent pursuant to the federal National Organic Program.

 

AGR, JUD

HB 453

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires DOA to provide grants to farmers to assist them in paying for the costs of compliance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and state food safety laws. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 454

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Authorizes departments that are members of the invasive species council to require landowners with land that contains invasive species to control or eradicate the invasive species if the landowner does not permit the department to enter the land. Imposes fines for noncompliance.

 

AGR, JUD

HB 455

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Prohibits the DOA from charging agricultural producers for the costs of food safety certification activities conducted by the department.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 483

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for the feed developer grant program and reimbursements to qualified producers for feed costs.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 490

Status

RELATING TO FOOD PRODUCTION.

Establishes and appropriates funding for the Food Production Goals Task Force.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 777, HD1

(HSCR230)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Allows gray water systems to be placed on agricultural lands to help farmers use water and gray water nutrients more efficiently.

 

AGR, EEP

HB 891

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires the board of agriculture, in cooperation with the office of the governor, to develop a strategic plan to double local food production and exports by 2020. Requires the board of agriculture to submit a report to the legislature prior to the regular session of 2018 in order to codify the strategic plan and benchmarks.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 961

Status

RELATING TO FARMERS.

Creates an exclusion from income tax for the first $50,000 of income earned by farmers whose annual gross income does not exceed $150,000. Repeals the organic foods production tax credit.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1341

Status

RELATING TO FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH IN HAWAII.

Designates the month of October as "Farm to School Month in Hawaii."

 

AGR, JUD

HB 1472

Status

RELATING TO RAPID OHIA DEATH.

Appropriates moneys for research to combat rapid ohia death.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1599

Status

RELATING TO SERVICE ANIMALS.

Defines emotional support animals and makes it a misdemeanor to knowingly make a misrepresentation regarding a service, or emotional support, animal.

 

AGR, JUD

 

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Richard P. Creagan

Chair