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, March 15, 2017

TIME:

8:30 AM

PLACE:

Conference Room 312

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

SB 272, SD2

(SSCR732)

Status

RELATING TO RAT LUNGWORM DISEASE.

Appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for programs, studies, and activities related to rat lungworm disease. Conditions release of the funds on the University submitting a report to the legislature with specific strategies and objectives that the University, along with the Department of Health, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, and Joint Rat Lungworm Task Force, plan to implement to further efforts to prevent and eradicate rat lungworm disease. Effective 7/1/2050. (SD2)

 

AGR, HED, FIN

SB 340, SD1

(SSCR608)

Status

RELATING TO URBAN AGRICULTURE.

Requires the counties to incorporate urban agriculture principles and policies in land use planning. (SD1)

 

AGR, WAL

SB 352, SD1

(SSCR811)

Status

RELATING TO THE AGRICULTURAL LOAN REVOLVING FUND.

Appropriates moneys to and from the agricultural loan revolving fund. Effective 3/9/2092. (SD1)

 

AGR, FIN

SB 593, SD1

(SSCR796)

Status

RELATING TO ANIMALS.

Requires research facilities to make available for adoption healthy cats and dogs that the research facility determines are suitable for adoption and are no longer needed for research. Authorizes research facilities to contract with local animal rescue organizations to facilitate the adoption of the cats and dogs. (SD1)

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

SB 624, SD2

(SSCR895)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires the department 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 department of agriculture to submit the strategic plan to the legislature prior to the regular session of 2018 in order to codify the strategic plan and benchmarks. Makes an appropriation. Effective 3/9/2092. (SD2)

 

AGR, FIN

SB 776, SD2

(SSCR667)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.

Restructures the Hawaii invasive species council as the Hawaii invasive species authority, administratively attached to the department of agriculture, to coordinate implementation of the Hawaii interagency biosecurity plan and to improve coordination of the State's invasive species prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, enforcement, and outreach programs. Appropriates funds to implement the authority and relevant interagency invasive species projects. Effective 3/9/2092. (SD2)

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

SB 803, SD2

(SSCR803)

Status

RELATING TO FOOD SAFETY.

Establishes an income tax credit to assist farmers with expenses associated with compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act. Establishes the Food Safety Modernization Act special fund. Effective 3/9/2092. (SD2)

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

SB 882

(SSCR105)

Status

RELATING TO FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH IN HAWAII.

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

 

AGR, EDN

SB 1313, SD1

(SSCR683)

Status

RELATING TO HAWAII FOOD RESILIENCY.

Makes various appropriations to implement the recommendations of the increased food security and food self-sufficiency strategy. Requires the Department of Agriculture to establish a strategy and goals for increased food security and self-sufficiency in Hawaii. Effective 3/9/2092. (SD1)

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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Rep. Richard P. Creagan

Chair