HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2017

 

COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Romy M. Cachola

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Isaac W. Choy

Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura

Rep. Lynn DeCoite

Rep. James Kunane Tokioka

Rep. Cedric Asuega Gates

Rep. Sean Quinlan

Rep. Daniel Holt

Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita

Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole

Rep. Andria P.L. Tupola

Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi

Rep. Gene Ward

Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti

 

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Friday, February 24, 2017

TIME:

12:30 P.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 308

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A # 2

 

HB 959, HD1

(HSCR346)

Status

RELATING TO THE AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

Requires the Auditor to conduct a management and financial audit of the Agribusiness Development Corporation.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 783, HD1

(HSCR535)

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 1270, HD1

(HSCR602)

Status

RELATING TO LAND ACQUISITION.

Requires BLNR to enter into negotiations to acquire the property identified as Tax Map Key: (3) 6-8-001:030 Kamuela, Hawaii. Appropriation.

 

AGR, WAL, FIN

HB 446, HD1

(HSCR341)

Status

MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR A DIVERSIFIED AGRICULTURAL PARK.

Makes an appropriation for the acquisition of land, planning, design, and construction of an agricultural park in South Maui.

 

 

AGR, FIN

HB 453, HD1

(HSCR524)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Requires the Department of Agriculture 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 455, HD1

(HSCR571)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

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

 

AGR, FIN

HB 961, HD1

(HSCR638)

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 if filing a tax return singly or $300,000 if filing a tax return as married filing jointly.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 728, HD1

(HSCR344)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Expands the agricultural products general excise tax exemption to include additional types of agricultural products.

 

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1389, HD1

(HSCR335)

Status

RELATING TO LIVESTOCK HARVEST FACILITIES.

Makes an appropriation for the planning and design of scalable livestock harvest facilities to be expended by DOA.

 

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1475, HD2

(HSCR646)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURAL LANDS.

Permits farmers' markets and food hubs on lands in an agricultural district.

 

 

AGR, EDB, FIN

HB 1474, HD1

(HSCR289)

Status

RELATING TO AGRICULTURE.

Establishes the Industrial Hemp Special Fund. Provides that agricultural land utilized to grow industrial hemp shall qualify for the minimum dedication period and be assessed at the lowest percentage of fair market value. Clarifies that the cultivation of industrial hemp shall be limited to licensed owners, lessees, or occupiers of agricultural lands.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 186, HD1

(HSCR15)

Status

RELATING TO COFFEE BERRY BORER BEETLE.

Extends the sunset date for the Coffee Berry Borer Pesticide Subsidy Program until June 30, 2021, for the purchase of pesticides containing Beauveria bassiana to combat the coffee berry borer. Provides that no single coffee grower shall receive more than $6,000 per year in subsidies between June 30, 2018 and July 1, 2021. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 655

(HSCR92)

Status

RELATING TO THE ROSE-RINGED PARAKEET.

Appropriates funds to the department of land and natural resources to assist with and provide supplemental funds to the National Wildlife Research Center to research the negative impacts of the rose-ringed parakeet on Kauai and develop and implement a control plan to reduce the negative impacts.

 

AGR, FIN

HB 1006

(HSCR48)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Appropriates funds to the Hawaii ant lab for personnel and equipment to support mitigation of the little fire ant.

 

 

 

AGR, FIN

HB 481, HD1

(HSCR362)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Requires the Department of Agriculture to establish a pilot pesticide treatment coupon project and a little fire ant site map for the county of Hawaii. Requires report to the Legislature on project implementation. Appropriates funds.

 

EEP/AGR, FIN

HB 904, HD1

(HSCR23)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES.

Establishes the invasive species rapid response special fund within DLNR. Establishes procedures for emergency declarations and expenditures. Appropriates moneys.

 

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1339, HD1

(HSCR633)

Status

RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION.

Restructures the Hawaii Invasive Species Council as the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority to coordinate implementation of the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity Plan and related duties. Appropriates funds.

 

AGR/EEP, FIN

HB 891, HD1

(HSCR570)

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 a report to the legislature prior to the Regular Session of 2018 in order to codify the strategic plan and benchmarks.

 

AGR, FIN

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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Rep. Sylvia Luke

Chair