STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2690
RE: S.B. No. 2125
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred S.B. No. 2125, S.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO COFFEE BERRY BORER,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to ensure that the Department of Agriculture's pesticide subsidy program is able to function properly during fiscal year 2021-2022, by extending its program manager position authorization until June 30, 2022.
More specifically, this measure extends the sunset date for the pesticide subsidy program manager position, and the civil service exemption for the manager position, from June 30, 2021, to June 30, 2022, so that the program manager will be available to process pesticide subsidy grant requests submitted during the final year of the grant program.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture, the Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawaii, a member of the Hawaii County Council, the Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, the Big Island Invasive Species Committee, the Hawaii Coffee Association, the OCC Legislative Priorities Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and one concerned individual.
Your Committee received written comments in opposition to this measure from one concerned individual.
Your Committee finds that although the sunset date of the pesticide subsidy program is June 30, 2021, the position of pesticide subsidy program manager will remain necessary for an additional year to process applications for subsidies of costs incurred in the final year of the program.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure; and
(2) Making technical nonsubstantive changes for purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2125, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2125, S.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair