STAND. COM. REP. NO. 927
RE: H.B. No. 1339
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2017
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred H.B. No. 1339, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to restructure the Hawaii Invasive Species Council into a new entity, the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority, to be administratively attached to the Department of Agriculture.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture; Department of Land and Natural Resources; Department of Transportation; University of Hawaii System; Office of the Mayor of the County of Hawaii; Hawai‘i Farm Bureau; Local Food Coalition; Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc.; The Nature Conservancy; Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; Conservation Council for Hawai‘i; Land Use Research Foundation; and three individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from For Forgotten Felines and four individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of the Attorney General and Matson, Inc.
Your Committee finds that the invasion of Hawaii by insects, disease-bearing organisms, snakes, weeds, and other pests is the single greatest threat to Hawaii's economy and natural environment and to the health and lifestyle of Hawaii's people. In 2003, the Legislature created the Hawaii Invasive Species Council, an interagency board mandated to provide policy-level direction and coordination on invasive species issues, co-chaired by the Chairpersons of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Board of Agriculture. The authorizing legislation for the council did not create staff positions or a revenue source. Your Committee further finds that despite many successes, mitigation of invasive species threats and impacts often remains fragmented between agencies and is insufficiently supported through interagency data collection and management, public pest reporting, interagency response coordination, and statewide public outreach. Establishing the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority as an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture and enhancing the State's invasive species prevention, early detection, rapid response, control, enforcement, and outreach programs will help protect the environment, human health, culture, and the economy.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) As recommended by the Department of the Attorney General:
(A) Clarifying that "department" means any governmental entity whose representative or designee is a member of the authority;
(B) Specifying that the Authority will adopt a list of invasive species by rule; and
(C) Deleting section 3, because the proposed amendments are unnecessary;
(2) Requiring the Hawaii Harbor Users Group and Airlines Committee of Hawaii, Inc., to be asked to participate as non-voting members of the Authority in discussions regarding harbors and airports, respectively;
(3) Making it effective on July 1, 2017; and
(4) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture and Environment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1339, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1339, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Ways and Means.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Agriculture and Environment,
MIKE GABBARD, Chair