STAND. COM. REP. NO.  637-18


Honolulu, Hawaii

                , 2018


RE:   H.B. No. 2099

      H.D. 1





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Economic Development & Business, to which was referred H.B. No. 2099, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose of this measure is to support agricultural technology to increase Hawaii food security by requiring and providing funds to the Department of Agriculture to conduct a study on the feasibility of authorizing the Department to establish and designate ag-tech zones in residential and commercial areas within the City and County of Honolulu.


     The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and a concerned individual testified in support of this measure.  The Department of Agriculture testified in support of the intent of this measure.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development & Business that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 2099, H.D. 1, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development & Business,