STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1542-18
RE: H.C.R. No. 231
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Twenty-Ninth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2018
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Agriculture, to which was referred H.C.R. No. 231 entitled:
"HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO CONDUCT A JOINT STUDY OF THE SHORT-TERM AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CHLORPYRIFOS ON FARMWORKERS,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to request the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health to jointly conduct a study of the short-term and long-term effects of chlorpyrifos on farmworkers, with special and focused attention on the work environment and control of the environment for pregnant or possibly pregnant farmworkers, and report to the Legislature prior to the 2019 Regular Session.
The Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i, Life of the Land, and an individual supported this measure. The Department of Agriculture, Department of Health, and Hawaii Cattlemen's Council opposed this measure. The University of Hawaii provided comments.
Your Committee notes that there is a lack of funding provided to support the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health to conduct the study requested by this measure.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Agriculture that are attached to this report, your Committees concur with the intent and purpose of H.C.R. No. 231 and recommend that it be referred to your Committee on Finance.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committees on Energy & Environmental Protection and Agriculture,
RICHARD P. CREAGAN, Chair
CHRIS LEE, Chair