STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2896
RE: S.B. No. 2168
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. 2168 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LANDS,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for each county to identify and map potential important agricultural lands and make recommendations to the Land Use Commission for the designation of those lands as important agricultural lands.
Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Agriculture; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Office of Planning; State Land Use Commission; Hawaii State Association of Counties; a member of the Hawaii County Council; a member of the Honolulu City Council; Ulupono Initiative; Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii; OCC Legislative Priorities, Democratic Party of Hawaii; Hawaii Cattlemens Council; Alexander & Baldwin; Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation; and two individuals.
Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Mayor of the County of Hawaii.
Your Committee finds that this measure will appropriate funds necessary for the counties to comply with section 205-47, Hawaii Revised Statutes, which requires the counties to identify and map important agricultural lands within their respective jurisdictions.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Authorizing the amounts allocated to the City and County of Honolulu and the County of Kauai to be expended to reimburse those counties for mapping work that has been completed;
(2) Changing the amounts appropriated to unspecified amounts; and
(3) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion on the measure.
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. 2168, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2168, S.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,
DONOVAN M. DELA CRUZ, Chair