STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1268

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 1171

H.D. 1

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Water and Land, to which was referred H.B. No. 1171, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate or authorize funds for the native resources and fire protection program of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Sierra Club of Hawaii, The Nature Conservancy Hawaii, Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species, and twelve individuals.

 

Your Committee finds that funds appropriated for the native resources and fire protection program will allow the Department of Land and Natural Resources to implement the Governor's biosecurity plan, expand rapid ohia death response, monitoring, and research, and address critically endangered species. This measure expresses programs or positions, maximum sums appropriated or authorized, or means of financing indicated for the Department of Land and Natural Resources' native resources and fire protection program to be incorporated into the General Appropriations Act of 2019, or other appropriate legislative vehicle, or to be adopted separately.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Making it effective upon approval; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.

 

Your Committee requests that if your Committee on Ways and Means passes this measure that it consider incorporating the items in this measure into the appropriate legislative vehicle or amend this measure to include any provisions necessary to effectuate its purpose and intent.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Water and Land that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1171, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1171, 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 Water and Land,

 

 

 

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KAIALI'I KAHELE, Chair