STAND. COM. REP. NO. 274

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: H.B. No. 1546

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Health, to which was referred H.B. No. 1546 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to appropriate funds to the University of Hawaii to allow for the scaling up of research on mosquito eradication and the development of a coordinated plan for statewide eradication.

 

The University of Hawaii, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and one individual testified in support of this measure. One individual testified in opposition to this measure. The Department of Land and Natural Resources provided comments.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Clarifying that the coordinated plan to be developed between the University of Hawaii and the appropriate state agencies shall include an assessment of the variety of genetic tools available and options to be used; and

 

(2) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to promote further discussion.

 

Your Committee notes that your Committee on Lower and Higher Education may wish to be a part of the referral pattern for this measure.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Health that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1546, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1546, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Health,

 

 

 

 

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JOHN M. MIZUNO, Chair