STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1175
RE: H.B. No. 201
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred H.B. No. 201 entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
The purpose of this measure is to clarify that state, county, and authorized agents have authority to enter private property to control and eradicate invasive species when there is a reasonable suspicion that invasive species are present on the property.
The Department of Agriculture; Department of Land and Natural Resources; Aha Moku Advisory Committee; Mayor of the County of Hawai‘i; Chair of the Maui County Council; Council Member representing District 4 of the Hawai‘i County Council; Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.; Maui Electric Company, Ltd.; Hawai‘i Electric Light Company, Inc.; Hawai‘i Farm Bureau; O‘ahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i; and a few individuals testified in support of this measure. Animal Rights Hawai‘i; Aloha Animal Advocates; Kohala Animal Relocation And Education Service; Save An Animal.org; Hilo Cat Rescue; and several individuals testified in opposition to this measure.
Your Committee has amended this measure by:
(1) Inserting a preamble to clarify the purpose and intent of this measure;
(2) Changing its effective date to January 28, 2081; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 201, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 201, H.D. 1.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair