STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1235

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: H.B. No. 530

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 Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred H.B. No. 530, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO MANAGEMENT OF STATE FUNDS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose and intent of this measure is to expand the availability of agricultural loans by committing certain monies available in the state treasury for the creation of linked investments through agreements with eligible lending institutions.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii and one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Agriculture and Department of Budget and Finance.

 

Your Committee finds that one method to support agriculture is the linked investment concept, which began in Iowa and has successfully helped diversify Iowa's agricultural-based economy, has been expanded to assist women- and minority-owned small businesses, and has helped increase employment opportunities for rural communities facing a business closure, traditional livestock producers, and others.

 

Your Committee further finds that under a linked investment program for agriculture proposed by this measure, a person or enterprise proposing to engage in an agricultural enterprise would apply to a lending institution that will evaluate the proposal and certify the applicant as an eligible borrower. The institution would then prepare a linked investment loan package and submit it to the Director of Finance. If the Director accepts the loan package, the Director will place a certificate of deposit for the loan amount with the lending institution.

 

Your Committee believes that expanding the availability of agricultural loans through a linked investment program will help local farmers increase and diversify agricultural production in furtherance of the sustainability and self-sufficiency goals of the State.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Authorizing, rather than requiring, the Director of Finance to consider the availability of state funds when accepting or rejecting a linked investment loan package;

 

(2) Requiring the Director of Finance to approve certificates of deposit renewals;

 

(3) Limiting certificates of deposit renewals to five additional one-year periods, to conform to section 36‑21, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

 

(4) Clarifying that certificates of deposit are not to be considered security for the linked investment;

 

(5) Prohibiting the Director of Finance from investing in linked investments more than $5,000,000 of monies available in the state treasury for deposit under section 38-2, Hawaii Revised Statutes;

 

(6) Appropriating funds to the Department of Budget and Finance to hire one full-time equivalent position to administer the new linked investment program;

 

(7) Amending section 1 to reflect its amended purpose; and

 

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

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Agriculture and Environment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 530, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 530, 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 Agriculture and Environment,

 

 

 

________________________________

MIKE GABBARD, Chair