STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1273
RE: H.B. No. 594
Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi
President of the Senate
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2019
State of Hawaii
Your Committees on Water and Land and Agriculture and Environment, to which was referred H.B. No. 594, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO AN APPROPRIATION FOR A KUNIA WELLS IV EXPLORATORY WELL,"
beg leave to report as follows:
The purpose and intent of this measure is to authorize the issuance of general obligation bonds and appropriate funds for the design and construction of an exploratory well for the proposed Kunia wells IV pump station.
Your Committees received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Agribusiness Development Corporation; City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply; Hawai‘i Farm Bureau; Land Use Research Foundation of Hawaii; Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Inc.; Hawaii Crop Improvement Association; Local Food Coalition; and form letter signed by thirty individuals.
Your Committees find that Oahu farmers require greater amounts of potable water for irrigation and compliance with federal Food Safety Modernization Act rules. Your Committees further find that an exploratory water well for the proposed Kunia wells IV pump station will provide additional water supply for growth, including diversified agriculture.
Your Committees have amended this measure by:
(1) Clarifying the purpose section to better reflect the Board of Water Supply proposals regarding the proposed Kunia wells IV pump station;
(2) Making it effective on July 1, 2019; and
(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity and consistency.
As affirmed by the records of votes of the members of your Committees on Water and Land and Agriculture and Environment that are attached to this report, your Committees are in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 594, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommend that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 594, 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 Committees on Water and Land and Agriculture and Environment,
MIKE GABBARD, Chair
KAIALI'I KAHELE, Chair